24, 25 & 26 February 2021

2021 Inclusion in Tech Festival - Tough conversations for meaningful solutions

Alternate text: 2021 Inclusion in Tech Festival - Tough Conversations for Meaningful Solutions - 24, 25 and 26 February. Thanks to sponsors and partners Unilever, HP, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Nominet, QA Ltd and techUK

Action, not talk: Having tough conversations

In 2021 we must move the conversation on to ensure that ethnicity, social inclusion, disability and sexual orientation are as central to any tech inclusion and diversity (I&D) strategy as gender. Perhaps you’ve been to lots of I&D in tech events, you know what the issues are, understand the challenges and you’re aware of the opportunities. But what’s next? What actually makes a real difference to driving greater inclusion and diversity in tech?

Our Inclusion in Tech Flexi Festival took place on 24, 25 and 26 February 2021 with 3 short sessions each day. With thanks to headline sponsors, Unilever, and supporting partners, Global, HP, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide Building Society, NatWest, Nominet, QA Ltd and techUK, we presented headlines from our 2020 Diversity in Tech Report and shared the key insights and strategies from experts and employers of tech. The focus of all 9 sessions was on actionable insights.

If you have any questions, please contact hello@techtalentcharter.co.uk.


Our 3-day flexi festival line-up is jam-packed with great speakers and the focus is on actionable employer insights

Day 1 - 24 FEBRUARY 2021

Tough conversations: where are we now?

Day 1 | 24 Feb
09.30 - 11.00 

UK tech 2021: where are we on inclusion and diversity?

To move forward it is important to know where we are. Hear from a Government Minister and our expert panel, who will talk us through the key insights and action points from the TTC 2020 Diversity in Tech report.

Caroline Dinenage

Rt Hon Caroline Dinenage -Minister of State (Minister for Digital and Culture)

Nimmi Patel

Nimmi Patel -techUK

Diana Akanho

Diana Akanho - TechNation

Dania Lyons

Dania Lyons -Spinks

Lexie Papaspyrou

Lexie Papaspyrou - Tech Talent Charter

Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster - Tech Talent Charter

Day 1 | 24 Feb
13.00 - 14.00 

Expert panel: inclusion and diversity 2021 priorities

We move deeper in this session, talking with experts about what 2020 taught us about topics like flexible working, how to measure culture, what the workforce really thinks and what really changes culture. We also talk to Unilever leaders on the I&D challenges and opportunities businesses face in 2021.

Steve McCrystal

Steve McCrystal -Unilever

Aline Santos

Aline Santos -Unilever

Leonie Nicks

Leonie Nicks -The Behavioural Insights Team

Sheree Atcheson

Sheree Atcheson - Peakon

Emma Stewart

Emma Stewart -Timewise

Alison Ettridge

Alison Ettridge -Talent Intuition 

Edleen John-1

Edleen John - Tech Talent Charter

Day 1 | 24 Feb
16.00 - 17.30 

Employer panel: what the data means

In this end of day cuppa session, hear from business leaders on how they are navigating their own difficult conversations and creating meaningful solutions that really move the dial on inclusion & diversity.

Antoinette Irvine

Antoinette Irvine - Unilever

Tim Jarman

Tim Jarman -Microsoft

George Brasher

George Brasher -HP

Adam Leach

Adam Leach - Nominet

Gillian Green

Gillian Green - Sainsbury's Digital Tech and Data

Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster - Tech Talent Charter

Day 2 - 25 FeBRuARY 2021

Tough conversations: this has to be more than gender

Day 2 | 25 Feb
09.30 - 11.00 

Ethnicity in tech: having tough conversations

Events in 2020 yet again reminded us that inclusion must be about more than just gender. Hear from award-winning Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE and business leaders as they discuss how to move from hashtags to tough conversations and onto meaningful action in relation to ethnicity.

Anne-Marie Imafidon

Anne-Marie Imafidon -Stemettes

Rachel Edwards

Rachel Edwards -Atos

Stephen Frost

Stephen Frost - Frost Included


Sasha Mills - Bank of England

Sandra Kerr

Sandra Kerr - Business In The Community

Edleen John-1

Edleen John - Tech Talent Charter

Day 2 | 25 Feb
13.00 - 14.00 

Ethnicity in tech: practical steps for your organisation

Are you a company wanting to make meaningful change in terms of black inclusion, but are not sure where to start? Join our expert panel to learn practical steps that companies of any size can take to move the dial in this space.

Yinka Ewuola

Yinka Ewuola - TTC Hackathon Team Lead

Marika Beckford

Marika Beckford - TTC Hackathon Team Lead

Tracey Perera

Tracey Rob Perera - TTC Hackathon Team Lead

Gori Yahaya

Gori Yahaya - UpSkill Digital

Ashleigh Ainsley

Ashleigh Ainsley -ColorinTech

Rebecca Donnelly-1

Rebecca Donnelly - Tech Talent Charter

Day 2 | 25 Feb
16.00 - 17.30 

Social mobility in tech: having tough conversations and taking action

Too often, we ignore social mobility in our I&D discussions or only look at what we can do for young people. Hear from Sir Kenneth Olisa and employers who are actively working to make the tech workplace accessible to all social backgrounds.

Sir Kenneth Olisa

Sir Kenneth Olisa - Restoration Partners

Jemma Waters

Jemma Waters -Lloyds Banking Group

Sunil Patel

Sunil Patel - PWC UK

Evelyn Espinal

Evelyn Espinal -Unilever

Dr Marianne Blattes

Dr Marianne Blattes - Bridge Group

Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster - Tech Talent Charter

Day 3 - 26 FeBRuARY 2021

Tough conversations: how do we open more doors into tech?

Day 3 | 26 Feb
09.30 - 11.00 

Creating alternate routes into tech - practical steps for employers

At the TTC, we know one of the most effective ways to build diverse tech teams is to create alternate routes into tech. Hear from companies who have set up effective programmes to learn how you can make this work for you.

Antony Walker

Antony Walker -techUK

Gemma Willman

Gemma Willman -NatWest Group

Dan Makoski

Dan Makoski - Lloyds Banking Group

Andrew Erwich QA Ltd

Andrew Erwich - QA Ltd

Kirsty Keck

Kirsty Keck - Nationwide Building Society

Rebecca Donnelly-1

Rebecca Donnelly - Tech Talent Charter

Day 3 | 26 Feb
13.00 - 14.00 

#DoingItAnyway - meet the women who found their own way into tech

Following on from our highly successful #DoingItAnyway campaign, hear from the women behind the campaign. Learn how they made it into tech, how you could do the same or how you as an employer can find amazing women like this for your company. Session sponsored by Tech Talent Charter Signatory, Global.

Magdalene Amegashitsi

Magdalene Amegashitsi - #DoingItAnyway

Clare Streets_Web-1

Clare Streets -  #DoingItAnyway

Molly Watt

Molly Watt - #DoingItAnyway

Sinead Bunting-1

Sinead Bunting - Tech Talent Charter


Margherita Taylor - Global

Day 3 | 26 Feb
16.00 - 17.30 

How we move forward in 2021

As we end this year's event, it is important to remember that no single company or initiative can solve this problem alone. In our evening cuppa, hear how TTC works with other initiatives to change the whole talent pipeline. This session will bring the week together for you, capturing key insights and actions that you can put to work to make 2021's new normal inclusive, competitive and sustainable.

Sheridan Ash MBE

Sheridan Ash MBE - PWC and Tech She Can Founder

Rachid Hourizi

Rachid Hourizi -Institute of Coding

Liz Williams

Liz Williams -FutureDotNow

Debbie Forster

Debbie Forster - Tech Talent Charter

Rebecca Donnelly-1

Rebecca Donnelly - Tech Talent Charter

Headline Sponsors


Supporting Partners

Natwest Group
QA logo

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the festival free to attend?

Yes, our Inclusion in Tech Festival is free to attend. All sessions will be virtual and you can attend any of the 9 sessions. The agenda has been creatively crafted to fit your busy schedule. 

Where will the festival be hosted?

It's a virtual event comprising of 9 sessions split over 3 days. Once you've registered, you will receive a confirmation of the sessions you've registered for. In February, you will receive a Google calendar invitation with the joining instructions for the live stream. There is no need to download any software prior to your session. 

Will sessions be recorded?

Yes, we will be recording all 9 sessions. The recordings will be made available after the festival has ended.

Social Media

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