BIMA I&D Council Masterclass | Attraction, Recruitment and Retention

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How do you know your attraction, recruitment and retention procedures aren’t alienating some of the people you want to attract, recruit and retain?

Join us for our Masterclass, where a panel of experts will help you explore the issues, review your procedures and help you ensure that, next time you recruit, no one is unwittingly disadvantaged.

The BIMA Inclusion and Diversity Council will also be launching its new toolkits designed to help make your journey to becoming a more inclusive and diverse organisation easier.


In 2019 the Tech Diversity and Inclusion Report shone a light on matters of inclusion and diversity within the Digital and Tech sector. As a direct result of the report, the BIMA I&D Council have developed ten actionable toolkits to guide and support BIMA members on their journeys to build inclusive, diverse working environments.

The toolkits offer advice and support in a wide range of areas including:

Inclusive design

Race & ethnicity

Sexual orientation

Disability (visible, non-visible and neurodiverse)

Mental wellbeing

And others..

Our Speakers:

Mo Lishomwa, Consultant at 2Y3X and Finastra

Mo is a consultant with 2Y3X a growth accelerator and works within the co-innovation team of Finastra a Global Fintech. She has deep digital product and technical expertise gained in the private and non-for-profit sectors. A creative problem solver, who loves playing in the spaghetti created by the intersections of strategy, commerce, digital technology and people. She has broad international commercial, digital product and communications experience in Sports, Digital and Advertising agencies, Broadcast, banking and the technology industry spanning Europe, the USA and the Middle East. She’s also a music fiend.

Akeem Wangeh – Education & Partnership Associate, White Hat (BIMA 100 Champion of Change)

Akeem is the Education and Partnerships Associate at WhiteHat, a tech startup on a mission to create an outstanding alternative to university. Akeem works within the Outreach Team with schools, colleges, charities and youth organisations to spread the word about apprenticeships and to reach young talent from backgrounds underrepresented within the industries WhiteHat works.

Akeem is completing a Higher Level Project Management Apprenticeship himself and outside of work, he is a long-standing volunteer for the Samaritans in addition to being a member of the Peter Jones Foundation Youth Panel.

Kate Rand – Talent Lead at Thread Styling

Kate is an award-winning Talent Lead at Thread Styling. Most recently winning Best D&I Strategy 2019, and shortlisted for the CIPD awards under “Best D&I initiative” and “Best resourcing initiative” amongst others. Beyond is a design and technology ideas company, founded in 2010 and is featured in the Sunday times 100 SME best places to work.

Kate regularly speaks at events on topics such as Diversity & Inclusion, Agile in HR, transformation and change management, producing content for publications including the Forbes HR council. She specialises in advising start-up and growth-stage organizations on scaling their structure and people functions and is passionate about driving a progressive and transformational approach to HR so that the sector can support the businesses of tomorrow in a human-centric way. Having worked across multiple industries in leadership roles, her core belief is that people are at the heart of every organisation, and that HR needs to shift away from the ivory tower mentality, evolving from dictators of best practice to facilitators of success

Ross Taylor, Founder of Hidden (BIMA 100 Champion of Change)

After 15 years in agency recruitment, Ross realised things needed to change. In June 2018, with co-founder Richard Bloom, Hidden was born to change the game. With the mission to create talent and culture strategies for a better working world, Hidden puts people at the centre of its decision making whilst providing a service that pushes Diversity. The business works with leading digital, creative and technology businesses from the inside; placing Talent Acquisition Partners onsite, building more Diverse and effective teams from within, all powered by Hidden’s unique mobile app which completely removes bias from the hiring process whilst increasing efficiency.

Alongside running Hidden, the business partners went on to found Pairents in April 2019, a job sharing platform that challenges the notoriously unwelcoming nature of the digital and tech industry to returning parents who require a more flexible way of working.

Ross is passionate about mental health and promoting the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing in the workplace.

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