Wave-length partners with ACAS to deliver – Advancing Equality Through Good Practices – Conference

Wave-length partners with ACAS to deliver – Advancing Equality Through Good Practices – Conference

On 17th November at 09:15-15:30, Wave-length in partnership with ACAS are holding a conference in Birmingham. This event will review the Equality Act 2010 five years on and help you understand if you are compliant with it


Start 9:00 – Finish 15:30 With a series of high profile speakers – names and a little about them below.  This event will enable employers to have a practical insight into the issues raised to take back to their business

Business need

There have been significant changes over the last few years in the legislative environment around equality and diversity. The introduction of the Equality Act 2010 meant that organisations have had to fundamentally rethink how they approach equality and diversity.

We’ll be looking at some of the hot topics and perennial problems in HR linked to Equality during and at the end of employment.

The event will give you top tips, practical takeaways, the opportunity to attend  interactive workshops and the unique opportunity to network, share ideas and ask questions of our experts on the issues that matter most.

Attending this event will ensure that your organisation is well equipped in the field of Equality and Diversity now that we are 5 years along from the initial introduction of the Equality Act.

Who would benefit from attending:-

  • Managing Directors
  • Equality and Diversity Managers/Specialists
  • HR Directors/Managers
  • Line Managers
  • Supervisors
  • Heads of department
  • Employee Representatives
  • Legal practitioners

Suitable For

HR and personnel professionals, line managers, supervisors, heads of department, Company Secretaries, Employee Representatives and legal practitioners

Workshop topics include:


·    Religion and Belief –  This topic would encompass dress, language, holiday and prayer requests etc.
·    Disability– This topic would encompass the breadth of disability i.e. mental and physical health, those associated and reasonable adjustment management to support employees.
·    Age – This topic will consider the issues around an aging workplace and also consider the challenges of supporting a younger workforce
·    Sexual Orientation and Transgender – This topic will consider the issues of language, banter, use of toilets and the balancing of personal beliefs and/or religious beliefs.

Venue The Studio Venue Co   Map (opens in new window)   Date 17/11/2015    Time 09:00 – 15:30
Price £95.00 + VAT, Total £95.00 per person
To book now * Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email events@acas.org.uk if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.


Panel experts:

Religion and Belief

  • Dr David Perfect has worked as a Research Manager for the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) since 2007 and previously held a similar position at the Equal Opportunities Commission (from 1988). He leads the EHRC’s research work on religion or belief issues and contributes to its policy work in this area; he also runs the EHRC’s Religion or Belief Network. His religion or belief publications include a 2011 EHRC briefing paper on statistical sources and data, several journal articles or book chapters on the EHRC’s research, policy and legal work on this topic and an analysis (with Dr Rebecca Catto) of religious literacy, equalities and human rights.


  • Rhodri McDonald is a senior lawyer in the EHRC’s Legal Directorate. He has worked for the EHRC since its creation in 2007, joining it from the Equal Opportunities Commission where he had worked since 2000. Before that he worked in private practice in London and Southampton. He has been the legal lead on a number of the EHRC’s formal inquiries; leads the EHRC’s follow up and regulatory work with employers; and is currently providing legal expertise on the religion and belief guidance which the EHRC is developing for publication at the end of 2015. He sits as a fee-paid Employment Tribunal judge in Wales.


  • Ann Johnson is the Managing Director of Wave-length CIC. A social enterprise that seeks to disable disability in the workplace and in service delivery offering employers and service providers free to use resources the organisations strength comes from its Junction Box programme which provides direct employment support to those in the community who face social challenges, through this experience Wave-length is well placed to share this knowledge and intelligence with those organisations that seek to create more inclusive environments for staff and customers.   Ann has helped influence design and change within the DWP, has had papers published by the Open University in respect of disability and client engagement.   Ann believes that support is best given to employers and customers with adjustment needs by ensuring that you have the right person centred approaches in place which might not always sit comfortably with the social model of disability. Ann is an independent wheelchair user.


  • Emma Slaven joined Acas in 2013 as a Helpline Adviser, a role which allowed her to develop an up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of employment legislation and dispute resolution. During this time she also gained a CIPD qualification in Human Resource Practice. Emma is currently a Business Development Adviser, in this role she actively maintains relationships with Acas’ stakeholders and supports the Senior Advisers in their day to day duties. In 2014, Emma joined Acas Developing Future Leaders Programme: she has undertaken two diverse external secondments that have provided her with knowledge and experience of the day-to- day issues faced in the HR department of a multinational company and within a large trade union. She has also been heavily involved with the Age Audit Tool: she wrote the User Guidance and actively promoted usage of the tool.
    Prior to joining Acas, Emma worked in a diverse range of roles within the public, retail, education and voluntary sectors which provided her with wide ranging experience of different employment practices and their impact.

Book your place today at https://obs.acas.org.uk/ViewEvent.aspx?EventId=192897 or call 0300 123 1150




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