Companies and organisations which have placed diversity and inclusion to the top of their agenda are coming together to share their ideas.

The second national diversity conference will take place on May 22, 2018, at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow.

Jamie Hepburn MSP will open the event, while a talk will be given by Marie Macklin from the Halo Project .

Standard Life chief executive Barry O’Dwyer will also share insight on the benefits of businesses embracing diversity.

There will be three speaker panels: Diversity Role Models, Diverse Talent and Diversity - A Catalyst for Growth.

Each panel will also create a safe space for panelists to share some very personal and insightful views with the audience.

Discussion sessions will be held by ScottishPower, Glasgow Life, BAE Systems, MacRoberts LLP, Diageo, Wheatley Group, Taylor Wimpey, YSC and City of Glasgow College.

These will look at sharing case studies and best practice with delegates.

Scottish Water, Women in Banking & Finance, Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion, Smart STEMs and Enable Scotland will take part in the exhibition space to showcase how they can support with diversity in business.

Lynne Connolly, global head of diversity and inclusion at Standard Life Aberdeen, said: “Encouraging diverse employment is all about the benefits of different perspectives.

“And that’s what the conference is about too. I really encourage anyone thinking about developing a diversity strategy to come along and learn from their peers.”

Sarah McNulty, HR Operations director, said her firm was “excited” to be participating in the conference.

She said: “At ScottishPower our approach to diversity and inclusion is key to creating a workplace where all our people are energised, drive innovation and work well together.

“We are excited to be sharing our experiences and learning from others at the Herald Diversity Conference.”

Audrey Ross, sales and marketing director for Taylor Wimpey West Scotland, said: “Being involved in The Herald Diversity Conference recognises the importance that we’ve placed on embracing diversity and inclusion within our business, and the opportunity it creates for the wider housebuilding industry.

“We’re looking forward to playing our part in the conversation to allow us to collectively harness the benefits of diversity and inclusion.”

Ed Cochrane, director, YSC Scotland, said: “The conference sessions last year were really energising and varied; we were very inspired by the commitment and passion of all those involved and the whole day provided everyone with a lot of food for thought.”

Katy Wedderburn, head of employment at MacRoberts LLP, said “We are very excited about this year’s conference and delighted to sponsor this important event once again.

“This year’s line-up of speakers is extremely impressive and we are looking forward to hearing their inspirational stories, and about the initiatives that every business can take on board to help Scotland become a more diverse and welcoming country for all to live and work in.”

If you want to join the conference or for more information, please book online at

Alternatively, contact Kerry Medford, events manager, on 0141 302 7319.