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Timing: Morning, Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Venue: Central London

Westminster Employment Forum Keynote Seminar


Denise Wilson, Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review

Sue Coe, Head of Employment, Equalities and Human Rights Commission

Elysia McCaffrey, Deputy Director for Gender Pay Gap, Government Equalities Office


Charlotte Avery, St Mary’s School, Cambridgeshire and Girls’ Schools Association;Hannah Bradshaw, Covington & Burling;Dr Carole Easton, Young Women’s Trust;Bola Fatimilehin, Royal Academy of Engineering;Mark Freed, E2W;Deborah Gilshan, Aberdeen Standard Investments and The 30% Club;Kate Grussing, Sapphire Partners;Samantha Rennie, Rosa;Pauline de Souza, Diversity Art Forum andCharles Wynn-Evans, Dechert

Chaired by:

Dawn Butler MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities and Gillian Keegan MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Women at Work

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Timing: Morning, Wednesday, 9th May 2018

Venue: Central London

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The focus:

Further steps that can be taken by government, employers and others to improve opportunity and equality at work for women.

To note:

  •          Agenda includes keynote addresses from Denise Wilson, Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review; Sue Coe, Head of Employment, Equalities and Human Rights Commission and Elysia McCaffrey, Deputy Director for Gender Pay Gap, Government Equalities Office; with
  • Further officials have already registered to attend from: BEIS; Crown Prosecution Service; DEFRA; Department for Education; Department for International Trade; DWP; Education Scotland; Food Standards Agency; Government Equalities Office; Government Legal Department; HMPPS; HMRC; HM Treasury; Home Office; Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; MoD; MoJ; NAO; Ofcom and The Insolvency Service.



  • The implementation of new gender pay gap reporting requirement, with employers of over 250 staff obliged to publish data by April 2018;
  • The publication of the Hampton-Alexander 2017 Review - which found that one in four FTSE 250 companies have all-male Executive Committees and put forward proposals that investors place greater attention on gender diversity of company boards;
  • The recently launched inquiry from the House of Commons Select Committee for Women and Equalities, investigating sexual harassment in the workplace;
  • The release of the second Annual Report from the APPG for Women and Work, which includes recommendations as to how policies outlined in the Industrial Strategy can better address barriers facing women; and
  • The recently announced Returns Fund launched by the Government, which will provide grants to employers seeking to support those looking to return to the workplace after a period of absence.

Key discussion points:

  • Representation in leadership - latest thinking on transparency, targets and engaging investors;
  • Transparency and targets -as a means to encourage employers to take greater action, and whether they should be voluntary or mandatory;
  • Gender pay gap - in light of findings from the Office for National Statistics, which found that on average men are paid £1.32 more per hour than women,what further action can be taken to tackle pay disparities;
  • Maternity and the workplace - how can employers implement best practice and improve visible support from leadership in this area, as well the challenges for increasing take-up of Shared Parental Leave - in light of the Government’s the ‘Share the joy’ campaign;
  • Inspiring the next generation - improving how careers guidance can more effectively raise aspirations, as well as better promote apprenticeships and STEM subjects; and

Organisational cultures - next steps for tackling discrimination, improving dialogue and addressing sexual harassment.


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