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*Postponed* BQF Diversity and Inclusion Event

Wednesday 30 October @ 9:00am - 4:00pm

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Unfortunately this event has been postponed – the new date will be announced very soon. We apologise for the inconvenience.

Diversity & Inclusion are words that are used frequently in conversation and are important to all of us and our organisations. However, do we really understand what this means and the full extent of the terms?

At the BQF Diversity & Inclusion Event, hosted by Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD), our exciting, engaging, expert speakers, from a range of diverse backgrounds will take us on an interactive journey. We will hear of different experiences through case studies, stimulate our thinking and look at different tools we can use back in our organisations as well as have the opportunity to engage and network with others.


09.00-09.30 Arrival with refreshments and networking
09.30-09.45 Welcome 

Introduction from Humanitarian Academy for Development (HAD)

Speaker: Dr Hossam Said, Managing Director, HAD – Introduction about HAD

For nearly three decades, Dr Hossam has provided the strategic vision to manage, lead and develop a range of international humanitarian interventions around the world. He has managed diverse teams of multi-disciplinary professionals in disaster response and development, whilst forging strong relationships with many charities such as CAFOD and Christian Aid, as well as the Latter Day Saints Charities (USA), among others.

Speaker: Dr. Jennifer Philippa Eggert, Head of Research and Development, HAD – How HAD facilities diversity and inclusion

Jennifer has been working as a researcher and practitioner since 2002. Her areas of expertise include gender, violent conflict, Islam(ism), migration, and development, with a focus on Europe, the Levant and South Asia. Prior (and in parallel) to her academic career, Jennifer has worked in the areas of development, civic education, intercultural dialogue, community engagement, conflict transformation, and counter-extremism in the Europe, South Asia and the Middle East.

10.30-10.45 Break
10.45 – 11.30

Speaker: Nick Taylor, CEO, The Peace Foundation

This interactive session will explore the societal change needed to address complex problems that cannot be solved by binary solutions. Introducing mediated dialogue as a process to achieve cohesion and integration.

Nick developed his own company Bodyproject in 2007 to a position as one of the North West’s high growth companies, established to promote health and well-being, particularly psychological health related to image, identity and personality.  Much of this work informs Nick’s leadership of the Peace Foundation and the creation of the Survivors Assistance Network that is supporting people affected by terrorism. He suspended his business in 2013 to take up his role at the Peace Foundation for an initial period of three months.  Six years on he remains fascinated by the challenge of preventing violent extremism.


Speaker: Tinu Cornish, Director, Sea Change Consultancy

Tinu will lead us through a workshop session that focuses on the importance of inclusive leadership and understanding the psychology of inclusivity.

One of the UK’s leading diversity psychologists, Tinu uses behavioural science to enable organisations to design innovative and effective diversity and inclusion interventions. Tinu supports the delivery of comprehensive organisational change frameworks and charters that successfully ensure the progression of women and BME’s in organisations. Tinu co-authored two scientific evidence reviews on unconscious bias, most recently for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Tinu also consults and trains on unconscious bias for a range of high profile clients in the private, governmental and higher education sectors.

13.00-13.45 Lunch 

Speaker: Fiona Anderson, Founder of valuingYOU and My Change Expert, Engage for Success

Fiona will explore the links between employee engagement, organisation culture and productivity. Identify what this means for your organisation and gain insights into how you can grow your own highly productive culture with the resources you already have and score your business against the 7 Significant Signals©

Fiona’s passion, belief and expertise is in culture change, where individuals, teams and the company thrive and grow. She is the Founder of valuingYOU and My Change Expert: inspiring and equiping organisations to achieve a highly productive culture. Awarded: Engage for Success, Inspiring Employee Engagement levels in the UK, 2018 | Exemplar for Culture Change by The Manufacturer, 2015 | Appointed to Engage for Success Steering Group, 2018 | Invited to contribute to People Management/CIPD webinar, “HR from transactional to transformational” 2018 | Founder of Greater Birmingham Engage for Success network to  Share+Learn+Inspire | Guest writer for professional publications | Accredited: DiSC Behaviours, Strengthscope, MBTI and Barretts values/culture assessment

14:45 – 15:45

Speaker: Baljit Kaur, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, Innate Consultancy

Baljit Kaur Diversity and Inclusion specialist, Innate Consultancy will explore the question Diversity and Inclusion – Incremental or transformational? This interactive session will stimulate conversation and self-reflection on how to reap the benefits of diversity and inclusion to achieve greater efficiency and productivity.

Baljit has spent over 10 years specialising in issues to do with diversity, inclusion and equality. She works with private and public sector organisations so they can become; representative of the customers and communities they serve, and, inclusive so that every employee feels valued and respected Baljit has experience of delivering equality audits, consultancy and training. She delivers innovative training and consultancy interventions in areas such as Dignity at Work, Unconscious Bias; Inclusive leadership and in many other areas.

15.45 – 16.00 Round-up
16.00 Close



Wednesday 30 October
9:00am - 4:00pm
Member Price
£ 95 +VAT
Non-member Price
£ 155 +VAT


22-24 Sampson Rd N,
Birmingham, B11 1BL
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