08:30 - 09:00

Registration, Tea & Coffee

09:00 – 09:10

Chair’s Opening Remarks


Natalie O’Hare

Member, Scottish Women in Business Committee; and Director, BeyondHR

09:10 - 09:40

Keynote Address: Understanding the Impact of the Menopause on Women in the Workplace

  • How does the menopause impact women at work?
  • Outlining symptoms and how to identify perimenopause
  • Why many workers do not reveal their menopause symptoms
  • How the menopause affects women differently
  • Tackling challenges around awareness and stigma
Live Q&A
09:25 - 09:40

Dr Alison Macbeth

Menopause Specialist; Speciality Doctor in Breast Surgery, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; and Women’s Health GP, NHS Highlands

09:40 – 10:15

Ask the Expert: Supporting an Employee through the Menopause

  • The responsibilities of employers to support menopausal employees
  • How to be a menopause friendly employer
  • Signposting support: within and outside your organisation
  • Training line managers
  • Opportunities for small to large employers: implementing small changes to make a big difference
Live Q&A
09:55 – 10:15

Deborah Garlick

Founder, Henpicked

10:15 – 11:05

Case Studies: Establishing Safe Spaces for Menopausal Women at Work

  • Creating forums for discussion about the menopause at work
  • Exploring different methods of providing support: from support cafés to 1-2-1 advice
  • Removing stigma: practical advice on how to start open conversations around menopause in your workplace
  • Outlining the benefits of having a menopause champion
Live Q&A
10:50 – 11:05

Zuzanna Bradley

Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing, Quarriers

Fiona Gardiner

Fiona Gardiner

Trustee, Green Action Trust

Emma Smith

Inclusion and Wellbeing Manager, Burness Paull LLP

Rachel Weiss

Founder, Menopause Café Charity

11:05 – 11:35

Networking Tea and Coffee Break

Meet your colleagues and make new connections

11:35 – 12:10

Joint Discussion: Improving Flexibility for Menopausal Employees in the Workplace and other Reasonable Adjustments

  • Offering flexibility to staff experiencing the menopause: from home working, shift patterns, to uniforms
  • Enabling women to manage and understand their own symptoms
  • Equipping leaders to support employees experiencing the menopause
Live Q&A
11:55 - 12:10

Kerry Hyslop

HR Director, HR Services Scotland

Caroline McDowall

Caroline McDowall

Staff Wellbeing Specialist Lead and Speak Up Ambassador, NHS Lothian

12:10 – 12:50

Designing and Implementing a Workplace Menopause Policy

  • Understanding the needs of menopausal employees and how you can support them to stay in employment
  • Outlining the legal responsibilities of employers in providing support for staff: making reasonable adjustments
  • Avoiding discrimination
  • Educating staff and creating a strong approach to menopause support at work
Live Q&A
12:35 - 12:50

Belinda Steffan

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Katherine Irvine

Specialist in Employment Law, Lindsays LLP

12:50 – 13:00

Chair's Closing Remarks


Natalie O’Hare

Member, Scottish Women in Business Committee; and Director, BeyondHR

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