‘Are we getting Disability and Neurodiversity Inclusion right?’ – In partnership with Auto Trader UK @ Online Event
Dec 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

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Inclusive Companies are thrilled to be partnering with Auto Trader UK to deliver a dynamic and insightful virtual event focusing on Disability & Neurodiversity Inclusion in the workplace. We would like to formally invite you and your colleagues to attend this occasion.​

According to government statistics, 13 per cent of the UK’s workforce has a disability within the definition of the Equality Act 2010. Did you know that 83% of disabled people acquire their impairment during their working life, or that disabled people are 3 times more likely to become unemployed?

In honour of International Day of People with Disabilities, we would like to continue the dialogue to explore disability in the workplace from the perspective of…

  • Neurodiversity
  • Hidden Disabilities
  • Accessibility

In 2019, Auto Trader UK became the first accredited Autism Friendly workplace in the UK and are proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. During this session, the UK’s largest automotive marketplace will provide an overview of the changes they have made to their workplace and practices to support neurodiverse and disabled employees.  

In addition to a powerful line up of keynote speakers sharing their lived experiences, attendees will have the opportunity to enter into an open and honest discussion, as we collectively come together to look at areas for improvement and take away practical solutions.

The answer to the question ‘Are we getting disability, neurodiversity and Inclusion right?’ is simple. Not Always. Whilst we recognise that we don’t have all of the answers, we want to take this opportunity to share knowledge, encourage learning, and incite a thought-provoking conversation to continue progression within UK workplaces.


11.00am – 11.05am
Aidan Ward, Technology Adoption Partner, Auto Trader UK | Microsoft Teams accessibility functions

11.05am – 11.15am
Steven Woods, Software Developer, Auto Trader UK | Auto Trader Case Study

11.15am – 11.25am
Paul White, CEO, Hidden Disabilities Sunflower | Hidden Disabilities

11.25am – 11.35am
Uzma Waseem, Business Psychologist, Genius Within | Neurodiversity

11.35am – 11.45am
Daniel Biddle, Motivational Speaker & Director, ani group | Accessibility

11.45am – 12.30pm
Panel Segment & Q&A | Chaired by Llinos Cryer, Graduate Software Developer, Auto Trader UK

Guest Speakers

Steven Woods (he/they) | Auto Trader UK

Steven has been a facilitator for Auto Trader’s internal Disability & Neurodiversity Network since joining the company as a software developer in 2019. Steven is passionate about inclusion and enjoys exploring how workplaces can help everyone feel safe and welcome. Steven loves working at a company where these interests are valued and encouraged.Steven was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2016 and has struggled with their identity as a disabled person, being ‘legally disabled’, but not feeling ‘truly disabled’. As a queer person, Steven is particularly interested in the intersectional experiences of disabled and neurodiverse LGBT+ people. Steven also welcomes every opportunity to recognise and combat their own ableism.

Uzma Waseem, MSc | Genius Within Business Psychologist

Uzma is a Business Psychologist experienced in delivering evidence-based diagnostics and solutions in people development domains. She is skilled in leadership and team development, psychometric assessment, and executive coaching.

Uzma has a particular interest in creating systemically inclusive work environments suited to all neurodiverse profiles. Her recent focus has been on research and development in inclusive psychometric design principles, employee onboarding and job design, and organisational awareness at the individual and group level.

Uzma is also the Lead for Early Talent at the Association of Business Psychologists, responsible for building relationships between the ABP, Business Schools and Students.

Uzma has an MSc in Occupational Psychology and is currently working towards a doctorate in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck University of London. Her doctoral research is focused on Neurodiversity Inclusion. She is also working towards her level 7 Professional Workplace Coaching through the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Paul White | Hidden Disabilities Sunflower

Paul White is the CEO at Hidden Disabilities Sunflower and was part of the original team that founded the Sunflower back in 2016 and helped to create a thriving business from this simple, yet effective, idea.

Paul has a genuine desire to ensure that the wearers of the Sunflower receive the patience, care and understanding they may need throughout their day, by whoever they meet, wherever they may travel. Paul is passionate about raising awareness of the Sunflower on a global level.

Paul is also Managing Director of Tabbers Green, a printing and related services business based in the UK.

Aidan Ward | Auto Trader UK

Aidan Ward is the Technology Adoption Partner at Auto Trader UK, and has been with the company for 8 years. He has a passion for finding ways to make Auto Trader inclusive and accessible through the technology we use. Educating end users on the importance of accessibility tech in the workplace is one of his particular interests, and recently he has focused on ensuring our internal Microsoft Teams meetings are being hosted with inclusivity at the forefront of people’s minds.

Daniel Biddle | Motivational Speaker & Director, ani group

Daniel Biddle is the most seriously injured survivor of the 7th July 2005 terrorist attacks in London. He lost both legs, an eye, his spleen, suffered punctured lungs, second and third degree burns and died three times on the day of the attacks. Daniel required open heart surgery and was in a coma for 8 weeks and in hospital for a total of 51 weeks. As a result, Daniel suffers with severe complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and has attempted to take his life multiple times. This remarkable individual has had to rebuild his life and now dedicates his time and energy to helping others overcome traumatic experiences. Daniel works closely with various police forces to tackle disability hate crime and trains officers around disability awareness. He travels the country sharing his story to drive meaningful change and is working on a project in the wheelchair safer adaptive boxing programme.

Llinos Cryer | Auto Trader UK

Inclusion is hugely important to Llinos as a neurodiverse employee, having been diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder shortly after joining Auto Trader as a Graduate Software Developer in July 2021. With a background in recruitment and her recent diagnosis, Llinos is passionate about continuing work she has done in previous businesses around I&D, including running Lunch and Learn workshops and starting an I&D network of her own.

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What did you hear me say? @ Online Webinar
Jan 12 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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This engaging webinar will address the gap between diversity training and day to day business and naturally features/raises awareness of the Chinese/East Asian perspectives given Lin’s own experience.

What if you could bring yourself into an organisation,, even the parts of yourself that don’t seem to belong on surface level?

Lin, a Senior Executive from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, draws on her personal experiences and latest research on diversity science and leadership, articulates why she believes ‘diversity is having a seat at the table, inclusion is having a voice, and belonging is having that voice heard’.

Through her work, Lin discovered one of the biggest questions professionals ask on the topic – after the diversity training, is how can individuals make changes on a day-to-day basis? Lin believes diversity is not just a topic to be studied, but a reality to be lived. It’s not about being politically correct, but about performance and innovation.

This revealing webinar will explore in detail, specifically how individuals and organisations can be empowered to drive changes. During this thought provoking and interactive session, you will learn:  

  • The framework of building and leading diverse teams
  • Surprising facts about unconscious bias and why we can’t stop there
  • What’s the most important factor to predict team success, and a healthy emotional environmental at work
  • How to decode communication styles and beliefs in difficult situations, and cultivate a more inclusive leadership and a work environment
  • Authenticity – how to be successful at work without having to change who you are

About Lin Yue

Lin is a Senior Executive at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, responsible for managing key relationships across UK institutional investors. As a senior leader of mainland Chinese origin in London, she helps elevate women and ethnic minorities in the workplace. She is a multi-award winning thought leader, keynote speaker, an original thinker in delivering the intersection of diversity, culture, psychology and business.

Lin was recognised in the HERoes 100 Women Future Leaders List in 2021 and 2020, a finalist for Asian Women of Achievement in 2021, as a top 5 Future Leaders for HERoes Women Role Model, on Brummell’s list as one of 50 Most Inspirational Women in the City of London, one of the 50 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders by EMpower, and the winner of the “Excellence in Banking” award at the Chinese Business Leaders Awards.

A graduate of Experimental Psychology from Oxford University, Lin is also passionate about applying psychology and neuroscience in the workplace and making life skills accessible to all.

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Supporting Faiths Within the Workplace – Facilitated by Jag Jethwa @ Online Webinar
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

In honour of World Religion Day, Inclusive Companies are thrilled to continue the conversation by partnering with Jag Jethwa, Network Lead at OVO Believe, to deliver this insightful webinar focussing on supporting faiths in the workplace.

World Religion Day (Celebrated on 16th January 2022) aims to promote understanding and peace between all religions, encouraging people to learn about other faiths and their followers. As we know, people belong to a wealth of religions and hold various beliefs in the UK, and workplaces have a duty to recognise and support this, creating an inclusive workplace for all.

Believe Network is one of 8 Networks set up at OVO and was established to embrace and promote all Faith’s and Beliefs. During this session, Jag will explore how organisations can do more to encourage openness about Faith & Belief and will share how making small changes within your organisation would make staff feel comfortable in the workplace. A practical example of this is allowing members of different faiths to celebrate religious events by swapping bank holidays, something many businesses should consider.

Join the conversation to learn more and share best practice as we aim to support Faiths in the workplace.

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About Jag Jethwa:

I was born in Kenya and at the age of 5, I moved to the UK with my family. We lived in London for the first year and then moved to Birmingham.

My parents encouraged us to follow hinduism at home, however made it clear that outside of the home we follow local faiths and traditions.

We lived on a council estate which included all religious faith groups, the estate community all spoke about each other’s faiths and also celebrated together. This included Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, Budhists and atheists. I got to learn a lot from everyone.

I moved to Portsmouth for work, this was a totally different experience from my early life. People did not talk about faiths, they did not have an understanding of other religions and beliefs.

I started talking, to the people living around me and at work, about Hinduism and my faith. I would celebrate Diwali and Christmas with my neighbours and members of my team. This allowed people to become open to ask questions about faiths.

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The Power of Allyship (Facilitated by Saski) @ Online Event
Mar 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Everyday Pride Training focuses on raising awareness for LGBTQ+ inclusion and Tackling Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia both in the workplace and wider society. This is the start of your journey to an inclusive workplace.

During this session you will begin to learn about and understand the impact that Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia can have on people from the LGBTQ+ community and why Allyship is key to creating inclusive environments in the workplace and wider society, away from prejudice and discrimination, so that everyone has opportunity to be their true authentic self 365 days of the year.

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Saski is a well established LGBTQ+ Inclusion Consultant and Trainer, Life Coach, Official PRIDE Host, Interviewer, Radio host, Panel Moderator and Singer. She is also an ambassador for Pride Life Magazine, and a PRIDE365 Champion. Saski has the unique ability to be versatile on a wide range of subjects, whilst engaging both her audiences and panellists bringing about the best conversations for education and awareness. Humour meets grace and knowledge meets respect…it’s what Saski does best. 

A keen activist for positive promotion and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community and all, Saski has appeared on several BBC TV and Radio shows and panels, promoting inclusion. She has also worked closely with a variety of charities and organisations, as an interviewer, LGBTQ+ Inclusion Trainer and Host.  Including Diva Magazine, PRIDE In London, Mermaids, Diversity Role Models, Clexacon, The British Youth Council and P3 Parenting Network to name but a few.

Find out what’s she’s up to next on FB & Instagram @Saskisinger & Twitter @Saskisinger1 

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