CIPD Manchester is delighted to welcome you to the second in its series of Inclusive Workplace events. This event will focus on how HR, Management, and those in the wider workplace, can contribute to creating a positive and inclusive workplace around gender identity. This event is about hearing from individuals with a personal experience of transitioning, looking at the law and most importantly thinking about the positive part that HR and Management can play.
This event will include a number of expert speakers to inform our discussions and will include opportunities to discuss practical ideas with fellow practitioners. Please bring your questions, concerns and experiences to share.
The event will close with a panel made up of all the speakers plus a representative from ACAS, who are also supporting this event.
Speakers will include:
Joanne Mason – Sparkle
Joanne is on the Board of Trustees at Sparkle -The National Transgender Charity. It was at her present employers, Peel Holdings, that Joanne felt able to transition socially after several tentative conversations with the head of HR, Carrie Westwell. Joanne likes to hold up the example of Peel as a shining example of how simply and well received the process could be with the right support and planning.
Erin Smith - Sparkle
Erin is a proud member of the transgender community. She chairs the Law Society’s LGBT Division and is a member of the Society’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She is a Trustee of Sparkle – The National Transgender Charity, and also volunteers as a Diversity Role Model.
Michelle Gray – Berg Solicitors
Michelle Gray, Employment Partner and equality & diversity specialist at Berg Solicitors, supports and delivers training to businesses on the issue of transitioning and on how to become a more inclusive employer. Michelle will be discussing a recent European Commission study "The Business Case for Diversity in the Workplace: sexual orientation and gender identity - Report on good practices".
Professor Stephen Whittle PhD, MA, LLB, BA
Professor of Equalities Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 1975, aged 19, Stephen set up the UK’s first local trans support group in Manchester. The same year he transitioned to living as Stephen. In the 1970s and 80s he lost many jobs because of being trans. In 1985 he decided things would only change if trans people became lawyers. He qualified in law in 1990 and in 1992, Stephen was a co-founder of Press For Change (PFC), the UK's transgender lobbying group. PFC fought cases at the European Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights to gain legal recognition for Trans people in the Gender Recognition Act 2004. In 2010, PFC also achieved full protection for trans people under the UK’s Equality Laws.
16:00 - arrival, networking & refreshments
16:30 - event starts
19:00 - finish & departure
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