New for 2021 – The 5% Club Master Class Series

Inaugural Master Class

Unpacking Intersectionality: A Masterclass

2021 sees The Club developing focused, more intimate Master Classes to complement our traditional, free online events attended by 80 plus people. The intention is for these events to have a more detailed focused theme, with 25-30 members attending in a ‘round table’ format, featuring experienced, prestigious speakers.

Attendees will be encouraged to bring problems and challenges, to exchange solutions and best practice and learn from each other. A high level of interaction and networking will be facilitated. Members from our larger corporate companies often cite isolation and operating in a silo limiting their knowledge base and practice. Our SME members are often people with multiple responsibilities and little or no niche knowledge of skills and apprenticeships.  Attendees will have the opportunity to drill down into much deeper detail and develop strategies for the future. Everyone will support and learn from each other, leaving the event with far more knowledge and solutions that they arrived with.

Why is a Masterclass different to a normal event?

This forum will:

  • Consist of a mixture of presentations, breakout sessions and attendee participation – delegates will have the ability to keep mics and cameras on if they wish to. We want to encourage interaction and involvement!
  • Attendees will have the opportunity to share experiences and challenges with others in confidential facilitated zoom break out rooms.  It is intended that everyone signing up to the event will gain help, insights and ideas as to what to do next. Our plan is for you to takeaway useful outputs.
  • This event will not be recorded or available to non-attendees – you need to attend to gain the benefits.
  • Places limited to a maximum of 30 members to allow for interaction and contribution..

Confirmed Speakers

  • Doyin Badewa – Manager and Fayola Francis, Inclusion and Diversity Assistant Manager, Grant Thornton
  • Karima Khandker – Head of Skills and Emerging Talent, Thames Water
  • Sarah Maskell MBE – Deputy HR Director Diversity & Inclusion Reform, Home Office

Speaker biographies are here

The event will be facilitated by Gill Cronin, The 5% Club and Katie Nightingale – Associate Director, People Consulting, Grant Thornton


  • Understanding intersectionality
  • Context/what are the challenges
  • How do we move from a ‘characteristic driven’ approach (exclusive) to full inclusion?
  • How do you access the right data to ensure data-driven inclusion decisions
  • Moving forward with the inclusion agenda: Insights into what has worked – hear from a panel of experts

Date: Wednesday 23 June
Time: 10am-12noon
Platform: online
To book: now closed


We would like to thank The ERA Foundation for their generous support in making our inaugural Master Class possible.