What Is Your City Doing To Be Inclusive? | Leeds Digital Festival | 30 Sept 20

Join INC360 in discussing inclusivity with a number of Leeds and West Yorkshire based organisations

About this Event

INC360 is built on the value that everyone has the right to be included. With that in mind, as part of the Leeds Digital Festival 2020, we are chatting to a number of organisations across Leeds and West Yorkshire. With our panelists, we will be discussing:

  • What inclusivity means to them.
  • What they have done to introduce inclusivity within their domain.
  • What challenges they’ve faced.
  • What support they’ve received along the way.

The panel will be hosted in zoom with the above questions presented by INC360 to get the conversation started. We’ll have a Q&A portion of the event so that you can ask specific questions around inclusion to keep the conversation going. We’ve also got a little interactive portion of the event too where we’ll hear what diversity and inclusion means to our audience.

We have four speakers on our panel, hosted by our very own Steph and Reema hosting, who will be contributing with their own experiences. Here’s a little information about our other panelists to give you some food for thought to prepare some questions.


Claire Duffield – Digital Engagement Librarian for Leeds Libraries.
Claire is an advocate for equality and diversity in tech. Last year she managed the first 10 week #techmumsClubs in Leeds, which won a Women in IT excellence inclusivity award. Claire also run Code Clubs for families and host a series of tech talks. Her aim is to connect the tech/digital community to the library audiences. She work to keep people connected by sharing resources and ideas to raise people’s skills and aspirations, and by creating accessible networks.

@flowersclaire | @leedslibraries | Leeds Libraries | Digital Inclusion Tech Talks

Simon Gregory – GPS Return

Yorkshire born and bred, Simon started recruiting in 2004 and has since worked across Europe and Asia recruiting for some of the biggest companies in the world, from Google to GSK and HSBC to Shell.

Returning to Harrogate in 2015, he realised that, whilst there are a lot of recruitment companies out there, very few were prioritising the client’s or candidate’s needs above their own. Nor were they working hard to understand the people they were working with or to build trust. With that in mind, Simon set up GPS with some simple goals in mind – to save our clients time and money, to reduce their risk and to become a trusted recruitment partner. Since then GPS Return was born and although the goals remain the same, he has committed himself to a new mission – to make it a normal part of anyone’s career to have a break, for whatever reason, and to easily return to work.

@GPSreturn | GPS Return Facebook

David Spark – Online Course Designer at Leeds Beckett University

David Spark is an Online Course Designer at Leeds Beckett University’s innovative Distance Learning Unit.  He builds digital learning experiences for remote students who study entirely online. Applying an inclusive approach is vital to allow this work to be accessible to a wide and diverse university audience. The aim is to understand the needs of others to lower the barriers they encounter.

Hannah Chadwick – Founder & Director at Fortitude Training

Leeds lass Hannah started Fortitude Training to help businesses create inclusive, happy, and healthy workplaces.
Hannah was inspired to start the business after her own negative workplace experiences resulted in her leaving a career she loved and having to take her employer to an Employment Tribunal.

Representing herself, Hannah was successful in her claims for constructive dismissal and disability discrimination. Hannah started the business, with the aim of helping employers and their employees create better workplace cultures, thereby avoiding situations like that which she found herself in.

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