Banter vs Bullying – where does one stop and the other begin?

What kinds of behaviour or comments qualify as banter and when does behaviour cross the line into bullying?

This online interactive panel discussion will delve into the banter vs bullying debate to analyse experiences and encourage varying views and to provide attendees with relevant information for their workplaces.

This online event is being co-ordinated by the Inspiring Women and the HR & Recruitment sector networks, two of the sector networks within the Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce.

Panel members:

Rebecca Ryan – Solicitor – Leeds Day Solicitors

Rebecca has specialised in employment law for the entirety of her legal career. She has gained experience in a variety of legal environments including large corporate/city private practice, in-house industry along with a stint as a generalist HR adviser to the education sector.

She is actively engaged in marketing strategy at Leeds Day and is also Deputy Chair to the Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce HR/leadership sector, giving regular training and presentations on all aspects of employment law. Outside of work, Rebecca is a Trustee to a local multi academy trust.

Lisa Ellis – Senior Consultant – Oakridge Centre

The Oakridge Centre is a privately-owned learning and development company with a mission to establish itself as an invaluable partner to companies who wish to lead and engage others to achieve outstanding business success.

Lisa designs and delivers bespoke business solutions, including training and mediation. Working with a variety of organisations to improve employment relations, she covers a range of topics such as: mental health, stress, managing conflict, equality and diversity, discipline and grievance, managing difficult situations, workplace investigations, absence and recruitment and selection. With a keen interest in providing advice and guidance on mental health at work, Lisa supports employers to tackle stigma, develop solutions and equip managers with the confidence to offer appropriate support.

Adelle Shaw-Flach – Director – Sweet Potato Consultancy:

Adelle helps leaders and managers from the scientific/technical sector create high performing teams by utilising the most powerful tool – themselves as leaders! She specialises in helping science managers with their top struggles – creating dynamic teams; supporting & managing people problems; communicating effectively; unlocking innovation & creativity and understanding the behaviour of others & self.

As an expert in the science of human behaviour Adelle’s programmes focus on developing psychological safety, emotional intelligence, challenging conversations, unlocking motivation, mental health & wellbeing for managers and creating great 1:1’s.

A previous senior public health nurse and lecturer she combines her own academic research with other cutting edge research into workplace performance to create a very different way of coaching, training and consultancy.

Ian Mather – Chief Executive Offier – Cambridge United

Ian came to Cambridge in 1982 and worked as a Solicitor in the city until his retirement from Mills & Reeve in 2018 where he headed the 300 strong office. During this time Ian held a number of senior management posts both within law firms and externally. He has a long history with Cambridge United as a legal adviser going back to the Reg Smart era. He has also been President of the Chambers of Commerce, Chairman of Cambridge Ahead and is, and will remain, Chairman of Cambridge Arts Theatre.

Ian is hoping to bring a different stance on this debate with experience in law firms but also in the ‘football world’. We can all imagine the conversations that happen off the pitch – would you class it all as banter?

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