High Speed Two’s Head of Equality to speak at Business Disability Forum event

10 April 2017

London, UK: Mark Lomas, the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at HS2 Ltd is confirmed to join ahost of other speakers at Business Disability Forum’s annual conference on disability-smart suppliers and partners on 11 April 2017.

Lomas will divulge the steps being taken at HS2 Ltd as it continues to design and build the 351 miles of new railway which will relieve the burden on today’s overcrowded trains and better link Britain’s key cities. 

The steps not only focus on how HS2 can set new standards in diversity across the construction and rail industries, but crucially, how the chance to design a new railway for Britain is the opportunity to revolutionise travel for those with a disability. 

Whether through station design, accessibility or on the train, focusing on the customer experience is a key part of design at HS2 and Lomas believes engaging with accessibility groups and partners is essential to this. 

Mark Lomas, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at HS2, commented:

“The ambition is for HS2 to transform train travel in the 21st century. This includes dramatically improving train access for all passengers, including those with impaired mobility. HS2 Ltd’s approach to collaborative working with suppliers and partners will be essential to the successful delivery of this. It’s a crucial area for all businesses aiming to achieve the best results for disabled people“.

Other speakers at the conference, include Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work; Jane Hatton, Founder/Director, Evenbreak; Pete Holliday, Managing Director, Sopra Steria Recruitment; Nasser Siabi, CEO, Microlink; Alastair Campbell, Corporate Business Manager, Text Help; and many more. 

They will be talking about the findings of Business Disability Forum’s 2016 research paper, ‘Key aids and barriers to effectively engaging suppliers and partners’, which found that more than 60 per cent of outsourcing deals between organisations and outside suppliers failed to build disability into the final outcome. 

Gaps in these deals could affect ICT, recruitment, training and customer service, affecting an organisation’s commitment to being disability-smart.

The conference will see BDF release new guidance informed by the research, 'Step by step: Achieving disability-smart outcomes in work with suppliers and partners' 

Tickets are still available for the conference and can be booked on Business Disability Forum’s website: http://www.businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/networking-and-events/our-latest-events/annual-conference-disability-smart-suppliers-and-partners/




Notes to Editors

  1. Business Disability Forum represents around 300 organisations that employ 15% of the UK workforce. We have more than twenty-five years’ experience of equipping people with the expertise to create confident organisations by improving the understanding of disability in business, removing barriers and making adjustments for individuals.
  2. Our Disability Standard (http://businessdisabilityforum.org.uk/disability-standard/) is the authoritative measure of how disability-smart an organisation is, providing a way to improve customer and employee experiences. The Disability Standard is kindly sponsored by Accenture.
  3. For more information on HS2 please visit www.gov.uk/hs2
  4. For more information, contact Samuel Buckley, Press Officer, by phone on 020 7403 3020 or by emailing samuelb@businessdisabilityforum.org.uk.