Key Points
  • Developing a workforce that is representative of the population it serves
  • Improving diversity in senior leadership roles, developing a sustainable talent pipeline and improving workplace cultures to support inclusion
  • Reducing pay gaps and key hurdles to overcome
  • Effective recruitment practices to improve diversity
  • Guidance for monitoring and publishing equality information
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Overview
Holyrood Insight’s Public Sector Diversity and Inclusion Digital Conference showcases the latest examples of how to make a real difference at work, from improving recruitment practices to creating inclusive cultures and developing diverse talent pipelines to ensure that different groups and all protected characteristics are represented, cherished and retained in a diverse public sector workforce.

Public authorities employ 20.7% of the workforce in Scotland and as publicly funded organisations they should be role models for other employers. Despite progress being made under the Equality Act 2010, the current Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations, and the Fairer Scotland strategy, more still needs to be done.

The pandemic has highlighted the impact inequalities have on Scotland’s communities. Now with the chance to ‘build back better’, the Scottish Government is focused on embedding equality and diversity in all aspects of public policy development and service delivery, to the benefit of everyone in Scotland.

Join us to hear updates from leading experts from across different public sector organisations to understand what initiatives are working, and benefit from case studies about how to practically implement diversity and inclusion programmes on the ground.

Attend to understand how to put equality, diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything we do to ensure that the public sector truly represents the Scottish population it serves, now and into the future.


    Confirmed Speakers:

  • Alastair Pringle, Executive Director, Legal, Compliance and Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • Lesley Fraser, Director General for Organisational Development and Operations and Equality and Diversity Champion, Scottish Government
  • Aneela McKenna, Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager, Scottish Parliament
  • Sharon Lo, Co-Chair, Faith and Minority Ethnic (FAME) Network and Civil Service Race Forum (CSRF)
  • Rohini Sharma Joshi FCIH, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Trust Housing Association
  • Kezia Dugdale, Director, University of Glasgow’s John Smith Centre
  • Jaspal Roopra, Skills Capabilities and Talent, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Bernadette Thompson, Co-Chair, G6/G7 Race To The Top Network
  • Kris Hendry, Chair, PCS Proud, PCS Scotland and HMRC
  • Nasar Meer, Co-Author, Taking Stock – Race Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh
  • Justin Placide, Co-Chair, Civil Service Race Forum (CSRF)
  • Anthony Horrigan, Co-Founder, Spktral
  • Morven Brooks, Chief Executive Officer, Disability Equality Scotland
  • Susie Fitton, Policy Officer, Inclusion Scotland

Agenda
Start

08:45 - 09:00
Chair’s Extended Opening Remarks

 
  • Context Setting and the Role of the Public Sector
8.55 - 9.00 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Alastair Pringle Executive Director, Legal, Compliance and Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission

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09:00 - 09:30
Keynote Address: Government Priorities for Diversity and Inclusion

 
  • Progress to date for a Fairer Scotland and next steps 
  • Embedding levers and accountability to help facilitate continuous improvements in equality and diversity
  • Mainstreaming equality and diversity into public authorities
  • What the public sector can learn from other organisations
9.20 - 9.30 Questions and Discussion 


Speakers

Lesley Fraser Director General for Organisational Development and Operations and Equality and Diversity Champion, Scottish Government

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09:30 - 10:00
Panel Discussion: Race Equality Across Public Services

 
  • Progress made against the Race Quality Action Plan 2017 – 21
  • Implementing the Scottish Government’s Race Recruitment and Retention Plan 2020
  • Tackling structural racism
  • Towards ethnicity pay gap reporting
  • Covid-19 and minority ethnic employees
  • Positive action in practice
9.50 - 10.00 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Sharon Lo Co-Chair, Faith and Minority Ethnic (FAME) Network and Civil Service Race Forum (CSRF)

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Professor Nasar Meer Co-Author, Taking Stock – Race Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh

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Justin Placide Justin Placide, Co-Chair, Civil Service Race Forum (CSRF)

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10:00 - 10:25
Reducing Pay Gaps

 
  • Progress so far and is the reporting legislation effective? 
  • What more should organisations be doing?
  • What's next? Including ethnicity, disability, social mobility and what organisations should do to prepare
10.20 - 10.25 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Anthony Horrigan Co-Founder, Spktral

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10:25 - 10:50
Recruiting and Supporting Employees Who Have a Disability or Long-Term Condition

 
  • Progress made against the Fairer Scotland for Disabled People Action Plan
  • Examples of best practice from across the public sector
  • Areas for improvement and next steps
10.45 - 10.50 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Morven Brooks CEO, Disability Equality Scotland

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Susie Fitton Policy Officer, Inclusion Scotland

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10:50 - 11:00
Intermission

 

11:00 - 11:30
Panel Discussion: Developing Inclusive Public Service Leadership

 
  • Addressing underrepresentation at senior and board level
  • Building inclusive leadership behaviours
  • Setting targets and sharing responsibility for achieving them with leaders
  • Investing in training, personal and professional development to ensure the future pipeline of inclusive leaders
  • Successful mentoring schemes, job shadowing and workplace demonstrations
  • Improving in-house career advice for progression and promotion 
  • Positive action in the promotion process
11.20 - 11.30 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Kezia Dugdale Director, University of Glasgow’s John Smith Centre

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Bernadette Thompson Co-Chair of Race to the Top - G6/7 Network, Civil Service

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11:30 - 11:55
Effective Recruitment Practices to Improve Diversity

 
  • Assessing the diversity of your current hiring process and identifying barriers to inclusivity
  • Attracting diverse candidates
  • Overcoming unconscious bias
  • Implementing positive action in recruitment
  • Increasing transparency and holding organisations to account
11.50 - 11.55 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Jaspal Roopra Skills, Capabilities and Talent, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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11:55 - 12:20
Monitoring Equality and Diversity

 
  • Tackling lack of compliance with monitoring
  • Improving disclosure rates
  • Getting buy-in from the top for equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Developing systems to record and report on the nine protected characteristics
  • Measuring and sustaining improvement
12.15 - 12.20 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Aneela McKenna Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Scottish Parliament

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12:20 - 12:50
Panel Discussion: Developing Workplace Culture to Support Diversity

 
  • Examples of impactful initiatives to create inclusive working environments
  • Tackling harassment and bullying and developing respect and inclusion training
  • Making equality the responsibility of all managers
  • Developing diverse employee networks
12.40 - 12.50 Questions and Discussion 

Speakers

Kris Hendry Chair, PCS Proud, PCS Scotland and HMRC

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Rohini Sharma Joshi FCIH Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Trust Housing Association

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12:50 - 13:00
Chair's Closing Remarks

 

Speakers

Alastair Pringle Executive Director, Legal, Compliance and Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission

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End

Speakers

Morven Brooks CEO, Disability Equality Scotland

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Kezia Dugdale Director, University of Glasgow’s John Smith Centre

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Susie Fitton Policy Officer, Inclusion Scotland

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Lesley Fraser Director General for Organisational Development and Operations and Equality and Diversity Champion, Scottish Government

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Kris Hendry Chair, PCS Proud, PCS Scotland and HMRC

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Anthony Horrigan Co-Founder, Spktral

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Rohini Sharma Joshi FCIH Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Trust Housing Association

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Sharon Lo Co-Chair, Faith and Minority Ethnic (FAME) Network and Civil Service Race Forum (CSRF)

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Aneela McKenna Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Scottish Parliament

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Professor Nasar Meer Co-Author, Taking Stock – Race Equality in Scotland, University of Edinburgh

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Justin Placide Justin Placide, Co-Chair, Civil Service Race Forum (CSRF)

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Alastair Pringle Executive Director, Legal, Compliance and Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission

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Jaspal Roopra Skills, Capabilities and Talent, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

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Bernadette Thompson Co-Chair of Race to the Top - G6/7 Network, Civil Service

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Venue details

Digital Event Broadcast Live


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