Unlocking talent through social mobility

Thu 18 Jul 2019 09:00
Broadway House, Tothill Street, London SW1H 9NQ

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It’s clear that greater diversity delivers better business performance, and HR has a pivotal role to play in this space. The Social Mobility Commission’s latest State of the Nation report identified that those from a better-off background are 80 per cent more likely to be in a professional job than their working class peers, and that there is a class pay gap even where working class individuals make it into a professional job. This event will explore what organisations can do, and are doing, to level the playing field and encourage greater diversity.

Topics we will cover include:

  • What is social mobility and why it matters?

  • What are the main challenges and barriers to improving social mobility?

  • What can organisations do to facilitate social mobility?

Who should attend?

The event will be of interest to HR and OD professionals, Heads of Recruitment and Talent, Diversity and Inclusion, HR data analysts, L & D professionals, and those responsible for developing workforce strategy.

How will you/your organisation benefit from this event?

By attending the event you will:

  • Hear the latest thinking around advancing social mobility in the workplace;

  • Learn about what other organisations are doing to promote and advance social mobility;

  • Have the opportunity to discuss with peers challenges and opportunities around developing more socio-economically diverse workforces and leadership populations; and

  • Have the space to think and reflect on what you might do to take social mobility forward in your own organisation.


Dan Lucy, Deputy Director, HR Consultancy and Research, IES

Dan was previously Head of Research at Roffey Park Institute overseeing a programme of research and consultancy on Strategic HR, OD, Leadership and Talent. His previous work has included consultancy assignments on talent management for both the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Manpower in Singapore. He is currently engaged in work for the Armed Forces in the Talent and Careers area, looking at how the Army can ensure it has the people capabilities to meet the operational requirements of the 21st century.

Dan is a principal practitioner of the Association of Business Psychologists (PPABP) and led the Roffey Park research team that won the 2018 HR Distinction Award for Supplier-led innovation and collaboration for their work supporting line managers to better engage their teams.

Dan’s interest in social mobility stems from a belief that diversity of perspective is critical to multiple aspects of organisational performance and health, from decision-making to innovation and resilience.

Megan Edwards, Senior Research Fellow, IES

Megan is Senior Research Fellow at IES and has previously undertaken work exploring leadership and employee engagement. Megan is a psychologist by background and is also a former HR practitioner, having previously led an HR function of a niche advertising agency.

Event programme

09.30          Registration and refreshments

09.45          Welcome, purpose and introductions
                    Dan Lucy, Deputy Director, HR Consultancy and Research, IES

                   Table discussion:

                         ■ What does social mobility mean to you?

10.15           What is social mobility:

                         ■ Why does it matter?

                         ■ What are the barriers?

                         ■ What can and are organisations doing to improve social mobility?

10.35           Social Mobility in the Ministry of Justice: Lessons learned
                     Drew Morris, Head of Social Mobility, MoJ

11.30           Coffee Break

11.45           Table discussion:

                          ■ What is your organisation doing to address social mobility?

                          ■ What are the barriers and opportunities?

                          ■ What role can/should HR play in that?

12.15          Closing comments and thoughts

12.30          Lunch & depart 

Lunch will be provided.

Ticket prices

HR Network member tickets (find out more):

Full member: Free
Associate member: £120 (+VAT)
Flex member: £150 (+VAT)

Non-member tickets:

Non-member: £190 (+VAT)

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