Stonewall Cymru announces first Workplace conference in Wales

Stonewall Cymru, the gay equality charity, has announced a diverse line-up for its first Workplace conference in Wales. The conference, on Monday September 27 at Novotel Cardiff, will feature keynote speeches from Dyfed Powys Police, IBM, the Environment Agency and Cardiff Council.

The all-Wales conference is designed to help employers get the best performance from their lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff. Among the issues that the conference will discuss are how to effectively engage with the LGB community, what the Public Duty in the Equality Act 2010 means and how it relates to LGB issues, how to manage any issues around religion and sexual orientation and how smaller employers can promote sexual orientation equality.


Joining Stonewall Cymru as keynote speakers are:

  • Charlie Pattinson, Head of Human Resources for England and Wales, Environment Agency – the Agency was named Top Welsh Employer in Stonewall’s 2010 Top 100 list of gay-friendly employers in Britain
  • Councillor Rodney Berman, Leader, Cardiff Council – the Council was named most Improved Welsh Employer on the 2010 Top 100 employers
  • Deputy Chief Constable Jackie Roberts, Dyfed Powys Police (All-Wales lead for Equality & Diversity)
  • Peter Havelock, Partner, IBM – IBM were named as Stonewall’s 2010 Top Employer on the Top 100 list of gay-friendly employers in Britain

‘It’s vital for employers to attract and retain the best talent in times when economic times are tough,’ says Dean Lloyd, Stonewall Cymru Workplace Officer. ‘People perform better when they can be themselves at work, and there are many ways that employers can help this happen.’

For more information on Stonewall Cymru’s Workplace Conference visit www.stonewallcymru.org.uk/cymruconference 

Notes

  • Stonewall’s 2010 Top 100 Employers list can be downloaded from www.stonewall.org.uk/wei and is based on employer submissions to the annual Workplace Equality Index, which is Britain’s definitive national benchmarking exercise that showcases the best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.



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