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About the conference

The Future of Work is the inaugural Carers UK conference focusing on the changing demography for employment across the UK, which will see a shrinking younger workforce alongside a growing older workforce and increasing numbers of employees who are likely to be juggling paid work with unpaid care. 

Bringing together business leaders, practitioners and policy experts, the conference will discuss the changing face of work and the shape of our future workforce and ask:

  • How can we use the opportunities presented by a new hybrid working world to recruit and retain working carers?
  • What are the conditions we need for the workforce of the future?

This conference is for senior leaders and directors; HR and DEI team members; strategists, and all those with a role in ensuring your organisation is planning for the future and equipped with the most up-to-date thinking as employers. Places are strictly limited and likely to sell-out quickly.



At a time of unparalleled change within the workplace, this conference will address the future of work from the perspective of unpaid caring. Through a mixed format of keynote sessions and facilitated workshops, we will be taking stock of the current state of play, and addressing why more needs to be done to attract and keep carers in paid employment. Key topics for the day include:

  • The changing face of work
  • What conditions do we need for the workforce of the future
  • The challenges and opportunities of hybrid working
  • Our future workforce - the shape of things to come.

Workshops include understanding your workforce; flexible working; meeting the needs of a global workforce; and recruitment, skills and employability.*

The conference will run from 9.30am to 3.45pm, after which there will be a drinks reception until 5.15pm.


Conference chair

Kirsty Wark is one of Britain's most experienced broadcast journalists.

She has presented the BBC’s flagship nightly current affairs show Newsnight for 25 years. Kirsty has also hosted the ground-breaking Late Show, Election specials and live stadium events. 

Kirsty has won several major awards for her work including BAFTA Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting, Journalist of the Year and Best Television Presenter.


We are delighted to announce the following experts and thought leaders who are already part of our lineup of speakers, with more to be announced:

  • Kelly Beaver MBE, Chief Executive, Ipsos UK & Ireland
  • Dr Richard Caddis, Chief Medical Officer and Director of Occupational Health and Wellbeing, BT Group
  • Ariam Enraght-Moony, Chief People Officer, TSB Bank
  • Catherine Foot, Director of Phoenix Insights
  • Sarah Jackson OBE, Work-Life Balance and Flexible Working Expert, Visiting Professor, Cranfield University School of Management and Senior Associate, Flexibility Works
  • David Sinclair, Chief Executive, International Longevity Centre UK
  • Helen Walker, Chief Executive, Carers UK
  • Professor Sue Yeandle, Professor of Sociology and Director of CIRCLE (Centre for International Research on Care Labour and Equalities), University of Sheffield.



Non Employers for Carers member - £250 plus VAT

Employers for Carers member - £200 plus VAT

Carers UK Affiliates - £225 plus VAT


One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA

The Future of Work conference will take place at One Great George Street, a central London conference centre in Westminster. Set in a magnificent Grade II listed, four-domed, Edwardian building the conference centre is very close to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St James's Park.

Westminster tube station (exit 6) on the District, Circle and Jubilee lines, and St James's Park tube station on the District and Circle lines, are just a five minute walk away.


Conference sponsor

The Future of Work conference is being made possible by the kind support of Phoenix Group.




Cancellation policy

All cancellations must be made in writing or by email and must be received no later than 20 April 2024 (refund requests within the required period of notice will be subject to a £30 administration fee).

After this date the full fee remains payable, but you can send an alternative delegate provided you confirm this in writing or by email before the day of the conference. Please get in touch at


*Topics, workshops and speakers may be subject to change.

Want to know more?

If you have any questions about the conference, please get in touch

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