This seminar will look at how employers are responding to the new governmental reporting requirements for the gender pay gap.

Event Name Tackling the gender pay gap
Start Date 21st Mar 2018 3:00pm
End Date 21st Mar 2018 6:00pm
Duration 3 hours

The Work & Employment Research Unit and the Diversity Interest Group have organised a joint seminar on tackling the gender pay gap.This seminar will look at how employers are responding to the new governmental reporting requirements and at new research from the IES on success in tackling the issue. 

We are delighted to have three speakers presenting:

  • Dr Duncan Brown
  • Jisha Hales
  • Lara Plaxton


Please email Business School Events with your name, job title and organisation to attend.


Dr Duncan Brown heads the HR work at the Institute for Employment Studies. Duncan's work covers pay and HR research, for example a recent study for the Office of Manpower Economics on the use of market pay supplements; client advisory work to employers including DCLG, the NHS, the Prince's Trust and Lloyds Banking Group ; and government policy input, acting as an expert adviser on topics including pensions, gender pay and employee engagement. He has more than 30 years' experience in pay and HR management, working for major consultancies such as Towers Perrin and Aon Hewitt, as well as 5 years as director of research and policy at CIPD

Jisha Hales is the policy lead for gender pay gap reporting in the public sector and the public sector equality duty. She is a member of the Equality Framework Team in the Government Equalities Office. The Government Equalities Office leads work on policy relating to women, sexual orientation and transgender equality. It is also responsible for a range of equalities legislation.

Lara Plaxton has over 14 years' experience working within HR and heads up the HR function in the UK at FDM Group, a global IT Services provider. FDM was the 6th employer to register its gender pay gap data and has been a driving force in encouraging others to adopt the new legislation early. Lara is committed to ensuring an inclusive environment at FDM that fosters the diversity that has been critical to its success. She is also passionate about creating more meaningful experiences through enhanced digital capability, a more collaborative workforce and an environment that cultivates creativity and innovation. Lara also volunteers as a Board Trustee for Jigsaw4u.