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School of Business and Management

CRED Workshop: Promoting employment equality through public procurement

31 October 2012

Time: 12:30 - 6:00pm
Venue: Colette Bowe Room, Queens Building, Queen Mary, Mile End campus

Purpose of workshop

The workshop will consider current policy and practice of including employment equality and diversity objectives within public sector procurement processes. It aims to:

• clarify the current legal and policy context for including equality objectives in procurement processes in the light of the Equality Act 2010 and EU legislation
• provide case examples of where equality aims have been built into procurement;
• discuss the establishment of a research network linking academics and practitioners interested in equality and procurement links


12.30 Lunch and registration

1.00 Welcome and introduction to the workshop: Professor Geraldine Healy and Dr Tessa Wright, Centre for Equality and Diversity, Queen Mary, University of London

1.15 History and overview: Professor Anthony Heath, Oxford University

1.45 The law: Professor Chris McCrudden, Queen’s University, Belfast

2.15 Policy: Alison Pritchard, Government Equalities Office – on review of PSED; Heather Wakefield, National Secretary for Local Government, UNISON; Mark Wright, Equality and Human Rights Commission

3.30 Break

4.00 Practice: Kevin Bowsher, Equality Nexus, formerly Equality and Inclusion Manager, London Olympics 2012 with Armar Johnston, Balfour Beatty

John Lulham and Clive Saunders, formerly Transport for London with Katherine Day, Enterprise Mouchel

5.00 Discussion: Where do we go from here/future agenda?

5.30 Wine reception

For directions to the Mile End Campus please visit 

For further information and to confirm your place email Ade Alele at or contact 020 7882 8577 

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