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RGS Professionals @ Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner


On Wednesday 12 September 2018, the growing and connected RGS Professional group met at the imposing London HQ of global law firm Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner (BCLP) overlooking the Thames for the much anticipated ‘Diversity Dilemma’ themed evening.

We are extremely thankful to our host for the evening James Knox (’80). James is a Partner of BCLP, heading up the International Real Estate and Infrastructure side of the business with a keen passion for this relevant topic.

Those in attendance were fortunate to have renowned expert Dr Louise Ashley present an absorbing discussion on the barriers to truly embracing and achieving diversity – from the perspective of the employers and those we employ.  You can read the presentation here.

Using research from the implementation and development of diversity and inclusion programmes in large multinational organisations, particularly focusing on gender, socio-economic background and ethnicity, Louise highlighted the significant challenges we face in society and suggested policies that might help address this important topic. She noted that there is a lot of good work happening out there, but an awful lot more to do.

Following a vibrant and passionate Q&A, Chairman of the RGS Professionals Group Mark Elsey (’78)  wrapped up the evening by taking the opportunity to thank our hosts and inform members of future events. Attendees then retired to enjoy the remainder of evening networking and chatting with a variety of delicious canapes and refreshments.



*The next RGS Professionals event will be festive Christmas Drinks at Steam Wine Bar to be held on Friday 14 December 2018 from 6.00pm.

If you would like to attend this next event, please register by emailing:




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