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.
The Herald and GenAnalytics held Scotland’s second national Diversity Conference to help achieve Scotland’s ambitions for inclusive economic growth. The conference was a platform for organisations to learn more about how to embrace cultural change and build the capability within their management and leadership teams to become more inclusive, not just in the workplace, but within our societies and the country as a whole.
The Herald and GenAnalytics Diversity Conference in association with Standard Life Aberdeen took place on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow from 8.00am – 4.00pm.
Tickets cost £100 + VAT and booking fee
Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Breakfast rolls and lunch is included within your ticket price.
Standard Life Aberdeen plc is a leading global investment company. We have operations in 50 locations worldwide and employ around 9,000 people. We are dedicated to helping our clients and customers invest for their future; and our expertise and resource enables us to offer a wide range of investment solutions and services designed to meet their needs. We manage, administer and advise on £646 billion* of assets worldwide.
Standard Life Aberdeen plc is headquartered in Scotland. The Standard Life Aberdeen group was formed by the merger of Standard Life plc and Aberdeen Asset Management PLC on 14 August 2017.
* As at 30 September 2017
We had Exhibitor Stand Packages available as part of the Diversity & Inclusion Exhibitor Mall experience.
If you are interested in Exhibiting at The Diversity Conference 2019, please contact email@example.com for an exhibitor booking form. Space will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
The Conference Programme
The Diversity Conference for Scotland in association with Standard Life Aberdeen took place on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel, Glasgow from 8.00 am – 4.00pm.
To reserve your place or register your interest for 2019 please contact Nina Holmes on 0141 302 6036.
Conference Objectives: Join us to learn about workplace opportunities and challenges, best practice and what needs to be done to achieve goals for more inclusive workplaces, and a more inclusive society and country.
Who is this for?
The conference will attract business and public sector staff, third sector and charities with responsibility for equality, diversity and inclusion strategy and implementation, including:
HR Directors | Talent Managers | Heads of Equality and Diversity | Research Directors | Business Development Directors | Board Members | Business Research and Development | Sector Specific Experts | Recruitment Personnel | Careers Personnel | Charities and Stakeholder Organisations | Workforce Transformation Managers
The 2018 programme had been carefully designed to educate and inspire you and will include;
- Achieving a Fairer Scotland
- Inclusive Entrepreneurship
- Next Generation Equality
- Tomorrow’s Talent Panel
- Interactive Workshops
Refreshments were provided throughout the day. Breakfast rolls and lunch was included within the ticket price.
Who you heard from
Jamie Hepburn was educated at Hyndland Secondary School and the University of Glasgow, graduating with a degree in Politics and History. He served as National Convener of the SNP’s student and youth wings, was MSP for Central Scotland between 2007 and 2011 and has been MSP for Cumbernauld and Kilsyth since 2011. He was appointed as Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health in November 2014 and became Minister for Employability and Training in May 2016.
Barry O’Dwyer is Chief Executive Officer, Standard Life. Barry began his career at Standard Life in 1988. He trained as an actuary and held a number of senior management positions in both the UK and Ireland. He was Managing Director, Marketing of the Standard Life UK business when he left in 2007 to join HBOS. He moved to Prudential in 2009 and was Deputy Chief Executive of their UK & Europe business when he left in 2013 to return to Standard Life.
He took up his current role in March 2017. Prior to that he was CEO Life Insurance and had functional responsibility for retail and workplace distribution, marketing and proposition development in the UK.
Barry sits on the Board of the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
Drew McCusker is a trainee litigation solicitor at Jackson Boyd and is the president of The Glass Network, the first organisation promoting LGBT+ equality and diversity in Scottish Law. Completing his Masters in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Laws, Drew moved to Nairobi for a UNHCR internship before returning to Scotland to complete his legal training. He then founded The Glass Network, which is now an advisory body to the Law Society of Scotland, and co-produced Glass’ award-nominated #TheseAreOurPrinciples Campaign. Glass won the CSR Award at the 2017 Law Awards of Scotland.
Having a Master’s in Public Policy & Post graduate Diploma in Equality & Discrimination, along with a BA Law & French, her experience covers a wide range of roles and responsibilities related to Equality and Sports development.
She currently sits on the Board of ‘Women in Football’, ‘sportscotland’, ‘ICON Awards’, with advisory roles on the ‘Scottish committee of the British Council’ and is involved within the ‘UEFA’s Captains of Change’ programme. In addition, she has founded and chairs ‘Inspiring Women Scotland’, an organisation promoting empowerment and leadership for multicultural young women.
Furthermore, she has recently been chosen as a Sports Industry Group NextGen 2018 Coach following her recognition as one of the UK’s 30 under 30 Sports Industry Group Next Gen Leaders in 2017.”
With a long term passion for sport, Kayleigh started traveling the world to compete Internationally when she was 12 years old.
She currently works with Scottish Disability Sport as an Athlete Tutor delivering Disability Inclusion Training courses to senior pupils. Kayleigh has recently been successful on getting a new job as a Swimming Teacher for South Ayrshire Council.
Kayleigh is in her 2nd year at the University of the West of Scotland studying Sports Coaching and Development and hopes to complete her masters degree in the next two years and hopefully enter the world of becoming a Sports Development Officer after that.
Marie Macklin C.B.E. is Executive Chair of Macklin Enterprise Partnerships, investing in businesses and providing start-up and management advice to selected entrepreneurs.
She is also the founder of The HALO Brand an urban regeneration company who revitalise city centre and town centre living.
In 2017, Marie was named Non-Executive Director of the Year by the Institute of Directors Scotland and Business Woman of the Year by Business Women Scotland and Women’s Enterprise Scotland.
She was awarded a C.B.E in the Queen’s 2014 New Year’s Honours List for Services to Economic Regeneration and Entrepreneurship in Scotland.
I am Alison Priestly – Construction Site Manager at Scottish Power.
Building and construction have been a full part of my life due to a family business that set the foundations for a long and varied career. For the past 10 years I have been working within the construction team at Scottish Power on civil and electrical engineering projects that vary in size and scope.
As part of a minority group I hope that I am changing people’s perceptions in construction of how we can work and live as a positive part of our community, accepting us for who we are.
Douglas is an experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working in the further and higher education sector. His areas of interest include STEM, innovation, digital disruption, educational policy, technology enhanced learning and gender equality issues. He is currently the STEM and Innovation Lead at City of Glasgow College having previously acted as the College’s Industry Academy Head for STEM. Douglas holds a Masters Degree in Educational Technology and is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate researching gender, habitus and occupational segregation at the University of Strathclyde. He is a Fellow of Institute for Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (FIKE), Scottish Director of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange and co-founder of UNITE GLOBAL, a charitable organisation designing assistive aids for disabled children and victims of humanitarian disasters. Douglas is a member of the Board of Management at Glasgow City of Science and Innovation, an associate staff member at the Universities of Stirling and Dundee and has recently been appointed to the Core Skills Development Team at the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland. He also holds advisory positions at the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Scottish Funding Council and Skills Development Scotland.
Gill is the Senior Marketing & BD Manager at MacRoberts LLP, one of Scotland’s leading independent commercial law firms and has nearly 20 years’ marketing experience, having worked in a variety of sectors from tourism to major events to law. Her main role at MacRoberts is overseeing and implementing the firm’s PR, communications and digital strategies. Gill is a member of MacRoberts’ Diversity & Wellbeing Forum and also sits on the board of Community Enterprise in Scotland (CEiS) – the UK’s largest social enterprise support agency.
Gill, who is profoundly deaf having lost her hearing suddenly in her 20s, has written a number of articles about coping with deafness and a sudden disability, especially in the workplace. She often mentors others who are coping with sudden hearing loss and is passionate about disability rights – not only at work, but at every stage of a person’s life.
Gillian McLaughlin is the lead officer at Wheatley Group for employee wellbeing. She has been instrumental in introducing a sector-leading rewards and recognition package for staff and in embedding a culture of inclusion across the organisation. More recently she introduced a programme to raise awareness of mental health issues in the workplace, helping managers and staff to support others when they are affected by mental health.
In 1986 Troy enlisted to join the Royal Marines Commandos. Troy successful completed his training and was awarded the coveted Green Beret and Globe and Laurel cap badge, before passing out from Commando School Exeter. Troy completed drafts at 42 Commando (artic warfare unit), HMS Intrepid -14 Assault Squadron and Royal Marines Pool supporting Special Boats Squadron (SBS).
During his time on board HMS Intrepid, Troy achieved an accelerated promotion to Lance Corporal, but after sustaining an injury through active duties, Troy’s career progression began to falter.
Following a medical review board to establish fitness for duties supporting the SBS, in the theatre of the first Gulf war, Troy acknowledge that his career as a Royal Marine Commando was now at a premature end.
In 1992 Troy was medically discharged from the Royal Marines Commandos. On leaving the service, Troy completed a yearlong study in Business Management and supplemented continuous learning through Open University courses, which aided his transition into civilian employment and living.
Following the traits of his military service, of being challenge and task orientated, Troy’s employment path has been wide-ranging.
His first civilian employment was with the RAC (Royal Automobile Club) as a radio operator, followed by an internal move to Business and Test Analyst role. Troy went on to work for a consultancy firm carrying out business process reengineering in banking, aircraft manufacturing, construction, health care (primary and tertiary) and sensitive data flow management. Troy continuously challenged his knowledge and understanding of organisation through working in the National Health Service (NHS) delivering data protection and Freedom of Information compliance projects and being promoted to head the Information Governance department to maintain compliance of an organisation that spread across 3 Sites and a total 6500 employees. Troy then moved to London to project manage aspects of National Programme for IT in NHS London.
Troy returned to consultancy accomplishing assignments for the Scottish Police Force, Procurator Fiscal Service and major banking transformations, here in Edinburgh, before coming to Standard Life, where he now performs an essential role in assuring and uplifting the cyber security posture across 300+ business services and business applications for Pensions and Savings.
Lorraine McLaren: Director, Wheatley Foundation: Wheatley Group.
Lorraine is a chartered housing professional who has worked in social housing in Glasgow for more than 30 years. For the past 13 years she has led social and economic programmes for Glasgow Housing Association and Wheatley, Scotland’s leading housing and care group. She has a strong track record in supporting communities, some of which are the most excluded in the UK, to thrive through targeted investment.
Over the years, Lorraine has delivered directly, or in partnership with others, a range of projects including play areas, apprenticeships, employability opportunities and youth programmes.
Recently, Lorraine has been instrumental in establishing Wheatley Foundation, a charitable trust set up to fund projects which can make a difference to disadvantaged people’s lives. Lorraine and her team have so far secured £10million of external funding, including from the ESF and Big Lottery, to deliver new services aimed at tackling unemployment and financial exclusion.
Dr John McGurk
After a varied career in railways, academia and Heading up research and policy for the UK Airline Pilots Association John joined CIPD in 2007. Starting in Research and Policy as skills and learning adviser, he progressed to lead CIPD’s research on learning and talent development delivering a wide range of research from E learning to analytics, innovation and pioneered CIPD work on behavioural science. Appointed Head of CIPD Scotland in October 2013, he has been at the forefront of developing CIPD’s approach to the labour market – and collaborations with business, government, the education sector, trade unions and other professional bodies. He is now Head of Regional Policy and Insights and supports devolved countries and the North of England on labour market and policy issues working alongside our Regional Heads to bring CIPD’s policy, insight and professional offer to our members and stakeholders.