Black Inclusion Week...

13th to 19th May 2024

Speakers for Black Inclusion Week 2024






Hours of Events

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 to create an inclusive society for all.
We are delighted to confirm the speakers that we have secured so far.

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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!

If you would like to see more from David McQueen, see below links to their website.

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David McQueen (@mrdavidmcqueen) • Instagram photos and videos

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… that you can be a Giant too.

If you would like to see more from John Amaechi OBE, see below links to their website.

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John Amaechi OBE (@johnamaechiobe) • Instagram photos and videos

Bernadette Thompson OBE

Bernadette Thompson OBE, currently the Director of Inclusion at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, boasts a distinguished career spanning Barts Health Trust and several pivotal government departments. As a forward-thinking HR professional, her expertise lies in Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, and Inclusive practices. Demonstrating a remarkable history of utilizing leadership skills and business acumen, Bernadette has pioneered innovative strategies, fostering accountability, and engagement in talent pipelines while catalyzing cultural transformations. Co-chairing a multi-award-winning cross-Government race network for five years, she holds a pivotal role as an influencer and trusted partner to senior leaders across diverse sectors.

Recognized for her impactful work, she secured the Workplace Hero award in the 2020 Investing in Ethnicity Awards and the “We are the City” Rising Star Champion award in 2021. Her exceptional contributions were further acknowledged with an OBE in June 2021 for services to Diversity and Inclusion, and in 2023, she earned a coveted spot on the top 50 Inclusive Companies Diversity Powerlist.

If you would like to see more from Bernadette, see below links to their socials and website. 

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.

If you would like to see more from Aggie Mutuma, see below links to their website.

Aggie Yemurai Mutuma (@aggie_mutuma) • Instagram photos and videos

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.

If you would like to see more from Sope Agbelusi, see below links to their website.

Sope Agbelusi (@sopeagbelusi) • Instagram photos and videos

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

Mamta Saha, a pioneer in championing diversity and inclusion, has made remarkable strides in leadership, and she opens up about her choice to be an ally. Mamta passionately expresses that witnessing people facing discrimination based on their appearance or background serves as a profound motivation. For Mamta, being an ally means being fully aware and attentive, paying attention to the intricacies and nuances involved.

If you would like to see more from Mamta, see below links to their socials and website.

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.

If you would like to see more from Habee Hamilton, see below links to their website.

Emmanuel Asuquo

Emmanuel is a qualified Financial Adviser with over 15 years in the industry and stands as a beacon of financial literacy. Renowned for captivating talks that have reached over 50,000 people nationwide; he has graced major media platforms and served as a financial expert on BBC Radio, Channel 4, Jeremy Vine and ITV, putting him in the homes of millions of viewers across the UK. The Founder of the Eman Effect and a partner at Belvedere Wealth Management, he empowers individuals, families, and businesses towards financial independence. Emmanuel is also the author of the Amazon bestseller, “Get Your Money Right,” which demystifies finance and promotes a healthy money mindset. As an ambassador for the NSPCC, Prince’s Trust, and My Bnk, Emmanuel is committed to imparting financial wisdom, breaking the chains of economic hardship through financial education and becoming the financial adviser to the nation.

If you would like to see more from Emmanuel, see below links to their socials and website.  


Ben Lindsay OBE

Ben Lindsay OBE is Founder and CEO of Power The Fight – 2023 Charity of the Year. Launched in 2019, the award-winning charity aims to tackle the issue of violence affecting young people, creating long-term solutions for sustainable change and acts as a link between the community and policy makers. Winner of the Charity Times 2022 Rising Leader Award and bestselling author, Ben is an experienced presenter, trainer and facilitator with more than 20 years spent working with high-risk young people in the field of gangs and serious youth violence.

If you would like to see more from Ben, see below links to their socials and website.

Ben Lindsay OBE (@bcwlindsay) • Instagram photos and videos

Dr Zaheer Ahmad MBE

Zaheer is a prominent voice on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. As the Head of Unifying Culture, he leads firmwide strategies on ED&I, Wellbeing, Citizenship, and Social Mobility. He has held senior DEI roles at GSK, Haleon, and Ernst and Young. Zaheer holds several advisory and non-executive positions with leading organizations, including Toyota Motors Europe, the National Health Service, and Megaport. He is an Independent Panel Member with the Premier League Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Standards, which supports all 20 Premier League clubs and multiple English Football Leagues to embed EDI across their organizations. Recognised as a global subject matter expert Zaheer has received over 30 prestigious awards and honours.

If you would like to see more from Zaheer, see below links to their social.

Sandra Kerr CBE

Sandra works together with business leaders and government policy makers to influence action on race in the UK.
Prior to working at Business in the Community Sandra worked for DWP and the Cabinet Office. Between 2012 and 2016, Sandra chaired the DWP Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group, advising the Government on employment barriers facing individuals from ethnically diverse backgrounds.
In 2012 Sandra was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List for Services to Black and Minority Ethnic People. In 2019 Sandra was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours list for Services to Equality and Diversity. In 2020, Sandra published the Race at Work Black Voices and the Race at Work Charter report. Sandra has sat on the Royal Society Diversity Committee since 2018.

If you would like to see more from Sandra, see below links to their website.

Flavilla Fongang

Flavilla Fongang is a multi-award-winning serial entrepreneur and an international keynote speaker. Computer Weekly named her the number 1 most influential tech woman in the UK in 2022. Mercedes Benz awarded Flavilla the “She’s Mercedes” businesswoman award among women such as Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. She is also the founder of Global Tech Advocates Black Women in Tech, the largest organisation of black professional women in tech. She is the founder of Black Rise, the first business platform dedicated to connecting the business world to talented, skilled and experienced black professionals and businesses. She is also an Entrepreneurship Expert with the Entrepreneurship Centre for Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She is the author of “99 Strategies to Get Customers”.

If you would like to see more from Flavilla, see below links to their socials and website.

Sathya Bala

Sathya (she/her) is a leader, board member, entrepreneur, speaker and Top 100 Empower Ethnic Minority Executive (awarded by Yahoo Finance). She transitioned from a successful corporate career (Chanel, Deloitte, HSBC, Barclays) to create her own consulting and speaking business True Change. She partners with organisations to builds inclusion and equity using data and storytelling as tools for change. She also founded My Skin My Story, a global community for women of colour. In speaking, she demystifies career development, identity, intersectionality, everyday inclusion, the role of data in tackling inequity and the power of stories.

If you would like to see more from Sathya, see below links to their socials and website.

Tokunbo Koiki

Tokunbo is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and cultural curator who thrives in doing impactful work. She has a particular penchant for bringing together amazing people and ideas to build incredible events and organisations. In February 2022, she co-founded Black Women for Black Lives in response to the racism faced by Black students fleeing the war in Ukraine. Tokunbo brought together Black women from around the world and for over five weeks, they worked as a rapid response non-profit organisation successfully raising £326,500 to help over 5000 people. Outside her entrepreneurial endeavours, Tokunbo is a social worker and can be found on a dance floor bringing life to any party.

If you would like to see more from Tokunbo, see below links to their socials and website.

Tokunbo Koiki (@tokunbo.koiki) • Instagram photos and videos

Matthew Addai

Matthew Addai is the Co-Founder and CEO of Cashblack – a platform that rewards members with cashback when they shop online with Black-owned businesses and Afrofiliate – an affiliate network that connects Black-owned brands with content creators, media houses and brand ambassadors.

If you would like to see more from Matthew, see below links to their socials and website.

Alex Holmes

Alex Holmes is a hypno-psychotherapist and coach. He founded his therapeutic practice in 2023 working with high-performing men and leaders. His approach is a fast-growing, deep-work, and enriching approach utilising solution-focused and future-oriented hypnotherapy for professionals who are seeking inner peace, future change, belief shifting, personal liberation, and deep mental rewiring for better recovery. He is the author of Time To Talk: How Men Think About Love, Belonging and Connection, and the host of the podcast, Notes On Recovery.

If you would like to see more from Alex, see below links to their socials and website.

Sharon Warmington

With almost three decades of entrepreneurial dedication, Sharon is able to strategically contribute to organisational development and in 2017, she founded the National Black Governors Network to address racial diversity on UK education governing boards. The goal was to align governing boards with the student body and their digital world. Sharon is a Governance Consultant, Management Trainer, Executive Coach, and Public Speaker operating nationally and occasionally overseas. Demonstrating adeptness, Sharon has managed contracts and led programs for organisations such as Legrand UK, Birmingham and Solihull NHS Trust, the Home Office, Reading Borough Council, HSBC, Lambeth Borough Council, and has even faced the Dragons in the Den!

If you would like to see more from Sharon, see below links to their socials and website.

Selina Flavius

Meet Selina Flavius, the founder of Black Girl Finance, a financial coaching and training company that aims to make conversations about money more inclusive. Selina is a financial coach, author, and podcast host, and is on a mission to empower Black women and women of colour to take control of their finances. She is a recipient of the British Bank Award and has contributed to discussions in the UK media about financial inequality. Selina is also an ambassador for the charity Surviving Economic Abuse and an advisor to Brook Sexual Health and Wellbeing charity. When she’s not working, Selina enjoys yoga, is a proud Beyonce fan, and a loving mum to her child.

If you would like to see more from Sandra, see the below links to their website.

Sabrina Dennis

Sabrina Dennis is CEO of multi award winning charity First Class Foundation, she is also the Owner and Senior Consultant at Legacy Consultants. She also empowers businesswomen, families, and young people through community engagement and public speaking.

With a passion for supporting families, children, and young people, from the Global Majority Sabrina Dennis has made a name for herself as a specialist in community engagement with over 15 years’ experience. Her skills in project management, business management, event planning, and teaching cementing her position as an expert. As the author of “A Piece of the Pie,” Sabrina provides a practical toolkit for busy parents who, like herself, strive to maintain a work-life balance.

If you would like to see more from Sabrina, see below links to their socials and website.

Sabrina Dennis (@justsdennis) • Instagram photos and videos

Madeline McQueen

Madeline McQueen is a multi-award-winning Executive Coach, Speaker, and Trainer who, as a businesswoman, has been working with organisations and professionals on their clarity, confidence, and empowerment. She’s been building businesses for the last 20 + years, with a career that has expanded for over 35, positively impacting others to achieve their personal greatness. She coaches, consults, trains, and hosts and has worked with a range of companies, including Sopra Steria, Saatchi & Saatchi, Google, Facebook, Omnicom, and Natixis Asset Management, to name a few. Madeline is on a mission to change the dial for gender equality by supporting women to step into their magnificence. She’s been married for 28 years and with her husband for 35 years. She has two teenage daughters and loves to dance and travel. She also sits on the board of NoMore.Org

If you would like to see more from Madeline, see below links to their socials and website.

Christos Tsaprounis

Christos is a people & culture leader with a career across different industries ranging from digital to social housing. He spent four years at the Co-operative Bank before joining Auto Trader, a thriving technology business, in 2014 where together with his brilliant team he creates a space where everyone’s uniqueness is celebrated and is empowered to be at their best.

If you would like to see more from Christos, see below links to their socials and website.


Kareen Griffiths

Kareen Griffiths is an Mindful Leadership Consultant, Speaker and Mental Health Advocate. She specialises in helping leaders and teams within organisations integrate mindfulness practices to drive positive change for wellbeing and to reduce burnout in the workplace. Kareen has over 15 years change management and communications experience working with global organisations. Kareen has been a finalist for the Lloyds Bank Business Launchpad competition, Women Who Inspire Award and Health and Wellbeing Champion for the Multicultural Business Community Champion Awards. She has also been featured in Stylist Magazine, Huffington Post, Women’s Health and BBC WM. Kareen is also a Mindful DJ and uses music as a medium to bring communities together and increase access to mindfulness.

If you would like to see more from Kareen, see below links to their socials and website.

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Denise Myers

Denise Myers, is CEO of recruitment firm Evenfields and founder of the Black Talent Awards, which aims to champion relatable professional role models and tackle employment discrimination.

Denise has devoted over 20 years of her career as a recruiter championing diversity and providing job opportunities for all, particularly within corporate services, the public sector, education, engineering and manufacturing.

In 2022, Denise launched the Black Talent Awards as part of a wider initiative to champion relatable professional role models and tackle employment discrimination. The inaugural awards received enormous support from major brands including Merlin Entertainments, Serco, Haleon and EDF Renewables UK.

Denise is an award-winning DE&I champion. In the summer of 2022, she won a pitching competition at the Black Business Show, sponsored by Lloyds Bank, and was a finalist in the Lloyds Bank British Business Excellence Awards for Diversity Champion of the Year. She has become a thought leader of sorts, writing pieces about diversity and inclusion, education, employment and discrimination, with articles in The Independent, Diversity Q, Elite Business, and The Voice among many others.

If you would like to see more from Denise, see below links to their socials and website.

Jess Neil

Jess Neil, CEO of The Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation, is a proud intersectional feminist and anti-racist leader, with a passion for empowering socially ambitious organisations to align their actions with their core purpose. Drawing upon her rich experience of leadership across sectors, Jess works alongside her team at the Foundation to inspire change, advocate for social justice, and inspire a more equitable society for young people in Stephen’s memory.

If you would like to see more from Jess, see below links to their socials and website.

Nyle McIntosh

I am the Founder & Director of @Blackthingsuk. Black Things UK is the media company that positively promotes the culture through visual content.
Inspires, educates and entertains around Black- centric subject matter, through content and events.

Produces and shares promotional content to increase visibility and sales for businesses servicing Black communities. Featured on BBC 1Xtra and Represent Radio Featured in Guap’s 30 under 30 Blacklist Africa 2021 Fashion Week Panelist.

If you would like to see more from Nyle, see below links to their socials and website.

Company @Black Things UK

Sue Liburd MBE DL

Sue is a multi-award-winning businesswoman, senior executive strategist, human capital innovation consultant and international speaker. In addition, she has a portfolio of non-executive directorships, public appointments, and is a Deputy Lieutenant for Lincolnshire.

Sue works across a range of UK and International sectors for some of the world’s leading Brands, Charities and Public sector organisations, influencing thinking at the highest levels.  Sue’s purpose is to have a profound impact on the way the world does business. She has a special interest in initiatives amplifying the voices of those who are seldom heard, and alleviating health, education, and workplace inequality.

If you would like to see more from Sue, see below links to their socials and website.

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