BAME: Breaking down barriers around career progression

27 September, 13:00 - 14:30

Kennedys, 3rd floor, Churchgate House, 56 Oxford Street, Manchester M1 6EU, Manchester, United Kingdom

This panel discussion hosted by Elizabeth Scott, Director of EY Manchester, will focus on obstacles and barriers facing BAME employees around career progression, as well as reasons why BAME employees are underrepresented in management roles. Insights will be offered by Pavita Cooper, Charlotte Sweeney, Rosie Clarke, Dr. Kailash Chand and Blessing Buraimoh.

The session aims to provide:
- Awareness and understanding of BAME concerns
- Open discussion of race in the workplace
- Techniques to help foster an environment where race isn’t a limiting factor

Pavita Cooper is a leading talent and diversity expert, and most recently, a Chair of the 2017 report on Delivering Diversity – Race and Ethnicity in the Management Pipeline. Charlotte Sweeney is a diversity and equality consultant with extensive experience in large-scale change programmes. Rosie Clarke from Inclusive Employers is the name behind the Challenge toolkit, with a detailed knowledge of best practice from across all sectors in the retention of BAME talent through leadership programmes. Dr. Kailash Chand is the first Asian person to be elected as Deputy Chair of the British Medical Association Council, and will explore the challenges faced to reach this milestone. Blessing Buraimoh has many years of experience as a diversity advisor, and will talk about the importance of mentoring and sponsorship.

Charlotte Sweeney OBE

Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Specialist. Keynote Speaker, Thought Leader, Consultant, Researcher, Coach and Author

Blessing Buraimoh

Diversity Adviser Business in the Community (BITC)

Pavita Cooper

Chair of the Research Advisory Board, Founder of More Difference

Rosie Clarke

Senior Inclusion and Diversity Consultant Inclusive Employers

Kailash Chand OBE

Honorary Vice President BMA