Ceri is an employment lawyer who, alongside her current advisory practice, has experience of all aspects of contentious and non-contentious employment law. Ceri has particular expertise in equality and discrimination issues, and often leads on new developments in this area. Recently, Ceri has been providing advice to employers regarding gender pay and bonus gap reporting. Ceri also worked with the Government Equalities Office during the consultation processes about these regulations.
Ceri also oversees DAC Beachcroft's employment and pension group’s monthly alerters, which set out key employment law developments in the preceding month and analyse what these mean for employers. She regularly briefs clients on these issues.
Ceri trained at DAC Beachcroft qualifying as a solicitor in 1999. Ceri headed up the employment and pensions client training unit from January 2009 until moving into her current role of Practice Development Manager in April 2016.
Dr Pete Jones is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientists specialising in unconscious bias and stereotype threat, and in de-biasing organisational people processes. He provides research, consultancy and training to a wide range of employers across the public and private sectors including a number of regulatory bodies, universities, banks, law firms, insurers and engineering companies.
He is the author of the ‘Implicitly’ bias test platform and the author of a chapter on recruiting in the forthcoming book on ethnicity at work by the British Psychological Society.
Sam Flynn has been training businesses in the effective use of social media for over 8 years. Sam also speaks regularly at events worldwide about the use of social media by organisations.
Sam’s background is in business psychology and her talks and training focus much more on the psychological aspects of social media than the technological. Sam is also the author of Social Media Super Success, and she trains organisations in-house, in group workshops and online.
Gary Kildare is the Chief Human Resource Officer for IBM Europe. He is a progressive business leader who has worked around the world and has over 30 years of international experience. Originally from Falkirk, Stirlingshire, he has used his deep knowledge of business, talent and people management to lead transformational change across multiple countries, cultures and businesses. In his current role, he is responsible for driving the reinvention of the workforce strategy for Europe and helping the business to better serve clients.
He has previously been CHRO for IBM's consulting business and CHRO for IBM’s technical services division, Global Technology Services, as well as Global Vice President for the Americas, EMEA and Asia Pacific. He is a member of IBM's Growth & Transformation Team, a group of senior executives appointed by the CEO, providing global leadership across key strategic areas.
Outside of IBM, Gary is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, as well as a GlobalScot. He has served as Non-Executive Director of Education Scotland, as a member of the Scottish Government's Education Study "The Curriculum for Excellence", as Non-Executive Director of the National Skills Academy and as Non-Executive Advisor to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC). Gary has also been a member of the HRMC People Committee and Pay Review Committee, and a member of the CBI Business Council for Scotland. He received an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh Napier University in 2012.
Raj has become one of the UK’s leading figures in executive search and interim management after over 20 years of moving the dial on leadership, talent and diversity.
As one of the most respected figures internationally in these fields, Raj advises seven boards across the public and private sectors on diversity and talent, including the Met Police and The PM’s Implementation Office.
As the leader of one of the industry’s few minority-owned businesses, Raj is a passionate advocate of the power of diversity as a source of competitive advantage, heading a team that sets the benchmark for innovation and commitment to consistently attracting diverse groups of appointable candidates.
Under his leadership, Green Park has been at the forefront of client and candidate service and innovation. He is regarded as a champion for entrepreneurialism within the UK and recently added Best Agency Recruitment Lead of the Year & a Lifetime Achievement Award to a long list of honours received from the industry. He was also named Best Agency Recruitment Lead of the Year at the 2014 Recruiter Awards for Excellence.
Before co-founding Green Park, Raj was the first ethnic-minority manager at Michael Page, growing a start-up team to £10 million and was on the executive board at Penna, growing a start-up function to £14.5 million.
Baroness McGregor-Smith was appointed a life peer by former prime minister David Cameron in 2015, and was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to business and diversity. As chief executive of Mitie Group from 2007 to 2016 she was the first Asian female chief executive of a FTSE 250 business and is a former chair of the Women’s Business Council.
Baroness McGregor-Smith is currently a non-executive board member at the Department for Education. This year she published a hard-hitting independent review, commissioned by former business secretary Sajid Javid, into the barriers affecting black and minority ethnic groups in the workplace, which found that by failing to utilise BME talent, the UK economy was missing out on £24 billion.
Debbie is a highly experienced HR and D&I Consultant with a comprehensive and strategic understanding of HR and Diversity and Inclusion within complex environments. She has delivered people change programmes within the private and not-for-profit sectors and provided D&I consultancy, support and guidance to a wide range of organisations across the UK and internationally.
Debbie has been involved with enei and formally The Employers Forum on Age since 2010. During this time she has led strategic projects including the change of scope from EFA to enei, project managed member-led research and developed best practice diversity and inclusion approaches and documents. She leads enei’s work on both agile working and trans.
Debbie has extensive HR experience in fast paced commercial environments demonstrating the value of good people management to business success. Previously as Group HR Director at Craegmoor, Debbie realigned HR practices to drive down staff attrition, resulting in more efficient working and improvements to service. Prior to this, she worked in various HR roles at Marks & Spencer Plc.
Mary began her career as a journalist before joining the BBC, where she became a documentary Producer/Director. Moving into D&I, her previous roles include Diversity Editorial Executive for Channel 4 and the BBC and most recently Diversity & Inclusion Lead for GE Renewable Energy.
While Mary was in role at GE Capital, they won a range of diversity industry awards, including The Times Top 50 Employers for Women in 2014 and 2016.
Tracey is a leading voice in the analysis of the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on business ethics. She works with organisations to help them better understand and prepare for the consequences of AI on corporate governance including the impact on leadership and accountability, decision-making, integrity and use of good judgement.
Tracey is an award-winning leader of gender diversity initiatives in organisations to maximise the benefits of inclusion and valuing difference in the workplace. She is an established author of published research, thought leadership papers, TEDx speaker and is an inspirational conference speaker and panellist on corporate governance, trust, business ethics and diversity.
Tracey is recognised in the City as an expert in her field and has received many accolades. Recent awards include Real Model in the City, Green Park, 2017; Top 10 Powerful Women in Finance, City AM, 2016; and Inspirational Woman, WeAreTheCity, 2015.