A Cabinet minister and a Conservative Party Vice Chair are among the speakers at this year’s Stonewall workplace conference.

It will be held in the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London on March 16th.

Keynote speakers include Baroness Royall, Leader of the House of Lords; Dr Nicola Brewer, Chief Executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission; Margot James, Vice Chair of the Conservative Party and Sarah Deaves, Chief Executive, Coutts UK, Royal Bank of Scotland.

Ms James is parliamentary prospective candidate for the party in the key marginal of Stourbridge. If elected she will be the first openly lesbian Tory MP.

Equality experts from leading UK organisations including The University of Cambridge, Lloyds TSB, The Royal Navy and Goldman Sachs will share best practice at workshops throughout the day.

The conference will deliver a series of breakout sessions including discussing how employers can get the most from their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff forums and why gay people perform better at work when they can be themselves.

For more information contact the workplace team at Stonewall on 020 7593 2291 or by email at workplace@stonewall.org.uk