Windsor Debates: September 2019

Windsor Debates: ‘Strengthening the Workforce in the Thames Valley – Mental health, diversity and inclusion in the workplace’ – September 2019

The Chamber’s 27th Windsor Debate, held at St George’s House, Windsor Castle focused on the themes of Mental Health and Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace – both new and welcome additions to the Chamber’s agenda. Keynote speakers examined international developments in both of these key areas and shared real-life examples of how strategies had been implemented and the impact they had had on employees, inspiring a highly interactive and thought-provoking debate.

We were honoured to welcome former Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Theresa May MP, as our keynote dinner speaker on the topic of mental health.

Commenting soon after the event, in her Foreword to the Chamber’s Business Manifesto 2020, Mrs May said:

“It was a privilege to speak at the Chamber’s recent 27th Windsor Debates – ‘Strengthening the workforce in the Thames Valley – Mental health, diversity and inclusion in the workplace’. An awakening for the Chamber, I commended their leadership for providing an opportunity to showcase great work and initiatives taking place and its commitment to help make a difference and champion this cause in 2020. A focus on mental health, fitness and diversity and inclusion in the workplace among our key Business Manifesto priorities for 2020.”

Building on the success of this event and the evident appetite of attendees to champion the topics of mental health and diversity and inclusion in the Thames Valley, the Chamber introduced a commitment to strengthening awareness of both as one of the key priorities of its 2020 Business Manifesto.

A series of webinars on the topic of Mental Wellbeing and the creation of a Thames Valley Mental Wellbeing Community, both led by the Chamber, followed, culminating in the launch of the Chamber’s Mental Wellbeing Charter, which was also endorsed by the Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

As the Chamber’s focus on mental wellbeing continues, 2021 will also see a renewed emphasis on the theme of Diversity and Inclusion.

To find out more about the 27th Windsor Debate, including details of individual sessions and keynote speakers, please click here.

You can also read a full account of the debate here.

“This was a fantastic event … and what a privilege to be part of it”. Thank you for having me be part of this wonderful day – I learned a lot from others and wonderful speech by Theresa May – a wonderful job”.

Clare Lyons-Collins, NHS Improvement


“A brilliant day, lots of issues to ponder and wonderful setting. Thank you for putting on such a wonderfully interactive session on such a crucial topic.”

Joanne Harper, Chief Executive Officer, Activate Learning Education Trust