People and Skills Network (Northern Ireland)

People and Skills Network (Northern Ireland) People and Skills Network (Northern Ireland)

08 December 2021


10:30 - 12:00



People and Skills Network (Northern Ireland) on Diversity and Inclusion in a Post-Pandemic World

The pandemic has impacted us all, but the severity of the impact varies across society with women, young workers, and ethnic minorities being hit the hardest. At the same time, Diversity and Inclusion has remained high on the business agenda throughout the crisis, with two-thirds of organisations planning to increase their diversity and inclusion activities in the two-to-three years beyond 2021. But companies now also have a unique opportunity to build back better and to reimagine diversity and inclusion practices, looking ahead to what can be achieved in the next two to five years.

By drawing on good practices that have proven to boost diversity and inclusion in the past, and key learnings from the business response to COVID-19, the aim of this session is to enable businesses to map out solutions for building a more inclusive economy and a better society as we come out of the ongoing health and economic crisis. It is also an opportunity for organisations to reflect on their key ambitions that they want to achieve on diversity and inclusion in the medium to long-term.

In this session we will explore the following questions:
  • Do you think the pandemic presents an opportunity or a challenge to your diversity and inclusion agenda?
  • Has your organisation continued to report on gender/ethnicity pay gaps?
  • Has your business implemented any new policies to increase diversity and inclusion in response to COVID-19?
  • What are your ambitions and diversity and inclusion objectives in the next two to five years?
  • What can government and the CBI do to support your D&I ambitions?


  • Sam Davidson, Chair, CBI NI People and Skills Network and Group Human Resource Director, Henderson Group (Chair)
  • Dr Evelyn Collins CBE, Chief Executive , Equality Commission for Northern Ireland
  • Mark McAllister, Director of Employment Relations, Labour Relations Agency 

You’ll particularly benefit from this event if you are:

  • Chief of People
  • Head of HR
  • HR Director
  • Director of People / Talent
  • Diversity and Inclusion Lead.

Get in touch

Karen Hoey

Karen Hoey

Events & Sponsorship Manager - Northern Ireland


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