CPD Revolution Keynote addresses

All eight of our CPD Revolution live events will feature two keynote addresses. You can view our speakers bios below. 

Each morning session will start with a keynote address from Jane Farrell, co-founder of the UK’s leading diversity consultancy, EW Group, and Tash Thomas, Director of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, European Coworking Assembly. During their keynote address they will be discussing the best practice for inclusive language with regards to transgender students and students who identify as non-binary.

In the afternoon Head of Partnership Development at eQS, Chris Collier, will be exploring what changes have taken place in DSA support since the COVID-19 pandemic started and how we have adapted to these changes.

Morning Keynote

Jane Farrell,Co-founder of the UK's leading diversity consultancy, EW Group

As well as co-founder of EW Group, between 1992 and 2021 Jane was also Chief Executive. Jane is a specialist in inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, organisational change and cultural adaptability. Her proactive approach is founded upon existing best practice and focusing energies on pragmatic solutions. Jane has vast experience in diversity consultancy and training, specialising in working with senior management teams to improve individual, team and organisational performance. She regularly works with leaders of global and national organisations, advising on inclusive leadership, and diversity and inclusion strategy. Jane is regularly invited to speak at many conferences, roundtables and seminars on diversity. She recently appeared on Radio 4’s The Bottom Line as part of a discussion panel on the business case for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Tash Thomas, Director of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion, European Coworking Assembly

Tash uses her lived experience and identity as a Black queer woman to continue the focus on diversity and inclusion in society and in the workplace. Currently Director of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the European Coworking Assembly, Tash’s responsibilities lie in developing a working and actionable guideline for advancing D&I and creating safe spaces within the coworking industry. Tash is a seasoned and experienced speaker and panel member on equality and diversity discussions, and has spoken at events for organisations including the Women’s Equality Party UK, International IDEA, and Skyscanner. She is also a trained Stonewall Role Model for Black and Asian and LGBTQ people.

Afternoon Keynote

Chris Collier, Head of Partnership Development, eQS

Chris has several years experience working within the disability sector. Prior to working for eQS, Chris was a needs assessor and centre manager for Contact Associates. He is also currently a council member for the British Assistive Technology Association (BATA) and vice-chair of the Association of Non-Medical Help Providers. 

During his role as Head of Partnership Development, Chris is responsible for keeping in contact with key clients such as needs assessors, assessment centres and HEI’s (universities and colleges). Chris also ensures all clients are kept up to date with eQS’ new and innovative products or services.

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Registration and refreshments


Welcome and housekeeping 


Keynote address: Best practice for inclusive language with regards to transgender students and students who identify as non-binary


Workshop 1 


Refreshment break and exhibition


Workshop 2


Workshop 3


Lunch break


Keynote address: How has the DSA student support changed since the COVID-19 pandemic and how have we adapted to it?


Workshop 4


Refreshment break and exhibition 


Closing address and prize draw



Added Value

Important networking opportunity

A chance to reconnect with colleagues, software partners as well as discussing important industry, business or even  personal news! We look forward to reconnecting with you all. Each event will have colour coded wristbands to help you identify who is open to hand shakes and conversation and who is taking the event slowly, we’ve made every effort to ensure that each attendee feels welcomed and safe.

Why should you attend?

  • CPD certificate for the sessions attended.
  • Important ATSP & AT updates.
  • Industry first ED&I keynote.
  • Two-year free licence for Learning Labs.
  • Free licences for CPD Revolution partners’ software.