Better business results happen when senior teams are more diverse in thinking, says Partner at Ernst & Young

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22 / 9 / 2015 5.11pm

In an opening address today (23 September 2015) to the NHS Employers annual diversity conference in London, Liz Bingham (managing partner at Ernst & Young) will say that diverse groups deliver better business results but there is a need to “harness difference and encourage people to speak up or speak out with different ideas”. She also recognised that while some diverse teams may be harder to manage due to the range of differing opinions that inevitably arise, “the rewards are well worth it.”

Ms Bingham, OBE has worked in business at a senior level for more than 30 years and is passionate about gender equality and why inclusion, diversity and innovation all matter in business.

At the conference, NHS managers and diversity leaders will hear from a range of different views and perspectives, gain valuable insights from healthcare and business leaders who have successfully implemented diversity programmes and are reaping the benefits of inclusive workforce practices. The conference is also an opportunity to gain practical examples of how to take this forward in their own organisations.

Paul Deemer, Head of Diversity, NHS Employers, said:

"We know there is a strong and growing body of evidence showing the impact of having different voices and different perspectives in the workplace - and how this can help to foster and develop a better organisational culture. Our conference is about finding out and sharing how diversity can help organisations think outside the box, break down cultural barriers and help build better staff and patient engagement levels and improve health outcomes and employee relations.”

The NHS Employers Working Better for Patients: Diversity and Inclusion in the NHS takes place on Wednesday 23 September 2015 between 9am – 4.30pm at The Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LS. It is hosted by writer and broadcaster Simon Fanshawe, OBE.

Speakers include:

• Ernst and Young (EY) Managing Partner Liz Bingham speaking on diversity in the workforce.
• Leena Haque, BBC neurodiversity lead, speaking about research into workplace issues for people with neurological conditions.
• NHS Employers chief executive Danny Mortimer on the challenges for diversity and inclusion in the NHS.

Other topics include diverse engagement and representation with a range of organisations taking part in panel discussions on the challenges that delegates come up with during the earlier workshop sessions.


Notes to editor

  • Folllow #diverseNHS on Twitter.
  • A programme and other detail 
  • More about the business case for diversity.
  • The NHS Employers organisation is the recognised body for employers in the NHS, supporting them to put patients first. 
  • For more information contact Mike Foster on 020 7799 8671 or or Sarah Ghabina on 0207 799 8637 or
  • On Twitter follow Paul Deemer at @NHSE_Paul and NHS Employers at @nhsemployers 
  • A full list of NHS Employers press releases and statements can be accessed at our Media Centre

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