Acas hosting suffrage flag relay

Date and time: 

Friday, August 17, 2018 - 09:30 to 11:30


Civic Centre Newcastle

Acas celebrates 100 years of women's suffrage and enhanced gender equality in the workplace. 2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act 1918, the first time that some women could vote in the UK, opening the door to full suffrage in 1928. Join Acas North East and leading experts as we commemorate this important milestone by hosting the Suffrage Relay Flag and looking at gender equality in the workplace, past, present and future.

Business need

The Suffrage Flag Relay is a cross government initiative to celebrate the centenary of women’s suffrage. The flag will travel around the UK to departments and agencies across government. Acas are delighted to be hosting the flag at this unique and free event on 17th August 2018.

In the last 100 years, the legislative landscape has changed for workplaces as a whole. And for the last 40 of those years, Acas has been around to provide advice and support to both employers and employees, promoting fair and equal working relationships.

Fairness in the workplace is a vital part of a successful business. Promoting equality and diversity alongside tackling discrimination can help:

  • Reduce employee complaints, disciplinary action and employment tribunal claims
  • Boost employee engagement
  • Attract, motivate and retain staff
  • Improve recruitment and retention
  • Enhance your company’s reputation as an employer

Delegates attending this event will gain an understanding of:

  • The background to the suffrage flag relay and why Acas thinks it’s important
  • The changes to legislation affecting women in the workplace, including:
    • maternity rights
    • flexible working
    • gender pay reporting
    • awareness of sexual harassment in the workplace


Suitable For

Delegates from all sectors of industry including: managers, supervisors, team leaders, HR professionals, business owners, Trade Union representatives, employee representatives and individuals who wish to enhance their CPD.


This conference will be chaired by Wendy Parker; Regional Director for Acas North East. Guest speakers will include:

Anne Sharp; Chief Executive, Acas

Julie Dennis; Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Acas

Sharon Smith; Senior Director, Carr & Co Solicitors

Clare Williams; Vice Chair at Northern TUC and Regional Secretary for UNISON