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Equal Pay Dialogues: A virtual symposium on eliminating pay inequalities across the region

8 March 2024 11:00am – 12:30pmGMT (+00:00)
Virtual (Microsoft Teams)

Equal Pay Dialogues: A virtual symposium on eliminating pay inequalities across the region

Please note that this event is part of a three-part series. If you are interested in signing up for the later sessions "Unlocking Fairness: A Series on Pay Gaps in the NHS and Partner Organisations" masterclass one and two then please sign up for session 1 and if you are interested in attending session 2 and 3, please complete the expression of interest form. Due to limited availability, there are 40 spaces for the masterclasses.

About this event:

Explore the nuances of pay gaps within the NHS and partnership organisations in our upcoming sessions. The first event is open to everyone and focused on Pay Gap landscape and factors across  the region, exploring relevant data and have meaningful discussions from an academic point of view. We will also showcase a best-practice example from the East of England Ambulance Service and we will navigate through Pay Gaps for different protected characteristics.

The next event is a two-part series, with capacity of 40 participants, in session one we will delve into the workforce cost implications, navigate challenging scenarios in interactive breakout groups, and gain practical insights and tools through homework and group discussions. Session two offers a focused recap, homework sharing, and introduces the effective G.R.O.W method for setting pay gap goals.

Session 1 - Equal Pay Dialogues: A virtual symposium on eliminating pay inequalities across the region

Date: 8th of March

11:00 - 12:30

via MS Teams

  • Why is it important to start the conversations
  • What is important to organisations
  • A discussion on the data and factors- an academic approach
  • Best practice example and how to move on exploring other protected characteristics
  • Challenges on the way / how we tackled them.
  • Bridging Pay Gaps Plans and how these fit into the overall vision of our inclusivity plan.
  • Developing a bespoke plan that works for the sector we are working in.


Simonetta Longhi


Simonetta Longhi is Professor of Economics at the University of Reading.  She has years of experience analysing the reasons for inequalities in labour market outcomes by gender, ethnicity, and disability in the UK.  Amongst others, she has produced reports for the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.  Her most recent research focuses on pay gaps of ethnic minorities and on the intersection between gender and ethnicity.

Navrita Atwal


Navrita Atwal commenced her post with East of England Ambulance Service in 2015 as EDI Manager, she has supported East of England Ambulance Service on it’s Gender Pay Gap journey as well as developing plans to help close the gap.  Navrita has over 22 years of experience of working in the Equality field.  Before joining EEAST she worked for Equality Council UK as Director for over 20 years.  Navrita’s passion has taken her far and wide and she has been a chair of a number of organisations supporting her aim.  She is currently the Deputy Chair of the Independent Advisory Group to the Police and Non Executive CEO of Equality Council UK. Navrita is also Winner of the Inclusive Leader of the Year Award – Health Education England 2016, and Ambassador for Peace Award by the Universal and International Federation for World Peace and Overall Winner of the Local Authority Race Award by Human Rights Commission.

Belinder Virk


Belinder Virk has worked for over 20 years in the field of Equality and Diversity, 9 years of which have been within NHS organisations. She has worked for several Teaching and Acute Trusts, including Birmingham City Hospital and University College London Hospitals. In her most recent role as EDI Advisor for East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) her area of focus is the Pay Gap. This role has reaffirmed her notion that many NHS recommendations do not always fit the Ambulance Service setting. Therefore, she is a strenuous advocate of making the NHS EDI Improvement Plan meaningful for her own organisation by sharing practical ideas that could work for others.

Session 2 - Unlocking Fairness: A Series on Pay Gaps in NHS and partner organisations- Masterclass 1

Date: 20th of March

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

Via MS Teams


  • The context behind pay gaps within the NHS and partnership organisations
  • The workforce cost of pay gaps and they show up in workplaces
  • Interactive section in breakout groups - challenge or case scenarios relating pay gap issues
  • Group discussion
  • Set objectives for next session (homework)


Michelle Gyimah


Michelle spent 10 years at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, supporting employers to close their pay gaps through writing guidance reports and running workshops. This combination of knowing the legislation and theory behind pay gaps alongside her personal experience is why she now does the work she does, and what gives a competitive edge. She started Equality Pays in 2014 whilst on maternity leave, a few months before she took voluntary redundancy from her job. She set up Equality Pays to provide the coaching, strategy, support, and confidence that organisations want and need. Her role is to support organisations to identify what changes the need to make to close both gender and ethnicity pay gaps so that they can create equitable workplaces that people choose to work for and build their careers with. No matter their gender, ethnicity, or stage in life.

Session 3 - Unlocking Fairness: A Series on Pay Gaps in NHS and partner organisations- Masterclass 2

Date: 24th of April

Time: 10:00 - 11:30

via MS Teams


  • Quick recap of session 1
  • Invite groups to share the homework results
  • Share G.R.O.W method to setting and achieving pay gap goals
  • Break out session to practice G.R.O.W method
  • Group discussion - share outcome and commitments


Michelle Gyimah



The Gender Pay Gap series is brought to you from the NHS England East of England Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team

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