Business Disability Forum Conference 2018: Disability in the modern workplace

Generously sponsored by HSBC

In 2018, for many people ‘going to work’ looks very different to what ‘going to work’ was 20 years ago. In today’s world, we are able to work more flexibly. Thanks to advancements in technology, roles where you can work from home are on the rise meaning that we can also work from anywhere in the world. So what does this mean for your disabled employees? How are these advancements affecting your organisation?

 “We’re living – and working – in a world that is changing very rapidly. While many of these changes are very welcome, businesses must meet them with caution if they are to continue to work with disabled employees and customers in a productive way. Seizing the opportunities posed by technological advances, diverse workforces and evolving ways of working could bring us closer than ever to a world where disabled people, businesses and governments work together without barriers. But this will only happen if we approach these changes in the right way."
Diane Lightfoot, Chief Executive Officer at Business Disability Forum

At this year’s annual conference ‘Disability in the modern workplace’ will be discussing the following topics:

The future of work

Join former ITV and BBC News Anchor Sir Martyn Lewis CBE as he discusses what the future of the modern workplace will be. Where will it be done, using what device and technology and what will the modern workplace look like?

Sir Martyn will be joined by Mark McLane, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Barclays, Sally Bucknell, Director, Diversity & Inclusiveness at EY and Hector Minto, Sales and Business Development Manager at Microsoft.

Identity and multi-generational working

Keeping pace with technological developments is a challenge for any employer or employee. We will explore the challenges of data monitoring when identity, particularly for younger employees is fluid and ageing employees in the workforce are reluctant to identify as disabled.

Disability in the global workplace

Hear from Brendan Roach, Senior Disability Consultant at Business Disability Forum as he discusses how global organisations can get it right for people regardless of where they are in the world with Georgia Silk, Senior Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at Shell and Victoria Smith, Head of Talent at the Foreign & Commonwealth office.

Career development

Join Dr Philip Friend OBE FRSA, the UK’s foremost consultant on disability matters, Kate Nash OBE, Networkologist and Creator of PurpleSpace and Bela Gor, Head of Campaigns & Resources and Legal, Business Disability Forum, as they discuss career development courses specifically designed for disabled people.


Bring your phone, tablet or laptop along and let our experts show you built-in accessibility features that you might never have known about that will help everyone, regardless of disability, to work smarter.

Find out more about this year's conference topics, speaker and exhibitors here.



Bonus offer! 

All attendees of this conference (including non-members of Business Disability Forum) can attend the 'Looking beyond labels: visible and non-visible disabilities in the workplace and beyond' networking event for free.

Just quote code ‘Conf3’ in the adjustments section of the below registration form to register for both events.

Register your place today!

Event details



10:00 am to 4:30 pm followed by a drinks reception


Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square,

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