Whilst Covid served to highlight inequity in the workplace and potentially drew new fault lines in the workforce, the post-Covid context is being shaped by a cost-of-living crisis, disputes over pay and conditions, recruitment and retention challenges, as well as the continued importance of diversity and inclusion. We know the importance of perceptions of fairness for employee engagement, retention, commitment and willingness to support organisational change, as well as its importance as a guiding principle in shaping a great workplace.

The focus of this year’s conference will be on some of the key challenges in the current context, and how we can shape a fairer world of work both now and in the future.  You will hear from leading HR thinkers as well as have the opportunity to network with like-minded colleagues.

Questions we will seek to address include:

  • How do we make work more inclusive now and in the future?
  • How do we enable employee voice to create a climate of fairness?
  • How can we redesign work to be more flexible and remove barriers to progression?
  • How do we shape a future workplace which is fairer and enables opportunity for all?
  • What does fair pay and reward look like in 2023 and beyond?

Who should attend:

  • HR professionals including those with responsibility for people and workforce strategy, pay and reward, diversity and inclusion, employee relations.


09.30   Coffee and registration

10.00   Opening keynote: Tony Wilson, Director, Institute for Employment Studies

10.30   Enabling employee voice to create a climate of fairness: Nita Clarke OBE, Director, Involvement & Participation Association.       

            Questions & discussion

11.15   Coffee  

11.30   Case study – Making Work Inclusive: Heledd Straker, People Evolution Consultant, And Digital

Questions & discussion

12.15   Designing flexible working that removes barriers to progress: Nicola Smith, Interim CEO, Timewise

Questions & discussion

13.00   Lunch

13.45   Closing keynote: Paul Drechsler CBE, Chair International Chamber of Commerce

14.15   Panel discussion: Tony Wilson, Nita Clarke, Paul Drechsler

14.45   Closing remarks 

15.00    Close


This is a hybrid event and colleagues may participate online or in person at:

Broadway House

Tothill Street

London SW1H 9NQ

Nearest underground station is St James’s Park (District & Circle Line). Mainline stations at Victoria, Waterloo and Charing Cross are within walking distance or a short bus ride.

Conference fees:


Colleagues from IES and IPA member organisations may participate in the online conference free of charge.

Non-member organisations: £95.00 + VAT per participant.

In person

Member organisations may send a maximum of two participants to participate in person free of charge, additional participants may attend at the non-member rate below.

Non-member organisations: £150.00 + VAT per participant.

The conference agenda may be subject to changes.