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Greater Manchester is Working Forward
Federation House
Manchester United Kingdom
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Greater Manchester is Working Forward
TV presenter Helen Skelton, Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham and business leaders come together on the 22nd June to celebrate Greater Manchester's commitment to ending pregnancy, maternity and paternity discrimination. This is an opportunity to hear how the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Working Forward programme will support Manchester's reputation as a progressive, socially responsible and inclusive city, and a great place to work.

Hot on the heels of gender pay gap reporting and a wealth of negative press about how businesses support, promote and nurture mothers in the workplace, Manchester is taking matters into its own hands to show the rest of the UK how we do things differently.

Greater Manchester businesses have now pledged to end pregnancy, maternity and paternity discrimination and to make their workplaces the best they can be for working parents. This event will be a celebration of Manchester's commitment to this pledge and will offer business leaders an opportunity to better understand why Working Forward will help you improve the wellbeing of your staff and increase your productivity whilst simultaneously attracting new talent.  

The event is free and places are limited.

Event Schedule:

8.30 - Registration

09.00 -  Welcome from host, Helen Skelton, TV presenter, inspirational campaigner and fundraiser

09.05 - The importance of gender equality within our workplace, Caroline Water, Deputy Chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission

09.15 - The real lived experiences of parents in the workplace, Joeli Brearley, CEO of the Motherhood Plan CIC and founder of campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed.

09.25 - Why is this pledge so important? Panel discussion about how businesses manage  
pregnancy, maternity, paternity and flexible working with:
Jodi Birkett, partner at Deloitte UK
Chithra Marsh, Associate Director at Buttress
Others TBC

10.00 - What is Working Forward? Sue Coe, Principle: Work and Employment at the EHRC

10.10 - Group discussion about the challenges employers encounter when managing flexible working, job shares, pregnancy, maternity and paternity and return to work

10.20 - Questions posed to a panel of experts:
Danielle Ayres, Employment Solicitor at Gorvins
Sue Coe, Principle: Work and Employment at the EHRC
Helen Wright, Director at 923 Jobs
Nicki Seignot, Author of Mentoring Parents at Work.

10.45 - Why Manchester? Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester Mayor.  

11.00 - CLOSE.
Businesses asked to sign the pledge (large print stuck to the wall inside the room) Andy Burnham will greet signers and have photograph taken with them


Federation House (View)
2 Federation street
Manchester M4 4BF
United Kingdom


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Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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