Despite good intentions, and positive policies and practices, most organisations are a way off achieving gender equality in the workplace. Flourish has been looking at the extent to which unconscious gender bias has a role to play and what we have found is helping us work with organisations to shed light on the subject and do more to make a change – one that positively impacts both women and men and the organisations they work for.

We want to start dialogues that help organisations and individuals identify effective solutions to a difficult problem and to this end we are hosting this event on 12 October 2018 in Manchester

As well as sharing what we know about unconscious gender bias, we will have a guest panel who are all passionate about the subject and are willing to share their views and experiences.


Who is this event for?

Any individual who is interested in the subject area, as well as Directors, HR and other professionals from both public and private sector organisations and bodies.

If you want to take part in this conversation, have questions you want to ask or answer, or have something you want to contribute, this event is for you!  REGISTER NOW.


In this interactive event you will:

* gain insights into research that shows how our unconscious biases have greater influence than we think; and

* understand that gender equality requires a fundamental shift in perspectives and there are steps we can take.


Event Outine*:

The outline for the event is as follows:

10:00 Arrival and coffee

10:15 A Fresh Approach to Gender in the Workplace

10:45 Panel discussion and Q&A with the audience

11:30 Networking and light refreshments

*May be subject to change without notice.


What are the event outcomes:

After attending the event you will have:

* an insight into how unconscious gender bias affects us all;

* an opportunity to discuss some of the issues and explore what these might mean for you and/or your organisation; and

* an opportunity to build connections beyond the event.


The Panel

The Panel will consist of 3 to 4 individuals from a variety of backgrounds. More information on the Panel members will be announced once confirmed.


Rishi is Mancheste r United’s Equality and Inclusion Manager, leading the organisation’s work in the area of equality, diversity and inclusion, both internally and externally.

He has a significant understanding of successfully integrating equality, diversity and inclusion into businesses and ensuring positive change, which, at Manchester United, has seen the implementation of the #allredallequal campaign that encompasses all activities and initiatives in this area. Externally, engagement with the supporter community and club commercial partners is aimed towards promoting the campaign and working closely to establish it as a recognisable brand.

Rishi has extensive experience of working in football, with previous roles at Liverpool Football Club, Kick It Out and The Football Association, evidencing his position as a leader in the field of equality, diversity and inclusion and the role that it has within the sports industry and wider society.

In addition to his role at Manchester United, Rishi is the Chair of Liverpool FA’s Inclusion Advisory Group; concentrating on challenging barriers to participation in sport within the diverse communities of the city, and was named as a 2018 Sport Industry NextGen Leader.


Lorna has been in role as HR Director of Co-op’s Insurance arm since November 2015. Lorna has built a breadth of experience working for over 12 years within Financial Services around the globe, spending time in the Middle East in particular.

Image result for co-op logo transparent backgroundLorna started her HR career in the field of Learning and Development and has worked across a number of industries in broader HR disciplines.

During her time at Co-op Insurance, Lorna has led the formation of a Women’s network (INspire), a senior ‘Women’s Committee’, and is supporting the Executive leaders of the business in moving forward from the recent Gender Pay Gap reporting by taking positive action to support and develop female leaders.



Tash leads the Talent Acquisition team for adidas, North Europe. She has 9 years’ recruitment expertise and insights across the legal, IT, agency and sports retail industry. Earlier this year, she came across a quote ‘Your comfort zone is a beautiful place but nothing happens there’. This spurred her on to fulfil a passion and purpose.

She moved to the adidas Global HQ in Germany and joined the Global Diversity and Work-Life Integration team on a secondment. During this time, she became a Certified Diversity and Inclusion trainer internally at adidas. Tash is passionate and an advocate for gender balance and inclusion in the workplace.

Since 2015 when she joined adidas, she has been an influencer in the UK ‘DIVE IN’ team and previously she was a key partner to the Diversity steering committee at an international law firm.



Jon co-founded the specialist advisory and training firm, Hillbreak, which provides strategic advice and independent challenge on responsible investment, corporate governance and impact, urban futures, risk management, policy and sustainability to the HillbreakBoards and Executive Committees of real estate organisations operating throughout the world. His clients include some of the largest global real estate investment managers, FTSE100 REITs, traditional estates, as well as governmental and industry bodies globally.

He has a proven track-record of strong leadership, distinctive vision, effective partnership working and persuasive advocacy, which he combines in the pursuit of progressive change across the real estate and built environment sectors. He was recently appointed as a Senior Advocate Member of Real Estate Balance, an association focussed on addressing the gender imbalance in the sector.

Jon combines his role as an advisor with a number of industry group and charity roles, including as vice-Chair of ULI UK, president of a European federation of disability charities and as Company Secretary and Trustee of the Williams Syndrome Foundation.



Stacey Copeland began training at an early age at her grandad Roy’s gym, Bredbury Stockport Boxing Club, and her father Eddie was ABA champion in 1979 and now volunteers as an England Boxing MC.

With no opportunities for female boxers when she was younger, Stacey took up football, where she played in the women’s premier league and FA cup final. She represented England at youth level, spent five years in America on a sports scholarship, and took part in the women’s semi-pro league in Sweden. During her football career she boxed for fitness, but in 2010 at the age of 29, she decided to hang up her boots and commit to competing in the ring.

Stacey made her boxing debut in 2011 and is now a three-time national champion with achievements including European silver, gold medals at the Nation’s Cup, Haringey Box Cup and Queen’s Cup, and representing England in a world championship.

Stacey will talk about overcoming challenges to achieve her dreams of becoming a footballer and boxer as a female.



The event will be held in Friends Meeting House:


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