Diversity drives business performance, delivers economic growth, retains talent and builds successful teams.
Companies and organisations that embrace diversity perform better than those who do not. Companies are more profitable, they can attract and retain top talent and they better understand and reflect their customer base and the people they serve. Diversity drives innovation.
Greater Diversity in Scotland’s businesses and public services, across our economy and within our communities makes economic and business sense. Inclusive growth delivers for everyone.
To help achieve Scotland’s ambitions for inclusive economic growth, The Herald and GenAnalytics held Scotland’s first national Diversity Conference which engaged, inspired and showcased organisations, companies, workplaces and individuals who are leading the way to promote diversity and equality.
Diversity has never been more important to our businesses, our economy and our society.
The Diversity Conference for Scotland in association with Standard Life took place on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.
Tickets are priced at £100 + VAT
To find out more information on the 2018 conference, please contact Claire Hunter on 0141 302 7319 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Conference Programme
The Diversity Conference for Scotland in association with Standard Life took place on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow.
For more information on the 2018 conference, please contact Claire Hunter on 0141 302 7319.
The Conference focussed on 3 key drivers to achieving inclusive growth within Scotland:
The conference saw around 200 delegates from private, public and third sectors ranging from Chief Executives, Senior Managers, to HR, legal, policy and strategy and diversity specialists.
The programme included:
- Keynote Opening Address – Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security, Scottish Government
- Themed morning sessions
- Keynote Address – Steve Dunlop, CEO, Scottish Canals
- Networking Lunch
- Themed afternoon sessions
- Speaker – Dr Charlotte McCarroll, Research Associate at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow
- Keynote Closing Address – Sandy Begbie, Chief People Officer, Standard Life
Standard Life was established in Edinburgh in 1825. Today it is a global investment company helping people to invest and manage their money.
Around 4.5 million customers and clients across 46 countries trust us with their financial future – and we are responsible for the administration of £328 billion of their assets. We also support over 25 million customers through our Indian and Chinese associate and joint venture businesses. Standard Life Investments actively manages £269 billion worldwide, offering global asset management expertise with strong investment capabilities and performance.
Standard Life employs around 6,500 people internationally – through businesses in the UK, Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.
Standard Life plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange with around 1.2 million individual shareholders.
Wherever we operate in the world, we are motivated by a sense of responsibility. It’s what helps us to be a sustainable business. We’re proud to be listed as a leader for corporate sustainability in our industry in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI World and DJSI Europe).
Our approach to Diversity & Inclusion is a key strand in being a sustainable business. We define this in its broadest sense including, for example, age, social-economic background, gender, disability, experience and ethnicity. We have a fundamental belief that everyone deserves the opportunity to fulfil their potential and are committed to providing an inclusive workplace where all forms of diversity are valued.
All figures as at 30 June 2016
Jeane Freeman MSP, Minister for Social Security, Scottish Government
Born and raised in Ayr, she attended the Glasgow College of Technology and studied sociology and politics before establishing Apex Scotland, a criminal justice employment organisation. She was also a member of the Parole Board for Scotland.
Jeane chaired the National Waiting Times Centre Board and was a member of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.
In 1996, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the rehabilitation of offenders. Jeane was elected as the Scottish Parliament member for Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley in 2016.
Sandy Begbie, Chief People Officer, Standard Life Plc
Sandy Begbie is responsible for the Group’s People Function and Lead Executive for the Joint Venture Heng An Standard Life in China and the Asia business based in Hong Kong. Sandy joined Standard Life in May 2010 as the Group Transformation Director. He was also a member of KPMG’s P3 Client Advisory Board until July 2016, Chairman of Career Ready, Scottish Advisory Board (SAB) and has just recently been appointed as a NED to the Open University Board. Sandy also Chairs the new Regional Developing Young Workforce (DYW) group to tackle Edinburgh and Lothians youth unemployment. Sandy is also a member of the HR50 network, a trusted intimate forum for the world’s leading chief HR officers with only 50 members globally.
Sandy’s main areas of expertise are operating internationally, leading major organisational change, driving performance through a strong commercial approach and growing talent within an organisation. Before joining Standard Life, he was HR Director at AEGON UK (2007-2010) and Scottish Power (2000-2007). Prior to this, he held a range of senior roles at RBS (1983-2000), including Leadership, Management and Talent Development, Business Change, Organisation Development and Training and Reward.
Sandy’s career highlights to date include:
- being voted HR Network Scotland’s ‘HR Director of the Year’ in 2009 and “Outstanding Contribution to Scottish HR Award” in 2011
- leading the team that won the HR Network ‘Talent Management Programme of the Year 2010’ for Standard Life
- membership of the Board of the Wharton Business School, Philadelphia, USA (2004 – 2010)
- completing nine years as Non-Executive Director with the Scottish Government and Chair of their Remuneration Committee.
- being appointed as the Chair of Standard Life Asia Board, a member of the Heng An Standard Life (HASL) Board and Chair of the HASL Audit and Risk Committee in 2012.
- being 5th in HR’s Most Influential Practitioner of the Decade and also shortlisted for HR’s Most Influential 2014 and 2015
- Awarded “Most Influential HR Director 2016” award at the HR Most Influential awards
- Winner of “Inspirational Role Model” award at The Scottish Diversity Awards 2016
Sandy gained an MBA at Edinburgh University and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.Away from work, Sandy’s interests include travelling, gardening and reading business books and biographies.
Steve Dunlop, Chief Executive, Scottish Canals
Steve is Chief Executive of Scottish Canals, a public corporation established to maximise the social, economic and environmental benefits of an essential part of Scotland’s industrial heritage – its 250-year-old inland waterways.
Since joining the organisation a decade ago, Steve has guided Scottish Canals to make an increasingly significant contribution to Scotland’s economy, not least in the form of The Helix project. The £43m development has transformed 350 hectares of under-used land on the eastern end of the Forth & Clyde Canal near Grangemouth into a vibrant new parkland, canal hub and world-class visitor attraction featuring the biggest pair of equine sculptures on the planet – The Kelpies.
Before joining Scottish Canals, Steve was Director of Regeneration for Newcastle City Council and, prior to that, held a Directorship at Falkirk Council. He is currently a member of the VisitScotland Board and Chair of its Audit Committee.
Dr Charlotte McCarroll, Research Associate at the Institute of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, University of Glasgow
Charlotte McCarroll is a research associate in cardiovascular physiology at the University of Glasgow. She qualified as a veterinary surgeon from the University of Glasgow in 2008 after which she went on to practice at the University of Liverpool. After a year she returned to Glasgow to undertake her Masters and PhD before starting her work as a researcher focusing on methods of improving heart function after a heart attack. In her spare time she organises and runs a swimming group for the LGBTI+ community, represents transgender interests in the LGBTI+ running group Glasgow Frontrunners, teaches university staff on trans inclusion, campaigns for better education of health professionals in trans issues, advocates for greater LGBTI+ visibility and equality in STEM particularly the veterinary profession and contributes to a trans blog/vlog website aimed at promoting accurate representation of trans voices. As well as her advocacy she enjoys to competitively run and swim herself, climb mountains, creatively write and travel.
John Wilkes, Head of Scotland for the Equality and Human Rights Commission
John recently took up appointment as Head of Scotland for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and also served as Scotland Director of the Equal Opportunities Commission between 2001 and 2007.
He has a strong commitment to equality and human rights with long experience in the voluntary, statutory and private sectors in Scotland and the UK. He has been an active campaigner on LGBT, gender and race issues for over twenty years.
John has many years experience of paid and unpaid roles in the voluntary sector. Prior to the EHRC he worked as chief executive of Scottish Refugee Council between 2008 and 2017 with previous roles as chief executive of a Scottish HIV and AIDS organisation and Scotland Director of Carers UK.
Graduating in 1981 with a degree in chemistry John worked in engineering and marketing in the electronics and chemicals industries for over twelve years.
John has extensive experience of governance and serving on boards. He served as a member of the Communities Fund (now the Big Lottery) Scotland committee and was a member of the board of Stonewall, the UK’s leading gay and lesbian advocacy and campaigning organisation. Other roles included two years as a trustee of Citizens Advice Scotland. He is currently chair of the White Ribbon Scotland campaign and a trustee of the University of Strathclyde Students Union.
Pheona Matovu, Radiant and Brighter Community Interest Company
Pheona is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about business for good, ethnic diversity, equlality, migration, family, women’s contribution within society, poverty alleviation, economic empowerment and community development. The experience of not being allowed to work due to immigration controls for a period of five years became for her a learning experience which would later shape her career.
Working closely with her husband Micheal they co-founded Radiant and Brighter Community Interest Company, which provides culture and ethnicity diversity training to businesses and organisations. The organisation also supports migrants to understand the culture and economic structures in Scotland in order to find employment and/or start businesses.
Determined to address the need for change in an area that had affected her and her family, Pheona studied Community Development at Glasgow university and brought the learning back to Radiant and Brighter. The organisation has gained its place as a reputable and trusted organisation working with communities, businesses and organisations to promote equality and diversity within the enterprise and employment sector.
Elma Murray, Chief Executive, North Ayrshire Council
Elma Murray was appointed Chief Executive of North Ayrshire Council in 2009.
With a local government career spanning more than 30 years she is passionate about public sector services and their vital role in supporting local people and the most vulnerable in our communities.
Her passion for excellent public service is best demonstrated by her work over the last seven years leading North Ayrshire Council’s service reform through it’s ‘Good to Great’ journey, and in her other roles as Director of the Improvement Service, Public Service Reform Board, Urban Regeneration Company and a member of both the Wood Commission National Advisory Group and the Invest in Scotland’s Young Workforce Group. Elma has held several senior positions including Chair of SOLACE, and is the SOLACE spokesperson for employability issues.
Thomas Huscroft, Head of Employee Experience, Royal Mail Group
Thomas joined Royal Mail in 2014 where he is currently Head of Employee Experience within the Letters and Network Business proudly working alongside c.130, 000 colleagues. Thomas has over 25 years’ experience within Human Resources across logistics, finance, outsourced services and telecommunications sectors in both the UK and internationally. He has extensive experience of leading teams who focus on the development of the workplace culture through engagement, diversity and inclusion, people development and accelerating people performance. Thomas holds a business degree from UMIST alongside a fellowship of the CIPD. Thomas lives in Staffordshire with his partner Matthew.
Katy Wedderburn, Head of Employment, MacRoberts
Katy is Head of Employment at leading law firm, MacRoberts. Katy is an accredited specialist in employment law by the Law Society of Scotland. She assists organisations and human resources professionals overcome their people challenges, by helping them find solutions. Katy regularly represents clients in the Employment Tribunal; and conducts EAT appeals. She also advises on all aspects of employment law, from dismissal, discrimination and pay, to terms and conditions of employment. Her recent work for local authority clients includes dealing with alleged whistleblowing; redundancy and senior management team re-organisations; and successfully defending whistleblowing; sex discrimination and unfair discrimination claims in the Employment Tribunal. Katy is a member of the Employment Law Association (UK) and the Employment Law Group (Scotland). She regularly presents to other solicitors about employment law and discrimination. She has recently recorded a Discrimination Webinar for the Law Society of Scotland for it solicitors.
Anne Kerr, Sales Administrator, Taylor Wimpey West Scotland
I began my journey with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland in 2009 as an Administration Management Trainee. Initially I spent approximately 1 year in the production department and followed this with a period of time in sales and land before taking up the role of Finance & Commercial Secretary for a few months. In 2011 I moved to the sales department to take up the role of Sales Administrator while continuing my studies.
During my time with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland I have completed an SVQ level 3 in Business Administration and an HND in Administration and Information Technology at Reid Kerr College. In 2016 I completed a BA (Hons) Degree in Management at Glasgow Caledonian University.
In January 2016 I joined the Taylor Wimpey UK working group for Diversity and Inclusion, and I am thoroughly enjoying contributing to this key strategy for the business across the UK.
I developed a keen interest in Diversity and Inclusion through my studies and also because during my time in the industry I haven’t experienced any barriers to my personal development and career progression.
In May 2016 I also became the social media lead for the West Scotland business unit, and this gives me an opportunity to consider how our strategy and engagement in D&I might engage with our social media platforms both internally and externally.
Our business secured a Silver accreditation for Investors in Young People in February 2016, and as part of our strategy for continuous improvement and to find a way in which to reach out further to our younger employees, I’ve played a key role in establishing Taylor Wimpey West Scotland’s Young Persons’ Forum which we set up in August 2016.
The purpose of the Forum is to ensure that we are positively presenting ourselves to young people within our business, whilst also taking every opportunity to promote the wide range of opportunities, career paths and benefits the industry has to offer to an external young audience.
Our Young Persons’ Forum provides an essential way for us to ensure that our young employees have a voice within the company. It also allows us to embrace the opportunities this young workforce presents us with whilst also finding innovative solutions to the challenges that are experienced by young people in the workplace.
My ambition for my own journey with Taylor Wimpey West Scotland is to further progress my career and to continue to positively contribute to the company’s Diversity and Inclusion strategy. I’m also passionate about promoting the range of opportunities the housebuilding industry has to offer, and I want to play my role in future-proofing our business with a strong pool of young talent.