IPA 2022 Talent and Diversity Conference: Recruitment, retention and recognition (In-person)

Let's talk talent

Talent is our industry’s most valuable resource, and when that resource has equitable access to opportunity and advancement, we are better able to portray an inclusive society to the audiences we reach.

The inaugural IPA Talent and Diversity conference is an opportunity to come together (both in-person and virtually) to listen, discuss and share ways in which our industry can take charge of how we attract, develop and retain our existing and new talent and create an inclusive culture that is beneficial to all.

We’ll be drawing on collective intelligence from a wide range of organisations, specialist speakers and influencers.

We hope to see you in person on 4 May in London. If you're unable to attend the event in person, you can join the event online.

As an ideas business that relies on a deep understanding of culture and society for its success, advertising should be better placed than any other industry to make itself an attractive place to work.

Julian Douglas, President of the IPA


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8.30am Breakfast and networking

9.00am Welcome

Leila Siddiqi, Associate Director – Diversity, IPA

9.05am Keynote Speech

David Olusoga OBE, Historian, writer, broadcaster, presenter and film-maker


9.25am Adland: State of the Nation

A fireside chat discussing the challenges faced by agencies in light of the current talent shortage within the advertising industry.

  • Julian Douglas, President, IPA and Vice Chairman, VCCP (moderator)
  • Rachel Forde, Chief Executive Officer UK&I, UM

9.55am Recruiting Talent

Four sessions focussing on recruiting diverse talent.

All workshops will be held concurrently - please indicate the session that you would most like to attend under the field 'Registration to the workshop and breakout' at the bottom of this page.

  • Workshop 1: How to navigate the current talent crisis

    Our expert panel will discuss the most important leadership issue for our industry today - how to attract the right talent across all levels of the business. They will speak about how we can improve the overall recruitment experience in the industry and better understand the effects and impact of the Great Resignation.

    • Pip Hulbert, Chief Executive Officer, Wunderman Thompson (moderator)
    • Tunji Akintokun, Senior Director, Head of Marketing Solutions UK and Ireland, LinkedIn
    • Sarah Skinner, Chief Executive Officer, EMEA, Grace Blue
    • Jordie Wildin, Head of Growth, POCC
  • Workshop 2: Socio-economic diversity

    • Lisa Thompson, Business Director, Wavemaker
    • James Hillhouse, Co-founder, Commercial Break
  • Workshop 3: LGBTQ+ diversity

    • Chloe Davies, Head of Social Impact, Lucky Generals
  • Workshop 4: Visible/invisible disabilities

    This session explores the recruitment process through the lens of visible and invisible disabilities. We will start by briefly explaining Inclusive Recruitment, what constitutes a visible/invisible disability and why it's so important to have this lens in mind when recruiting. People with disabilities may well have difficulty accessing your recruitment process - what is best practice in terms of recruitment? What is a reasonable adjustment? How can you shift your process? We will share a mixture of lived experience and tools/tips so that participants leave the session with both insight and practical actions they can take to make their recruitment efforts more inclusive for those with visible and invisible disabilities.

    • Roxanne Hobbs, Founder, Hobbs Consultancy
    • Will Pike, Disability Consultant, TV/Radio Presenter, Keynote Speaker
    • Paul Stevenson, Ambassador, Genius Within

10.55am Coffee Break


11.15am The Importance of Workplace Cultures

A new piece of research comparing and contrasting the advertising industry to the wider working world when it comes to workplace cultures.

11.40am Retaining Talent

Breakout sessions on how to retain your talent, and the benefits of doing so. Retaining talent is easier when everyone can bring their true selves to work and feel included and like they belong.

All breakout sessions will be held concurrently - please indicate for the session that you would most like to attend under the field 'Registration to the workshop and breakout' at the bottom of this page.

  • Breakout session 1: Retaining talent through effective leadership and culture

    This session will be exploring the expectations and demands of senior leadership today along with the opportunities and challenges of hybrid working on organisational culture. Our panellists from both client side and agency will share their insights and experiences on how to create unique workplace cultures that retain talent and how to be positive about the future.

    • Nicky Kemp, Editorial Director, Creative Brief (moderator)
    • Ravleen Beeston, Regional Vice President, Microsoft Advertising UK, Microsoft and WINNER 2021 UK Asian Woman of Achievement, Business
    • Abba Newbery, Chief Marketing Officer, Habito
    • Xavier Rees, Chief Executive Officer, Havas London and Havas CX helia
    • Satin Reid, Managing Director, MediaCom UK
  • Breakout session 2: The importance of positive representation in the creative work

    Here we turn our attention back to our main product – i.e. the creative work. Bringing the conversation back to the initial business case for fair and authentic representation and how to refrain from tokenistic representation, tackle production and casting challenges and the responsibility we have to influence society and culture in a positive way.

    • Lynne Deason, Head of Creative Excellence, UK, Kantar (moderator)
    • Claire Barnett, Executive Director, UN Women UK
    • Dino Myers-Lamptey, Founder, tbs
    • Harjot Singh, Global Chief Strategy Officer, McCann

  • Breakout session 3: Scream if you want to go faster: picking up the pace on flexible working to accelerate equality

    • Mel Exon, WACL Campaigning Chair 2021/22 & Portfolio Non Exec Director (moderator)
    • Kate Waters, WACL President & Director of Client Planning and Strategy, ITV
    • Lianre Robinson, CEO, Codec
    • Marc Nohr, Group CEO, Miroma, Chairman, Fold7


12.40pm iList 2022

Leila Siddiqi, Associate Director – Diversity, IPA

12.45pm Reinforcing inclusion and belonging globally through storytelling

Elif Shafak, novelist, essayist, public speaker, political scientist and activist

1.05pm Brown Girl Like Me

Jaspreet Kaur, Spoken Word Poet and Author

1.25pm Closing remarks and lunch

Annie Gallimore, Chair, IPA Talent and Leadership Group and Managing Director, ACNE London / Deloitte Digital

Registration to the workshop and breakout session

Please register to the workshop and breakout that you'd like to attend in the form below. Seats will be come first-come, first-served basis. You will receive a confirmation to confirm your registration shortly after you have submitted the form.

The booking form below is for workshop and breakout registration only. Please be reminded to book your event ticket to access to the half-day event by clicking the 'BOOK NOW' button on the left bar of the webpage.


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8 Fenchurch Place is located through a large white doorway right next door to Fenchurch Street mainline station - also a short walk from Tower Hill underground and DLR stations. It's also within a 15-minute walk of Aldgate, Bank and Monument Stations.

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  • Members rate: £125 + VAT
  • Non-members rate: £250 +VAT

Please contact Crystal Kwan at [email protected] should you wish to purchase bulk tickets. Member bulk rate for 5 tickets is £500 + VAT; member bulk rate for 10+ tickets is £800 + VAT.

Contact us

If you have any questions relating to this event please email us at [email protected].

Last updated 01 May 2024