Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Summit

20 February, 2020

Titanic Belfast, Belfast

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About this Event

Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE will be keynote speaker at Northern Ireland’s 1st Diversity & Inclusion Summit being held on Thursday 20th February 2020 at Titanic Belfast sponsored by Allstate, Danske Bank, Denroy and Gilbert-Ash.

This Summit will examine the crucial issue of Diversity & Inclusion going ‘Beyond the Tick Box’ and the theme will be explored though the various speakers and panel discussions.

Summit attendance will be essential for business leaders and HR Teams serious about moving the dial within their organisation.

Date: Thursday 20th February 2020

Time 8.30am to 2.00pm

Venue: Titanic Belfast (Titanic Suite)

  • Half Day Conference
  • Expert Keynote Speakers
  • Panel Discussions
  • Diversity and Inclusion Best Practice
  • Networking Gala Lunch

Event Agenda
08.30 – 09.00 Registration
09.00 – 09.10 Summit open by David Sterling
09.10 – 09.45 Morning speaker – Laura Bates
09.45 – 10.30 Panel discussion with David Sterling, David Johnston and Dr Evelyn Collins CBE
Theme: What a tick box culture looks like
10.30 – 10.50 Tea/coffee break
10.50 – 11.25 Mid-morning speaker – Prof Ruth Sealy
11.25 – 12.10 Panel discussion with Fergal McFerran, Jill Minne and Prof Ruth Sealy
Theme: How to avoid a tick box culture
12.10 – 12.55 Keynote speaker – Lord Davies of Abersoch CBE
12.55 – 13.00 Event close
13.00 – 14.00 Networking lunch

Lord Davies of Abersoch, CBE

Lord Davies spearheaded ‘The Davies Review’, a government backed commission, first introduced in 2010 to examine the under-representation of women on boards. At that time, he was Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Small Business.

Laura Bates

Laura works closely with politicians, businesses, schools, police forces and organisations from the Council of Europe to the United Nations to tackle gender inequality. She writes regularly for the Guardian and the New York Times amongst others and won a British Press Award in 2015.

Professor Ruth Sealy

Ruth Sealy is an Associate Professor and Director of Impact, at University of Exeter Business School. With global expertise on women on corporate boards, Ruth’s research areas include women in leadership; board composition; role models; board evaluation; and various aspects of corporate governance and behavioural strategy. She has worked closely with government departments, listed companies and the NHS, advising on strategies to increase board diversity.

David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service

David Sterling will be formally opening the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit. David is Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS). He leads over 23,000 civil servants and is responsible for developing the NICS as an organisation which effectively serves the devolved administration and the people of Northern Ireland.

David Sterling, Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service

David Sterling will be formally opening the inaugural Diversity and Inclusion Summit. David is Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS). He leads over 23,000 civil servants and is responsible for developing the NICS as an organisation which effectively serves the devolved administration and the people of Northern Ireland.

Confirmed Panelists:

This unique half day summit will also feature leaders in Diversity and Inclusion with speakers and panels to inspire and motivate attendees focused on building inclusive cultures.

Fergal McFerran, Stonewall

Fergal works for Stonewall, Europe’s largest LGBT rights organisation. Based in Belfast, he is responsible for supporting employers in Northern Ireland to shape LGBT inclusive workplaces through the Stonewall Diversity Champions Programme delivered in partnership with The Rainbow Project. Fergal is also a voluntary independent assessor for Diversity Mark NI.

Jill Minne, Strategic HR Director, Northern Ireland Civil Service

Jill has been involved in organisational development, diversity and inclusion and human resources for over 25 years and led the development and implementation of employability initiatives for those furthest removed from the labour market and a number of initiatives in relation to domestic abuse, LGB&T, gender, disability and mental health.

David Johnston, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Police Service of Northern Ireland

David has been a HR practitioner for over 25 years, with a professional interest in equality, diversity and inclusion. 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.

Dr Evelyn Collins CBE, Chief Executive, Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

Dr Evelyn Collins CBE has been Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland since March 2000, an organisation with a wide remit under Northern Ireland’s equality laws. Evelyn has worked on equality issues since the 1980s, mostly in Northern Ireland but also as a national expert working on gender equality in the European Commission in Brussels.

Venue

Titanic Belfast
Belfast
UK

Date

20 February, 2020

Time

8:30 am - 2:00 pm

Pricing

£80.00 (plus VAT) 

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