Join our conference in Birmingham to be the first to explore and gain insights into data from the built environment sector's largest-ever diversity survey with leading experts and key supply chain partners. Proudly presented with HS2, National Highways, Network Rail and Transport for London.

📆 Tuesday 12th December 2023, 10:00 am - 4:15 pm

📌 The Studio, 7 Cannon Street, Birmingham, B2 5EP

What is this conference about?

Together with the Fairness, Inclusion & Respect (FIR) Programme, the Sustainability Tool's 2023 Diversity Survey collected data from over 500,000 employees from 525 companies.

This conference provides an unparalleled opportunity to hear about our research findings and pick up tools and practical ideas on how to improve the diversity of your workforce and supply chain to enhance organisational performance.  

By joining this in-person conference, you will: 

  • Examine the latest diversity trends in characteristics such as age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and disability
  • Understand how to improve diversity reporting and disclosure, and how to benchmark your own company's diversity
  • Discover how to improve diversity through the attraction and recruitment process
  • Learn from organisations which are having the most success in improving diversity

Access the full Conference Programme here. 

The conference will allow people to interact and ask questions of clients, contractors, suppliers, diversity specialists and professionals who will be discussing their approaches to increasing the diversity of their workforces. 

Places are limited - don't miss out. Reserve your spot today.

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Meet the speakers:

Dame Judith Hackitt

Non-executive Director, HS2

Dame Judith Hackitt joined HS2 in April 2019 and was the Chair of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety and Chair of manufacturing trade body Make UK (formerly EEF). Dame Judith's current positions include being a Chair at Enginuity, a directorship at Ingeniators and an advisor on Building Standard for the UK and Australian (Victoria) Governments. An engineer by profession, Dame Judith holds a degree in chemical engineering from Imperial College, London.

Dave Adey

Head of Procurement, Telent Technology

An experienced Global Procurement and Supply Chain business leader with the ability to set functional strategic direction in complex and matrix organisations manifesting in margin improvements. Over 25 years of Direct and Indirect Purchasing, Program Management and Director experience in the Automotive, Global Manufacturing and Telecoms sectors focusing on strong leadership, people management, strategic supplier collaboration and business relationship management.

Liv Banfield

Analysis & Impact Manager, Action Sustainability

Liv is responsible for the design, implementation, and analysis of the Sustainability Tool's annual Diversity Survey. Last year's survey captured data on over 339,000 individuals from 270 organisations. This substantial dataset has provided invaluable insights into the current state of diversity, enabling organisations to identify gaps using benchmarks, implement effective strategies, and measure progress towards more inclusive workplaces.

Belinda Blake

Senior Policy Advisor - ED&I, National Highways

Belinda's work focuses on ED&I in the supply chain. She is a self-motivated EDI professional with over 17 years of leading cross-organisation equality, diversity and inclusion in the voluntary and public sectors. Belinda is an active critical friend and influencer within the Highways sector, working hard to create strong relationships that drive change. She is dedicated to supporting both small and large organisations cultivate their EDI approaches and delivery.

Stuart Coates

Responsible Procurement Manager, Transport for London

Stuart is passionate about ensuring the high EDI standards set by TfL internally are reflected in the supply chain and engage with industry on emerging best practice. He is an active member of the workforce diversity survey working group and sits on the FIR Steering Group where he collaborates with transport sector clients to drive sustainable impacts for public sector supply chains.

Hollie Cregan

Inclusion & Diversity Manager, GRAHAM

In 2016, Hollie was voted one of the 20 most inspirational women in rail by Women In Rail. Hollie joined GRAHAM just over 2 years ago and since then, she has led the successful achievement of the Investors in Diversity Award; the appointment of over 100 FIR Ambassadors across the GRAHAM Group, and the emergence of several staff networks. Moreover, at first entry to IID, GRAHAM was judged as a Top 50 company in the Most Inclusive Workplaces 2022.

Steph Gee

Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Skanska

Stephanie is an experienced Senior HR and Inclusion and Diversity Professional, currently Head of EDI for the UK & Continental Europe at Ramboll. A Chartered MCIPD professional with over two decades in HR, Stephanie champions diverse and inclusive workplaces. She drives positive change by spearheading EDI initiatives. Her expertise includes DEIB, Equality & Diversity, Employee Relations, change Management, and Employee Engagement.

Alice Jennison

Inclusion & Diversity Manager, Skanska

Alice has 9 years' change-management experience and her passion is how diversity and inclusion can be used to solve industry challenges. She led an industry first pilot into flexible working to support mental health, and pioneered the Lived Experience Project to understand how under-represented groups experience Skanska's culture. These initiatives have been recognised by The Times Top 50 Employers for Women, CECA Change Awards and British Construction Industry Inclusion Project of the Year.

Fenella Lowden

Client Solutions Lead, TopHat

Fenella is a Client Solutions Lead with TopHat, the sustainable modular housing company. With over a decade of experience of managing property and facilities including the maintenance services for a housing trust, Fenella also fully understands what it feels like from a customer's perspective and the responsibility of managing buildings - commercial and residential.

Osita Madu

Senior ED&I Manager, Supply Chain, HS2

With over 18 years' Diversity & Inclusion, Recruitment, Training and Employee Relations experience, Osita has made the most impact in Housing, Media and recently Infrastructure Programme, High Speed Two. Previously Head of EDI, who has won recognition and awards for his innovative approach to inclusive procurement and supply chain diversity. 

Judith McLoughlin

HR Inclusion Lead, Encore Environment

Judith is currently working at Encore Environment . In her previous role as HR Manager at Rhenus Logistics for over five years, she demonstrated expertise in HR consulting and employee relations. With a career spanning diverse industries, Judith has consistently excelled in HR management, showcasing her skills in consulting and fostering positive employee relations.

Ripesh Patel

Commercial & Procurement Strategy Director, Network Rail

Ripesh's portfolio consists of strategic teams including category management, supply chain risk management, sustainability and digital solutions. He is also responsible for the function's people agenda and chairs his Directorate's ED&I Change Group. Ripesh has over 24 years' procurement experience gained across a variety of sectors and industries including retail, travel, banking and telecommunications.

Rebecca Piggott

Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Kier Transportation

Rebecca is a committee member of the Kier Inclusion Network. She is responsible for driving D&I at national and local levels and embedding inclusion throughout the business. Rebecca promotes best practice and progress in the industry through collaboration with stakeholders. Passionate about inspiring others and encouraging engagement, Rebecca strives to show everybody how diversity and inclusion relates to them, and the part we all play.

Jyoti Sehdev

Group ED&I Lead, Costain

Jyoti was a founding member and current Co-Chair of Costain's LGBT+ & Allies Network. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer by background. She was selected as one of the 2021 Top 50 Women in Engineering by the Women's Engineering Society and won the 2022 Asian Women of Achievement award in Construction, Infrastructure and Real Estate.

Harjit Shoker

Talent Acquisition Employer Brand & EDI Lead, Arup 

Harj is an expert in Employer Branding and ED&I. Harj's primary responsibility is to bring the unique culture of Arup to life. This is achieved through the implementation of innovative employer branding initiatives that position Arup as an employer of choice. Her commitment and expertise are key in shaping an inclusive and dynamic work environment.

Sue Tonks

Regional Chair - West Midlands, Federation of Small Businesses 

Sue has 7 businesses – one of which represents the voice of small manufacturing businesses in the West Midlands. Sue works with SMEs, local and national government to help equip small businesses to function effectively and support small businesses in a wide range of areas, including training, legal services, Insurances and cover, banking, policy making, lobbying at government level and ensuring small businesses and SME's get full access to business opportunities.

Helen Townend

Head of Inclusion and Social Value, Amey

Helen has over 30 years of experience and specialises in Ground Engineering and Diversity & Inclusion within the Road and Rail Transport sectors. She supports Amey in the delivery of a more inclusive and accessible service provision. Prioritising objectives in career development and talent retention, whist championing Social Value and Inclusive Design to build thriving workplaces.

Christian Warden

Engagement Director, Talent Retention Solutions

Christian is a highly driven Managing Director/CEO with over 25 years of senior management experience, excelling in organization management, operational leadership, and project skills. Currently serving as the Engagement Director for TRS and Talentview, as well as the CEO of Warden Management Group, he has a proven track record of success in implementing national strategic reforms and initiatives with direct involvement at the highest levels of government, industry, and employer interface.

Moderated by: Cathryn Greville

Head of Fairness, Inclusion and Respect at the Supply Chain Sustainability School

Cathryn provides EDI expertise and leads the industry-wide FIR Programme, supporting businesses to address workplace culture challenges and build inclusive and respectful environments. A former in-house legal counsel, lawyer and court advocate by professional training, Cathryn has 15 years of experience working with organisations and industries to advance diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice, including in the construction and built environment sector and within regulatory and professional services environments.

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