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APSE Equality, Inclusion and Diversity Seminar - Thursday 25 May 2023

Local authorities continue to explore and review the parts they play in tackling issues around inequality, improving diversity, combating racial disparities as well as exploring strategic perspectives which can lead to improved opportunities for marginalized communities.

This seminar brings together a range of expert speakers that will be exploring steps local authorities and partners have taken and are continuing to take in carrying out, developing and supporting a diverse workforce and community at all levels, co-ordinating better dialogue,
promoting equality, engaging and responding to the needs of everyone in the community as well as meeting and addressing challenges.

The seminar presents an excellent opportunity for delegates to share best practice and gain an overview of how colleagues are meeting these needs.

A MUST ATTEND EVENT for those officers and members who want to look at ways of developing and improving solutions to address social inclusion, Communities, Equalities and Partnerships within the local authority context.  


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Workforce priorities within a challenging local authority landscape

Simon Cameron, Chief Officer – Employers’ Team, COSLA

Prioritising gender inclusion in the development and implementation of economic strategies.

Leah Millthorne, Head of Local Economies, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

Socitm PAUSE model: Championing diversity and inclusivity in the workplace

Nadira Hussain, Chief executive officer, Socitm

London Borough of Hackney: Workforce diversity

Sandra Farquharson, Director HR & Organisational Development, London Borough of Hackney

See Her Elected: Helping women become more involved in local governance

Dr Michelle Maher, Programme Manager, SHE (See Her Elected)

Cumberland Council: Autism Champions 

Joel Rasbash, Strategic Policy and Scrutiny Advisor, Cumberland Council

Improving accessibility for the Deaf community in Surrey

Involve Visual Collaboration

Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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