Improving Diversity and Equality in the Charity Sector

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Neal Green, Strategy and Insight Manager, Charity Commission
  • Peter Lewis, CEO, Institute of Fundraising
  • Sufina Ahmad, Chair of the panel on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Institute of Fundraising, 
  • Peter Olawaye, Trustee, Leap Confronting Conflict
  • Janet Thorne, CEO, Reach Volunteering
  • Ruth Leonard, Chair, Association of Volunteer Managers
  • Paula Harriott, Head of Prisoner Engagement, Prison Reform Trust
  • Dr Helen Timbrell, People and Organisational Development Consultant


Recent findings have shown that trustee boards of charities are among the least diverse and representative when compared to boards of private companies. Volunteering in the charity sector is also heavily underrepresented by people with protected characteristics. Having a diverse team brings in a greater amount of skill, knowledge and compassion, enabling charities to be more effective in their decision-making processes as well as on the frontline. As such, more should be done within the Third Sector to ensure that their leadership and staff represent the people and communities they aim to help. 

Join Westminster Briefing this August to learn about the latest practices being used by charities to better diversify their workforces. Hear from colleagues leading the way and better develop effective strategies to enhance the diversity and effectiveness of your team.

Issues to be addressed:

  • Making Boards of Trustees truly representative: steps taken since the Taken on Trust report 
  • Tackling unconscious bias when recruiting and promoting staff to senior positions
  • Removing perceptions of elitism and exclusivity
  • Encouraging people of all backgrounds to get more involved
  • How volunteering increases awareness of diversity in society and the organisation
  • The need to engage with different communities
  • Developing effective recruitment and retention strategies for volunteers
  • Taking a proactive approach to drive equality issues forward
  • Actions leading charities are already taking 
  • What future steps should be taken?

The event:

The Morning sessions will focus on the need to be more inclusive when it comes to trustee boards and volunteer staff. It will provide useful tips to ensure charities are bringing in the right people, enabling them to deliver the best service possible to the people that rely on the help charities provide. 

The Afternoon session will look at best practice examples where charities have successfully implemented strategies to allow them to become more diverse. This will enable audience members to take back with them useful ideas to implement their own strategies. 

Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in improving diverse representation within the charity sector including: employers; trustees, chief executives, HR officers; equality officers; volunteer managers and representative groups.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

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Wednesday 29th August 2018

11.00am - 3.30pm (including networking lunch)

Private Sector | 1 Place:£295 | 2+ Places:£245 each
Public Sector | 1 Place: £245 | 2+ Places:£195 each
Charity Sector 
| 1 Place: £195 | 2+ Places: £145 each
All displayed prices exclude VAT

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