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Employer Forum 2019: Diversity in the workforce and creating an inclusive workplace
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Employer Forum 2019: Diversity in the workforce and creating an inclusive workplace

When: 26 November 2019
Where: Central Library, Sanderson Room,
Third Floor, Municipal Building
Caverley Street
Leeds LS1 3AB
United Kingdom
Contact: Andrew Grave
020 7255 0657

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Employer Forum 2019: Diversity in the workforce and creating an inclusive workplace



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Diversity in the workforce and creating an inclusive workplace

How can you limit the impact of unconscious bias in your recruitment process? Can you ensure that your workplace is respectful and welcoming for all staff? Join us at the Employer Forum in Leeds and take part in two interactive, informal workshops that focus on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. These will be followed by an Open Forum to share best practice across sectors, on a number of topics.

The workshops, led by Josh Willacy of the Challenge Consultancy, will provide guidance on how you can promote your organisation to diverse candidates and provide techniques to ensure you limit the impact of unconscious bias within your recruitment process. Josh will also explore the legislation of equality, diversity and inclusion key terms and concepts, as well as best practice to ensure that your workplace is welcoming, respectful and engaging for all staff.

The Open Forum in the afternoon is your chance to share knowledge with your peers around common challenges and opportunities.

Optional elements

Library tour 10am-11am

We are also offering an option to tour the Library at 10am with registration open from 9.30am for delegates selecting this option.

Central Library’s knowledgeable guides will show you around the beautiful Grade II listed building including its special collections: The Gott bequest of 600 early English gardening books and periodicals including works published in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries; the Gascoigne collection of militaria; the Leeds Pottery Drawing Books and Pattern Books and Boyne’s ‘History of Leeds’.

Networking drinks 4.30pm-6pm

An opportunity to continue the day’s conversations on an informal basis and to build and strengthen your network.


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Please note: some of the timings listed may change and details will continue to be added as they are confirmed.

26 November 2019

9:30 am

Registrations/Library Tour

9:30 -10:00 am registration for those people taking part in the optional library tour which will be happening 10-11:00 am (maximum capacity of 30 people. Two groups of 15).
10:30-11:00 am registration for those not attending optional library tour

11:00 am


Jo Cornish, Head of Sector Development, CILIP

11:10 am

Setting the Scene

Shirley Yearwood-Jackman, Chair, CILIP BAME Network Steering Group

11:30 am

Workshop 1: Fair recruitment in action

Attracting and retaining the best talent is a constant challenge for any organisation. Now more than ever, it is critical for organisations to reflect the audience they are seeking to engage with. This session will provide guidance on how employers can promote themselves as an employer of choice to diverse candidates. It will also provide techniques to ensure organisations limit the impact of unconscious bias and unjust discrimination within their recruitment process.

12:50 pm

Lunch and networking

1:40 pm

Welcome back

Introduction to the afternoon session by Jo Cornish along with a few words from our main sponsor.

2:00 pm

CILIP Presentation

CEO Nick Poole will provide an update on CILIP’s Employer Partner scheme.

2:15 pm

Workshop 2: Creating an inclusive workplace

Inclusion in the workplace may be challenging to define, but it’s crucial to ensure that all staff and customers feel respected, motivated and engaged.

This session will explore legislation, key terms and concepts within the equality, diversity and inclusion space. It will provide tips, tools and best practice to ensure your workplace is welcoming, respectful and engaging for all staff.

3:40 pm


Information about session

4:00 pm

Open forum

This session focuses on the sharing of best practice across sectors. Facilitators will get the discussion underway using questions provided by Forum attendees past and present. Designed to be informal, it’s your chance to share knowledge with your peers around common challenges and opportunities.

4:30 pm

Networking drinks reception (optional)

An opportunity to continue the day’s discussions, network with peers and to meet the CILIP Team.

6:00 pm

Doors close




Speakers and facilitators

Josh Willacy


Josh Willacy, EDI Trainer and Client Manager, Challenge Consultancy

Josh is a trainer and consultant and has provided equality, diversity and inclusion advice and training to organisations across the private, public and third sector for a number of years.

Josh has developed and delivered training courses to staff at all levels in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Inclusive Leadership, Dignity at Work and Unconscious Bias. As a trainer and consultant, he has worked with a large number of organisations including universities, the police, private companies, third sector and public-sector institutions.

Founded in 1985 by Femi Otitoju, Challenge has grown from a one-person organisation into an association of trainers and consultants from a variety of backgrounds, offering a wide range of skills and expertise, all working with common aims and objectives.

Nick Poole


Nick Poole, CEO, CILIP

As CEO of CILIP, I am responsible for supporting our fantastic team to deliver for our members and for championing our profession. I studied Modern Languages and Linguistics and have a postgraduate qualification in the History & Philosophy of Science. Over the past 20 years, I’ve held various leadership roles in libraries, museums and the wider culture sector. I live in South West London with my family and dog.

Jo Cornish


Jo Cornish, Head of Sector Development, CILIP

I lead the CILIP Sector Development Team, committed to understanding the current and future needs of the profession and developing services accordingly. A Fellow of CILIP, with over 20 years’ experience as a practitioner, I specialises in building strategic partnerships. I am a passionate advocate for the importance of library, knowledge and information roles and the value they bring to society. Away from the office I am known to visit bridges and obsess over baseball.

Shirley Yearwood-Jackman


Shirley Yearwood-Jackman, CILIP Trustee and Chair of the BAME Network Steering Group

Shirley has had an extensive career, working primarily in Special Libraries and Higher Education. Currently, she is a Liaison Librarian at the University of Liverpool. She has also had an international career in the Caribbean, serving as Director, Regional Resource Centre, U.S. Embassy. During her career she has been actively involved in Library Associations serving as President of the Association of Caribbean University, Research and Institutional Libraries (ACURIL); Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the ACURIL Conference, and a Regional Councillor of the Commonwealth Library Association (COMLA). Most recently, Shirley has been engaged in advancing equality policy at Liverpool as a member of the BAME network, the Equality Forum and the University’s Athena Swan Professional Services Self-Assessment team.


Leaders Network members

£50 + VAT

Standard members

£175 + VAT


£225 + VAT



Employer Partner

Contact Andrew Grave


We are holding our 2019 Employers Forum at the Central Library in Leeds. It is a 10-minute walk from the railway station. The key programme runs from 11am to 4.30pm making a day trip an option for many.


Leeds Central Library

Central Library
Third floor
Municipal Buildings
Calvery Street


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