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September 4, 2015
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UK: Events Industry Needs to Address Equality and Diversity

The events industry needs to address equality and diversity by putting pressure on employers.

That was the takeaway message as the industry debate EventHuddle launched with a passionate discussion of gender issues in the events sector.

Chaired by ISES UK president Kevin Jackson, the debate at London venue One Wimpole Street centred on whether there is a need for women-only initiatives such as Fay Sharpe’s Fast Forward 15 mentoring scheme and if such initiatives are sexist.

The four person panel was made up of 2Heads commercial director Jane Baker, TBA business development manager Max Fellows, SECC head of business development Samme Allen and Team Umbrella MD Martin Ellis.

Baker said: “It’d be really lovely if we all lived in a perfect world, but it’s the sad situation that we don’t. The number of women in high profile positions around the UK is not representative of our society in general. I think there’s a massive need for women-only initiatives.”

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