Supporting Parents in the Workplace

Confirmed speakers:

  • Maria Tonks, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist (Chair)
  • Kaammini Chanrai, Gender Research and Policy Manager, Business in the Community
  • Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, NHS Employers
  • Emma Allen, Equality and Diversity Strategic Lead, Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Adrienne Burgess, Joint CEO and Head of Research, The Fatherhood Institute
  • Elliott Rae, Head of Defra's Project Race and Founder, MusicFootballFatherhood
  • Kirstie Axtens, Head of Employer Services & WF Consulting, Working Families
  • Jessica Chu, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Santander 
  • Simarjeet Kaur, Policy Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission


Supporting working parents has never been so crucial, yet policies and workplaces have not kept up with social change. Mothers are seeking gender equality in access to employment whilst fathers increasingly want to make an equal contribution to childcare. Only one in five families say they have a healthy work-life balance with just under half of parents saying that working hours get in the way of family life. However, only two percent of eligible employees are taking up Shared Parental Leave (SPL), leading the government to launch a 2018 campaign to further promote it.

Join Westminster briefing on Thursday 29 November to find out how policy and practice can be improved to meet the needs of a twenty-first century family.

Key issues to be addressed: 

•    A review of the current Shared Parental Leave (SPL) programme, its opportunities and limitations
•    An update on current maternity and paternity leave policies  
•    How to develop a parental leave policy that retains and attracts talent
•    The benefits of a flexible working program and how to build one into your workplace
•    Managing the return to work process for mothers and fathers
•    Managing health risks for pregnant staff at work
•    Changing office culture and encouraging fathers to take paternity leave

The event: 

The morning session will be a review of the current policies in place to serve working parents, including Shared Parental Leave (SPL), maternity and paternity leave.

The afternoon session will focus on best practice and how to create a workplace that is supportive for working mothers and fathers. 

Morning refreshments will be served upon arrival with a networking lunch to follow. Any special needs or dietary requirements should be notified to us upon booking.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available confirming your attendance.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone with an interest in supporting working parents, including: employers; HR managers/officers; wellbeing officers; senior managers; consultants; trade unions and representative groups.

For registration enquiries please contact: |
0207 593 5657

To discuss event sponsorship, speaking opportunities and agenda content, please email:

Thursday 29th November 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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