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Business Disability Forum Annual Conference 2024

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London and online. Kindly hosted by BT Group.

Register to attend in-person (London)

Register to attend online

Free in-person and online for our Member and Partner organisations (in-person, places are limited to 2 per Partner organisation and 1 per Member organisation. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Online spaces are unlimited.)

Pricing for non-member organisations: In-person: £350 / online: £300.

We can work it out – reasonable adjustments in a modern world

We all like to do things our way, but living and working with other people often means working out what works for everyone and is reasonable. Join us for our Annual Conference, which is all about working it out together to make a more inclusive world for everyone.

Welcome and introduction

  • Eleanor Hudson, Contract Management Director, BT Group,
  • Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum,
  • Bela Gor, Director of Legal and Content, Business Disability Forum.

The clash of the adjustments

  • Andy Garrett, Global Programme Director – Workplace Adjustments Service, GSK,
  • Safia Kukaswadia, International Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist, DLA Piper,
  • Charles Clement, DEI Manager – Disability Lead, BT Group.

A panel of experienced DEI Professionals with experience of working in retail, emergency services, law firms, government departments and large telecommunications and pharmaceutical companies will work through scenarios based on real-life situations when adjustments needed by disabled people might clash. How do they, and we, work it out for everyone in the workplace?

What the world needs now: the skills DEI Professionals will need in 2024 and beyond

  • Birgit Neu, Senior DEI Advisor.

The world is changing, and business needs to adapt to survive and thrive. Culture warriors are suggesting that Disability Equality and Inclusion departments and professionals are no longer needed but is that true or is disability inclusion “safe”?  Birgit Neu outlines the challenges ahead for businesses and DEI Professionals and will consider disability in the context of geopolitical tension, the anti-woke agenda, data monitoring, the implications of AI and much more.

Who are we? Data Monitoring and Disability Workplace Reporting

  • Angela Matthews, Director of Policy and Research, Business Disability Forum.

Disability monitoring and data collection is a hot topic for DEI Professionals. There are good intentions and reasons behind the desire for disability data monitoring and reporting, but what is the reality of trying to collect and analyse such data? Even more importantly, does it lead to greater disability inclusion? Angela will be trailing some of the themes from our ground-breaking data monitoring project that is looking at what data to capture and why – and what to do with the results!

Where are we? Where and how we work in today’s world

  • Emily Jackson, Senior Disability Business Partner, Business Disability Forum,
  • Vasiliki Arvaniti, Head of Asset Management and Executive Committee member, Derwent London plc.

We now live and work in a post-pandemic world and it seems we may never go back to the way we used to work. Where and how we work, and what we want from our lives, has changed.

Some CEOs and businesses (and government departments) want a full-time return to office working. Most employers are opting for a hybrid model and while some employees prefer office working for their physical and mental health, others simply do not want to return to the office, claiming greater productivity and work-life balance. Disabled employees may also have agreements to work from home as reasonable adjustments.

Then there is the new generation of workers who grew up with computers in their pockets, and who put great importance on meaningful work.

How can we get the balance right for everyone and work it out?

Disability Inclusion Stories

  • Charlie Magadah-Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, People and Culture, Primark,
  • Kim Whippy, Enablement Manager, Inclusion, Culture and Wellbeing, PwC UK,
  • Nainika Vyas, Brand Manager, Vanish, Reckitt,
  • Caroline Curtis-Powell, Neurodiversity Champion & Disability ERG Lead, Reckitt.

As always, we like to bring you practical, real-world examples of disability inclusion in practice. Hear and be inspired by 3 of our Disability Smart Awards 2024 winners who will share why and how they implemented their inclusion initiatives and what they learned along the way.

British Sign Language interpretation will be provided by Sorenson UK.

Watch this space for speaker updates and conference news.

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Upcoming Events

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June 19, 2024

Construction Network

We will host our next Construction Sector Network meeting on Wednesday 19 June 2024 from 10:30 am – 12 noon, open to Business Disability Forum Construction Sector Member and Partner organisations. Inclusive Design and Neurodiversity We are delighted to be joined by Jean Hewitt, Accessibility and Inclusive Environments Specialist at Buro Happold. They will share their […]

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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June 20, 2024

Technology Taskforce

We will host our next Technology Taskforce meeting on Thursday 20 June 2024 from 3 pm –  4:30 pm, open to Business Disability Forum Technology Taskforce members. All things Google We are delighted to be joined by Christopher Patnoe, Head of Accessibility and Digital Inclusion at Google. Christopher will sharing with us his latest work on […]

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
June 20, 2024

Legal Ease for the Financial Sector – webinar

Join Bela Gor, our Director of Legal & Content and Emily Jackson, Senior Business Partner, for an in-depth exploration of the Equality Act 2010 and other disability related legislation as it affects the financial sector in the UK. This webinar will consider the law as it affects financial service providers of products and services ranging […]

10:00 am - 11:00 am
June 26, 2024

Navigating the Disability Confident Journey

This webinar series will guide you and your organisation through your Disability Confident journey. We will visit some of the key areas of the framework and provide best practice and guidance to support you to receive your validation. The second webinar in this series will explore the 5 Disability Confident commitments. We will look at […]

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
July 10, 2024

Getting it right for every employee: Retaining disabled talent

This is the third webinar in the series ‘Getting it right for every employee’. This series explores the employee life cycle from recruitment, then retention, and onto career progression.  It aims to equip employers with resources and practical tips to improve their practice, raise awareness of the importance of workplace adjustments, and transform the experience of disabled employees. ‘Getting […]

10:00 am - 11:00 am
July 11, 2024

An Introduction to Business Disability Forum

If your organisation is new to Business Disability Forum, or you are new to your organisation, please join us on Thursday, 11 July from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, to learn about what is included as part of your membership and how we can support you. The meeting will be hosted by Diane Lightfoot, CEO […]

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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