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Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference

Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference 2017

Our annual Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference is a must-attend event for everyone involved in the delivery of workplace equality, diversity and inclusion.

This year's conference took place in Edinburgh on the 17 November 2017 and brought together people from public, private and third sector organisations to share the latest innovative thinking, learn about best practice and develop ideas for creating inclusive workplaces, where everyone is able to be themselves. This year along with our traditional interactive breakout sessions, we also included 5 information sessions. These sessions featured panel discussions, giving a platform for different voices and expert opinion on a variety of topics. 

Very inspirational conference which really opened my eyes to all sorts of issues....Thank you for a challenging and thought provoking agenda

Delegate 2017

Who attends a Stonewall conference?

The Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference gives you the opportunity to meet people from the UK's leading employers to share ideas about how to make workplaces more inclusive for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.  This year we welcomed over 200 delegates including:

  • Senior business leaders
  • HR and diversity professionals
  • LGBT staff and allies interested in equality at work
  • Employee network groups

Why attend a Stonewall conference?

Learn best practice

  • This year delegates chose from 12 breakout sessions and 5 information sessions on topics including trans inclusion, inclusive service delivery and line management, how to develop your staff network and supporting the mental health and wellbeing of your LGBT staff.
  • Attendees heard from Stonewall inclusion specialists and received best practice examples to help them build their inclusion work
  • Delegates left with practical strategies and access to the latest Stonewall research and resources to help ensure that their organisation remains at the forefront of LGBT inclusion.

Expand your network

  • Attendees connected with other professionals from all sectors in our networking zone.
  • There were opportunities to share expertise with leading organisations and top LGBT networks.
  • The Stonewall stall in the networking zone provided information about Stonewall’s campaigns and resources and how to use them in workplaces.

Be inspired

  • Delegates heard from inspiring people who empowered individuals to create change in thier workplaces and communities. See below for more information about this year's conference keynote speakers.


I found the sessions and talking to colleagues very beneficial. I feel empowered that I can go back to work and make a difference

Delegate 2017

2017 Feedback

100% of delegates rated the Stonewall Scotland Workplace Conference 2017 as Excellent or Good

92%of delegates Strongly Agreed/Agreed that they had actions to take back to their organisation/community after attending the conference

One of the most informative and emotional conferences I have attended. I am fairly new within this area, this conference makes me feel proud and privileged to work with Stonewall and ED+I within my organisation

Delegate 2017

2017 Programme

Keynote speakers:

Colin Macfarlane, Director, Stonewall Scotland
Colin provides day-to-day leadership and management of the Scottish operations of Stonewall, leading the continued growth of Stonewall Scotland's national profile and programmes.
Colin represents Stonewall Scotland across the public policy domain, to the media, government, employers, public services and the LGBT community.  He also leads the design and implementation of effective strategies across communications, empowerment programmes,  fund development, stakeholder engagement, campaigns, major project management and policy development.

Before joining Stonewall, Colin was  Head of Communications for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and prior to that as Policy and Public Affairs Officer for the Disability Rights Commission

Anjeli Patel, Senior Consultant, EY

EY is a pioneer in inclusivity at work and Anjeli uses this to create positive change both inside and outside of the workplace. She was a speaker at EY’s student induction, talking about her experiences as a British Asian trans* woman at EY and the importance of employee networks. Anjeli has been involved in organising various networking events with some of EY’s key clients and supporters of the LGBT community. 

Recently, she joined OUTstanding’s trans* working group, the All about Trans Advisory Board, trans*formation as an ambassador and has been a keynote speaker at the Stonewall Workplace Conference twice. 

Anjeli won a workplace award for the category “Gamechanger”, and has been nominated for various inclusivity awards. She was listed as No.5 in the future leaders list this year by EMpower, presented by the Financial Times and within the top 10 future leaders in this year’s OUTstanding list of future leaders also presented by the FT

Barbara Allison, Director of Communications, Ministerial Support and Facilities, Scottish Government
Barbara Allison was appointed the Director of Communications, Ministerial Support & Facilities Services on 1 June 2016.  Previously she was Director of People, a post she held from 2009 until then.  Prior to this, she was Head of Human Resources and Corporate Services.

Barbara is currently the ET Champion for LGBTI colleagues within Scottish Government and is widely recognised as a supporter and champion of diversity and inclusion.  Her current role she is an active change agent, raising awareness and building and engaging a community of interest in issues impacting on LGBTI staff and colleagues within Scottish Government and the wider Civil Service.
Before joining the Scottish Government as Head of HR in 2008 Barbara was Director of HR in Scottish Prison Service for five years. She previously held roles in Strategy, Finance and Manufacturing there. She is a qualified chartered accountant and started her professional career in retail.

She is a Board Member of the Traverse Theatre, Inspiring Scotland and is Treasurer of a charity which has an annual lunch supporting worthwhile causes. 

Kelvin Holdsworth, Provost of St Mary's Catherderal, Scottish Episcopal Church
The Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth is Provost of St Mary’s Cathedral in Great Western Road in Glasgow – www.thecathedral.org.uk 

He has been an ordained Episcopal/Anglican priest since 1996. He is one of the most notable gay activists in the church and was one of the leading religious voices in the campaign for marriage to be opened to same-sex couples in Scotland. He is a regular broadcaster on the BBC and independent TV and radio media. He writes one of the most widely read religious blogs in the UK – www.thurible.net. He was a General Election candidate in 2005. For a number of years, he was included in the Pink/Rainbow List of prominent LGBT people in the UK. When not at work, he is most at home in the theatre and is a regular opera reviewer. His hobbies include sinking other people’s yachts.

Surat-Shann Knan, LGBTQI Heritage Manager & Diversity Consultant, Liberal Judaism
Shaan is an LGBTQI heritage manager, diversity consultant and proud member of the Stonewall Trans Advisory Group. He works for the London-based charity Liberal Judaism, and as Trans Organisations Network Worker for the LGBT Consortium. Shaan is the founder of the landmark oral history projects Rainbow Pilgrims, Twilight People and Rainbow Jews, and feels passionate about creating empowering and authentic platforms for marginalised voices across communities. He's hoping to start his PhD on 'colonised identities' soon.

Workshops and Information Sessions (click on the session title below to see the slides for each session presentation)

Breakout Session A 

Session A1: Trans 1.0
Session A2: Practising Your Values: Inclusive Line Management      
Session A3: Starting Out in Inclusion: Making Policies and a Business Case
Session A4: Bi Representation in our Workspaces
Session A5: The Role of Global Organisations: Inclusion For All
Session A6: Inclusive Service Delivery

Information Sessions (new for 2017!)

Session B7:  Trans Experiences in the Workplace
Session B8:  Authentic Leadership – Conversation with Darren Towers, Executive Director, Stonewall
Session B9:  Role Models and Allies 
Session B10: Mental Health and Wellbeing
Session B11: Students and Graduates

Breakout Session B

Session C12: Trans Allies 
Session C13: Senior Leaders and Inclusive Strategies
Session C14: Setting up a Network
Session C15: Developing your Networks Through Mentoring
Session C16: Global LGBT People
Session C17: Inclusive Marketing and Comms

View more information about this year's breakout and information sessions and find out about our suggested delegate streams to help attendees get the most from the day.



Super Early Bird Rate

(First 25 tickets)

 Early Bird Rate 

(Ends 30 September 2017)

Regular Rate

(1 October - 17 November 2017)









Student, Graduate and Third Sector

N/A £90  £100

All prices exclude VAT

 *Members rate tickets applies to members of our Diversity ChampionsGlobal Champions and Education Champions programmes and Scottish NHS Boards

Contact Us

For more information about our Workplace Conference 2018 please email memberships@stonewallscotland.org.uk or call 0131 474 8019.