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GA 1035 DIG Campaign Creative June

Host

June has enjoyed a 20‐year career, in which she has become one of the most recognizable faces of British television. June began her career at Kiss 100 and later became a presenter for MTV UK & Ireland. She hosted 2005’s Make Poverty History event and presented at the UK leg of Live Earth in 2007. In 2008 June hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday celebrations in front of 30,000 people in London’s Hyde Park. She has also interviewed and introduced some of the world’s biggest names including HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Al Gore and George Clooney.
June was awarded an MBE in 2007 for her services to broadcasting and charity, making her one of the youngest people ever to receive an MBE. She was later awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Years’ Honours List. June is also an author of three award winning books; ‘Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration’, ‘The Power of Women’ and ‘The Power of Privilege’.

GA 1035 DIG Campaign Creative Tanni

Headline Speaker

One of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, Tanni inspires audiences with her story of courage and determination that led to her title of 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. She has won an accolade of awards including BBC Sports Personality of the Year (2000), Sunday Times Sports Woman of the Year and BBC Wales Sports Personality of the year (1992, 2000 and 2004). 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 in group and individual capacities, inspiring all with her discussions on motivation, diversity and going up against the odds to achieve your goals.
GA 1035 DIG Campaign Creative Sharon

Chairman, John Lewis Partnership

Sharon became the Partnership’s sixth Chairman in February 2020. Sharon moved from Ofcom, the UK’s communications regulator, where she served as Chief Executive. Before joining Ofcom, Sharon was Second Permanent Secretary at the Treasury, responsible for overseeing the public finances. She also held Board level positions at the Ministry of Justice and the Department for International Development, worked as an adviser at the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit and in Washington DC as a senior economist at the World Bank. Sharon is a non-executive Board member of Barratt Developments Pfc and a Trustee of Sadler’s Wells Trust Ltd. She is a trained economist and studied at Cambridge University and University College London.
GA 1035 DIG Campaign Creative Ash

Managing Director, Arla Foods UK & Mental Health Advocate

Ash was appointed Managing Director of Arla Foods UK on 1 July 2018. He joined Arla’s UK business in 2004 and worked in commercial roles before joining the Leadership Team in 2010 assuming responsibility for Arla’s farmer relationships and building Arla’s corporate reputation. After a brief period as Marketing Director Ash moved to the position of Sales Director in 2016 taking responsibility for growing Arla’s business with UK customers. He began his career at Unilever holding various positions in supply chain and commercial functions, after graduating in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University.
GA 1035 DIG Campaign Creative Bobbi

Diversity Role Model & Co-Chair of BP Pride’s Transgender Group

Bobbi Pickard was the first openly transgender person in BP. As the co-chair of BP Pride’s Transgender Group she has transformed transgender awareness globally within the company. She is the founder of “Trans in the City” an open corporate collaboration which has brought together over 250 major organisations to collaborate on furthering transgender awareness across the world. Bobbi is a Diversity Role Model and a very proud champion of Stonewall Housing. She was voted #1 in the OUTstanding 50 LGBT+ Future Leaders’ List 2019, #4 in 2020, included in the PWC Stonewall 50 Inspirational Role Models 2019, was winner of the Rainbow Honours LGBTQ Champion Award 2019, the Nestle Diversity Champion Award at the 2020 British LGBT awards, placed #14 in the Pride Power List 2020 and has been nominated in the forthcoming 2021 Diva Awards.
GA 1035 DIG Campaign Creative Sam A V2

Founder of PSALT

PSALT supports and develops Black talent by giving them access to roles with the FMCG industry and works with organisations and leaders to create environments where people are able to bring their full, unique selves to work. PSALT also acts as a unique accelerator – helping develop innovation from under-represented groups with critical input of industry experts and Retailers. Sam is a long-standing advisor to Young Foodies, the community of challenger brands in the UK. Prior to this, Sam was the Grocery Sales Director and Commercial Strategy Director at Mars.
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Company Accessibility Leader, P&G

Sam is P&G’s first Company Accessibility Leader and is leading P&G’s thought leadership and commitment to making products, packaging, and advertising accessible for both the growing aging population and the 7.7 billion people around the world with a disability.

Sam was born in the UK and is a first-generation Scottish  Pakistani. She is blind and the passion for what she is doing at P&G  has been inspired by the personal access challenges she has experienced as both a consumer and an employee. Sam studied Marketing and Business Law at the University of Stirling in Scotland and began her career at P&G in IT. She has lead IT transformations across multiple worldwide businesses, including fragrances, Pampers, Olay and Gillette.

GA 1035 DIG Campaign Creative Craig

Chief Executive, Fighting with Pride, The LGBT+ Military Charity

In a busy 20 -operational career in the Royal Navy, Craig was a helicopter fast rope boarding officer during operations in the first Gulf War and led border patrols in Northern Ireland in the challenging year prior to the signing of the Good Friday Agreement. On the day of the lifting of the gay ban in 2000 he came out in an ill prepared Armed Forces and fought for the recovery of the military covenant for LGBT+ personnel. With hallmark determination he petitioned against the thinking of the time for a rapid pace of cultural change. Craig was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2006 for services to Equality and Human Rights in the Armed Forces. Craig retired from the Armed Forces in 2008. Craig has previously been a Board Member of the charity ‘Employers Forum on Disability, a special advisor to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, a Member of the Prison Service (NOMS) Race Equality Board and a Member of OFCOMs Broadcasting Equality Regulator.
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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