NewEquality, Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit 2021

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Supported by the FDA
The union for managers and professionals in public service


Annual Summit | Wednesday 22 September 2021

What to Expect | Speakers | Topics and Discussions | Agenda

Public Sector & Civil Service Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit 2021 

Join us at the Public Sector & Civil Service Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Virtual Summit where our theme for the day is ‘Towards a Fairer Working World’. You will have the opportunity to experience keynote speeches, thought-provoking panel discussions to sharing of personal stories delivered by leaders, influencers and change-makers. 

The momentum for greater diversity in our places of work is building and, the global pandemic has changed the way we work forever. As we slowly merge and edge into our new world, how are organisations going to respond and what does that mean to the workforce.

Listen to our speakers share key insights and share practical solutions.


What to Expect at the ED&I Virtual Summit

  • 1 Keynote
  • 6 panel sessions
  • Over 250 executives
  • 8 hours of learning
  • Crossing sectors
  • Networking opportunities
  • Gain Insights
  • Career Development

Topics and Discussions

Building workplaces of the future, and what will this look like? 

  • What does the future of the office space look like and why this will be imperative to attract and retain talent 
  • Why pioneering new employment models and flexible employments will create adaptability
  • What does agile working mean and what methodologies can be embraced to ensure we get the best from our people 


  • Lucille Thirlby, Assistant General Secretary, FDA
  • Neil Rider, Head of FDA Learn & Key Skills, FDA
  • Will Serle, Chief People Officer, Capita
  • Baroness Usha Prashar, former First Civil Service Commissioner


How data and analytics can transform the world of work

  • Why leaders need to understand their role in data and analytics 
  • How to build a mindset that is data-driven and what does that look like in practice
  • How the power of data can drive diversity and transform businesses 


  • Anit Chandarana, Chief of Staff, Network Rail
  • Marcus Bell, Director, Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office
  • Ian Adams, Director of Communications, NHS Resolution

Getting equal, creating a culture where everyone can thrive 

  • How to create an inclusive workplace culture that embraces differences in backgrounds and ways of thinking
  • How to achieve a gender-balanced workforce, and attract, retain, and advance women
  • What are some of the good practices to accelerate diversity and inclusion programmes


  • Dame Angela Eagle MP, House of Commons
  • Anne Mwangi, Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Joseph Rowntree Foundation/ Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust
  • Hitesh Patel, Race Delivery Director, HMRC


In Conversation with Colonel Lucy Giles: Why creating an inclusive culture is a business imperative

  • Why fostering an inclusive culture is a business imperative and how to turn this into an opportunity
  • How inclusion creates better businesses and the direct link to healthy people and healthy minds
  • How to create good practices that embrace and adapts to change


  • Colonel Lucy Giles, President, Army Officer Selection Board

How to remove barriers to equality to build a fair and equal society 

  • What are the barriers to equality in society
  • Why is it important to think about equality and the direct link to social impact
  • How do we overcome these barriers through real commitment and implementation of good policies and procedures?


  • Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers
  • Gisela Abbam, Chair, British Science Association

Summit Speakers 

Anit Chandarana
Chief of Staff, Network Rail




Gisela Abbam
Chair of the British Science Association




Marcus Bell,

Director, Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office




The Rt Hon. Lord Paul Boateng PC DL 




Paul Deemer,

Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers



Neil Rider, 
Head of FDA Learn & Key Skills, FDA & Keystone 



Lucille Thirlby

Assistant General Secretary, FDA



Dame Angela Eagle MP



Colonel Lucy Giles

President, Army Officer Selection Board