Workspace has partnered with CIPD Central London Branch to bring you this 90-minute webinar designed to have essential and uncomfortable conversations, bring fresh, and transparent speakers and experiences, and centre diverse voices through the reach of their events and programs.

Continuing their series of 'Why' webinars, aimed at having difficult conversations, asking disruptive questions and tackling the challenges we need to be taking ownership of in the HR and L&D communities.

About this event

This evening panel discussion webinar seeks to break the mould in relation to conversations about Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I), creating a more humanised, honest discussion. CIPD will aim to tackle:

  • Why there are still so many barriers in place when it comes to leadership, and why this space seems to be the last and slowest to progress in terms of diversity.
  • What practical steps HR Professionals can take to make real, systemic changes in their organisations, avoiding tokenism and looking beyond just getting a seat at the table
  • How to support marginalised groups and educate others in our organisations on issues of bias, imposter syndrome and more
  • How to move towards true equality, inclusion and belonging, allowing authenticity at board level

The event will consist of panel and group discussions, and some take away packs for delegates to work on this issue within your own organisations, as well as provide an opportunity to connect to thought leaders in this space.

Spaces are limited, book your spot today.

The Panel

Cynthia Davis - CEO/Founder of BAME Recruitment and Co-founder of
Cynthia Davis is the CEO/Founder of BAME Recruitment and Co-founder of As a multi award-winning CEO, motivational speaker and diversity and inclusion specialist, Cynthia is passionate about improving equal opportunities for people from all walks of life by encouraging and motivating the next generation of leaders.

Cynthia is a mentor to young adults via the Stephen Lawrence Trust Mentorship Programme and a fellow of St Georges College Leadership Fellowship in Windsor. She is also Chair of the Board for Pop Up, a social enterprise working in collaboration with educational, literary and cultural organisations to enable children, empower teachers and engage families from all walks of life to read more widely and creatively.

Cynthia founded BAME Recruitment in 2015, and later co-founded in 2019. She remains committed to delivering inclusive recruitment, consultancy and event services and helping businesses reach more qualified candidates from diverse communities and other underrepresented groups. Cynthia is dedicated to aligning candidates to the right organisations with inclusive cultures that help them to flourish and enhance the businesses they are working for.

BAME Recruitment is an executive search recruitment and consultancy firm with a history of delivering exceptional services and growing diverse talent within organisations. They place candidates across a wide range of sectors and functions, aligning candidates with organisations that encourage the development of all their employees. Using their unique approach and diverse networks BAME Recruitment finds the right candidates for your organisation, saving unnecessary costs linked to high levels of is a purpose-led career platform for job seekers keen to engage with organisations that are committed to creating inclusive and diverse work cultures. It is also a portal for organisations who are serious about inclusion to showcase their diversity initiatives and connect job opportunities to people from underrepresented talent pools.

Rob Neil OBE - Director of Krystal Alliance
Rob was born in Paddington, London and grew up in the London Borough of Brent. He joined the Ministry of Justice [[MoJ] then Lord Chancellors Department in Oct 1983 – starting at Willesden County Court in North London. Rob progressed to Deputy Court Manager before joining the MoJ’s South Eastern I.T. Team. In 1998 Rob landed his dream job with MoJ’s Corporate HR as a Development Trainer. Rob studied at the Civil Service College for two years, gaining a Certificate in Training Practice [CTP] and is now a member of CIPD. Rob was a founding member of the MoJ’s BAME Staff network in 2001, namely P.R.O.U.D. Later in that same year, Rob became the first elected Chair of the Civil Service Race Equality Network [CSREN] – known today as CSRF – the Civil Service Race Forum. Over the past fifteen years Rob has continued his MoJ career in HR. As an original member of the MoJ’s Employee Engagement Team, Rob led the design, recruitment and launch of the Engagement Champions Network in 2008. As MoJ’s Head of Engagement Networks Rob was responsible for the development of Employee Engagement Champions [EECs] across the MoJ. This pioneering network now boasts over x1000 people across the entire MoJ Family – including; Courts, Tribunals, Prisons and the Legal Aid Agency.

In the summer of 2015 Rob was invited to lead the MoJ’s Diversity & Inclusion Team over the summer as temporary cover for four months. During this period Rob led the delivery of key priorities, including the Department’s response to the Civil Service Talent Action Plan and renegotiating contracts with all Diversity Staff Networks. In April 2016 Rob was included in the ‘New View 50’ which recognises influential Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) professionals in the public sector

In May 2016 Rob was chosen to lead the MoJ’s Race Project – an inward facing programme of work aimed at supporting the MoJ’s published Diversity & Inclusion objectives and turning the dial on race equality. In September 2016 Rob was elected Chair of the Civil Service Race Forum. The Civil Service Race Forum [CSRF] is an umbrella network of BAME Staff Networks across the civil service made up of over 30 Government departments, reaching over 6,000 BAME civil servants working at all levels. Rob ended his one year tenure as Chair of CSRF in January 2018 and continued to support the CSRF Executive Committee as Non-Executive Director [NED] until January 2019. Rob then chaired the MoJ’s Diverse Leaders Taskforce in support of the Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Strategy until March 2019. After 35yrs at the MoJ, Rob departed in April 2019 to support the Department for Education [DfE] with Embedding Culture Change. Rob has been a Trustee with RELATE for eleven years and also volunteers as the Social Media Director with the Reach Society @ReachSociety10.

Rob was awarded an OBE in the 2018 New Year’s Honours list for ‘Services to Race Equality in the workplace and the community’ and received his gong from the Queen at Buckingham Palace in May 2018. Later in the same year Rob became the inaugural winner of Investing in Ethnicity’s Workplace Hero Award in November 2018 before successfully graduating from the Civil Service Future Leaders Scheme in January 2019. Rob lives with his wife and their two children in Harrow.