Apr 17 2018 08:00

The Tech Talent Charter are delighted to invite you to our South East Regional event.  Get a Business Edge with Diversity: Recruitment for SMEs & Startups in the South East

 The Tech Talent Charter is committed to action and solutions; to connecting the dots rather than re-inventing the wheel. We create and share best practice for recruiting and retaining female talent and will publish annual data reports to highlight the results and to drive change. 

The Event

This event will help start-ups, SMEs, and recruiters across the South East who are working to drive business growth through gender diversity.  You’ll learn and share best practice, map support in the region and form real partnerships and networks, accelerating progress towards more diverse teams. If you've struggled in the past to increase the diversity in your teams and to recruit women to tech roles, this is the event for you!


This is a working breakfast focused on sharing actionable learning and insights and finding practical solutions. We've deliberately not made the event a Friday because we want you to go back to work and use what you've learnt the very next day.

You will leave with a toolkit of ideas and strategies, connections with others working in this space and a clearer sense of how you can move the dial on diversity through your own diversity programmes or support your clients in their people strategies.

Based on previous events, we expect this event to be very popular.

We plan to offer a wait-list when the limited tickets are booked, 

but would urge you to book early to ensure your place, and we request that you advise us as soon as possible if you are no longer able to come.


8.00am: Join us in the Entrance Hall for hot breakfast rolls and tea, coffee and juice to set you up for an insightful and lively discussion.


8.15:  Welcome. The event will formally open and your hosts will introduce themselves and the format of the event while you finish your breakfast.


8.25: Panel discussion covering the aspirations, successes and challenges faced by SMEs aiming to recruit a diverse team in the South East.  


8.50 Mapping diversity support in the South East. Share and learn about the range of organisations, programmes and groups you can tap into to help drive diversity in your area.


9.15: Coffee


9.25: Sharing best practice. Work in groups to share key ideas, strategies and practices that companies are using to improve their recruitment of diverse teams. This will include areas like widening your channels for recruitment, improving your attraction strategies and refining your recruitment practices to get the best diverse talent.


10.25: Wrap up, Close and Photo Call


Debbie Forster MBE – CEO, Tech Talent Charter
Debbie Forster is a recognised figure in the areas of diversity, tech, innovation and education sectors.

Debbie was awarded an MBE in January 2017 for services to Digital Technology and Tech Development and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) named her Woman of the Year for 2016. She has also been named on this Computer Weekly list in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.  

Previously, Debbie was Co-CEO of Apps for Good, an award-winning education charity. Debbie took the organisation through a period of exponential growth, scaling from 50 to 75,000 young people in just 5 years, with 50% of its students and 40% of its professional tech Expert mentors being female.  

Debbie currently serves as CEO for the Tech Talent Charter and does portfolio work as a consultant and coach.

Eleanor Bradley – COO, Nominet

Eleanor Bradley is Chief Operating Officer and a Board member at Nominet UK, a profit for purpose company, where she leads the company’s corporate functions, Public Benefit activity and oversees all commercial and service activities relating to its domain name business.

Nominet is a membership company and Eleanor’s role includes working with its members and leading on member engagement activities.

She is also a member of the DCMS Digital Skills Partnership Board and co-chairs the National Coherence working group and has recently become a trustee for Carers UK.

She believes passionately in the power of technology as an enabler of inclusion and opportunity. She has over 20 years’ experience in a variety of senior operational roles, always with a technology focus.

Event Sponsors

Nominet works at the heart of the internet infrastucture, running a world class registry, deploying sophisticated analytics to tackle cyber threats and finding new ways to connect people and devices. They invest their profits in ideas and projects that help to build a vibrant digital future.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The SaÏd Business School is a two-minute walk from Oxford Railway Station

There is no parking on site. SaÏd Business School recommends the Seacourt Park and Ride as it is a short bus ride away and the bus stops outside the venue.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please email events@techtalentcharter.co.uk

Is the venue accessible?

The venue is fully accessible and there is an accessible toilet.

Will vegetarian/gluten free options be available?

Yes. Please advise when booking so we can make sure there is enough.

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