Capitalising on neurodiverse talent

Thu 07 Feb 2019 10:00
Broadway House, Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NQ

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HR professionals are increasingly aware that there may be much untapped potential in the unique strengths of neurodivergent employees, both within and outside of their current workforce.

As knowledge of the types of neurodiverse thinking increases, along with growing insight into the opportunities and challenges that neurodiversity can bring to a largely neurotypical workforce, HR professionals need to understand how best to capitalise on this resource by using effective practices and strategies to attract, recruit, manage and develop neurodiverse employees.

Attend this IES workshop to get up to speed on current understanding around neurodiverse conditions, as we critically consider the challenges and opportunities which neurodiversity offers to organisations.

Topics we will cover include:

  • The scope and nature of neurodiversity.

  • Attracting, recruiting and retaining talent for enhanced organisational value.

  • Identifying the main issues for organisations in supporting employees in the workplace.

  • Examples of best practice in organisations which have successfully used strategies for recruiting and supporting people with neurodiversity in work.

Who should attend?

HR directors and managers; diversity and inclusion leaders; HR strategists and those with a personal interest in neurodiverse talent.

How will you/your organisation benefit from this event?

By finding out more about neurodiversity and hearing examples of how others have worked with neurodivergent thinkers, you will be able to explore how this talent pool could enhance your workforce, adding organisational value.


Facilitator: Amanda Callen, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Employment Studies

Amanda is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered occupational psychologist practitioner and Chartered Psychologist, she has over 25 years’ experience of using evidence-based research and new perspectives from practitioners and academics to help employers achieve more with, and for, their employees.

Her research interests include employee experience, productivity and wellbeing, and, in particular, how organisational culture, working practices and relationships impact on engagement, participation and performance.

Facilitator: Liz Hey, Research Officer, Institute for Employment Studies

Liz recently joined IES whilst completing an MSc in Occupational Psychology. Liz’s main research interests are in the areas of leadership, wellbeing, engagement, organisational learning and development, as well as neurodiversity. Prior to joining IES, Liz worked for the UK awarding body, AQA, in various managerial roles involving assessment design, training and curriculum support.

Ian Iceton, Managing Director, Talent, Performance & Reward, Group HR Director at River and Mercantile Group

Ian has previously worked for Network Rail as a HR Director, and is now also conducting doctoral research at Cranfield School of Management into neurodiversity in the workplace. He has also acted as a CIPD Trustee and has spoken about neurodiversity in a range of forums, including at events for CIPID.

More speakers to be announced

Event programme

The programme for this event is yet to be announced.

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)

Further reading

Bewley, H and George, A (2016), Neurodiversity at work, Acas

IES, EUESF, NIACE, Skills Funding Agency (2013), Engaging individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities in workplace learning – A guide for Providers, Skills Funding Agency

Disclaimer: Please note that photography and videos may be taken at this event and these images may be used in promotional material by the Institute for Employment Studies (IES). Please contact Gwen Leeming if you would prefer IES not to use your image for promotional materials.