2022 Speakers

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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.

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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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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.”

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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

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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