Creating an Inclusive Pipeline

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Start Date: 19 Jun 2018

Start Time: 6:00 PM

End Time: 9:00 PM

Duration: 3 hours

Capacity: 80

Venue: CMI Offices, 77 Kingsway, London, WC2B 6SR › View map

Member price: £12

Non-member price: £18

Though proven that diverse teams perform better and can add more business value, there is still a lot to be done to improve the way organisations promote inclusivity and diversity within their teams, especially at management level.

Recent CMI research shows, for example, that around 12.5% of the UK population are BAME yet they hold just 6% of top management positions. Closing this representation gap would be a major opportunity, which could add £24bn to the economy annually.  Latest UK statistics indicate that women only make up 19% of boards(*1) , with women representing only 22% (*2)  of senior management teams. This is despite research indicating that companies with at least one female director receive a better return on investment compared with companies with all-male boardrooms and that companies where women make up at least 15% of senior management are 50% more profitable than those where fewer than 10% of senior managers are female.(*3)

Closing this representation gap would be a major opportunity, which could add £24bn to the economy annually.

This event will explore how organisations can develop a truly diverse pipeline and include diversity in their culture as well as the role of managers as champions of the creation of an inclusive pipeline. Topics will include: 

  • How to develop a vision for diversity.
  • The importance of diversity as an organisational value.
  • Inclusive talent recruitment.
  • The role of the manager in maintaining a happy and diverse pipeline.
  • The importance of confidence - and how to build it for all.

What will I learn?

  • How you can contribute to the creation of a truly inclusive team
  • Hear more about initiatives that will help create an inclusive talent pool 
  • Understanding the implications of diversity as a core business value
  • Typical challenges faced along a career pathway
  • Practical, actionable strategies to build confidence and accelerate your potential

Join us to hear how we can contribute to create a more diverse workforce and to network with like-minded professionals. 

Professor Peter McCaffery, Professor Emeritus at London Metropolitan University, Winston Churchill Fellow and former University Vice Chancellor - "Getting beyond compliance in the workplace: Climbing the Diversity Ladder of Success."

Peter will look at how to go beyond statutory requirements and "doing the right things for disadvantaged groups" by: 

  • articulating a vision for diversity and developing initiatives to a positive intent, 
  • internalising diversity as a core organisational value and 
  • fostering diversity among your organisational partners.

Antoinette Dale Henderson, Leadership Communications Coach and author of Leading with Gravitas - "Accelerating your potential: overcoming challenges and building confidence in the workplace."

Antoinette will explore typical challenges faced by employees throughout their career journey and the importance of nurturing confidence, both for managers, leaders and their teams. During this practical and engaging talk, she will also reveal the contents of her Confidence Kitbag©: including six tools for building confidence and how to get rid of the three most common rocks that weigh you down.

*1: The Guide to UK Company Giving 2017/2018, Directory of Social Change

*2: Women in Business, Beyond Policy to Progress, Grant Thornton, 2018

*3: The CS Gender 2000: The Reward for Change. Research Institue, Credit Suisse. 2016




 Registration and networking


 Opening remarks: Angela Owen, CMI Women Advisory Committee Member


 "Getting beyond compliance in the workplace: Climbing the Diversity Ladder of Success"

Professor Peter McCaffery, Professor Emeritus at London Metropolitan University, Winston Churchill Fellow


 "Accelerating your potential: overcoming challenges and building confidence in the workplace"

Antoinette Dale Henderson, Leadership Communications Coach


 Panel discussion and Q&A


Thank you and closing remarks: Angela Owen, CMI Women Advisory Committee Member


 Refreshments and Networking




Peter McCaffery

Professor Peter McCaffery BA (Hons), M.Sc (Econ), PGCE, Ph D, FCIPD, FCMI, FRSA

Professor Peter McCaffery has over thirty-five years leadership, management, teaching and research experience – including 17 years reporting at Board level – across a range of institutions from Further Education Colleges to USA Ivy League University, involving successive business turn-arounds as Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive at the University of Cumbria and Deputy Vice Chancellor at London Metropolitan University.

A Winston Churchill Fellow and Idlewild Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Peter is a graduate of The Cabinet Office Top Management Programme and has acted as a consultant for a variety of bodies including the British Council, the governments of Botswana and Jamaica and the Centre for HE, Germany.

Awarded a National Leadership Fellowship by the Leadership Foundation for HE, he pioneered a Wider Management Mentoring Programme at London South Bank University for the university’s BME managers in partnership with the public and private sector, and led the equality and diversity team whose work was showcased by the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE) in their Sustaining Excellence in HE Review.

Peter is also the UK editor, author and collaborator for the Epigeum (Oxford University Press) project that pioneered the first world class, on-line programme with global reach on university leadership and management development; derivative of his international best-selling guide: The HE Manager’s Handbook: Effective Leadership and Management in Universities and Colleges (Routledge, 3rd edition, 2018).

An American historian by background, Peter has been a regular analyst for Sky News over the last three years covering the USA Presidential election and Trump administration. An international masters swimmer, he is also a governor of Holland Park School Academy, west London – a state school that regularly outperforms its fee-paying independent school neighbours.

Antoinette Dale

Antoinette Dale Henderson, Leadership Communications Coach, The Gravitas Programme

Antoinette Dale Henderson has over 25 years’ experience in leadership development and communications, specialising in strategically-driven, results-orientated leadership development programmes that make a powerful difference to executives, boards and top teams in the UK and internationally.

She launched The Gravitas Programme to provide leaders and managers with the skills to command respect, inspire a shared vision and get taken seriously. The programme is based on extensive global research into the six qualities that together combine to make up this essential and yet often intangible business skill.

As a published author (Leading with Gravitas, Rethink Press) and professional member of the Professional Speaking Association, Antoinette is regularly invited to deliver keynotes on gravitas, confidence, leadership and promoting the cause of women in business.

Antoinette works across the public and private sectors, with longstanding clients in PR, media, banking, financial services, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, retail, hospitality, law and technology. Her one-day Gravitas Masterclass, held twice a year in London, is open to anyone serious about increasing their impact and influence. Before setting up her company in 2017, she held senior positions at many of the world’s top PR consultancies.
She is Chair of the Board of Trustees for BelEve, a charity that inspires and empowers girls aged 8 to 18 to become leaders of their world. She lives in South London with her husband and two daughters and loves nothing more than countryside walks, horse riding and sunshine filled holidays.

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Angela Owen

Angela Owen was commissioned into the British Army in 1976, she served in the UK, Germany and had tours in Northern Ireland during the ‘Troubles’. She competed in the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in 1982 in the 100m and 200m sprints, setting the Army 200m record which she still holds.

Angela has always been passionate about helping women progress and founded Women in Defence UK in 2011, when she realised that despite the thousands of women working at all levels of UK defence, women seemed to be 'thinly spread‘ and lacked the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences. Over the last few years, the group has interviewed the most senior officers in the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines and RAF about their plans for broadening diversity. Since their inception in 2016, the Women in Defence UK Awards have attracted over 600 nominations, helping to shine a light on the value of women to UK defence.

Angela spent 9 years as a defence expert with PA Consulting after leaving the Army and is now a Senior Advisor to PA on women in defence. She is a member of the CMI Women’s Advisory Committee, chaired the Commuter Judging Panel for the 2018 CMI Management Book of the Year, was a judge for the WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Awards 2017 and is regularly asked to chair panels with a diversity and inclusion theme. An exceptionally proud mother of a son and daughter who have long since flown the roost, she recently became an equally proud grandmother of a glorious grand-daughter!


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