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The Neurodiversity at Work Conference 2024

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The Neurodiversity at Work Conference 2024

Are you looking to create an inclusive workplace culture that embraces neurodiversity and promotes a sense of belonging for all employees?

In the UK, approximately 1 in 7 people are neurodivergent. However, despite a growing global recognition, many workplaces still struggle to support neurodiverse professionals in their pursuit of fulfilling careers, leading to recruitment, retention and productivity challenges.

A neuroinclusive workplace consciously and actively includes all types of information processing, learning, and communication styles. By embracing neurodiversity, employers can tap into the talents and perspectives of individuals with unique problem-solving abilities and foster a sense of belonging for all employees, regardless of their neurological differences.

The Institute of Professional Development is committed to driving excellence in individual, team, and organisational performance through cutting-edge research and the exchange of best practices. The Institute is delighted to announce the Leading Neurodiverse Teams in the Workplace, which aims to share best practices for creating a neurodiverse-friendly workplace and gain insights into accommodating and supporting neurodivergent employees.

Join the Institute of Professional Development for The Neurodiversity at Work Conference 2024 to gain expert insights into creating a workplace culture that supports neurodiverse employees. The event will explore how managers and team leaders can adapt their leadership styles to effectively support and empower neurodiverse team members and discuss strategies for implementing inclusive recruitment and hiring practices to attract and retain neurodiverse talent.

Event Summary


1 Day

Date / Location:

17th July 2024 University of Manchester


Face to Face:


About the Event

This event brings together business leaders, senior managers, HR professionals and learning and development leaders from across the public, private and third sectors who are interested in the latest guidance for supporting neurodivergent staff.

  • Gain actionable insights from thought-leaders and sector experts to implement best practices in your workplace  
  • Learn from exemplary case studies to improve workplace cultures
  • Explore examples of how to recruit, manage and support neurodivergent staff, ensuring that they have equal opportunities to progress and flourish within your organisation
  • Bring new, innovative ideas on increasing neurodiversity in your workplace back to your organisation with the insight needed to put them into practice
  • Hear from leading figures about how to educate staff and foster an understanding of neurodiversity within your organisation

Session 1

09:00 - 09:30 Registration and Networking

Session 2

09:30 - 09:40 - Chair’s Welcome Address

Dr Tony Malone, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Session 3

09:40 - 10:00 - Opening Keynote: Understanding Neurodiversity and its Role in the Workplace

Pippa Sargent, CEO, The Brain Charity

  • Explore the concept of neurodiversity and its implications for the workplace
    Understanding the challenges of people with neurodiverse conditions
  • Gain a broad understanding of neurodiverse conditions such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and others
  • Explore national positive efforts that are being made to support people living with neurological conditions in the workplace

Session 4

10:00 - 10:20 - Special Keynote: Strategies and Approaches for Employers to Advance Neurodiversity Inclusion

Leena Haque, Lead UX Storyteller, BBC & Sean Gilroy, Digital Storyteller, BBC

  • Discuss the current landscape of neurodiversity workplace inclusion in the UK
  • Explore people management practices and approaches to promote an inclusive workplace for neurodivergent employees
  • Understand the importance of creating a neuroinclusive workplace culture and the wider benefits to all employees

Session 5

10:20 - 10:40 - Overcoming Recruitment Barriers and Recognising the Value of Neurodivergent Employees

Kelly Rooks, Constable Neurodiversity and Wellbeing People Services, Northumbria Police

  • Discuss strategies for implementing inclusive recruitment and hiring practices to attract and retain neurodiverse talent
  • Explore examples of building equitable opportunities for neurodivergent talent

Session 6

10:40 - 11:00 - Questions and Answers Panel

Pippa Sargent - The Brain Charity, Sean Gilroy - BBC & Leena Haque - BBC

  • Speakers from the previous session will join for an audience Q&A

Session 7

11:00 - 11:30 -  Break and Networking

Session 8

11:30–11:50 Case study: Creating an Inclusive Culture in the Workplace

Aaron Hutchinson, ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity

  • Explore a best practice example of creating an inclusive working environment
  • Discuss the barriers, challenges and benefits of adopting an inclusive workforce

Session 9

11:50-12:10 – Building Neurodiverse Teams

Alexander Hedlund, The Neurodiversity Charity

  • Explore strategies for building effective and cohesive teams that leverage the strengths of neurodiverse individuals

Session 10

12:10 -12:30 – Celebrating Neurodiversity in the Workplace

  • Explore examples of co-production techniques to understand the needs of neurodivergent colleagues and design policies that work for them
  • Discuss the role of staff networks in providing a safe and welcoming space where neurodivergent staff can share experiences and challenges

Session 11

12:30 -12:50 – Questions and Answers Panel

Alexander Hedlund, The Neurodiversity Charity

  • Speakers from the previous session will join for an audience Q&A

Session 12

12:50 -13:50 – Lunch and Networking

Session 13

13:50 -14:10 – Harnessing Technology for Workplace Inclusion

Session 14

14:10 -14:30 – Measuring Diversity and Inclusion in Your Workplace

Session 15

14:30 -14:50 – The Employer’s Role in Supporting Neurodiverse Employees

Hayley Brackley, Neurodiversity Coach, Trainer and Keynote Speaker

  • Definition of neurodivergent according to the Equality Act
  • Understand the employer’s legal obligations and the importance of making reasonable adjustments for neurodivergent workers
  • Address legal and ethical considerations related to neurodiversity in the workplace, such as reasonable accommodations, anti-discrimination laws, and privacy concerns

Session 16

14:50 -15:10 – Questions and Answers Panel

Session 17

15:10 -15:20 – Chair’s Closing Summary

Dr Tony Malone, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant


*programme subject to change without notice

Leena Haque

Leena Haque

Lead UX Storyteller, BBC

Leena Haque, an innovative Senior UX Designer, is a leading figure in pioneering inclusive design and digital creativity. As a published author and exhibited artist, she has been recognized as one of the top 50 neurodivergent women in the UK and has earned a spot on the Shaw Trust Power 100 list. Her current research is dedicated to engaging new audiences, employing her co-founding roles at BBC CAPE and the BBC Enigma Neurodiversity Network to explore innovative strategies for expanding the accessibility and appeal of digital content across diverse groups. As a Global Ambassador for Women in Tech, Leena's advocacy for diversity and inclusion extends her impact beyond traditional tech circles into the realm of digital alternatives, pushing for more inclusive digital experiences. Her work, celebrated in major publications and forums such as The Guardian, The Telegraph, Wired, and the World Economic Forum, exemplifies her commitment to transforming digital spaces to be more inclusive and engaging for everyone.

Aaron Hutchinson

Aaron Hutchinson

ADHD Foundation Neurodiversity Charity

Hayley Brackley

Hayley Brackley

Neurodiversity Coach, Trainer and Keynote Speaker

Hayley had a turbulent start to life. She shares her story, beginning with starting primary school – where she was quickly sent home! As school life progressed, she found herself in increasingly difficulty, until within a year she was diagnosed with ADD and Dyslexia, and then accepted into Mensa! Medication, and different ways of working meant Hayley left school with an unpredictably decent selection of GCSEs. In joining the world of work, Hayley found an environment not fit for neuroinclusion, and following a breakdown, set out to make our working world a place where everyone can belong and thrive, regardless of neurotype! In doing so, Hayley discovered she is also Autistic, an insight that explained social and sensory differences! 
Along with being part of the INPD training team, Hayley founded Great Minds Don’t, an independent learning consultancy. Great Minds Don’t always think alike is Hayley’s mantra towards learning and inclusion. Facilitating learning interventions from coaching to training sessions, and offering a consultancy service to ensure learning experiences are embedded, Great Minds Don’t specialises in leadership, wellbeing, neurodiversity and bitesize personal development.  

Alexander Hedlund

Alexander Hedlund

The Neurodiversity Charity

Alexander is Neurodiversity in Business’s Head of Corporate Membership Services, looking after NiB’s over 800 corporate members, providing a responsive offering that meets the vast and diverse needs of our membership. With a focus on facilitating step-change culture shifts.

Alexander is most excited about the potential offered by NiB’s two-way communication channel in which we gather best practice from across our ecosystem by listening and learning from our key stakeholders, providing vetted and curated examples to drive the neurodiversity agenda in return. He has an extensive background in DEI, with a particular lens of intersectionality on neurodiversity, gender and sexuality, having spent 8 years in this space. Tracing his roots to student representation, Alexander has been an active advocate in the Higher Education sector and now brings his experience to the world of professional services, leading local communities at work around neurodiversity and queerness.

Sean Gilroy

Sean Gilroy

Digital Storyteller, BBC

Sean Gilroy stands at the forefront of the BBC's inclusivity efforts, focusing on disability and neurodiversity. As co-founder for the "Creating A Positive Environment" (CAPE) initiative and co-chair of Enigma, the BBC’s neurodiversity network, his work has been transformative. His advocacy and leadership in the design brief of the BBC Cymru Wales office, a model of neurodiversity-centred design, has set new standards for workplace inclusivity. Beyond physical spaces, Sean’s role as the BBC’s Inclusive Design Lead emphasizes his commitment to integrating accessibility and inclusion into every facet of organizational policy, promoting a more inclusive corporate culture. His advocacy extends beyond the BBC through active participation in workshops, articles, and speaking engagements, championing a broader societal shift towards inclusive practices. Sean’s initiatives have significantly impacted both the internal environment at the BBC and the wider community, advocating for the recognition and inclusion of talent from diverse backgrounds.

Pippa Sargent

Pippa Sargent

CEO, The Brain Charity

Dr Tony Malone

Dr Tony Malone

Diversity and Inclusion Consultant

Kelly Rooks

Kelly Rooks

Constable Neurodiversity and Wellbeing People Services, Northumbria Police

Kelly Rooks is an experienced Neurodiversity lead and coach for Northumbria Police. With a deep commitment to neurodiversity inclusion, she specialises in developing and delivering training, awareness, strategies, and support frameworks, toolkits to empower managers in fostering an inclusive workplace.

Her work has led to the successful upskilling of managers and the implementation of early support for neurodivergent employees, ensuring a more diverse and supportive workforce.

Kelly is passionate about creating environments where every individual can thrive.

Kelly has won numerous awards for her work and most recently Northumbria Police received recognition as the winner of the supportive employer category at the Dyslexia Awards 2023.

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