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:

Working Families Best Practice Awards – June 2018

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

The annual awards ceremony was hosted by Tulsi Naidu, CEO of Zurich UK, who delivered the keynote address.

“An excellent opportunity to recognise the tireless efforts of organisations across the UK making meaningful and powerful change to support an engaged, fully realised and agile workforce who effect cultural change that for the better!.”

“For me the Working Families Awards event is one definitely to keep in your calendar. Always inspiring, hearing of the latest thinking and actions that other employers are doing to be at the forefront of being a family friendly employer and a nice opportunity to network with like minded business people..”

Annual Conference – May 2018

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 Dame Helene Morrissey, DBE. Our two panel discussions focused on moving the dial on gender equality and on findings from the Modern Families Index.

Our panellists included: Andy Clewer, Assurance Talent Leader, EY, Mark McLane, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Barclays, Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive, NHS Employers, Carolanne Minashi, Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion, UBS and Emma Blaney, Global HR Director, Euromonitor International.

“Working Families events always deliver insight, inspiration and practical takeaways.”

“The event challenged my own thinking and attitudes towards working long hours and those who need / might want to work more flexibly”


National Work Life Week Conference – October 2018

As one of our flagship conferences, this event is a best practice showcase including a keynote address, interactive panel sessions and an introduction to the research and findings from the Working Families Annual Benchmark. The theme for 2018 was ‘changing the culture’.

Our keynote speech was provided by Annette Andrews. HR Director, Lloyd’s of London who addressed over 100 senior HR & Diversity practitioners about transforming the insurance sector in diversity and inclusion.

Delegates were inspired by the 2018 Best Practice Award winners and finalists as they showcased their outstanding flexible and family friendly policies and practices in the two panel sessions on best practice and what makes a top employer. Panellist speakers included Air Cdre Simon Harper OBE MA, ACOS Pers Pol, RAF, Una O’Reilly, Group Director of Engagement and Employer Brand, Director of HR UK and Italy, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Laura Farnsworth, Partner and Head of Rockhopper, Lewis Silkin LLP, Nikunj Upadhyay, Diversity & Inclusion, Group HR, Barclays, Harvey Tilley, Chief Operating Officer, Independent Living Fund Scotland, Lesley Babb, Head of Pay, Reward and Diversity, Intellectual Property Office.

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