Improving Social Mobility in the Workplace

Confirmed Speakers Include:

  • Kathryn Davies, Employer Index Manager, The Social Mobility Foundation
  • Stephen Hogan, Head of Social Mobility, PwC
  • Hollie Crompton, Social Mobility Operations Lead, PwC
  • Jenny Baskerville, External Affairs Senior Manager, Corporate Affairs, KPMG
  • Geraldine Clement, Co-Chair, Cross Government Social Mobility Network
  • Sarah Alonge, Wellbeing and Disability Policy Adviser, The Law Society
  • Richard Waite, Resourcing Lead, Grant Thornton UK LLP
  • Richard McKenna, Director, Inclusive Employers (event chair)
  • Further Speakers TBC


In June 2017 the Social Mobility Commission, in conjunction with the Social Mobility Foundation and the City of London Corporation published an index of 50 companies leading the way in improving social mobility. Those from more affluent backgrounds are still disproportionately taking the best jobs, leaving little opportunity for recruitment, selection and progression from less fortunate groups. By taking the issue of social mobility more seriously, organisations can benefit from wider and more diverse recruitment of potential employees. 

Join this Westminster Briefing on the 18th January to hear how employers are incorporating social mobility into their business strategies and learn what you can do to improve the lives of people in the workplace from various parts of society. 

Key issues to be addressed:

  • The social mobility index and what it means for employers
  • Why the social mobility of employees is a priority for organisations
  • Overcoming the belief of background determining success
  • Tackling demographic and bias issues to encourage greater employment at all levels of society
  • How giving a level playing field benefits employers
  • Ensuring you are open to accessing and progressing talent from all backgrounds 
  • Gathering data on an employee's socio-economic backgrounds
  • Setting social mobility targets as part of your business strategy
  • Hiring candidates from diverse educational and socio-economic backgrounds 
  • Offering apprenticeships and diversifying routes into employment
  • Reaching out young people through work experience and mentor schemes

The Event:

The morning session will provide an overview of the Social Mobility index and the importance of incorporating the issue into your business strategy, to enable recruitment from a wider pool of talent and provide greater opportunities for those from less-affluent backgrounds. 

The afternoon session will focus on how to effectively develop ways in which you can improve social mobility in your organisation by learning from employers already leading the way.
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.

Who should attend?

Attendees will be drawn from anyone with an interest in promoting social mobility in the workplace including: employers; HR officers; equality officers; trade union & representative groups.

For registration enquiries please contact: | 0207 593 5657

To discuss speaking opportunities and/or the agenda, please email: 

Thursday 18th January 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
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