The London HR Connection is delighted to welcome you along to our next live and ‘in person’ networking event in conjunction with leading law firm, Kingsley Napley.

As well as the chance to meet and network face to face over a glass or two of wine and something to eat, we will be joined by HR industry leaders and neurodiversity experts to discuss and debate the subject of neurodiversity in the workplace.

Businesses are increasingly aware of neurodiversity as they strive to make their workplaces more inclusive for all as part of their efforts to improve equality, diversity and inclusion.

It is believed that up to 15% of the UK population is neurodivergent, many of whom are not yet diagnosed or have been diagnosed later in life. Yet, according to the Government’s figures, it is estimated that only three in 10 autistic people (one of many conditions falling under the umbrella of neurodiversity) is in employment.

Please join us for a panel-led discussion on the meaning of neurodiversity, what businesses should be aware of from an employment law perspective and best practice insights as well as practical tips in relation to the recruitment and support of neurodivergent individuals in the workplace.

Our panel will include:

Mel Francis is an accomplished HR director with over 25 years’ experience gained within complex matrix organisations in the public, private and not for profit sectors. She is also a mum to a brilliant neurodivergent son and is a neurodiversity champion and trainer committed to increasing awareness of neurodiversity and the brilliance of neurodiverse talent.

Jo Cochrane is a master executive coach who works with international leaders of professional, financial, legal services and private equity firms to navigate and optimise both personal and corporate change. She is passionate about combining her wealth of commercial experience as an HR director and Fellow of the CIPD in maximising corporate, talent and D&I strategies with her practical experience of neurodiversity to help neurodivergent talent find corporate environments that recognise, support and value the opportunity of their individual strengths.

Daniel Aherne founded Adjust in 2016 to raise awareness of Neurodiversity in the workplace
by helping organisations start their neurodiversity conversation through clear, positive and practical training and consultancy.
Adjust has worked with many high-profile organisations including, The CIPD, EY, Next, Clifford Chance, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Vodafone and Mercedes.

Prior to setting up Adjust, Daniel had worked within Neurodiversity in a workplace context for over 15 years. Spending a considerable amount of that time in the National Autistic Society’s’ employment team where he managed the Employment Training.  Daniel is the author of ‘The pocket guide to Neurodiversity’

Nick Ralph is a partner in the Employment Team at Kingsley Napley LLP with over 30 years’ experience acting for a wide variety of employers and individuals in the endlessly interesting field of HR and employment issues.  In addition to having advised clients on a spectrum of issues around disability discrimination, he is the father of an autistic teenage daughter and so has some direct knowledge of “spiky profiles” and the diverse working of a non-neurotypical brain.

Venue: Kingsley Napley, 20 Bonhill Street, EC2A 4DN


6.15pm – 6.45pm   Registration, drinks and networking

6.45pm – 7.45pm   Discussion and debate

7.45pm – 8.30pm   Drinks, canapes and networking

Cost: All members and guests : £40 + vat.

To include panel debate, drinks and canapes.

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