Diversity & Inclusion - A Practical Guide

Diversity & Inclusion - A Practical Guide

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: A Practical Guide for Improving Your D&I Package in association with Pinsent Masons and Brook Graham

Why Dignity & Inclusion and why now?

Is D&I still trendy? Or in Covid-19 times are businesses just working to keep going?

No, the virus has had a diversity field day – it disproportionately impacts on several minority groups, such as older people, BAME groups, the disabled and on the neurodiverse. Indeed, successful organisations have embraced D&I as key to managing the workforce through lockdown and will need to do so as you gradually return to work.

D&I must be as high on the agenda as it was in 2019: it is vital for organisations that want to thrive, be seen as great places to work, recruit and retain staff, and be seen as dealing properly with the impact of lockdown. Whether businesses will be expanding or retracting, a genuine programme of D&I will increase productivity and reduce risks of employee litigation. It is more vital than it has ever been.

We’re bringing together D&I experts that will set out practical options, useful insights, facts and figures that will help you bring your D&I package up to date.

Through a series of short presentations and panel discussions, together with practical templates and checklists, you will leave this online event with a huge number of useful suggestions for you to put into practice as you build your D&I strategy. And because it’s online and recorded, you’ll be able to watch back and catch up on any sessions you miss.

Around 75% of the workforce in 2025 will be Millennials or younger. They will expect their employer to have flexible options for working and to have a diverse and inclusive workforce. The lockdown has established once and for all that, for many, homeworking is a viable option for employers and employees.

You can choose to ‘get with the programme’ or lose out this decade in your search for the best talent.

Sessions include:

  • The Business Case for D&I
  • Update on Legal Concepts in D&I – getting it right.
  • Moving from our Traditional Background – embracing new cultures.
  • Neurodiversity: Why Workplace Accommodations in the Workplace are More Important Than Ever.
  • Mental Health – building support
  • Learning from the Public Sector – the stride for pride in PSNI.
  • Great Minds Think Unalike – the need to embrace diverse creative thinking
  • Creating Alliances – the importance of allies in supporting colleagues
  • Creating Authenticity – the importance of board and SMT support in the successful development of a D and I culture
  • Does AI need a D&I Reality?
  • Creating a Strategy – a journey not a destination parts 1, 2 & 3.

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at organisations who have, or wish to have, a developed diversity & inclusion strategy. Whether you are in HR, a D&I specialist, or a senior executive who has responsibility for developing a policy, you will leave this event with many useful ideas and templates/checklists and more that will help you develop or further develop your D&I offering.

You will be able to take part in open discussions in order to create a focus for developing and improving your D&I strategy for your journey to a truly diverse and inclusive organisation.

Scribes from Legal Island’s learning and development team will pass on suggestions, ideas and key takeaways from the event to every delegate to further reinforce learning. And you will receive all papers, slides and templates, as well as links to recording sessions after the event.

When & Where?
9.30am - 4.00pm on Wednesday 22nd July 2020. This is an online event and will be hosted on the Hopin platform. 

Standard Rate: €295

All profits from this event will be donated to Barnardo's Covid-19 Crisis Appeal.

Barnardo's Covid-19 Crisis Appeal
The Coronavirus crisis has created a storm of acute need for the vulnerable children & families Barnardo's help. They are still providing one-to-one support to the most vulnerable children with complex needs and are redesigning many services, so their staff can provide effective support either online through new digital solutions or by phone.

Barnardo's Covid-19 Crisis Appeal supports children and families affected by the pandemic by providing access to food and essentials, virtual counselling sessions and empowering children with digital tools. You can view more information here.

More about Hopin...
Our new online platform, Hopin, allows for us to provide all the things you expect from a Legal Island event - exceptional and expert speakers, comprehensive notes, template documents, lots of session options, exhibitors and Q&A. Hopin is a virtual venue with multiple interactive areas that are optimized for connecting and engaging those who attend. Participants can move in and out of rooms, network and visit exhibitor stalls just like an in-person event and enjoy the content and connections we've created for you.

In association with Pinsent Masons and Brook Graham:

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  • David Johnston
    David Johnston Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    A Human Resources professional for over 24 years, and interested in equality and diversity matters, most of his career has seen him working in complex and high profile public service organisations, including: Inland Revenue, Police Ombudsman’s office, Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 

  • Seònaid Ó Murchadha
    Seònaid Ó Murchadha Disability Employment Specialist

    Founder of Amputee Disability Federation Ireland, Seònaid Ó Murchadha has been promoting the employment of people with disabilities for over 20 years, using her unique perception and engaging methods of communication to highlight the abilities of people with disabilities.  Most recently, Seònaid has been working with Dublin City University’s Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion helping organisations to build cultures of inclusion by providing access to the very latest developments in academic research, insights and tools on diversity and inclusion.

  • Hayley Bennett
    Hayley Bennett Diversity & Inclusion Consultant
    Brook Graham

    Hayley Bennett is a Diversity & Inclusion Consultant at Brook Graham, delivering to clients across industry sectors and D&I topics. Hayley has won multiple awards for her work and her specialisms include Inclusive Leadership, advancing BAME talent, and developing impactful mentoring programmes.

    Prior to joining Brook Graham, Hayley worked as a Senior Diversity and Wellbeing Adviser for Business in the Community, providing advice and consultancy some of the UK’s largest employers and global brands. Hayley has also worked at Kick It Out, English football’s equality and inclusion organisation, where her work involved empowering football’s future leaders and educating stakeholders in the game.

    We recently sat down with Hayley for a Q&A, read it in full here: https://www.legal-island.ie/articles/ire/resources/hr-interview-series/2020/mar/interview-with-hayley-bennett/


  • Paul Gillen
    Paul Gillen Partner
    Pinsent Masons

    Paul Gillen is a Partner in the employment & pensions team at Pinsent Masons LLP. Beginning his career in Human Resource Management, he spent more than 10 years working in a variety of HR roles including retail, construction, civil engineering, manufacturing and distribution.

    Paul is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and is currently vice chair to the Northern Ireland Branch Committee. Paul is a member of the CBI Employment and Skills committee and a Visiting Professor to the School of Law at the University of Ulster.

  • Catherine McGinnity
    Catherine McGinnity Founder & Chair
    GROW Women's Network

    Catherine is R&D Process Development Leader at Sensata Technologies and is a founding member and Chair of the GROW Women's Network.

  • Helena Kelly
    Helena Kelly Project Manager
    Sensata Technologies

    Helena began her career with Schrader Electronics prior to the Sensata acquisition, as a Mechanical Manufacturing Engineer with a specialism in Plastic Laser Welding having completed her final year project on this topic in conjunction with the company. Helena moved to the NPI TPMS team in 2014 as a Project Leader and in the past two years has worked in the HVOR TPMS team as a Project Manager for Truck and Trailer OEM developments.

    Helena is one of the four founders of GROW (Generating Recognition and Opportunities for Women), the first Affinity Group in Antrim specifically to meet the unique needs of women in the workplace.

  • Paul Bloomer
    Paul Bloomer Constable/ Co-Chair PSNI LGBT+ Network

    Paul Bloomer is a serving officer in the Police Service of Northern Ireland, joining the Police Service in 2010 following a career in marketing and banking. He has worked in a range of roles in policing including emergency response, community policing and as a liaison officer between the Court service and the PSNI.  He joined what was the Gay Police Association (GPA) on commencement of his service. He was one of the first PSNI officers to march in uniform in a Pride event in Manchester in 2015.

    Constable Bloomer has represented the Police Service of Northern Ireland’s LGBT+ Network at numerous events both at international and local levels.  He helped reform the GPA into the PSNI LGBT+ Network. He was also part of the team which successfully lobbied for the first participation of Northern Ireland Police Officers in uniform in Belfast Pride in August 2017. He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the PSNI LGBT+ Network. He also sits on the European LGBT Police Association general board and National Coordinating Group of the National UK LGBT+ Police Network.

  • Ciara Ruane
    Ciara Ruane Senior Associate
    Pinsent Masons

    Ciara has practiced as a corporate employment lawyer in the Republic of Ireland since 2012. Ciara has experience of advising and representing international and domestic clients in all aspects of employment law in Ireland.  Ciara has particular interest in advising on TUPE queries, drafting and negotiating employment contracts, and assisting clients with corporate immigration and restructuring. In addition, Ciara regularly advises on day-to-day issues such as managing performance and disciplinary matters and has extensive transitional support experience.

  • Barry Phillips
    Barry Phillips Chairman
    Legal Island

    Barry Phillips (CEO) BEM founded Legal Island in 1998. Since then, the company has become the leading workplace compliance training company in the island of Ireland. He was awarded a British Empire Medal in the UK New Year’s Honours List 2020 for services to employment and equality.

  • Louise McQuillan
    Louise McQuillan Workplace Specialist

    As Team Lead within the Workplace Solutions team, Louise specialises in helping public and private sector organisations to support workforce diversity and inclusion strategies, increase staff productivity and customer engagement. She does this by creating inclusive working environments where everyone - including those with neurodiversities - can achieve their personal and professional goals. And, by removing communication barriers online to bring equal access to the web and facilitate self-service.

    Learn more about how Louise can help your organisation, by contacting her on email: l.mcquillan@texthelp.com or following her on twitter @TH_LouM.

  • Becky Jones
    Becky Jones Former Legal Function Head

    Becky is the former legal Director, Company Secretary and Compliance Officer for Coca‑Cola HBC Ireland & Northern Ireland and previously Diageo Ireland. As a member of the Senior Management Teams and as Legal Function Head, she has been responsible for maximising commercial opportunities and good corporate governance whilst protecting and managing legal and regulatory risks. She has been widely recognised for transforming legal service delivery through the use of technology, training and her commercial and collaborative approach to business and leadership. 

    Becky loves to mentor and coach people who she meets as she is passionate about developing and growing people and ideas. Becky was also responsible for establishing various networks, particularly on equality and D&I, including Diageo Ireland Spirited Women and the CCHBC Inspire Network.

  • Robin Allen QC
    Robin Allen QC QC

    Robin Allen QC has appeared in over 145 reported cases in the Industrial Relations Law Reports (more than any other barrister). These include many path-finding appellate cases at the highest level in the UK and Europe. He has been instructed in over 40 cases in the House of Lords/Supreme Court and undertaken test cases in relation to every protected characteristic.   He has undertaken many public interest amicus and intervention briefs, both in the UK and worldwide, for among others the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Harvard University Law School, Public Concern at Work, and Liberty. He has also given evidence to Parliamentary Committees on the technical aspects of proposed legislation such as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, and he advised the European Commission on the content of the first two key equality Directives.  He is a consultant to HelpAge International on the UN’s Open Age Working Group on the proposal for a UN Convention on the Rights of Older Persons and to the European Age Platform.

  • Dee Masters
    Dee Masters Barrister

    Dee Masters is a recognised expert in discrimination law.  Her practice primarily consists of multi-week trials involving multiple and complex claims.  Due to her expertise, she regularly advises NGOs and government agencies on the development of discrimination law and she has delivered judicial training on discrimination law at ERA in Trier funded by the European Commission. She has advised the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland (ECNI) and the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) on its response to proposed legislation extending the existing prohibition on age discrimination.  In August 2015, she was the keynote speaker at a conference attended by politicians and policy makers in Belfast concerning age discrimination.  Dee has also been advising AGE PLATFORM, an NGO, on a proposed European Directive which will extend the prohibition on age discrimination.  She drafted the Technical Guidance accompanying the ban on age discrimination in goods, facilities and services on behalf of the Equality and Human Rights Commission in GB alongside colleagues in chambers.  In 2018, she gave evidence as an expert witness to the Women and Equalities Committee on older people in the workplace.

  • Andrea McIlroy-Rose
    Andrea McIlroy-Rose Partner, Head of Office, Belfast
    Pinsent Masons

    Andrea is Head of Pinsent Masons' Belfast office and is a real estate Partner who leads the Belfast property team and the UK retail property team. She is named as a “Leading Individual” and in the “Hall of Fame” for real estate in the Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and Legal 500 directories.  Andrea has a special interest in diversity and inclusion particularly the promotion and advancement of women.  She was the international chair of the female networking group at Pinsent Masons, Female Futures, for 7 years, with membership now spanning all 26 offices.  She has recently been appointed to the firm’s new Global Inclusion Strategy Board.  Andrea is also responsible for leading Project Sky, the firm’s initiative to create better gender balance at senior levels.  Andrea also sits on the boards of Women in Business and the NI Chamber of Commerce and was one of the co-founders of Women in Property in Northern Ireland.

Event details


9.15am - 4.00pm


22 July 2020


Hopin (Online Platform)


Standard Rate: €295