8:00 - Registration opens
9:00 - Producer & Chairperson’s Conference Welcome

Summit Welcome – Tania Ferreira, Senior Conference Producer, Bonhill Group plc.

DiversityQ introduction – Cheryl Cole, Editor, DiversityQ


Quiz Time!

● How long have you been working in D&I?

o Less than 2 years; Between 2 – 5 years; Over 5 years

● Who has been given their current D&I role in the company because they needed a

representative? (Yes / No answer)

● What support have you received since you took on the role? (List up to 3 supportive measures)

● How involved/engaged are your C-level leaders?

○ Sliding scale 1-10 (1 not at all and 10 being “the ideal D&I CEO champion)

● How often do you meet with senior leaders to discuss and action D&I initiative? (open answer)

● How would you rank your organisation on the D&I acceptance scale?

○ Sliding scale 1-10 (1 not at all and 10 being fully embraced)

Chairperson Introduction – Asari St-Hill, Diversity Advisor, National Centre for Diversity  


09:15 - KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: What does D&I success look like?

● Reviewing the best examples of D&I initiatives and workplace culture

● What are the key factors that have made these initiatives successful?

● To get to this level of success, what do D&I professionals and organisations have to do?

● Where do you start?

Jane McDonald, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Leonardo UK 

09:35 - PANEL DISCUSSION: Knowing your organisation from the inside out

● Why should we be collecting employee data and how does this information impact the workplace, products and services?

● Outlining the step-by-step data acquisition process, how to identify bias and maintain confidentiality

● Are the reasons and purpose of the data collection being communicated effectively? Are we sharing the findings and why is it important to do so?

● How does employee data drive equity and profitability?

● Using data to analyse the correlation between non-diverse teams, product development and product success


Moderator: Asari St-Hill, Diversity Advisor, National Centre for Diversity

Alex Storer, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Diversity Pride

Patrick Alleyne, Human Resources Reward and Operations Manager, Greater London Authority

Fatima Tresh, Associate Business Psychology Consultant, Delta Alpha Psi

Teresa Boughey, Founder & CEO, Inclusion247

10:15 - Morning Break & Speed Networking
11:00 - PECHA KUCHA* CASE STUDY PRESENTATION: Managing cross-cultural teams and generational dynamics

● How are we addressing intergenerational conversation and collaboration? Are we bridging the gap in the best way?

● How are we challenging negative behaviours? How do we avoid bad behaviour being mimicked?

● How is your company managing and making sure there is accountability?

● What does a win look like? Best practice examples demonstrated

Keith Winestein, Community Leadership Manager, Mind 

*Pecha Kucha is a presentation form of 20 images for 20 seconds. The slides change automatically, and the speaker must synchronise their speech with the images. It’s sometimes also called a 20×20 presentation. It is similar to the short-length focus of an elevator pitch and relies upon concision and brevity.

11:20 - PANEL DISCUSSION: Moulding and managing company culture

● Discussing organisational dynamics, chain of command and implementation time across sectors

How to navigate corporations (big and small) with regards to D&I

● Which sectors are seen to be more D&I ‘friendly’ and why?

● What do others have to do to get to this level of acceptance and investment? Top tips!

● How do you guarantee forward-thinking D&I strategies survive and thrive post organisational changes?

Moderator: Hephzi Pemberton, CEO, Equality Group

Sandeep Roychowdhury, Founder and Director, Innovate2Grow

Russell Gundry, Head of Innovation Strategy, Plexal

Hermann Trepesch, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, 02 Telefonica


12:00 - PRESENTATION: How to successfully get buy-in from C-suites?

How do we make D&I appealing and a priority to the C-level?

What do CEOs care about? Reinforcing the correlation between diversity and monetisation

How are we positioning D&I as the go to strategy to generate revenue?

Reporting the numbers – demonstrating comparisons between teams/dynamics/culture and the number of ideas/products/services that have been curated and delivered

Angela Peacock
, CEO, PDT Global


12:20 - PANEL DISCUSSION: How can better senior leaders best support heads of D&I
  • Understanding the differences, roles and responsibilities of Product Managers and Product Owners
  • Why Product Manager roles offer the best of both worlds for skill development
  • How to effectively communicate customer needs and deliver superior products and services
  • Where are the opportunities – top tips on how to get into product management


Moderator: Cynthia Davis, CEO & Founder, BAME Recruitment Ltd.

Jane McDonald
, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Leonardo UK

Vivienne Aiyela, Non-Executive Director of Football, The London Football Association Ltd.

Nancy Lengthorn, Managing Partner – Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Future TalentMediaCom

Dee Jas
, Founder, Colourfull

13:00 - Networking Lunch with Topic led High Tables

Attendees are welcome to join the topic specific discussions with like-minded industry peers.

Enjoy your lunch whilst discussing the key takeaways from our morning sessions, pre-empting the discussion points for the afternoon sessions and making valuable connections with fellow attendees.


14:00 Chairperson: What happens next?

Once you have collected the data; analysed the data; understood the company culture; benchmarked your company vs other organisations and obtained buy-in, the next stage is to bring about change that impacts the following groups (these are not exclusive)

14:05 - PANEL DISCUSSION: Getting comfortable with “uncomfortable” conversations

Why are we still uncomfortable about talking about Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) groups?

Reviewing the language and identification terms used – what is correct?

Recognising that not all BAME issues are equal – how BAME groups are treated differently in the workplace

How do we breakdown the rift and the unconscious bias?

How do we go about education and greater awareness for all communities?

Identifying the BAME champions

ModeratorRob Neil, Head of Culture Change and Leadership, Department for Education 

Cephas Williams, Founder, Drummer Boy Studios & 56 Black Men 

Rukasana Bhaijee, Diversity & Inclusion Senior Manager, EY 

Nancy Lengthorn, Managing Partner – Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Future Talent, MediaCom 

Dee Jas, Founder, Colourfull 

14:45 - PRESENTATION: The Business Case for Disability Inclusion

There are 1.3 billion people across the world who live with some form of disability. Together with their

friends and family, this group has a spending power of $8 trillion. Business needs to wake up to the fact

that there is an opportunity here to access a market and talent pool equivalent to the population of

China then they can also help disabled people to thrive in all areas of their lives.

● Why business needs to wake up to the huge market and talent pool that the disabled

community represents

● Businesses which are disability inclusive outperform their peers

● Why it is so important for disability to be tabled on business board agend

Caroline Casey, Founder, The Valuable 500

15:00 - PANEL DISCUSSION: Improving the experiences of disabled staff members

● Visible and non-visible disabilities – are all being considered and supported?

● What provisions and reasonable adjustment programs are in place? Are your employees and

potential recruits aware of reasonable adjustment programs?

● What professional training and progression opportunities does the organisation offer employees with disabilities?

● What do we need to do better?

● How to start up and manage disability friendly programs

● How can we secure continuity?

Moderator: Jonathan Hassell, CEO, Hassell Inclusion

Kate Nash, Creator and CEO, PurpleSpace 

Caroline Casey, Founder, The Valuable 500 

Mark Webb, Head of Communications, 

Shani Dhanda, Workplace Adjustment Specialist, Virgin Media 

15:40 - PRESENTATION: How to ensure a safe and inclusive work environment for LGBT+ employees

● Let’s talk about LGBT+ – Supporting leaders and line-managers

● The wider role in business in driving LGBT+ equity

● Creating an inclusive culture in relation to gender identity and intersex

● How to take a local LGBT+ strategy and realize it globally

● Why does your business need an intersectional approach?

● The role of allies, mentors and LGBT networks

ModeratorMatthew Cameron, Managing Director, LGBT Great 

Joanne Lockwood, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, SEE Change Happen 

Jacqui Gavin, Head of Diversity and Inclusion Centre of Excellence, Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

16:10 Afternoon Networking Break


16:30 - CASE STUDY PRESENTATION: The power of staff networks

● What are staff networks and why should your organisation have them?

● Evaluating the benefits and challenges of creating staff networks

● How to develop these networks and monitor network experiences

● How to support senior management and mid-level employees – Is everyone in the same room?

● How does information differ in separate groups and should it be different?

● Going beyond talking and sharing – what are we actually doing post network meetings?

Cherron Inko-Tariah, Managing Director, The Power of Staff Networks

16:50 PRESENTATION: The 21st Century D&I Practitioner

To bring all what has been shared together, what do D&I professionals need to know, where to begin and how do they do it.

● The external environment and its impact on the evolving future of D&I
The new role of the D&I Practitioner
Getting ready for the future, the fundamentals to your success (10 steps)
The AB2Cs© of Driving Inclusion
The Call to Action

Fiona Daniel, CEO and Founder, FD2I 

17:10 - PRESENTATION: How to future proof your D&I efforts and programs

● Once an initiative has been put in place – how is it managed, measured and sustained?

● What are the biggest challenges around continuity and what is realistically sustainable?

● How do we manage and overcome less successful results/programs?

● How to keep employees motivated and positive for future projects

Doirean Wilson, Diversity Lead, Middlesex University 

17:30 - SUMMIT ROUND-UP: The evolving future of D&I

● How has D&I morphed and how will the role continue to change moving forward?

● What additional consideration do we see developing in the future? What do we need to start preparing for?

● What were the key takeaways from this year’s summit?

● Accountability and legacy – Pledge your plan of action for 2019/2020

● What topics and areas of focus should be considered for the 2020 D&I Directors Summit?

Tania Ferreira, Senior Conference Producer, Bonhill Group plc.

17:30 - End of Summit. See you next year!