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ED&I ~ Do you want to understand the wider factors that contribute to the importance of managing equality, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace? 

At Chilworth Partnership, we would like to invite all our clients and candidates to join us for an event hosted by ​The University of Southampton Business School on THE IMPORTANCE OF MANAGING EDI. 

Attending this event should enable enhancement of EDI policy, impact, and leadership & management practice within your organisation, as well as helping you measure the impact of #EDI interventions.

Date: Wednesday | 22 September 2021

Time: 13.00 to 15.00​  

Venue: Online! 

Guest speakers: Professor Marika Taylor, Richard Cartwright, Gillian Saieva & Suprasad Gavhane

Chaired by: Professor Toby King, Director of Enterprise

If you would like to attend as our guest, please email the Chilworth Partnership team at events@chilworthpartnership.co.uk.


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Professor Marika Taylor 

Discussing the results of research studies on effective interventions to support under-represented groups, Marika will also share the importance of incorporating intersectionality into discussions as the amplifying impacts of being in multiple minority groups are often not fully appreciated. Marika studied for her Ph.D. at Cambridge under the supervision of Stephen Hawking. After postdoctoral research in Cambridge and Utrecht, she became a staff member at the Institute of Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam. She moved to the University of Southampton in 2012 and is currently head of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. 

Marika is a Fellow of the Alan Turing Institute and is a regular speaker and panelist on EDI issues – she is the University’s Athena Swan Champion. 

Richard Cartwright 

Discussing the importance of managing disability in the workplace, Richard delivers the perspective of an end-user, sharing his experiences of workplace inclusion to ensure talent development is maximised for competitive advantage. Richard is a Chartered Accountant, Deputy Head of the Department of Accounting in Southampton Business School, and a member of the University Senate. Having completed his BSc in Economics at the University of Birmingham, he started his career working as an auditor at KPMG where he completed his ACA. Richard moved into Higher Education in 2012 working at Solent University and joining Southampton Business School in 2015. During his early years in employment, he became wheelchair-bound as a result of an accident. In 2018 Richard was included in the Shaw Trust Power List, a listing of the 100 most influential disabled people in the U.K.He is a Non-Executive Director atCNWLNHS Foundation Trust, a Governor at Motability, and an active Wheelchair Rugby player. 

Gillian Saieva, Associate Professor 

Discussing the steps that managers can make to create Allyship, Gillian shares research findings from CMI’s 2020 Moving the Dial on Race report, to include practical guidance on workplace inclusion and how conversations can build a way forward. Gillian is a Chartered Fellow of CMI, a Chartered Member of CIPD, and CertifiedManagement and Business Educator.

After working for 12 years for cruise industry leader Carnival UK in Global Talent Management, Gillian moved into Higher Education in 2010 at Solent University and joined the University of Southampton in 2021 as Principal Enterprise Fellow. She has designed and delivered a range of Executive Education programmes across public and private sector organisations and recently delivered government-funded growth programmes for SMEs. Her doctoral research centres on the impacts the pandemic has had on female entrepreneurs’ identity. She holds positions with CMI South East, CMBE Professional Standards Boards is a past Trustee of Hampshire-based charity Yellow Door and is currently a Small Business Charter Award Assessor. 

Suprasad Gavhane 

Suprasad will share his own experiences around EDI and introduce OneStory – A non-profit social enterprise that strives to bring together the touching stories of people from all walks of life to open the minds of its listeners and attempt to alter their perspective about minority & marginalized groups and to allow its speakers to have their truth be heard. They aim to debunk harmful stereotypes of these marginalized groups and broaden the community’s awareness. From neurodiverse to ethnic minorities to religious minorities to members in the LGBTQI+ community, so many inspiring stories are waiting to be shared and heard, for the benefit of everyone. Suprasad is a Postgraduate student at Southampton Business School, studying Business Analytics and Management Science. He has a first degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Mumbai and previously worked at Tata Consultancy Service(TCS, India).


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