19 Apr 2022| London

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Wednesday 19th April 2022 | Central London

Two decades into the twenty-first century, LGBT+ identity can still present significant disadvantage in the workplace. Around a quarter of respondents to the National LGBT Survey 2017 reported that they had experienced a negative or mixed reaction from others in the workplace. Research by Stonewall, meanwhile, reveals that over a third of LGBT+ staff have hidden their sexual orientation or gender identity at work for fear of discrimination.

Staff cannot reach their full potential when concerned about, or experiencing, bias and unfair treatment. Are you fully equipped to support your LGBT+ staff and ensure their wellbeing is prioritised?

At ‘Supporting LGBT+ Colleagues at Work: Pride in Diversity’, you will receive practical advice in ensuring that LGBT+ staff feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work. Actionable strategies for building inclusivity and countering bias will be shared by expert speakers, allowing you to drive better individual, business and organisational outcomes

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2021 speakers (2022 speakers to be announced shortly): 
  • Adrian Hyyrylainen-Trett, Global Membership Development Director, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (enei)

  • Reeta Loi, Founder & CEO, Gaysians 

  • Nick Pett, Deputy Director, Ministry of Defence

  • David Pearson, Inclusive Leadership Expert, former Director Global Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG

  • Lisa Pinney MBE, Chief Executive, The Coal Authority 

  • Ian Adams, NHS Director and Internationally Recognised LGBT+ Role Model 

  • Tom Ketteley, Assistant Director - Appeals Litigation and Admin Review (ALAR) Directorate - UK Visas and Immigration, Home Office; Recognised LGBT+ Role Model

  • Dr S Chelvan, Head of Immigration and Public Law, 33 Bedford Row Chambers

  • Jonathan Andrews, Co-chair London Bisexual Network; Solicitor, Reed Smith

  • Max Rossiter, Solicitor, Shakespeare Martineau

  • Jacqui Gavin, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Britishvolt

    Why attend? 
  • Learn how to ensure that LGBT+ staff can contribute their best work without fear of discrimination
  • Bring new, innovative ideas around supporting staff and creating an LGBT-inclusive and positive culture in your workplace back to your organisation, with the insight needed to put them into practice 
  • Hear from leading figures in LGBT+ inclusion on fostering LGBT+ allies and networks
  • Receive on-demand video recordings and speaker presentations for your reference after the event
  • This event is CPD certified, and contributes to your professional development.
    Who should attend? 

Anyone with an interest in creating an inclusive workplace, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions, LGBT+ allies, staff network leads and representative groups.


Public Sector rate: 1 Place £195 (+VAT) | 4+ Places £150 each (+VAT)
Corporate rate: 1 Place £395 (+VAT)
Charity rate: 1 Place £145 (+VAT)

Registrations can be made online here

For enquiries or to request a booking form, please contact conference.admin@dodsgroup.com.


Please see the full event agenda below:

Welcome from Dods D&I
Chair's Opening Address
Unpacking LGBT+: understanding the specific challenges encountered by different communities of the LGBT+ umbrella 
  • How the lesbian and gay community experience working life 
  • Dispelling the myths surrounding bi-sexuality and increasing bi-visibility 
  • Addressing the specific challenges and discrimination faced by trans employees 

SPEAKER: David Pearson, Inclusive Leadership Expert, former Director Global Inclusion & Diversity, KPMG

Comfort Break
Keynote: A personal reflection on my career as an LGBT+ employee 
Comfort Break
Policy in practice: understanding employer responsibilities in recruiting, retaining and progressing LGBT+ staff 
  • Adapting recruitment processes to ensure staff at all levels feel comfortable being themselves 
  • Controlling for and addressing unconscious bias 
  • Retaining current LGBT+ staff and removing barriers to fair promotion 
  • Creating procedures for cases of harassment or grievance 
  • Working remotely: understanding the impact for LGBT+ staff 
Comfort Break
Keynote: You’ve got a friend in me: the importance of being an LGBT+ ally 

SPEAKER: Nick Pett, Deputy Director, Ministry of Defence

Break for Lunch
Panel Discussion: 
Pride in diversity: cultivating an LGBT-positive and inclusive culture 
  • Award-winning employers reflect on the trials and the triumphs of their journey to LGBT+ inclusion 
  • Wellbeing at work: providing support and prioritising staff welfare, both in the office and remotely 
  • Encouraging open conversation and LGBT+ acceptance across the business 
  • Power in numbers: the role of staff networks in education, awareness and inclusion 

SPEAKER: Iain Anderson, LGBT Business Champion

SPEAKER: Rachel Reese, CEO, Global Butterflies

SPEAKER: Karen Harvey-Cooke, Chair of Enfys the LGBT+ staff network, Cardiff University

Comfort Break
Keynote Address: 
Intersectionality at work: appreciating individuality and recognising each staff member as unique 

SPEAKER: Laks Mann, Mayoral of London EDI Advisor, LGBTQ+ Lead

Chair's Closing Remarks
Event Close