Speakers have now been confirmed for our two-day conference on ‘Ethnic Inequalities at Work: Policy & Institutional Responses'.

The cross-disciplinary event will take place from 10.30am on Thursday 3 November until 4pm on Friday 4 November, here at Cumberland Lodge. It will bring together academics, business leaders, policy makers and key influencers in the field and it is being run in partnership with the Centre of Dynamics of Ethnicity

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Baroness McGregor-Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Mitie Group plc and leader of the ongoing Government review into https://beisgovuk.citizenspace.com/lm/baroness-mcgregor-smith-review obstacles faced by Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) individuals when trying to progress at work 
  • Zamila Bunglawala, Deputy Director for Strategy and Insight, Race Disparity Unit, Cabinet Office
  • Ken Clark, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Manchester
  • Richard Iferenta, Partner, Financial Services, KPMG
  • Dr Omar Khan, Director, Runnymede Trust
  • Sandra Kerr OBE, Race Equality Director, Business in the Community
  • Professor Pauline Leonard, Head of Department, Sociology, Social Policy & Criminology, University of Southampton
  • Nona McDuff, Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Kingston University
  • Professor James Nazroo, Professor of Sociology and Director of Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity, University of Manchester
  • Wilf Sullivan, TUC Race Equality Officer.


The conference programme will draw on recent research from the Centre of Dynamics of Ethnicity, to explore the root causes of the ongoing under-representation of ethnic minorities in the workplace and consider practical solutions going forward. 

It will cover: the historic and regional trends in ethnic employment; the effect of gender; access to education; human resources practices required to tackle the psychology of discrimination; and policy recommendations to encourage change within businesses.    

The recent Race at Work 2015 report by Business in the Community revealed that: ‘in the UK today, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people are under-represented at every management level in the workplace. One in eight of the working-age population is from a BAME background, yet only one in 10 are in the workplace and only one in 16 top management positions are held by an ethnic minority person.’

'Fresh efforts'

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Prashar, a member of the House of Lords and one of our Trustees, said: “The Government has announced three parliamentary reviews on racial inequalities in education and at work since the beginning of the year. It seems clear that, despite the legislation in place to prevent workplace discrimination, we need to do more as a society to turn policy into practice when it comes to tackling these entrenched inequalities and facilitating social mobility.

“I welcome the fresh efforts being made to bring the issue into the political sphere and to devise practical policy solutions and I look forward to seeing what comes out of the cross-disciplinary conference at Cumberland Lodge, as well as the ongoing consultative reviews.”

A limited number of press passes and student bursaries are available for the event, which is part of our ongoing series of cross-disciplinary conferences and seminars that tackle the causes and effects of social divisions and seek ways of building more peaceful, open and inclusive societies.