Implementing workplace diversity and inclusion is not only beneficial from an ethical perspective, it also has direct tangible benefits for the performance of your organisation and the engagement of your employees.

The Equality Act 2010 ensures that all workplaces are fair, equal and compliant with the law, however, developing a strategy which champions diversity and implementing a workplace culture of inclusion can help your organisation achieve greater staff retention and motivation, create a happier work environment and cut costs associated with staff turnover.

Join Employment Law Partner, Matthew Gregson, on this highly interactive one-day training course to learn how to champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Gain insight on a number of real life case studies to receive advice on how to respond to certain diversity-related scenarios, how to apply legislation in real terms and get an update on the ever-developing stance of the law.

Attend to hear from Helen Giles, Executive Director for People, at multi award-winning charity St. Mungo’s on their diversity strategy. Learn how their strategy and procedures have been developed, the results in terms of inclusion, engagement and business outcomes, and gain practical tips to replicate back at your organisation.

Work with the Chair to create a positive, innovative strategy to implement back at work and reap the benefits of a happier, more inclusive workforce.

About the Chair: Matthew Gregson
Matthew Gregson is a Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP – a specialist law firm working with public sector and third sector clients to improve the lives of individuals, communities and society. Matthew heads up the firm’s Employment Team and advises on a wide range of equality and diversity issues. He is often called upon to advise on high profile issues for clients and recent examples have involved advising on the occupational requirements in terms of religious discrimination; advising on the practical steps to take to avoid discrimination on the grounds of gender reassignment and defending discrimination proceedings in the Employment Tribunal.

Matthew has practical experience of the challenges in the sector having been a trustee of a local charity, a school governor, company secretary of a national charity and an elected member of a local authority.


9:15 - 9:45


9:45 - 10:00

Chair’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Diversity and Inclusion: The Equality Act 2010 (EqA)

  • The nine protected characteristics under the EqA
  • Understand the different forms of discrimination
  • The Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Public Sector Duty
  • Discuss and ask what you know and assess how to fill the gaps in your knowledge
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Case Study: Championing Diversity and Inclusion at St. Mungo’s Charity

  • Hear from award-winning charity St. Mungo’s on the work they have done to increase diversity and inclusion across their organisation
  • Know the positive business outcomes which can be gained through establishing inclusiveness as a core organisational value
  • Gain practical tips which can be replicated back in your workplace


Helen Giles

Executive Director of People and Governance, St Mungo's
12:00 - 12:30

Diversity and Inclusion: Decisions in the Courts

  • Hear about recent legal decisions in the courts
  • Understand the implications of these for diversity and inclusion in the workplace
  • Know how these updates can affect you and your organisation
12:30 - 13:00

Case Study – Gender

  • Hear from the Chair about a real-life scenario when gender has been a topic of dispute
  • Learn from what was done in this instance and the effects of this
  • Discuss what could have been done differently
  • Know how to champion gender equality in the workplace
13:00 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:30

Case Study – Disability

  • Hear from the Chair about a real-life scenario when disability has been a topic of dispute
  • Listen to what was done well and what could have been done better
  • Know how to champion disability equality in the workplace
14:30 - 14:45

Diversity and Inclusion: What is Going to Change?

  • Learn about a number of cases still to be decided
  • Discuss future Legislation
  • Current Consultation Processes
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 15:30

Case Study – Transgender

  • Hear from the Chair about a real-life scenario when transgender equality has been a topic of dispute
  • Learn best practice and how to incorporate positive strategies within your working practices
  • Know how to champion transgender equality in the workplace
15:30 - 16:00

Diversity and Inclusion: Creating a New Workplace Culture

  • How do you create a culture of diversity and inclusion in the modern workplace?
  • What underpins the culture and how to communicate the message
  • Develop an action plan on how to champion diversity upon your return to work
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Discussion, Evaluation & Close

Matthew Gregson

Partner, Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP

Matthew Gregson is a Partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP – a specialist law firm working with public sector and…

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