Key Points
  • Women in Leadership Positions
  • Supporting Women in the Workplace - Office Cultures, Flexibility and Re-Entering the Workplace
  • Building the Female Talent Pipeline - Inspiring the Next Gen Female Leaders
  • Gender Pay Gap Reporting - Best Practice and Impact
Guest of Honour

Denise Wilson-White OBE Chief Executive Officer, Hampton-Alexander Review

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Overview
Confirmed Speakers

  • Tanya Castell MBE, Founder and CEO, Changing the Chemistry
  • Heather McGregor, Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School
  • Denise Wilson-White OBE, Chief Executive Officer, Hampton-Alexander Review
  • Lynne Cadenhead, Chairperson, Women‘s Enterprise Scotland
  • Rosie MacRae, Head of Inclusion and Diversity, SSE
  • Dr Michelle Hynd, Board Member and Chair, Audit Committee, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission
  • Julianne Miles, Managing Director, Women Returners
  • Laura Thorburn, Associate Carlyle and Chair, Glasgow Branch, Women in Banking & Finance
  • Nikki Slowey, Programme Director, Family Friendly Working Scotland
  • Innes Miller, Director, Staffmetrix Ltd
  • Nabila Aydin, VP Global Marketing, FDM Group
  • Stephen Williams, Senior Partner, Deloitte Scotland
  • Debbie Miller, Inclusion Manager, RBS Scotland

The Scottish Government has shown real commitment to tackling the under-representation of women in public and corporate leadership by passing the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act 2018 and encouraging commitments from businesses to establish gender balance on boards of 50/50 by 2020.

Nearly two years on from the Hampton-Alexander Review, this timely forum brings together key stakeholders to discuss progress made towards the review’s key objectives. Key topics include increasing the number of women in senior leadership roles, supporting women within the workplace, Gender Pay Gap reporting, building the talent pipeline and inspiring the next generation of female leaders.

Attend to hear keynote presentations about progress made to date towards fulfilling the Hampton-Alexander Review recommendations and about the impact of the first Gender Pay Gap report and how it is affecting equality of pay.

Put your questions to our panel of experts who will explore progress made in overcoming barriers to increasing board and senior level representation of women. Including how executive recruiters, investors and men in leadership positions can support the cause.

Take the opportunity to discuss the quality and availability of support for women in work, to improve retention and encourage talented women back to work after a career break. Successful initiatives will be considered including flexible working, maternity programmes, addressing ageism and redesigning roles to overcome gender bias. Time will also be provided to debate what is being done to inspire the next generation of female leaders. From improving careers advice and encouraging entry into STEM subjects to investment in mentoring, training and development to support progression and promotions.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair and Holyrood Insight Welcoming remarks

 

Speakers

Tanya Castell MBE Founder and CEO, Changing the Chemistry

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09:05 - 09:25
Keynote 1: Priorities for Achieving Equality for Women in Work

 
  • The role and contribution of women in the Scottish economy
  • Gender Representation on Public Boards Bill
  • Key priorities to improve women’s representation in leadership roles, narrow the pay-gap and support women in the workplace
  • Progress to date and next steps

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Tanya Castell MBE Founder and CEO, Changing the Chemistry

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09:25 - 09:55
Keynote 2: Hampton-Alexander Review - Progress so far and challenges ahead

 
  • Progress made with meeting the diversity targets set by the Hampton-Alexander review
  • Support available for businesses to take action
------ Questions, and answer session with delegates ------

Speakers

Denise Wilson-White OBE Chief Executive Officer, Hampton-Alexander Review

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09:55 - 10:40
Women in Leadership: Improving the Gender Balance in Senior Leadership Positions

 
  • Progress made towards the Hampton-Alexander Review targets for women in board positions
  • Key challenges and barriers to increasing the number of women in leadership positions
  • Increasing transparency and holding organisations to account
  • The role of investors to help solve gender imbalance at board level
  • Encouraging men to champion the cause for greater representation of women in leadership roles
  • Improving female entrepreneurship, business ownership and  representation in SME’s
  • The role of executive recruiters in supporting clients to increase the number of women in senior leadership positions
------ Questions, and answer session with delegates ------

Speakers

Dr Michelle Hynd Board Member and Chair, Audit Committee, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

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Lynne Cadenhead Chairperson, Women‘s Enterprise Scotland

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Laura Thorburn Associate Carlyle and Chair, Glasgow Branch, Women in Banking & Finance

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10:40 - 11:10
Refreshments and Networking break

 

11:10 - 11:35
Keynote 3: The Gender Pay Gap

 
  • Causes of the gender pay gap - the evidence so far
  • Feedback from the first year of reporting
  • Recommendations designed to address pay gaps
------ Questions, and answer session with delegates ------

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Innes Miller Director, Staffmetrix Ltd

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11:35 - 12:15
Supporting Women in the Workplace: Office Cultures, Flexibility and Re-entering the Workplace

 
  • Examples of impactful initiatives to improve the working environment for women
  • Redesigning roles to reduce gender bias
  • Getting talented women back into the workplace for women returning from career breaks
  • Improving flexible working options, including job sharing, reduced hours or multi-site locations
  • Ensuring women aren’t penalised for taking career breaks and are able to return to the same level job
  • Incentives and initiatives for fathers to share parental leave
  • The impact of extended free childcare hours
  • Retaining talented women in the workplace
  • Improving company maternity programmes
  • Addressing ageism in the workplace
  • The key barriers left to overcome to better support women in the workplace
------ Questions, and answer session with delegates ------

Speakers

Julianne Miles Managing Director, Women Returners

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Debbie Miller Inclusion Manager, RBS Scotland

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Nikki Slowey Programme Director, Family Friendly Working Scotland

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12:15 - 12:55
Building the Female Talent Pipeline: Inspiring the next generation of female leaders

 
  • Improving careers guidance in schools and universities
  • Ensuring a talented stream of potential employees across all sectors, including STEM
  • Talent acquisition and recruitment
  • Investing in training, personal and professional development for women
  • Successful mentoring schemes, job shadowing and workplace demonstrations
  • Improving in-house career advice for progression and promotion
  • Increasing women’s confidence
------ Questions, and answer session with delegates ------

Speakers

Rosie MacRae Head of Inclusion and Diversity, SSE

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Nabila Aydin VP Global Marketing, FDM Group

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Heather McGregor Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School

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Stephen Williams Senior Partner, Deloitte Scotland

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12:55 - 13:00
Chair’s and Holyrood Insight’s Thanks

 

Speakers

Tanya Castell MBE Founder and CEO, Changing the Chemistry

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End

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Nabila Aydin VP Global Marketing, FDM Group

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Lynne Cadenhead Chairperson, Women‘s Enterprise Scotland

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Tanya Castell MBE Founder and CEO, Changing the Chemistry

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Dr Michelle Hynd Board Member and Chair, Audit Committee, Scottish Legal Complaints Commission

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Rosie MacRae Head of Inclusion and Diversity, SSE

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Heather McGregor Executive Dean, Edinburgh Business School

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Julianne Miles Managing Director, Women Returners

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Innes Miller Director, Staffmetrix Ltd

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Debbie Miller Inclusion Manager, RBS Scotland

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Nikki Slowey Programme Director, Family Friendly Working Scotland

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Laura Thorburn Associate Carlyle and Chair, Glasgow Branch, Women in Banking & Finance

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Stephen Williams Senior Partner, Deloitte Scotland

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Denise Wilson-White OBE Chief Executive Officer, Hampton-Alexander Review

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Venue details

Hilton Edinburgh Carlton Hilton Edinburgh Carlton, 19 North Bridge Edinburgh EH1 1SD United Kingdom

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