Making Equality Work
23 Sep 2010
2nd national conference. Held at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel, Kensington, London

This event gave equality and diversity specialists from every sector the opportunity to come together with fellow professionals to share experiences and discuss approaches to change.

Programme
10:00
Jill Stevens, Editor, Equality and Diversity Professional
Welcome and introduction by the Conference Chair

10:10
Jonathan Rees, Director-General, Government Equalities Office
Looking ahead! The integrated public sector Equality Duty, the Socio-economic Duty and dual discrimination protection

10:30
Amanda Ariss, CEO, Equality and Diversity Forum
Strengthening your organisation’s performance and outcomes

10:50
Michael Keating, National Adviser for Equality and Cohesion, Improvement and Development Agency
Impact of changes in delivery of services

11:10
Questions and discussion: Session 1
11:15
Is there a need for a national association of equality professionals?
E&DP publisher Alasdair Buchan discusses the results of the magazine's recent survey on this important topic

11:20
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:50
Seminar A1: The Equality Act and impact on delivery of services - focusing specifically on new age regulations and services for older people
Katherine Hill, Policy Adviser on Equalities and Human Rights, Age UK

11:50
Seminar A2: Change in the delivery of services
Cllr Theresa Higgins, County Councillor, Essex County Council

11:50
Seminar A3: Diversity, positive action and reality: impact on workforce
Paul Deemer, Equality and Diversity Consultant, NHS Employers Mohamed Jogi, Equality and Diversity Consultant, NHS Employers

12:45
Buffet Lunch, networking and exhibition
13:45
Peter Reading, Director of Legal Policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission
The role of the Equality and Human Rights Commission - complying with the Act, Codes and Guidance

14:05
Panel discussion: In practice, what is the assessment and impact of the Equality Act as it is rolled out over the next few years
Rosalind Hardie Ejiohuo, Head of Equality and Diversity, Chief Executive's Directorate, London Borough of Hackney Dr Gregory Burke, Chief Executive, DisabledGo Saima Afzal, Executive Member (Equality,Diversity and Human Rights), Association of Police Authorities

14:05
Peter Reading, Director of Legal Policy, Equality and Human Rights Commission
Question and answer session

15:00
Refreshments, networking and exhibition
15:30
Seminar B1: Raising awareness in Diversity and Inclusion
Ian Dodds, Chief Executive Officer, Ian Dodds Consulting

15:30
Seminar B2: Promoting good relations
Nick Johnson, Research Fellow, The Smith Institute