BEEqual – Inclusivity: Public & Private Perspective

To kick off 2020 we are joined by Google & HMRC to talk about inclusivity from a public and private perspective.

Denise (HMRC) will be discussing the benefits of creating an inclusive and diverse team are clear, but achieving this objective is far from easy. In this presentation she will share details of what HMRC is doing to create pathways towards delivering a more diverse and inclusive team from increasing senior leaders’ self-awareness through to removing bias from our job descriptions and targeting key groups for inclusion, such as those individuals with autism.

Expect to receive some tips around what has worked (and hasn’t) within HMRC as well as key points to consider from a senior leader perspective.

Melanie (Google)- Many managers truly want to be invested in building inclusive teams, creating an equitable team culture ensuring they grow and retain diverse talent. However, most do not know exactly how to begin.

In this presentation Melanie will share a toolkit constructed from a collection of managers who have worked to create diverse, equitable and inclusive team environments, focusing specifically on how to grow and retain diverse talent.

Expect to identify some of your own biases as a manager, start applying some new techniques to your own team realities and have some techniques to take away and implement.

18:00-18:30-Doors Open, Drinks & Nibbles
18:30-19:00- Denise Dourado, Inclusion from a Civil Service Perspective
19:00-19:30- Melanie Yencken, Creating an inclusive and equitable team culture
19:30-21:00- Networking

Denise Dourado | Cloud Programme Director at HMRC

Denise joined HMRC in April 2017 to take on the role of Cloud Programme Director. She is responsible for delivering an agenda of stabilisation and improved resilience to the department’s current IT estate, as well as migrating its services from their current data centres to Cloud (both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure). An on-premises facility, Crown Hosting, is also being established under the programme’s governance.
In addition, Denise is responsible for delivering a new Cloud Centre of Excellence (CoE) within HMRC to ensure that ways of working are adapted to deliver successfully and efficiently in the Cloud. She is therefore leading the Cloud delivery operational team until the new Cloud CoE is fully operational. Denise is an established member of CDIO’s (HMRC IT Department) Senior Leadership Team, reporting directly to the CDIO.

Melanie Yencken | UX Design Lead at Google

Melanie is the UX Lead and Manager of the Google my Business team across London, New York, San Francisco & Zurich. In her past roles she has built and led UX teams globally at Startups, Schibsted and eBay.

In her spare time Melanie is founder and coordinator of LondonTechLadies, a women’s network with 3700+ members. Melanie focuses LondonTechLadies events on soft skill development, striving to develop and inspire women to move up the career ladder and create more gender diversity in the upper levels of management.



Jan 28 2020


6:00 pm - 9:00 pm



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