Diversity & Inclusion - A Practical Guide
Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Improving Your D&I Package in association with Pinsent Masons and Brook Graham:
Why Dignity & Inclusion and why Now?
We’re currently working on what we believe will be the most useful and practical event on workplace diversity and inclusion you will ever have seen.
D&I is quite trendy, we admit that. It’s also vital for organisations that want to thrive, be seen as great places to work, and recruit and retain staff. A genuine programme of D&I will increase productivity and reduce risks of employee litigation.
We’re bringing together D&I experts that will set out practical options, useful insights, facts and figures that will help you bring your D&I package up to date. Through a series of short presentations, workshops and panel discussions, together with practical templates and checklists, you will leave this event with a huge number of useful suggestions for you to put into practice as you build your D&I strategy.
Around 75% of the workforce in 2025 will be Millennials or younger. They will expect their employer to have flexible options for working and to have a diverse and inclusive workforce. You can choose to ‘get with the programme’ or lose out this decade in your search for the best talent.
With more sessions being built, we already have the following sessions in place:
- The Business Case for D&I – Employees’ Happiness Pays for Itself.
- Update on Legal Concepts in D&I – Getting it right.
- Moving from our Traditional Background – Embracing New Cultures.
- Covering & Uncovering – The Psychological Weight in Not being Open about your true ‘self’ in the Workplace.
- Mental Health – building support
- Learning from the Public Sector – the Stride for Pride in PSNI.
- Creating alliances – the importance of Allies in supporting colleagues
- Creating Authenticity – Finding the SMT’s Voice and Developing a D&I Culture.
- Menopause – is the silence being broken?
- Does AI need a D&I Reality?
- Creating a Strategy – a Journey Not a Destination Parts 1 & 2.
When & Where?
9.20am - 4.30pm on the 2 June 2020 at the Hilton Hotel, Belfast
Early Bird Rate: £295+VAT (deadline Friday 24 April 2020)
Standard Rate: £345+VAT
This is a brand new event!
David Johnston Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
A Human Resources professional for over 24 years, and interested in equality and diversity matters, most of his career has seen him working in complex and high profile public service organisations, including: Inland Revenue, Police Ombudsman’s office, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Stuart Affleck Director
Stuart is the Director of the diversity and inclusion consultancy at Pinsent Masons, Brook Graham. Prior to joining Brook Graham, Stuart worked for LV= insurance for nine years and held a number of senior HR and D&I specialist roles, based in the UK. He has a wealth of experience in managing organisational and cultural change and developed many award-winning solutions across the Talent Acquisition and Development arena.
Paul Gillen Partner
Paul Gillen is a Partner in the employment & pensions team at Pinsent Masons LLP. Beginning his career in Human Resource Management, he spent more than 10 years working in a variety of HR roles including retail, construction, civil engineering, manufacturing and distribution.
Paul is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and is currently vice chair to the Northern Ireland Branch Committee. Paul is a member of the CBI Employment and Skills committee and a Visiting Professor to the School of Law at the University of Ulster.
Becky Jones Legal Function Head
Becky joined Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland in September 2016. As Legal Function Head, she is responsible for maximising commercial opportunities and good corporate governance whilst protecting and managing legal and regulatory risks for the company. Her key responsibilities include ensuring that Coca-Cola HBC operate in a compliant manner across the IOI, supporting contractual negotiations, providing legal advice across the entire business and delivering training on a range of legal topics.
Becky loves to mentor and coach people who she meets as she is passionate about developing and growing people and ideas.
Helena Kelly Project Manager
Helena began her career with Schrader Electronics prior to the Sensata acquisition, as a Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer with a specialism in Plastic Laser Welding having completed her final year project on this topic in conjunction with the company. Helena moved to the NPI TPMS team in 2014 as a Project Leader and in the past two years has worked in the HVOR TPMS team as a Project Manager for Truck and Trailer OEM developments.
Helena is one of the four founders of GROW (Generating Recognition and Opportunities for Women), the first Affinity Group in Antrim specifically to meet the unique needs of women in the workplace.
Andrea McIlroy-Rose Partner, Head of Office, Belfast
Andrea leads the Belfast property team of 14 lawyers and in addition she is head of the firm’s UK retail property team. Andrea acts for clients in both Northern Ireland and England and has been named as a “Leader in the Field” for real estate for over 10 years in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and Legal 500 directories. Andrea has a special interest in diversity and inclusion and since 2013 is the international chair of the firm’s female networking group, Female Futures whose membership spans all of the 24 Pinsent Masons offices. In recognition of her work in this field Andrea was shortlisted in the Legal Adviser of the Year category of the inaugural Women in Finance Awards 2017.
Rubymarie Rice Solicitor
Rubymarie is a solicitor in Pinsent Masons Belfast office.
Ciara Ruane Senior Associate
Ciara has practiced as a corporate employment lawyer in the Republic of Ireland since 2012. Ciara has experience of advising and representing international and domestic clients in all aspects of employment law in Ireland. Ciara has particular interest in advising on TUPE queries, drafting and negotiating employment contracts, and assisting clients with corporate immigration and restructuring. In addition, Ciara regularly advises on day-to-day issues such as managing performance and disciplinary matters and has extensive transitional support experience.
Dee Masters Barrister
Dee Masters is a recognised expert in discrimination law. Her practice primarily consists of multi-week trials involving multiple and complex claims. Due to her expertise, she regularly advises NGOs and government agencies on the development of discrimination law and she has delivered judicial training on discrimination law at ERA in Trier funded by the European Commission. She has advised the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland (ECNI) and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) on its response to proposed legislation extending the existing prohibition on age discrimination. In August 2015, she was the keynote speaker at a conference attended by politicians and policy makers in Belfast concerning age discrimination. Dee has also been advising AGE PLATFORM, an NGO, on a proposed European Directive which will extend the prohibition on age discrimination. She drafted the Technical Guidance accompanying the ban on age discrimination in goods, facilities and services on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in GB alongside colleagues in chambers. In 2018, she gave evidence as an expert witness to the Women and Equalities Committee on older people in the workplace.