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Black Inclusion Week...

8th May to 14th May 2023

Speakers for Black Inclusion Week 2023

18+

Speakers

13+

Organisations

11+

Hours of Events

Online
Hybrid
In Person

Get to know the inspirational and insightful speakers who are waiting to share their experiences, thoughts and advice with you as we discuss how we all work TOGETHER IN ACTION to create an inclusive society for all. 

Click on their picture below to access their profile and find out a little more about them. 

David McQueen

David McQueen is passionate about developing leaders. A family man first, he is the husband of one, father of two and friend of many. He has founded and cofounded a number of businesses including Q Squared, Black Founders Hub and Evermoor and sits as a Non Exec on the advisory board of many companies offering support on leadership and financial competence.

In his works as an Executive Coach, Facilitator Board Advisor and International Speaker, he has worked with corporate and non profit organisations worldwide to develop their senior leaders and managers. His clients include Facebook, Google, Shopify, Lloyds, HSBC, Mercedes Benz, Sky, BMW, Uber, Fidelity Investments, EY Foundation and Barnardo’s.

David is also an Angel Investor, Mentor, Host of the BRAVE Leader podcast, a three times TEDx speaker and is currently writing his first book on leadership and never works on a Saturday!

John Amaechi OBE

There are many things to tell you about John. Obviously there’s all the usual Bio stuff; respected organisational psychologist, an OBE, Chartered Scientist, elected Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, bestselling New York Times author, Research Fellow at the University of East London, and Founder of APS Intelligence.

And then there are all the things he does; Mentor to many, teacher to some, and always using his deep psychological insight combined with real life experience to provide a touchstone for people and companies who want to thrive, achieve and align their beliefs, values and ethics.

But these are the things you need really need to know; John is a giant, literally, he’s huge! He’s also a Dad, Brother & Uncle…from Stockport (a product of the statement ‘The most unlikely of people in the most improbable of circumstances, can become extraordinary’). People who think facts and evidence should bow to ‘opinion’ drive him crazy, he’s passionate about Star Wars, is a self confessed nerd & geek, a former NBA sportsman, has a voice like honey, is transported by music and loves nothing more than to eat decadent foods that are bad for him – especially donuts.

So while you’re questioning everything you thought you knew, John will entertain you with his storytelling, confront you with uncomfortable truths, make you laugh and move you to tears (sometimes in the same minute) and ultimately inspire you to grow and develop in ways you couldn’t possible imagine…..so that you can be a Giant too.

Bernadette Thompson

Bernadette is the Associate Director of Inclusion for NHS Barts Health. Prior to this role, she spent 23 years in the Civil Service where she held a range of operational and HR roles, across many Government departments and agencies, including, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, HM Treasury, Legal Aid Agency, Cabinet Office and Department for Levelling Up.

She is a strategic and progressive HR professional with indepth knowledge, insight and expertise in the Diversity and Inclusion, employee engagement and cultural intelligence.

For 5 years, Bernadette co-chaired a multi-award-winning cross government race network; she is a pivotal influencer and trusted partner to senior leaders across a range of sectors. She has a proven track record of engaging with employees at every level, reaching hearts and minds, supporting people to be the best that they can be.

In the 2021 Queens Birthday Honours list, Bernadette was awarded an OBE for services to Diversity and Inclusion.

Speaking topics – Any aspect of advancing Race Equality and Inclusion or Diversity and Inclusion more broadly.

Bernadette Thompson OBE FCIPD | LinkedIn

Aggie Mutuma

Aggie is the CEO and lead consulting director of Mahogany Inclusion Partners.

Aggie is a passionate Inclusion and Anti-Racism expert, Executive Coach and

engaging speaker who excels at partnering with organisations to build cultures where

everyone can thrive. Her recent accolades include being voted a top 20 Most

influential HR thinker in 2022 by fellow people professionals.

She works with C-Suite leaders and their teams to deliver DEI strategies and anti-racism

strategies. Cross-industry organisations she has supported include global FTSE100

organisations, consultancies, retailers, third sector and public sector organisations.

She is a trusted advisor for the CIPD and an engaging speaker, most recently for the CBI,

FTSE 100 organisations and the CIPD Annual Conference 2020.

Socials: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/aggie-mutuma

Sope Agbelusi

Sope is a renowned executive coach, international speaker, and founder of MindsetShift. His unique ability to shift perspectives and install new mindsets enables his clients to navigate ambiguity and complexity confidently. Sope’s coaching style is collaborative, expansive, and results-oriented, partnering with clients to achieve their goals while challenging them to grow.
He has worked with various clients, including Fortune 500 and FTSE 100 companies, startups, government agencies, and non-profits such as Google, HSBC, and Philips. As an in-house executive coach at Shopify, the world’s largest e-commerce platform, Sope guides individuals and teams through the fast-paced and ever-changing business environment.
Sope’s leadership development company, MindsetShift, focuses on exploring personal and professional selves, fostering high-performing teams, and creating inclusive and equitable cultures that thrive in uncertainty and change.

With his extensive leadership experience and background in finance, project management, and consultancy, Sope brings a unique perspective to navigating the corporate world. He is committed to supporting his clients’ growth and seeing more Black leaders in senior positions.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sopeagbelusi/

Bridget Tatham

Bridget is a partner in Browne Jacobson LLP , Co-Chair of the D&I Committee and Lead Sponsor for the Race Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage community (REACH) in the firm. She has been at the forefront of the drive to make the business reflect the communities in which it operates, influencing senior leaders to adopt a strategy for change from anti-racism training to setting targets and connecting charities in the communities.

She is the proud sponsor of the Black Mentoring Scheme which matches 13 aspiring Black lawyers with 13 great mentors in the firm. The objective is simply to provide aspiring lawyers who are in non-Russell Group universities and provide them with the opportunity to gain impactful work experience supported by a mentoring programme which covers CVs to developing your brand.

Bridget is also the recently elected Chair of the African Caribbean Community Initiative, a charity that provides culturally tailored mental health support for the Black and wider ethnic minority community.

Mamta Saha

Accredited by the British Psychological Society Mamta has a Bsc in Human Psychology and an Msc Occupational Psychology along with 20 years of global experience.

Mamta’s expertise to coach, design and facilitate powerful programmes, have seen her work with international organisations such as Tesco, L’Oréal, the Department of International Trade (UK). As a proponent of leadership, Unlocking Self-limiting Beliefs, is a successful workshop Mamta facilitates as a part of the Advanced program for future leaders associated to Lloyds of London. Mamta has been recognised by Logicor, Coca Cola and Statestreet Bank she continues to design corporate learning initiatives on Authentic Leadership, Emotional Resilience, Mindfulness, Conflict Resolution and Diversity and Inclusion.

Socials: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/mamta-saha   IG: @Saha_mamta

Please could you share your top 3 reasons why you decided to participate as a guest speaker at Black Inclusion Week?

  1. I want to do more to be an ally to the black community
  2. I want to be a voice that will help my community become better allies
  3. The world needs to be more inclusive and we get now where if we stay quiet in the pursuit

Habee Hamilton

Habee is an engaging and pragmatic Diversity and Inclusion Director who combines her varied experience, commercial expertise, and compassionate nature to deliver strategic and transformational diversity & inclusion and racial equity change in organisations of all sizes ranging from FTSE 100 and Global organisations to small local charities.

Habee is particularly passionate about race, gender and disability equity and is keen to advocate how C-suite leaders can foster cultural change that embeds inclusive behaviour into business operations.

Having previously held key roles at an operational and commercial level, Habee has developed a well-rounded overview of business operations which is integral to the work she fulfils today in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) space.

Social: Habee Hamilton

Fraser Longden

Fraser joined the Wickes Group in September 2014. During his time at the Wickes Group, Fraser has covered a number of roles including HR Director and Chief Commercial Officer and since 2017 he has been the Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to Wickes he spent 15 Years at Kingfisher, his last role there was on the Exec Board of B&Q as People Director, prior to this he was EVP for B&Q China, based in Shanghai.

Fraser is the Executive Sponsor for the ‘RAACE’ (Raising Awareness and Action on Culture and Ethnicity) network and the ‘Let’s do it with Pride’ Network (supporting our LGBTQ+ Colleagues). Fraser has been recognised externally for his work in Allyship, across the Inclusion and Diversity remit.

Social: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fraser-longden-69b6b32/

Please could you share your top 3 reasons why you decided to participate as a guest speaker at Black Inclusion Week?

  1. I want to amplify the importance of people who look like me doing real work to improve inclusion
  2. Inclusion in a key part of getting to equity
  3. I found it a rewarding experience last year

Cheryl Carty

Joining the Inclusive Employers team in May 2021 as an Inclusion & Diversity Consultant, Cheryl brings proven experience in change management and driving cultural employee engagement in the Media industry. Having gained experience across multiple sectors, including finance, marketing, brand management and PR, she uses her business acumen to help organisations with their Inclusive journeys. With experience that extends across a broad range of disciplines including delivery of EDI training, creative strategy, internal/crisis comms, internal/external senior and VIP stakeholder management, organisation and group facilitation training and Staff Network sustainability. 

Cheryl spearheads the Inclusive Employers Sparks Programme. This programme helps and supports the future leaders of the D&I industry, to gain the skills and qualifications they require to make a difference in your organisation.

Zee Botchway

My retail career started with a part time job at IKEA. I then moved to Wickes as a Deputy Store Manager before transferring to Head Office, where I currently work as a Senior Procurement Manager responsible for GNFR in our 233 stores.

I am Lead Chair for our D&I Network RAACE; Raising Awareness & Action on Culture & Ethnicity. We organise events for Black History Month, South Asian Heritage Month and our International Film Festival. We have influenced changes to Recruitment Policy. And I was recognised as Top 10 Workplace Hero at the 2022 Ethnicity Awards and shortlisted for the 2023 Retail Week Awards.

Please could you share your top 3 reasons why you decided to participate as a guest speaker at Black Inclusion Week?

Its important to help our community step up. Although we are seeing improvements around Race in the work place data, investigations and surveys tell us it is still harder for Black people as a subgroup. We also know that diversity and equity is not only morally right it drives better and more profitable business.

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/in/zee-botchway-a7aba054

Chris Armstrong

Chris Armstrong is the Co-Owner of Veritas Culture and a highly sought-after consultant, facilitator, and assessor in culture and DEI&B. Chris has been a by-name request to facilitate and assess in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd, the Uvalde school shooting, the January 6th insurrection, and dozens of other sensitive, high-visibility events. As well, he has held positions as the Culture Executive and Diversity Executive for (2) 10,000+ sizes organisations. Lastly, Chris is one of two people in the world who are certified to certify Culture Facilitators and Diversity-to-Belonging Facilitators.

Socials: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cultureexecutive/

Please could you share your top 3 reasons why you decided to participate as a guest speaker at Black Inclusion Week?

  1. Speak truth to power.
  2. Influence change.
  3. Give back.

Rebecca Berry

I’m a coach and consultant with expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion, and in culture change. I’ve led large-scale, global culture and DEI transformation programmes, and I’ve worked individually with people at all stages of their career.

I post bite-size videos on YouTube each week. The Inclusion Coach offers ideas to build an inclusive mindset, and Five Tips In Five Minutes suggests ways for businesses to become more inclusive.

I’m a member of the Race2Dinner community, which challenges white women to acknowledge and own their racism, understand their role in upholding white supremacy, and play an active role in dismantling it.

Away from work, I live in Oxford with my mum and my two beloved cats. Alongside caring for my mum, I love swimming, yoga, and Ru Paul’s Drag Race!

Johnoi Josephs

Johnoi Josephs is a secondary school Humanities teacher, specialising in RE and Citizenship and Head of Year. As well as teaching he the co-founder of Black Men Teach which aims to build a community for Black Male Teachers. In addition to challenging stereotypes and misconceptions surrounding the black male. Johnoi aims to live a life of servitude where he is able to make as much impact as possible.

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/johnoijosephs

Please could you share your top 3 reasons why you decided to participate as a guest speaker at Black Inclusion Week?


1)To show support for Black communities.
2) To learn and educate yourself on Black history, culture, and social justice issues.
3) To take action towards meaningful change, such as through volunteering, donating, or advocating for policy changes.

Albert Adeyemi

Albert Adeyemi is a secondary educator, teaching Mathematics and Physical Education. Albert is also Head of Year 8, responsible for their pastoral care. In addition to this, Albert is the co-founder of Black Men Teach, a community raising the profile of education for black men. Albert is passionate about mentoring and creating opportunities for young people to thrive!

https://www.linkedin.com/in/albert-adeyemi-2158285b

https://instagram.com/blackmentch?igshid=YmMyMTA2M2Y=

https://twitter.com/activeyouthuk?s=21&t=BkZovz-veIB6mlRlkKl5Zw

Nnaemeka Obiozor

Nnaemeka joined Leathwaite as part of the 10,000 black interns scheme and after a successful internship was offered a permanent role. He supports global searches across a number of Leathwaite’s practices, including the Board Practice. Nnaemeka is a graduate of the University of Kent, having earned a bachelor’s degree in History. He is also a key member of Inspo which promotes social mobility through free career mentoring for students.

In his spare time Nnaemeka enjoys watching Formula One and partaking in Football, MMA and is an avid gym goer but will never say no to some home-cooked traditional food.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nnaemeka-obiozor-2568ba83/

IG: @nemzenrico

Sir Trevor Phillips

Trevor Phillips is a writer and television producer. He is the co-founder of the data analytics consultancy Webber Phillips and Chairman of Green Park Interim and Executive Search. He is a Times columnist, shortlisted for Comment Writer of the Year in 2020.

He is the Chairman of the global freedom of expression campaign charity Index on Censorship; a Senior Fellow at the Policy Exchange think tank; and a Vice-President of the Royal Television Society.

Trevor is a non-executive director of the AIM-listed behavioral science consultancy Mind Gym; he was the President of the John Lewis Partnership Council until 2018, and founding chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

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