The voluntary sector has drawn criticism in recent years due to a lack of representation and appreciation for diversity within their organisations. Recent reports from RACE and ACEVO have showcased inequal gaps in the representation of trustee boards and staff organisations, fostering a non-inclusive working environment. Fortunately, many charities are now taking steps to tackle these inequalities. Through sharing and engaging with best practice in EDI measures, organisations can increase the diversity of their workforce and create an inclusive environment for all employees.

  • Only 8% of charity trustees are people of colour, compared to 14% of the British population (Getting on Board, 2022)
  • 77% of BAME people in the charity sector have experienced or witnessed racism in the last 5 years (Home Truths 2/ACEVO, 2023)
  • Only 4% of the staff in the environmental charity sector in 2022 who received a promotion were from minority backgrounds (RACE, 2023)

Join us at The Inclusion and Diversity in the Voluntary Sector Conference 2024 to hear the latest policies and strategies from experts across the voluntary sector on improving diversity and inclusion in the workplace. You will hear best practice case studies covering a range of key topics including recruiting and catering for a diverse workforce, co-producing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policies with staff and external groups, and tackling unconscious bias and stigma. You will be able to share your experiences and challenges faced in measuring the effectiveness and impact of diversity and inclusion measures through networking with senior colleagues and collaborating to gain ideas for moving forward.

Why Attend:

✓ Hear high-level keynotes from leading charities on the latest diversity and inclusion guidance and advice for HR and management professionals
✓ Case studies showcasing best practice in supporting marginalised staff in the workplace
✓ A wide range of topics including diversifying charity boards, tackling bias and discrimination, and attracting a diverse range of staff
✓ Networking opportunities with speakers and senior colleagues
✓ 8 hours of CPD points towards your yearly quota


This year’s conference package includes 12-months FREE access to GE Insights, our cross-sector learning resource of case study focused videos, articles, lived experiences and more (RRP £199). Gain unlimited access to our online platform when you purchase your conference ticket.

Key benefits include:

 ✓100s of Exclusive Case Studies – fingertip access to videos and articles covering all key sectors including healthcare, and ALL CPD certified

 ✓Key Sessions from All Our Conferences – gain valuable insights from our past, present, and future events (160+ pa)

 ✓Articles and Interviews – learn from our network of expert speakers and contributors explore further the key discussions from the conferences

 ✓Additional CPD Hours – automatically earn more for everything you watch, read, and hear

 ✓Your Own CPD Dashboard – charts your progress, allows you to add notes, download your activities, and save/print an official CPD certificate

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 ✓30+ New Uploads Each Month – we’re adding new content every week to ensure you stay engaged and informed all year round.

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285

  • Online Registration

  • Chair’s Opening Remarks


  • Keynote: Implementing Organisational-Wide Inclusive Cultural Change to Promote Better Working

    • Key insights into organisational-wide communication on EDI initiatives and guidance on enacting them
    • Measuring the impact of EDI initiatives to ensure their success and secure buy-in for continued improvements
    • Taking a value-based approach to addressing organisational challenges on diversity and inclusion
    • Creating an inclusive culture through company-wide safe spaces to co-produce policies with staff members

    Woojdan Raza, Director of People, Culture & Inclusion, National Council for Voluntary Organisations (CONFRIMED)

  • Keynote: Creating Effective Policies to Ensure Long-Term Inclusion and Diversity in the Voluntary Sector

    • Guidance on implementing secure reporting mechanisms to tackle discrimination and harassment at work
    • Allocating resources to maximise potential benefit for EDI schemes: key tips
    • Best practice on publishing yearly EDI statements to develop clear and focused outcomes
    • Advice on collaborating with staff to promote and implement EDI practices and policies

    Rowena Estwick, Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Listen-First Communication Strategies to Create an Inclusive Work Environment

    • Breaking down barriers and overcoming stigma by holding open conversations with staff members
    • Putting on workshops to increase organisational knowledge about diversity and inclusion topics
    • Guiding managers with scripted conservations to facilitate meaningful conversations with staff in safe spaces
    • Implementing realistic road maps to ensure transparency throughout creating an inclusive environment

    Jacqueline Stewart, Head of Participation & Deputy CEO, Clean Break (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Adapting the Recruitment Process and Reasonable Adjustments for a Diverse Workforce

    • Proactive approaches for recruiting diverse staff to ensure values of inclusivity and diversity are embedded within the organisation
    • Ensuring the staff base is representative of the communities it serves to better address the needs of all members of the community
    • Recommendations for implementing reasonable adjustments to attract and retain top talent
    • Co-producing yearly reviews to evaluate and make recommendations on future recruitment and retention strategies to improve EDI
    • Investing in training to support the development and growth of senior staff to lead a diverse workforce suitably

    Claire Shrewsbury, Director of Insights & Innovation, WRAP (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: Embedding Inclusion and Diversity Across the Organisation to Improve Workplace Culture

    • Offering a range of intersectional training programmes to develop an inclusive workforce
    • Building safe spaces for staff such as multi-faith rooms to accommodate employees from diverse backgrounds

    Sophie Hailwood, Operations Director – Inclusion, Touchstone (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Lunch Break

  • Keynote: An Outline to Recruiting Charity Trustees from Underrepresented Backgrounds

    • Practical steps charities can take to address the under-representation of people from BAME backgrounds on trustee boards
    • Adapting trustee recruitment criteria to be more inclusive of potential candidates from minority backgrounds who may not have prior experience
    • Guidance on overcoming the barriers and challenges of non-diverse working environments for trustees and staff
    • Installing comprehensive onboarding programmes for new staff to foster an inclusive environment where knowledge is not assumed

    Shani Newbold, Managing Partner, Cadence Partners (CONFIRMED)

  • Case Study: TBA

    Julie Musesoglu, Inclusion & Wellbeing Manager, Cancer Research UK (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Breakout Networking: Overcoming Challenges and Sharing Success in Implementing Effective Diversity and Inclusion Measures

    This session will provide you with the opportunity to discuss the main challenges you face in making the voluntary sector more diverse and inclusive. Share your experiences in creating, and securing buy-in, for EDI policies. Discuss strategies together on how to overcome obstacles in creating diverse and inclusive workplace environments.

  • Comfort Break

  • Case Study: Co-Producing Strategies of Cultural Transformation by Collaborating with Diverse Staff Groups

    • Tips on utilising external collaboration to highlight the potential for cultural transformation
    • Engaging with a diverse group of people with lived experience to provide insight into effectively confronting structural discrimination and inequalities
    • Strategies on most effective ways to establish new diversity and inclusion teams from scratch
    • Working with others to stay updated on latest trends and changes in landscape and legislation
    • Setting challenges and targets for self-reflection and to monitor progress on EDI schemes

    Nahida Ahmed, Director of People and Inclusion, Trussell Trust (CONFIRMED)

  • Challenging Stereotypes and Engaging With Minority Ethnic Groups to Strengthen Inclusivity

    • Collaborating with minority ethnic groups to diversify your organisations fundraising and policies
    • Providing guidance on best strategies and sustainable engagement approaches to working with a diverse range of donor groups
    • Forging genuine connections with donor groups to promote inclusivity and diversify your donor base

    Bijal Rama, Head of Public Audiences Research nfpResearch (CONFIRMED)

  • Questions and Answers

  • Chair’s Closing Remarks

    *programme subject to change without notice

Who Should Attend

Who Should Attend?

Delegates who will have an interest in this event will be HR professionals and senior managers from across the voluntary sector.

*This Conference is open to Public, Private and Third Sectors

For more information or to make a booking please call 0330 058 4285


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