Past events

Working Families run a diverse programme of employer, fundraising and policy events throughout the UK. These conferences, awards, receptions, dinners, seminars and roundtable briefings allow delegates to keep at the forefront of current developments and innovative policies, share best practice and network with peers and specialists in the field.

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A selection of our past events include:

Top Employers for Working Families Special Awards – July 2017

This prestigious champagne afternoon tea, celebrated the finalists and announced the winners of the Working Families Top Employer Awards, whilst sharing how employers are supporting employees with their policies and practices in the following categories: mothers, fathers, carers and eldercare, innovation, flexible working initiatives, embedded flexibility and flexible recruitment, along with announcing the best large and small private sector employer and the best public and third sector employer.

This annual awards ceremony was hosted by Inga Beale, CEO of Lloyd’s of London who delivered the keynote address and spoke about the importance and challenges of diversity and leadership in the workplace drawing on her own personal experience and expertise.

“A great afternoon to come together and celebrate all achievements made in the workplace.”

“It was a great event, hearing other examples of good practice and how they implemented such practice is highly beneficial.”

Annual Conference – May 2017

One of two flagship conferences we hold annually, May’s Annual Conference was a sell-out event attended by over 120 senior HR & Diversity practitioners. The overall theme focused on key opportunities and challenges for people strategy in 2017–2020 and the speakers provided the audience with concrete examples and ideas to take back to their workplace.

The programme included an insightful keynote speech from Jennifer Thomas, Head of Internal Communications & Experience, Direct Line Group. Our two panel discussions focused on the challenges and opportunities for workforce planning within the economic context and a best practice showcase on how to attract and retain talent. Our panellists included Stephen Gummer, Principal, Gummer & Co Legal Consulting Ltd, Jane Drysdale, Director of HR, Brunel University London, Ann Brown, Head of People, KPMG, Julie Gottlieb, Career Development Manager, BLP and Jonathan Patterson, Development Director, DWF.

Delegates were able to attend one of three workshops on managing remote workers, assessing the flexibility inherent in any role, and how to support wellbeing amongst modern families.

Further information on the programme and the speakers.

“I just wanted to say thanks for having me last week. I found the morning so very useful and really insightful. So often I find myself at external events thinking the time would have been used better at my desk but the Working Families event was definitely contrary to this!”

“Working Families conferences are always a source of inspiration – great networking with a mix of sectors but shared challenges.”


Policy Seminar: The Future of Work for Modern Families – January 2017

Over 100 Policy professionals registered to attend this engaging and thought provoking seminar, which focused on the key issues facing working parents and carers in the coming year.

We had a full portfolio of speakers including Margot James MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility who set the scene and outlined why there has been a Review of Modern Employment and the progress on the initiatives the government has put in place around family friendly and flexible working, Flick Drummond MP, Co-Chair All Party Parliamentary Group on Women and Work who discussed, amongst other things, her experience as a working parent and panellists including Kate Bell, Head of Economic and Social Affairs, TUC, Matthew Percival, Head of Employment, CBI, Helen Norman, Research Fellow in Sociology, The University of Manchester and David Finch, Senior Economic Analyst, Resolution Foundation who looked at the future of work and modern families.

Attendees were also the first to hear in-depth findings from the Modern Families Index 2017, the most comprehensive survey of working parents in the UK, run by Working Families and Bright Horizons.

“It was a big investment of time for me to attend this event but was worth it and I’m so glad I did!”

“I enjoyed the event which had an interesting range of speakers from the political, economic, and academic world on supporting family working”

National Work Life Week Conference – October 2016

As one of our flagship conferences, this event is a best practice showcase including a keynote address, interactive panel sessions and the announcement of the Top 30 Employers for Working Families drawn from the Working Families Annual Benchmark.

Delegates were inspired by the 2016 Top Employers award winners and finalists as they showcased their outstanding flexible and family friendly policies and practices in the two panel sessions on innovation and flexible working. Panellist speakers included Rebecca Hess, West Midlands Police, Xanic Jones, Citi, Emma Codd, Managing Partner for Talent, Deloitte and Sqn Ldr Vicky Littlechild, SO2 Employment Policy Delivery, Royal Air Force.

Our keynote speech was provided by Sandra Campopiano, Chief People Officer, The Sage Group plc who addressed over 100 senior HR & Diversity practitioners.

Further information on the programme and the speakers.