Inclusive Best Practice from one of the UK’s most Inclusive Employers (The Calico Group) @ Online Webinar
Mar 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

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Webinar description:

Up next in our series of webinars sharing best practice from the UK’s Most Inclusive Employers, Inclusive Companies CEO Paul Sesay will be joined by The Calico Group.

The Calico Group jumped an astonishing 20 places from the previous year to rank 5th on the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List 2020/21. They are a group of innovative charities and businesses working together to make social profit, rather than financial profit, this is the driving force behind their wide range of high quality services.

Calico Makes a Difference to People’s Lives. Their submission showcased understanding that everyone, both colleagues and customers are unique, recognising and celebrating individual differences. Calico have shown clear dedication to work on increasing representation at board level, and are constantly developing constantly from colleagues and customers.

In this webinar, Paul Sesay will explore Calico’s D&I journey with CEO Anthony Duerden, Learning & Development Manager Carmel Roberts, and Helen Gauder, Managing Director of SafeNet, as they delve into Calico’s unique vision and how putting community first and having innovative solutions for colleagues cemented them as one of the UK’s most inclusive organisations.

Helen Gauder

Helen is Managing Director of SafeNet, a Domestic Abuse charity based in the North West and one of the companies in the Calico Group. Helen has been in post for 25 years and during that time she has led the development of a diverse range of domestic abuse services across Lancashire and Greater Manchester and is dedicated to promoting safe environments and healthy relationships for all. Helen takes an intersectional approach to equality, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of life and in the workplace. Helen is an NLP Master Practitioner, an ILM Executive Coach and is DAPA (Domestic Abuse Prevention Advocate) qualified.

Anthony Duerden 

Anthony has been the Chief Executive of Calico for 7 years. He started with Calico in 2000 and he returned to The Calico Group as Director of Customer Services in 2011 after working for Community Gateway Association for three years as Head of Property Services. Anthony, who is a qualified accountant, had previously worked at Calico as Head of Finance before he made the move into Asset Management. Anthony is a former member of the Board of Lancashire Housing Partnership Ltd. Anthony is also a White Ribbon UK ambassador.

Carmel Roberts

Carmel has worked for Calico for 13 years. As well as being L&D manager, Carmel leads on employee Wellbeing, and Diversity and Inclusion for the Group. She is an ally for Greater Manchester’s Women and Girls Equity Panel.


Online Event: Celebrating Intersectionality on International Women’s Day
Mar 8 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Online Event: Celebrating Intersectionality on International Women’s Day

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The pandemic will not dampen our spirits in the pursuit to connect communities around the world to collaboratively forge positive change for women.

Inclusive Companies are proud bring a dynamic, thought-provoking and inspirational morning surrounding the #ChooseToChallenge theme for International Women’s Day (IWD). Please do join us and encourage others to participate too.

This year we are drawing our attention to intersectionality and the individuality of women. Sharing the voices and stories of women from different backgrounds, we will explore an array of topics, raise awareness against bias, and take action for equality.

Audience members will have the phenomenal opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with our brilliant panellists, featuring powerful speakers who will not only celebrate IWD but delve into their personal experiences and what we hope to achieve throughout 2021.

Hosted by CEO & Founder of Inclusive Companies, Paul Sesay, and Operational Director, Hayley Flinn, they will be joined by the likes of Vanessa Vallely OBE (CEO & Founder – WeAreTheCity) Professor Amanda Kirby (Neurodiversity Expert & CEO – Do-IT Solutions), pioneering trans activist Megan Key, Dr Bijna Kotak Dasani MBE, FRSA and Deborah Williams FRSA.


10.30 – 10.45
Paul Sesay, CEO & Founder & Hayley Flinn, Director of Operations, Inclusive Companies | Event Introduction – What 2020 taught us about the state of gender diversity

10.45 – 11.00
Vanessa Vallely OBE, CEO & Founder, WeAreTheCity | Why I Choose to Challenge

11.00 – 11.45
Panel Session: Celebrating Intersectionality and Individuality on IWD

  • Chaired by Paul Sesay
  • Megan Key, National Diversity Award Winner & Diversity Manager (London), HMPPS
  • Dr Bijna Kotak Dasani MBE, FRSA, Executive Director, Morgan Stanley
  • Professor Amanda Kirby, Neurodiversity Expert & CEO, Do-IT Solutions
  • Deborah Williams FRSA, Executive Director, Creative Diversity Network

11.45 – 12.00
Q&A & Closing remarks


Inclusive Companies Elevation Platform @ Online Event
Mar 10 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Inclusive Companies Elevation Platform @ Online Event

“Developing successful networks, building employee engagement, and giving staff a voice”

We are thrilled to invite you to our second virtual round table discussion of 2021. Join senior diversity, inclusion, HR and talent professionals looking to accelerate their workplace D&I strategy as we introduce our Elevation Platform.

This is a brilliant opportunity to connect with fellow members of the Inclusive Companies Network, share best practice, and collaborate to ensure you are leading with inclusion at the forefront. The agenda of this discussion will be created by you! Your voice being heard is important to us, and we want to give you the chance to explore areas which are of value to your organisation. This round table will allow you to steer the conversation and focus on key themes which can be deliberated across different industry sectors to ultimately create solutions that will be beneficial to you.

Following on from this round table discussion, we will be creating a support network called the ‘Elevation Platform’ giving you a chance to attend regular online meetings. These meetings will give one organisation each month the platform to share their experiences, challenges and barriers, allowing other attendees from our network to feed into this. Whether you are at the beginning of your D&I journey, or have ranked highly on the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, this is a great way to connect with employers in the Inclusive Companies Network and build a more equitable and inclusive workplace.

This event is for Members Only – to secure your place, please email


Learn Inclusion Best Practice from One of the UK’s Most Inclusive Employers – West Midlands Police (Paul Sesay & Naila Suleman) @ Online Webinar
Mar 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Learn Inclusion Best Practice from One of the UK's Most Inclusive Employers - West Midlands Police (Paul Sesay & Naila Suleman) @ Online Webinar

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Up next in our series of webinars sharing best practice from the UK’s Most Inclusive Employers, Inclusive Companies CEO Paul Sesay will be joined by Naila Suleman, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, West Midlands Police (WMP)

As the UK’s 2nd most Inclusive Employer and highest ranking public sector organisation on the list, West Midlands Police are unprecedented in their D&I progress. In 2017, as part of their 2020 strategy, WMP took the decision to significantly invest in their diversity and inclusion function to help them deliver a more ambitious agenda and achieve their challenging goals around diversity and Inclusion.

It is clear that West Midlands Police firmly believe that inclusion underpins every part of their organisation; In this webinar, Inclusive Companies CEO Paul Sesay and WMP D&I Manager Naila Suleman will delve into what the force has learned, share best practice, and explore how they came to become the UK’s most inclusive police force.


Black Inclusion Week – How to get involved @ Online Webinar
Mar 18 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Black Inclusion Week – How to get involved @ Online Webinar

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Black Leaders are proud to deliver an online event about our latest venture, Black Inclusion Week (BIW). During this webinar, we will kick start the momentum in a special 50 Day Countdown to Black Inclusion Week, where allies and leaders from the network will be answering important questions such as…

What is Black Inclusion Week?
Why is it important?
How can you get involved?

In addition to keynote speakers, a powerful panel session will take place exploring how we can be the change we wish to see in the world, and what exactly it is we can do to set a course for a more inclusive future.

Black Leaders is a national movement that drives black inclusion and challenges inequalities within our communities and working environment. Please do join us and encourage others to participate too at.


#ChooseToChallenge – Why ERG’s are essential for Business – Facilitated by Sam Cooper-Gray @ Online Webinar
Mar 31 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Who are the most powerful people in your business? Is it your leaders or your people? Employee Resource Groups are volunteer groups of employees who care passionately enough about a certain area of diversity and inclusion to dedicate their free time to making a difference to others, gaining insight and harnessing the experiences and ideas of others. How a business leverages that enthusiasm and insight to improve colleague and customer outcomes alike can differentiate them from their competitors – so the question should probably be – why don’t more companies embrace ERGs and their power? In this webinar Sam will bring her wealth of experience and knowledge to explore this vital questions and showcase why ERG’s are essential for business.

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About Sam Cooper-Gray

Head of Commercialisation, Business Banking, HSBC

Global Sponsor HSBC BALANCE Advocates Programme

Non Exec Director, various    

Sam Cooper-GraySam Cooper-Gray is the Head of Commercialisation for HSBC Global Business Banking, based in London. Sam was appointed to this role in 2019.

In this role, she is responsible for leading the proposition for Global Business Banking, supporting over 1.3 million customers in 18 markets and territories to access the best products and services for their needs.

In addition to her responsibilities at HSBC Global Business Banking, Sam is the Global Sponsor for HSBC BALANCE Advocates programme and Global Co-Chair for HSBC BALANCE. HSBC BALANCE has over 50,000 members, 220 Executive Leader Ambassadors and 1,000 Advocates across 44 markets and is an employee resource group focussed on ending gender imbalance within the bank and across the industry, by creating an environment where gender balance is the norm. She is also a Board member for Women on the Wharf, leading the creation of the new Beyond Mentoring programme connecting over 550 mentors and mentees across eleven major firms in Canary Wharf, London. In addition to this Sam is a Non Exec Director for a number of firms, advising on diversity and inclusion and is a mentor both internally and externally.

Prior to taking on her current role, Sam was the Global Head of Learning for HSBC Commercial Banking, supporting the development of over 24,000 employees across 53 markets and has held senior positions within HSBC for over 21 years, including roles in Risk, Trade, Leadership and the Chief Operating Office.

Sam holds a Bachelor’s degrees in History and Politics from the University of Kent at Canterbury and in Banking and Finance from the University of Manchester.


Autism in the workplace – embracing inclusivity through the new ways of working – Presented by Jonathan Andrews
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Webinar Description

“2020 was an unprecedented year, bringing many challenges to employers (just as with wider society). Almost a year on from the start of lockdown, working practices across most sectors have changed significantly, with huge numbers of roles now being carried out remotely. However, despite the challenges, EDI has remained high on the agenda for many at a time when it could well have fallen by the wayside; and these changes in working life offer an opportunity for greater inclusion in future, particularly in respect of autism and neurodiversity. During this webinar, solicitor and autism employment campaigner Jonathan Andrews will explore how employees can embrace new ways of working to create more opportunities for neurodiverse colleagues. Jonathan will discuss the rapidly changing working landscape and the need to consider accessibility in approaches, reasonable adjustments, and how to influence D&I to build more equitable and inclusive workplaces.”

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About Jonathan Andrews

Jonathan AndrewsA solicitor at global law firm Reed Smith, Jonathan is a passionate advocate for fair access to the workplace for people of all backgrounds and identities, and secured his training contract while being completely open about being on the autistic spectrum – speaking to firms about the advantages this can bring. He is also a board member of Ambitious about Autism (the UK’s national charity for young autistic people) and co-chair of the Commonwealth Children and Youth Disability Network (CCYDN), alongside many other commitments. Shortlisted for ‘Positive Disability Role Model’ at the National Diversity Awards 2015, Jonathan has been recognised for his advocacy as Campaigner of the Year at the European Diversity Awards 2016, a Queen’s Young Leader 2017, the Open University’s youngest-ever honorary graduate in 2018, the Law Society’s Junior Lawyer of the Year 2019, and featured on the Shaw Trust Power List as the UK’s fourth-most influential disabled person in 2020.

Inclusion Best Practice from One of the UK’s Most Inclusive Employers – Inspire North (Paul Sesay & Ruth Kettle) @ Online Webinar
Apr 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Inclusion Best Practice from One of the UK's Most Inclusive Employers - Inspire North (Paul Sesay & Ruth Kettle) @ Online Webinar

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Up next in our series of webinars sharing best practice from the UK’s Most Inclusive Employers, Inclusive Companies CEO Paul Sesay will be joined by Ruth Kettle, CEO of Inspire North. As the one the smallest organisations on the List, Inspire North are unprecedented in their ranking, increasing their position by 7 places to feature as the UK’s 8th most Inclusive Employer.

Inspire North brings together the work of Community Links and Foundation, two outstanding charities with decades of experience in mental health and housing. Their award-winning services and accredited training in mental health, wellbeing, housing and domestic abuse has contributed to them ranking so highly. Despite the challenges of facing major changes including bringing together two organisations, doubling in size, and creating the parent company Inspire North, they have ensured that inclusion has remained at the heart of everything they do.

During this webinar, Ruth and Paul will explore a variety of D&I topics and share best practice on how to…

  • Take ‘positive action’ when reviewing your recruitment processes
  • Implement innovative Diversity and Inclusion initiatives
  • Develop effective mental health training
  • Adopt a whole organisation approach to ensure an inclusive working culture

Online Masterclass: ‘Stress Detox – Understanding and Managing Stress ‘ Presented by Steph Peltier @ Online Webianr
Apr 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Stress has become a silent pandemic taking a huge toll on our life. Science recently demonstrated that we spend 70% of our waking hours in “Fight or Flight”. But what does this mean? What are the impacts on our body, on our mind and on our life at work and at play.

Our masterclass will answer all these questions because it is only when you truly understand what stress is and what it means for your physical and mental health and your experience of life that you become ready and motivated to take actions everyday.

We will then explore and practice science-backed easy and pragmatic techniques you can realistically integrate into your busy days to manage stress more efficiently and ultimately feel calmer and more in control.

Once you have tamed stress, you become healthier & happier!

You will leave the masterclass with a very good understanding of what stress is and a set of tangible techniques and strategies to efficiently manage stress. We will build a 12 minutes daily routine that will change how you feel in record times!

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Steph Peltier Bio

Happiness expert and founder of The Happiness Society, Steph Peltier is a real brain hacker!

On top of doing the usual coachy things, she teaches her clients the Science of Happiness, a series of cutting-edge, evidence-based and practical techniques that helps them live a happier and more successful life.

She helps her clients rewire their brain to build a super strong mindset, to feel calmer, more in control, to manage stress efficiently, to become more optimistic, experience more positive emotions and ultimately to build the confidence to create the life that they want.

Her approach to happiness and wellbeing is unique because :

  • She has a strong corporate background and understand the challenges and pressures from the workplace
  • She has a scientific and very pragmatic approach – No Flower Power ! The techniques she shares are 100% science-based and can realistically be integrated in our busy lives
  • She truly engages people in taking care of their own wellbeing – even the most cynical ones !

Steph trained with the biggest names in psychology and personal development such as Tony Robbins, Dacher Keltner, Marisa Peer or Professor Rick Hanson. She is an expert in the Science of Happiness at work & at play, a certified Meditation & Mindfulness teacher, HeartMatch Coach and Positive Neuroplasticity Training practitioner.


Does your Recruitment Process work for Diverse Candidates? Presented by Jane Hatton @ Online Webianr
May 26 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Does your Recruitment Process work for Diverse Candidates? Presented by Jane Hatton @ Online Webianr

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Webinar description

We want to attract the very best people, and ensure that all talented candidates can apply for our roles, but are there barriers which might exclude some candidates? During this webinar, disabled social entrepreneur Jane Hatton will go through every stage of the recruitment process from identifying a vacancy to onboarding. We will explore what the possible barriers may be, and offer practical solutions on how to remove them.

About Jane Hatton

Jane is a disabled social entrepreneur, author and speaker, having worked in inclusion since 1990. Jane is the founder of Evenbreak, an award-winning social enterprise run by and for disabled people. Winning a number of inclusion awards, she was 7th on the Shaw Trust Power 100 ‘Britain’s Most Influential Disabled People’ list in 2019 and was the recipient of the Inclusive Companies Awards Diversity Champion Accolade.