Often ‘diversity’ is used as a buzzword that allows for tokenism instead of genuine and lasting change. State of the Sector: Diversity provides a space for charity leaders to move beyond the media-speak, develop an in-depth understanding of the need for and benefits of diversity, and plan practical courses of action to build a sector that centres equality, diversity and inclusion.
12 February 2019
8.20AM - 8.50AMRegistration, morning coffee & networking
Registration, morning coffee & networking
8.50AM - 9.00AMChair's welcomeChair's welcome
9.00AM - 9.30AMEmpowering you, your staff, volunteers and beneficiaries to champion inclusivity
- The importance of intersectional understanding of diversity
- Life in the UK for a BAME trans person
- Living every day as an inclusivity leader – day to day actions, language and attitudes to promote equality, diversity and inclusion
- Developing and delivering training in building safe spaces for BAME trans staff, volunteers and beneficiaries
- Who is not here? Understanding how to take the conversation beyond this room to colleagues and peers
9.30AM - 10.00AMDiversity Leadership Strategy
- Understanding that true diversity is about breadth of thought, new ideas and encouraging debate, not box ticking and token collecting
- Placing equality, diversity and inclusivity as an integral part of your development plan
- Reflecting on what practices may be occurring in your organisation which are a barrier to true inclusivity
- Building networks with other organisations to promote diversity
- Setting targets and properly resourcing equality, diversity and inclusion initiatives
10.00AM - 10.30AMPromoting the workplace wellbeing of people who experience discrimination
- Understanding that people with different and intersecting protected characteristics experience differing emotional and psychological needs
- Creating open safe spaces with leadership buy-in
- Combatting denial of the validity of people’s experiences
- Assessing how isolation can impact performance and wellbeing – importance of having more than one person with a given protected characteristic
10.30AM - 11.00AMCoffee and networking breakCoffee and networking break
11.00AM - 11.30AMImproving access and inclusivity to staff who have access requirements, who are deaf or disabled, or who have a long-term health conditionMaking positive steps to attract and promote staff who have access requirements, who are deaf or disabled, or who have a long-term health condition
Understanding the practical implications of individual needs among staff who have access requirements, who are deaf or disabled, or who have a long-term health condition
Implementing practical ways to improve the accessibility and inclusiveness of your workplace, its policies and procedures
Assessing the importance and impact of reasonable adjustments and flexible working arrangements in the workplace
Suzanne Bull MBE, chief executive, Attitude is Everything
11.30AM - 12.00PMIf you treasure it, you will measure it
- Learning how to comprehensively measure diversity, equality and inclusion to understand how your organisation is performing
- Auditing what level of seniority staff are at, not just how many
- Auditing your recruitment process and pipeline; who is not applying and why?
- Improving the progression and retention of diverse staff
Tessy Ojo, chief executive, Diana Award
12.00PM - 12.45PMRecruiting, mentoring and progressing
- Barrier free recruitment: creating an organisational structure where everyone could be “the right fit”
- Moving focus away from accolades and towards demonstrated skills
- Valuing lived experience in staff recruitment
- Ensuring candidates share organisational values, not organisational culture
- Establishing an inclusive recruitment audit
- Making prospective and current staff and trustees feel comfortable, welcome and included: the importance of visibility of diverse people in communications and publicly acknowledging where you need to improve
- Implementing mentoring schemes and buddying systems to ensure staff and trustees are given the opportunity and circumstances to progress
- Barrier free recruitment: creating an organisational structure where everyone could be “the right fit”
Sabah is a hairy brown transgender Muslim and likes talking, writing and feelings. Sabah co-founded Trans Pride Brighton in 2013 and made The Rainbow List in 2015, celebrating 101 of the most influential LGBT people in Britain. Sabah has published ‘Inclusivity: Supporting Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic (BAME) Trans People’ and has worked with queer, trans and non-binary youth and charities for over five years. Since then, Sabah has been building a presence across UK and Europe, speaking at TEDx Brixton 2015, ILGA Europe 2016, IDAHOT Brussels 2017, and Malmö Pride 2017/18 about intersectionality, identity and inclusion. Psychotherapist in training. Social justice fighter in training. Top three passions right now: carving out spaces for queer and trans people of colour, making friends with cats, and taking selfies from bad angles.
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Girish Menon, Chief Executive of ActionAid UK, has worked in social development for three decades. He started his career with the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme, an Indian NGO, and followed this with stints at ActionAid, Plan India and DfID India.
Prior to his current appointment, Girish worked for WaterAid, in London, for ten years. As WaterAid’s deputy CEO and Director of International Programmes, he held responsibility of supporting their work in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia. Girish was trustee on the boards of Water and Sanitation for Urban Poor (WSUP) and People in Aid. He is currently Trustee of the Disaster and Emergency Committee (DEC) and on the Board of ActionAid Netherlands.
Alison Lowe has worked with Voluntary Organisations for 28 years. Right now she works as the Chief Executive of Touchstone a Mental Health Charity in Leeds and wider West Yorkshire. Touchstone work with and for people that are affected by mental health problems and they specialise in working with people from different cultural backgrounds. Touchstone have received multiple awards for their work in inclusion and diversity, including the number 1 spot in the 2016 and 2017 UK Top 50 Most Inclusive Employers Award and the 2018 National Diversity Award for Most Diverse Company. They are a Stonewall Top 100 LGBT-Friendly Employer for the 5th year running and are again a Sunday Times Best Company to work for 2018, being placed 9th nationally. Additionally, Touchstone were judged to be Investors in People Platinum at their latest assessment – only the third organisation in Yorkshire to gain this accolade and one of six charities nationally.
An experienced HR professional, Lorraine commenced working life in the charity sector, but has also worked in local and regional government before returning to the charity sector. Learning her trade from the bottom up, Lorraine progressed to positions of seniority, where she established a reputation for delivering high quality strategic and operational HR solutions to organisations.
In her roles, Lorraine has been able access and analyse employment data and practices that evidence disproportionately impacts or excludes specific sections of the workforce. Passionate about fair-play and justice, Lorraine has a strong track record of promoting EDI in policy and in practices, and has continually strived to ensure HR practices are fair and transparent.
As a qualified workplace mediator Lorraine supports organisations to secure informal resolutions to employee relations cases, as an alternative to formal conflict management, which disproportionately impact BAME staff.
Lorraine is also a Trustee for a Children’s Charity and an associate member of Diverse Matters.
is the Founder-Director of Attitude is Everything, growing a short term pilot programme into a fully-fledged charitable organisation, over 18 years.
She is disabled and has both a personal and professional interest in improving access to live music.
Attitude is Everything improves Deaf and disabled people’s access to live music by working in partnership with audience, artists and the music industry. Their Vision is that Deaf and Disabled People can be audience members, employees or artists at any live music event of their choice: music without barriers.
She was honoured with an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in June 2013 for services to music, arts and disabled people. She was also awarded Access All Areas Editor’s Award at the Event Production Awards 2015.
2017 was quite a year for Suzanne! In February, she was appointed as one of the Minister for Disabled People, Work and Health’s Sector Champions, who help to tackles the issues disabled people face as consumers. Suzanne represents the music industry, and she will use her influential status as a leader in her industry to promote the benefits of being inclusive to disabled people. In May, she was listed in Power 100 - Britain’s most influential disabled people, and then listed in She Said So’s Alternative Power 100 List – celebrating the music industry’s unheard voices - and then in that same November, she was enrolled in Music Week’s Women In Music Awards Roll Of Honour – built is to provide lasting recognition to the executives who work hard to further both the interests of women in the music industry and the industry itself.
Tessy Ojo is the Chief Executive of the Diana Award - a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. The Diana Award’s mission is to foster, develop and inspire positive change in the lives of young people.
Tessy is a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for ‘fostering positive change in the lives of young people’ 'and the impact it has on communities around them. At the heart of her work is the belief that with the right support and investment, young people are the best instigators for achieving real, sustainable change in their lives, their communities and the lives of their peers.
Tessy is a member of the BBC’s Appeals Advisory Committee which reports to the BBC’s Executive Board. She is also a member of The Royal Taskforce on Cyberbullying, an Executive member of UKCISS (UK Council For Child Internet Safety), a trustee of Comic Relief and a number of charities including Generation Change, a coalition of charities with a focus on Quality Youth Social Action.
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