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Event 16: Neurodiversity for HR Professionals

90 minutes

Thursday, 21 March 2024

09:30 to 11:00 (GMT)




About the event

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast” is a famous quote from Management Consultant, Peter Drucker.  


HR departments are often the vanguards for transforming the value propositions that underpin company culture and are responsible for translating them into workplace policies and processes.

Recent research  has found that “ND employees want to be appreciated and valued for their skills, rather than just helped with any challenges”.


The same research shows that 92.1% of businesses reported having an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion policy. However, only 47.2% reported that this included disability and, further, only 22% included a focus on neurodivergence.


In this session we will discuss:


  • What do we mean when we say an ND inclusive culture?

  • How can we progress our inclusion policies to encompass ND inclusion?

  • How can we recognise which barriers may prevent career progression?

  • How can we create a culture where neurodivergent talent flourishes?


This is a free online event via Zoom.

Jacqui Wallis | Event Chair

CEO, Genius Within

As one of four female Directors of Awarding-winning social enterprise Genius Within, Jacqui’s role is to shape and grow Genius Within’s inclusion work, which is strongly rooted in research, building consensus, expanding understanding, awareness and acceptance of all neurotypes.

Working in a psychology-led practice, Jacqui and her team advise on how to build inclusive workplaces and cultures, ensuring that neurominorities are able to thrive, not just survive, in the modern workplace.

Angelica Simpson

Head of HR

Angelica works hard to make Genius Within a happy and inclusive workplace, regularly reviewing their unique employee life cycle (attraction, recruitment, onboarding, learning & development, retention, offboarding and advocacy).
Angelica has acquired a range of relevant skills in the HR field, and values her working experience at GW. She has lived experience of neurodivergence- her Mom has a recently acquired brain injury (stroke) and her sister has been recently diagnosed as Autistic and ADHD, in her late twenties and halfway through her 2nd degree so her work experience at Genius Within is invaluable! Awareness is crucial to understanding and advocacy.

Dianne Greyson

Director of Equilibrium Mediation Consulting

Dianne is Managing Partner of Synergised Solutions, Non-Exec Director of Spktral, Director of Equilibrium Mediation Consulting and Founder of #EthnicityPayGap Campaign.

Synergised Solutions is an ED&I Change Management consultancy providing custom-tailored initiatives to help organisations embedded change into their organisations.

Spktral provides consultancy on Pay Gap Analysis and has designed software to help organisations to be able to report and provide financial analysis for the board reports and external business accounting.

Equilibrium Mediation Consulting provides HR and mediation services to organisations and is also a provider of training, coaching and facilitation services.

Gill Rudge

Associate Coach

Gill has over 20 years’ experience as a senior HR professional in both retail and financial services sectors. She was previously Head of HR for the Finance, Property and Legal functions in Marks and Spencer; Manager for Partner Development in John Lewis and has a successful HR consultancy career.
Gill has extensive experience in facilitating learning and development programmes and coaching for neurominorities. She is results-orientated with wide-ranging client - facing experience and excellent influencing and relationship-building skills. She has built her reputation on her integrity and high standards of delivery.
Gill has a MSC in Organisational Behaviour from Birkbeck.

Maya Woodley

Associate Director of Operations and People

Maya leads the Operations and People functions at Diversity and Ability, an award winning social enterprise led by and for disabled people.
Having had the opportunity to develop services for disabled and neurodiverse students as well as ensuring an engaging and inclusive workplace culture at Diversity and Ability, she demonstrates a strong commitment to inclusion throughout all her work.

As a HR professional Maya has worked to ensure inclusive recruitment, employee engagement and truly accessible working practices are available to all employees.

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