2022 Conference Programme

2022 Conference Programme

Hilton Leeds City Hotel on 9-10 November 2022

Conference Programme - Joining the Dots

This years Conference was an opportunity to celebrate, connect and join the dots; to further strengthen the voice of our Supported Employment Community.

Delegates enjoyed an exciting 2 day programme which comprised industry speakers, panel discussions, a wide variety of workshops, and of course the BASE 2022 Awards presentation.

We'd like to thank our sponsors for their support, without them the conference wouldnt happen.

Conference Programme

Wednesday 9th November

8.30am - 9.20am Registration

9.30am  Welcome

9.45am  Keynote from Lee Corless, Rangam

10.05am Embedding social value into Procurement- best practice from Scotland and Wales.

  • Scott McCrindle, Collaborative Delivery Manager, Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate
  • John Coyne, Director of Commercial Procurement, Welsh Government
  • Alistair Kerr, BASE Scotland
  • Petra Kennedy, BASE Wales

11am -12noon Workshops* A                        

  •  Embedding supported employment in  schools 
  •  Managing personal information & one page profiles
  •  Reinforcing support: technology and job coaching
  •  Supported Business- The future
  •  The Apt Disability Employment Gap PSP: An Employer-Facing Approach to Achieving Sustainable Change:

12.00 - 1pm  Lunch and networking slots with Rangam

1pm- Video Message to delegates from Tom Pursglove MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health & Work.

1.30pm - Panel discussion- experts by experience

  • Harry Georgiou, CEO,& co-founder of 6% & Rising, Youth Advisory and Co-Production Assistant at DFN Project SEARCH. 
  • Junior Cryle, David Grainger Award Winner 2021, Front of House, Loch Fyne Seafood & Grill, Writer
  • Joe Powell, Chief Executive, All Wales People First

2.30pm- 3.30pm- Workshops* B

  • Internships Work
  • Exploring strategies for creating inclusive and accessible opportunities
  • A Good Business Idea Isn't Always Enough
  • Employer engagement
  • Harnessing the power of tech and innovation

3.40pm - 4.20pm DWP & DfE’s priorities for supporting disabled people into employment

  • Julia Gault CBE, Deputy Director, Employers, Health, and Inclusive Employment Directorate
  • Rachel Leah, Preparation for Adulthood Policy Lead, DfE

4.20pm - Plenary close

5pm AGM

7pm Conference Dinner, Live band, Presentation of BASE awards


Thursday 10th November

9.30am - keynotes- Sponsors of conference, commitment to an inclusive workspace for all

10.30am Workshops* C

  • Access to Work Plus & it’s practical application
  • When to fade support
  • Apprenticeship journey through accessibility
  • Job Coach Café
  • Scaling Supported Employment: Lessons from IPS Grow 

11.45am Workshops* D

  • Driving employment opportunities through bespoke education pathways
  • DPD employer led job coaching
  • An interactive workshop hosted by the Supporting Skills and Futures team from Wigan Council and the Supported Employment Charity, Little Gate

  • Core Values, Transition from LSA to Job Coach
  • Supported employment beyond severe mental health:

12.45pm Lunch- Market place: A chance to purchase chocolate, candles or honey from our regional social enterprise members

1.45pm Workshops*E

  • What does good ethically motivated employment look like? A question of quality
  • An Overview of the Supported Employment Quality Framework Audit Process
  • Local Supported Employment ( LSE),  Journey to Excellence
  • How to engage jobseekers through positive PR and marketing
  • Two Models, One Message: Moving from intention to impact

2.45pm - Coffee Break

3 pm Dr Shirley Woods-Gallagher, Dr Shirley Woods-Gallagher, Executive Director of Commissioning, New Bridge Group

3.30pm  plenary and close

* Workshops

The workshops have been put into themes and we have tried to organise them so that people interested in a particular theme, could in fact attend all five workshops: 

  1. Transition- From education and beyond
  2. Local Supported Employment
  3. Quality, Policy, and Innovation
  4. Social Enterprise, Self-Employment, and Business
  5. Back to Basics- the best place to start


Principle Sponsor

We are grateful for the generous support of our principal sponsor, Rangam Associates. Rangam is a minority-, woman-, and disability-owned workforce solutions company. Their philosophy of “Empathy Drives Innovation” influences everything they do. As one of the fastest-growing professional staffing agencies providing autism jobs, they specialise in attracting and retaining both neurotypical and neurodiverse talent globally for IT, Engineering, Scientific, Clinical, Healthcare, Administrative, Finance, and Business Professional sectors while integrating veterans and individuals with disabilities into the workforce.


Associate Sponsors

The DPD Inspire Programme creates inclusive opportunities such as; work experience, internships, apprenticeships and employment for people with disabilities and learning difficulties.

DPD provide meaningful roles that add value to the individual, DPD and society by enabling people with disabilities the opportunities they may not have encountered before and encouraging them into the world of work.


Brain in Hand is a digital self-management support system for people who need help remembering things, making decisions, planning, or managing anxiety. It's not condition-specific, but is often used by people who are autistic or managing anxiety-related mental health challenges. Combining practical human support and digital self-management technology, Brain in Hand helps people live more independently.

Our system is approved by government departments and in use throughout health, social care and higher education settings across the UK.


Conference Brochure Sponsor

Outshine Telephone Training & Resources are Telephone Skills Training specialists.

Areas: Employer Engagement, Sales and Customer Service skills. 

Lead by Audrey Bodman who has personally delivered employer engagement skills training within the Welfare to Work, Employability and Skills sector for over 29 years. Virtual and in-person training plus online bitesize modules provided.