2022 Speakers

Headline Speaker

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Tanni Baroness Gray-Thompson DBE

As one of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni inspires audiences with the story of how courage and determination led to her becoming Britain’s most successful wheelchair racer.

During her incredible sporting career, she amassed a remarkable medal haul of eleven golds, four silvers and a bronze. Breaking 30 World Records on the track and winning the London Wheelchair Marathon six times, Tanni was awarded the prestigious honor of DBE in 2005 for her considerable contributions to sport.

Since retiring, Tanni has devoted herself to helping others and uses her experience and knowledge to discuss matters including Disability Rights, Welfare Reform and, of course, Sport. She coaches and mentors groups and individuals, inspiring everyone with her discussions about motivation, diversity and beating the odds to achieve goals.

HOST

John Amaechi Host

John amaechi obe

John Amaechi OBE is a respected organisational psychologist, Founder of APS intelligence, Sunday Times and New York Times best-selling author, sought after public speaker, executive coach, Chartered Scientist, Trustee and Board Director of large, complex organisations.

John has delivered powerful keynote addresses within the DEI space for hundreds of organisations across the globe. John is a non-executive Director at Greencore and a board advisor for several FTSE100 organisations, including the retail sector working closely with the likes of Tesco and Booker.

“John Amaechi will make you think about who you are, what you do and believe! Don’t expect to be entertained, expect to get real.”



Stories To Inspire

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Maya jethwa, Regional sales manager, moët hennessy uk

Maya began her career within Moet Hennessy over 13 years ago and is an integral part of Moet Hennessy LGBTIQ+ movement.

In 2019 Maya was at the centre point of the company’s Pride campaign and where for the first time, she shared with the business and her colleagues her journey and who she truly is.

Maya’s coming out story ‘lifted 30 years of suppression’ and has been a D&I advocate and LGBTQ+ ally ever since.

Maya’s inspiring story highlights the importance of being able to bring your true self to work each and every day, authentically celebrating the uniqueness of all to drive for positive change.

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obiamaka azubike, European category & shopper manager, Kellogg's

Obiamaka is also known as “Obi” which means “Courage” when translated from Igbo (the language of her lineage) to English. She is a strong believer in having uncomfortable conversations as discomfort is most times where the growth and the magic happens.

Obi’s passion point is advocacy with an outlook to drive gender and racial equity across both professional and cultural contexts.

She navigates daily life both as a sexual violence survivor and a woman of colour in the workplace, so she knows all too well the intricacies of living in an environment filled with daily nuances and triggers.

She uses her experiences to support other sexual violence survivors, those interested in building their racial/ethnic allyship muscles and educates on the concept of rape culture with a focus on the steps to eradicate it in Nigeria.

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dan hughes, Sector Exec, Consumer Markets, Retail & Leisure, KPMG

Dan Hughes began his career at KPMG 3 years ago in a transformative time in his life. After a mental health crisis, he was lucky enough to find a career with a company that supported his mental health journey and allowed him to thrive on his path to recover.

Through his time at KPMG, Dan has become an advocate for mental health using his own experience to help shed light on the sometimes-taboo topic of suicide. After sharing that he reached the age of 24 and had only ever seen one male role model cry, Dan knew that by sharing his story on the importance of connection, it will help others come to the realisation that it is okay not to be okay.

Senior Leaders Panel

Busi Sizani Senior leader panel asset

busi sizani, head of diversity, equity & inclusion, deliveroo

Busi is a Founder, Board Advisor, TEDx Speaker, coach and DEI practitioner. As the Head of Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Deliveroo she is responsible for creating and executing the DEI strategy, vision and goals for the organisation. She helps drive employee engagement and business results by serving as a catalyst across the organisation, to discover, develop and deliver the best practice and resources needed to promote a culture of inclusion and sense of belonging at Deliveroo. With 15+ years experience as a consultant, coach and facilitator, she continues to contribute to the broader technology industry using a pragmatic and developmental approach to DEI with founders and venture capitalists as the Co-Founder of The Inclusion Company.

Simone Sargeant Senior leader panel asset

Simone sargeant, digital director, great britain, diageo

Simone Sargeant is Digital Director for Diageo Great Britain. Simone has led a number of commercial transformation initiatives; building a track record for driving product portfolio and pricing innovation, coaching for high performance and dynamic team leadership.

Simone strives to be impactful in both the commercial and social environment. Having a passion for driving diversity she mentors young female entrepreneurs and individuals from underrepresented backgrounds.
In 2021 Simone was recognised internationally for her leadership and achievements to date – listed in Forbes 30 under 30 a worldwide renowned list of ‘the world’s most impactful game-changers and entrepreneurs.

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Andy Phelps, director of business services, co-op

Joining Sainsbury’s graduate scheme after university, Andy has had a wealth of experience across major retailers throughout his career. Andy has however, experienced challenges in the workplace regarding his sexuality which has led to his drive and passion for inclusion in the workplace, starting with getting involved with the Respect Network at Sainsburys and now instrumental in the Co-op D&I Agenda.

Tom Moody Senior leader panel asset

Tom Moody, senior vice president, P&G northern europe

Tom joined P&G in the UK in 1996 and spent the first 5 years in the UK in a variety of commercial roles. The second phase of his career was in Geneva, where he worked in Sales and Marketing as well
as developing a passion for the Alps. He returned to the UK in 2004, working through a number of roles including running the Beauty Division and Corporate Sales Director before becoming Managing
Director in 2015.

This programme and the associated event is held in aid of GroceryAid, the charity for the grocery industry. GroceryAid is the trading name of the National Grocers Benevolent Fund. A Registered Charity Reg. No 1095897 (England & Wales) & SC039255 (Scotland). A company limited by guarantee, registered in England & Wales No 04620683.

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