BASE Conference 2022

BASE Conference 2022

Hilton Leeds City Hotel on 9-10 November 2022

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Conference Programme - Joining the Dots

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

We're developing an exciting 2 day programme comprised of industry speakers, panel discussions, a wide variety of workshops, and of course great networking oppportunities.

As the programme details are confirmed, we will update this page...


  • Lee Corless : Head of Global Expansion, People & Culture, Rangam Consultants Inc.
  • Kathryn Davies : Department for Education
  • Steve Mills : Director of IT, DPD Group
  • Dorothy Muir: National Engagement Manager at Brain in Hand
  • Chloe Smith, Secretary of State for the Department of Work & Pensions ( invited) 

Panel Discussions

  • Policy in England, Scotland & Wales
  • Experts by Experience


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.