Business Disability Forum conference 2016

BDF Conference 2016: recruiting and retaining disabled talent| 20 April 2016| Sponsored by Microlink and Ingeus

Generously sponsored by Microlink and Ingeus

This event is now fully booked.

Join us for Business Disability Forum’s (BDF’s) recruitment and retention conference, where Members and Partners will be coming together to network and share best practices in the recruitment and retention of disabled talent.

For updates and to download the full agenda for the day, please visit our conference information page.

Our research findings in ‘State of the Nation: Retaining and Developing Employees with Disabilities’ (supported by EY, Royal Mail, Lloyds Banking Group, Department for Work and Pensions, Equal Approach, de Poel Community and Remploy Employment Services) makes clear the specific practical actions any employer- no matter what sector or what size- can take to recruit, retain and develop their employees with disabilities and long term health conditions.

Key findings from the report has revealed that the three main barriers to retaining and developing employees with disabilities and long-term health conditions are:

  • Insufficiently skilled and confident line managers (53%).
  • Insufficient targeted development opportunities (33%) with disabled employees much more likely to identify this as a key barrier (close to 2 in every 5).
  • Not enough awareness or visibility of disability in the workplace (40%).

BDF is pleased to announce that Justin Tomlinson MP, the Minister for Disabled People will be opening our conference and that Claire Harvey, British Paralympian and Senior Inclusive Leadership Consultant at BDF Partner KPMG will be delivering the keynote speech. Delegates will also hear experiences and recruitment and retention tips from:

  • Barry Fletcher, COO, Ingeus
  • Pete Holliday, Managin Director, Sopra Steria Recruitment
  • Anne Foster, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, House of Commons
  • Matt Reed, Director Employer Services, Remploy Ltd
  • Jules Lockett, Practice Learning Manager, London Ambulance Service
  • Dr Nasser Siabi OBE, CEO, Microlink
  • Henrietta Spalding, Head of Advocacy, Changing Faces
  • Yasmin Sheikh, Disability Consultant, coach and trainer, and Vice-Chair of the Lawyers with Disabilities Division of the Law Society

In addition, we will be launching a new Retention Toolkit and Retention Maturity Model that aims to equip employers with the knowledge about how to plan, step by step, for addressing barriers to the success of our colleagues with disabilities and long term health conditions and moving towards best practice.

Delegates will learn about how to increase disability confidence and how disabled employees can develop their careers, with breakout sessions led by Lloyds Banking Group in collaboration with Remploy, and Kate Nash OBE, Networkologist and creator of PurpleSpace.

Event details



09:30am - 4:00pm


Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square, London

Prices and booking

Members and Partners:




Price includes a networking lunch and is exclusive of VAT at 20%.

Not sure if your organisation is a member? A full member list can be found on this page.

This event is now fully booked.