Diversity and Inclusion: Time for positive change

Recent news, campaigns and events, particularly the move towards more flexible working, have made many businesses take the time to re-examine diversity and inclusion within their organisations. This is a positive first step but after the initial discussions how do organisations implement change within the business on a practical level?

Date & Time 7 October 2020 | Recording available

Location Online

On 7 October we held a virtual Q&A panel discussion which brought together a group of inclusion experts with expertise in transgender, race and disability who discussed and provided insight on key business issues as well as practical implementation advice. The session was chaired by Karen Bates and Lisa Wallis, Foot Anstey employment law specialists.

From societal impact to business competitive advantage, why does this topic matter so much? What is the lay of the land? What are the best practices? What are the challenges in this field and opportunities looking ahead?

Our panellists considered these matters and answered audience questions as well as discussing what they have learned about creating more diverse workplaces, as advocates, consultants, and within their own companies, to give a holistic view of inclusion in the workplace.


Esi Hardy

Guest Speaker

Founder, Owner and Managing Director | Celebrating Disability | Esi is a trainer, disability inclusion expert, public speaker podcaster and writer. She started Celebrating Disability in 2017; delivering an end-to-end service for businesses and not-for-profits. They provide in-house and remote training and seminars, consulting, auditing and public speaking to support organisations attract, engage and retain disabled people.

Joanne Lockwood FRSA

Guest Speaker

Inclusion & Belonging Specialist | SEE Change Happen | Joanne is a leading authority on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging who engages with organisations to develop policy and best practise to be more inclusive for all people. By challenging biases, she helps them to develop a vision and strategy for conscious inclusion, with the aim of bringing about positive culture change and employee experience. Additionally, she promotes transgender awareness and supports businesses in policy and LGBTQ+ inclusion strategies.

Andrea Stevens

Guest Speaker

Director of Human Resources | Utilita Energy | Andrea has been in the HR profession for over 25 years and has worked within a diverse mix of industries and geographies. Diversity has always been a driver for her, she is only interested in ability, whatever that may be. Utilita Energy have been highly proactive in their approach to inclusion. This has resulted in a huge shift in perception throughout their organisation and the attainment of Disability Confident kite marks throughout the business.

Gamal Turawa

Guest Speaker

Gamal, or ‘G’, completed 26 years' service with London’s Metropolitan Police Service where for 15 years he was the Met’s longest serving diversity trainer. Now through Purplefrogs Connections Ltd he delivers keynote presentations, workshops and support to a wide variety of organisations and individuals both nationally and internationally.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace is also at the heart of our own ethos and approach at Foot Anstey, covering everything that we do, from the make-up of our client and leadership teams to encouraging all our staff to reach their full potential. We champion aspiration and encourage it in everyone that works with us.

If you have any queries regarding this event, please get in touch.