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Meet The Keynote Speakers

BWHR is organising its first ever 2-day Networking Conference designed and packaged with life-transforming content for attendees from all works of life.

Day 1 (November 9) will be virtual and day 2 (November 10) will be hybrid – streaming live to the virtual audience from The Hallam Conference Centre, 44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ.

Meet individual keynote speaker

Peter Cheese

CIPD Chief Executive

Peter is the CEO of the CIPD, the professional body for HR and People Development. Since January 2019, he has been co-chair of The Flexible Working Task Force, a partnership across government departments, business groups, trade unions and charities, to increase the uptake of flexible working. He is also Chair of Engage for Success and the What Works Centre for Wellbeing.

Peter writes and speaks widely on the development of HR, the future of work, and the key issues of leadership, culture and organisation, people and skills. In 2021, his book ‘The New World of Work’ is being published, exploring the many factors shaping work, workplaces, workforces and our working lives, and the principles around which we can build a future that is good for people, for business and for societies.

Prior to joining the CIPD in 2012 Peter was Chair of the Institute of Leadership and Management, an Executive Fellow at London Business School, and held a number of Board level roles. He had a long career in consulting at Accenture working with organisations around the world, and in his last seven years there was Global Managing Director for the firm’s human capital and organisation consulting practice.

He is a Fellow of the CIPD, a Fellow of AHRI (the Australian HR Institute), the Royal Society of Arts, and the Academy of Social Sciences. He’s also a Companion of the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the British Academy of Management. He holds honorary doctorates from Bath University, Kingston University and Birmingham City University.

Frank Douglas

Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Caerus Executive.

Frank has established himself as one of the top consulting firms, focusing on HR strategy, talent management and diversity. In 2019 Frank was inducted into the HR Magazine Hall of Fame for his work on culture and inclusion.

Prior to this, Frank was the Executive Vice President, Group Human Resources Director for Misys, a global technology company. He was the Group HR Director for Transport for London/TfL. Frank has also served as the Executive Vice President, Group Human Resources Director and Pension Trustee, for Scottish and Newcastle Plc (S&N). Frank was the first HR Manager to win the BT Chairman’s Award for championing and delivering a project that saved BT £200 million, over three years.

In 2010 Frank was elected as a Non-Executive Director of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development/ CIPD.

Bernadette Thompson OBE

Deputy Director for Inclusion, wellbeing and Employee Engagement

Bernadette is the Deputy Director for Inclusion, Wellbeing and Employee Engagement in the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). She joined the Civil Service in 1998, starting as a Caseworker in the Legal Aid Board, and she has held a range of roles within the Civil Service across many Government departments, including, Ministry of Justice, Home Office, Treasury and Cabinet Office.

She is a notable diversity advocate and public speaker,working with leaders across government and the public sector to drive a culture of inclusion and increase the pace on representation of Black and Minority Ethnic employees particularly at more senior grades. In 2020 Bernadette won the Workplace Hero category in the Investing in Ethnicity Awards for championing and driving race equality and inclusion across the Civil Service.

For over five years, Bernadette co-chaired the multi award-winning Race to the Top G6/7 network, a community of interest network group of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) G6/7 employees across all Government departments and agencies.  Bernadette is also a Different Woman Ambassador, campaigning for a more inclusive gender agenda, amplifying the voices of women of colour.

In 2021 Bernadette was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to diversity and inclusion.

Bernadette has been a Community Governor at a local infant school for over 18 years and volunteers at athletics/sports events such as 2012 Olympics, 2017 World Athletics and she is really looking forward to being a part of the 2022 Commonwealth Gamers.

Marjorie James

Group Director of People & Culture, YMCA St Paul’s Group

Marjorie is an Executive Director, HR professional with over 25 years of experience. She is passionate about creating organisations where people can work within a culture that is inclusive and that enables individuals to balance their work and life effectively. She has worked for local, national and international organisations, designing and implementing human resource strategies that are aligned with corporate priorities.

Marjorie reports to the Board of Trustees across all area of HR and Organisation Development and manages a team of generalist and specialist HR professionals who provide support to a diverse and varied workforce.

She has a significant expertise in the area of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, Reward and Recognition and Employee Engagement. She has procured and project managed the implementation of cloud-based HR Information Systems that have streamlined routine transactional processes such as payroll, recruitment and onboarding and absence management.

Marjorie currently works for the YMCA St Paul’s Group (SPG) as the Group Director of People and Culture.

Previous Senior Management roles have included working as a Director of Corporate Services for Everychild, an International Children’s Charity dedicated to keeping children safe and as Assistant Director Human Resources, for Arts Council England; an NDGB responsible for advocacy and the distribution of Treasury and Lottery funds to the subsidised arts sector

She is currently participating in the Leadership 2025 programme a development initiative aimed at addressing the significant lack of people from BAME backgrounds occupying C-suite or Board level positions in many of our leading Housing Associations.

In her spare time, she enjoys participating in arts and cultural activities when she’s not spending time with her grandson.

Fiona Hathorn

CEO and Founder, Women on Boards UK

Fiona is the CEO of Women on Boards UK, Financial Reporting Council Advisor, ex Non-Exec Director of Spktral (a technology company that helps organisations simplify the gender pay gap reporting process), advisor to Peel Hunt (mid-cap stockbroker) and Chair of Hanx’s Nominations Committee (FMCG start-up).

She is an expert in the areas of Governance, Regulation and Talent Management who has sat on both marketing and audit & finance committees (investment oversight expert).

Fiona is also a Patron of Fight for Sight (a medical research charity). Formerly Fiona was a director for Old Mutual Asset Management and Hill Samuel Asset Management, running the Global Equities and Emerging Markets Desks respectively.

She has advised the board of the Thai Euro Fund and been the Director responsible for Pension Fund asset allocation for OMAM’s Employee Pension Fund. Alongside running Women on Boards UK, and her NED responsibilities, Fiona is a Judge for the Non Executive Director Awards, sponsored by The Sunday Times.

Melvyna Mumunie

Employment Solicitor

Having trained at a leading employment law firm, Melvyna has assisted with employment litigation for senior executives in the Employment Tribunal, Employment Appeal Tribunal and Court of Appeal.

Melvyna has advised in several discrimination and whistleblowing claims and has also been involved in acting for multiple claimants in the high profile workers rights claim against UBER.

She has specialist sectoral experience in charities and social enterprises, having been seconded to a major national charity, assisted in the negotiation and drafting of a transfer agreement for a national arts organisation, and a large medical charity. Melvyna has also sat as Chair trustee of a local grass roots charity.

She has acted for organisations involved in investigations, and complex company disputes requiring preservation of assets and freezing injunctions. Her background in these areas helps her to take a commercial view in employment disputes.

Melvyna has drafted employment and service contracts, workplace polices and handbooks and also delivers updates and training.

She is a member of the Employment Lawyers Association and a volunteer adviser at Lawyers in the Soup Kitchen.

In her leisure time Melvyna enjoys cooking, dining out with friends, music, theatre and starting, but never seeming to finish political history books.

Adeife Oneuzulike

Head of Diversity & Inclusion at CBI

Adeife Onwuzulike is a chartered MCIPD Practitioner and D&I Specialist. She is the Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the CBI with an MSc from Kings College London on Human Resources and Organisational Analysis.

She chairs the CBI Mental Health Forum, the CBI internal Diversity and Inclusion steering group and the CBI Health, Neurodiversity & Disability (HAND) forum. She leads and manages the partnership and stakeholders strand for the CBI Change the Race Ratio Campaign, which looks at helping the signatories in their journey to increasing racial and ethnic representation and fostering a more inclusive culture.

She created and implemented the CBI D&I strategy and Race at Work action plan and is experienced in advising c-suite and boards on how to build inclusive cultures and helps them on their D&I journey from awareness to advocacy.

Jenny Garrett OBE

Executive Coach and  Leadership Development Specialist

Jenny Garrett OBE is an Award Winning Career Coach and Leadership Trainer, with over 15 years experience of running a Global Business.

Jenny empowers people to make the transformation that they are seeking actually happen, that could be: navigating their career successfully finding work that is more on purpose for them or getting the best from their team.

Everything she does is aimed at either advancing gender balance, creating inclusive workplaces or equipping young people with the skills that leaders of the future need.

What she is best known for is her book Rocking You Role which is a guide to success for female breadwinners, delivering inspiring talks, career coaching, delivering leadership training, speaking in media, facilitating retreats and running teen conferences.

Dr Jummy Okoya

Senior Lecturer, Organisation Behaviour & HRM

Jummy is a highly accomplished leadership and organisation development consultant with more than 2 decades’ experience. She is an experienced educator, trainer and researcher within the public and private sectors with experience of commissioning new and revalidating programmes.

She is a multisector HR & positive psychology consultant focusing on wellbeing and human flourishing. She is a qualified positive psychologist who uniquely integrates positive psychology interventions with HR tools to support flourishing organisations and thriving employees. She has experience of working in Education, Health, Third sector, Aerospace and Professional bodies. Her expertise includes: Leadership & organisation development, Diversity & Inclusion, Workplace Resilience and Wellbeing, and Women in Leadership).

Jummy is a programme adviser at Oxford University, Said Business School. She is a Race consultant with Advance HE, race project lead for the Chartered Management Institute, Associate Programme Leader for MSc Human Resource Management and Chair of the Women’s Network at the University of East London. She is also a member of the chartered Association of Business School’s Race Equity Action Group and a board member of CMI women.

Jummy holds a PhD in Human Resource Management and Entrepreneurship, MSc in Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of Chartered Management Institute and a Chartered academic member of Chartered Institute for Personnel Development. She is an ICF Qualified coach PCC level.

She was listed among top 50 inspirational black women in the UK in 2019.

Cheryl Samuels

Deputy Director of Workforce Transformation NHS Improvement

Cheryl Samuels is the 2019 HPMA Award winning Deputy Director of HR, who has recently been appointed as Workforce Transformation for the London Region at NHS England and NHS Improvement, overseeing the key priorities ensuring we attract, recruit, retain and modernise practices to support delivery of a more inclusive workforce that delivers world class healthcare.

Her experience to date, covers over 20 years as a qualified and registered CIPD practitioner, with over 10 years experience at senior management level.  She has led and delivered core HR services, led large scale transformation organisational development programmes in acute, mental health and primary care services with a clear commitment to culture change and inclusivity.

She has worked as a system leader across North Central London STP footprint as a strategic change agent that’s passionate about modernising work practices and transforming the staff experience.  The programme of work to date has delivered magnificent results and is estimated to generate £9.5M worth of efficiencies across 10 NHS Trusts.

Cheryl is a longstanding member and holds Fellow status of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD).  In 2014 she successfully established the Deputy Directors of HR Network, which she continues to chair, which supports the networking, learning and development of current deputies of NHS Trusts across London.  As a system leader she is passionate about organisational change, diversity, embracing the future and digital advancements that positively change the workplace.  She is currently spearheading a social movement for change with the Healthcare People Management Association (HPMA) to support an anti racist approach within the HR & OD profession in the NHS, known as #InclusiveHR

Jodie Williams

Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Sytner Group

Jodie Williams is an Equality, Inclusion and Diversity professional who has worked across various sectors with the aim of making businesses and services more accessible and inclusive. Jodie has created and executed diversity and inclusion programmes and strategies across TV and Radio, Engineering and Utilities, Transport and now automotive, all with the aim of creating more inclusive businesses, services, and a more equitable society for all.

Throughout Jodie’s career she has held a number of roles including managing charity TV campaigns, sustainability roles, managing development programmes for women in STEM, managing talent schemes to bring more diversity to various sectors and much much more. Jodie was previously a Leeds Melanin Festival Director. The Melanin Festival Leeds was a series of events celebrating communities of colour and Black history. In addition Jodie also runs a diversity and inclusion forum, which focuses on bringing businesses together to share best practice across all D&I matters.

In 2019 Jodie was listed in the top 100 Northern Power Women future list and was also nominated in the Head of Diversity category at The European Diversity Awards.

Jodie is passionate about race equality and in 2020 created an online exhibition about White Privilege which was then turned into a book – A Definition of White Privilege, the feedback was phenomenal and has been used to really help people understand everyday examples of white privilege and how racial inequality can impact day to day lives.

Gavin Lewis

Managing Director, Head of UK LGPS at Black Rock

Gavin Lewis is Managing Director at BlackRock.  He is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the UK Local Government Pension Scheme segment.  Previous to this Gavin held several leadership roles at Vanguard Asset Management including Head of UK Institutional, Head of UK Retirement and Head of European Consultant Relations.  Gavin has also held positions UBS Asset Management and Russell Investments.

Gavin is a member of the asset management industry diversity project steering committee, he co-leads the ethnicity workstream and is a co-founder of #Talkaboutblack a movement dedicated to increasing the representation of black individuals in the corporate world.

Gavin hold a BA in History and Politics and from the University of London and holds the CISI Certificate of Investment Management.

Lisa Young-Harry

CEO of the HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Ltd

With over 25 years’ experience in pensions, Lisa is the CEO of the HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Ltd a £35bn scheme with c190,000 members. Prior to which she was the Head of Group Pensions at Tesco and before that she had a similar role at Prudential. Lisa was a consulting actuary for Hymans Robertson before going in-house.

Lisa is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. She graduated from the University of Southampton with 1st class honours in Mathematics with Actuarial Studies and has an MBA from Richmond Business School.

Lisa is passionate about fitness and wellbeing and is also a qualified personal fitness trainer. In her spare time Lisa enjoys swimming, running and weight lifting. Lisa lives in Essex with her three children.

Caroline Andrews 

HR Vice President of UK & Ireland at DHL

Caroline Andrews is the Vice President of Human Resources with over 20 years experience of working in a variety of industries including Logistics and Supply Chain, Retail, and FMCG.

A commercial business leader, contributing to the wider strategy of the business and setting the direction for change management, organisational design, performance management, talent and leadership development, HR transformation, digital employee platforms, employer branding and employee engagement.

Yetunde Oladipo

Senior Talent Consultant, Department of Work and Pensions

Yetunde is currently a senior talent consultant for future and senior leaders in Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) who are aspiring to be senior civil servants.

As a Human Resources professional, she has led the recruitment and reward of digital and technology specialists who enhanced the digital capability and service transformation of DWP. She has experience in HR business partnering, diversity & equality, senior management for employee policy and relations.

Prior to working for DWP, she worked in the Department for Education and Employment as an international information manager.  She worked collaborated with British embassies worldwide to influence UK’s education, employment and social affairs policy with effective international evidence.

Yetunde is the co-chairperson of CIPD North London Branch and she has been volunteering with the CIPD since 2011. As part of her role at the CIPD, she drives local engagement strategy, designing and delivering learning, networking and CPD interventions for people professionals. Yetunde often speaks at events and conferences on topics such as professionalism, ethics in the profession, D&I and career development. She holds an MA in Employment Studies & HR Management and she is a Chartered Member of CIPD.

Kubi Springer

International Brand Consultant and Speaker

Kubi Springer is an award winning Brand Specialist and Media Personality with 24 years brand marketing experience. Starting her career in 1996 she has worked with brands such as Nike, L’Oreal, Blackberry, MTV, MOBO Awards, P.Diddy, Justin Timberlake, Rolls Royce Motor Cars and Aston Martin. In 2018 she won the BWB ‘Best Entrepreneur of the Year’ Award and in 2019 secured a book deal with Bloomsbury Publishers (same publishers as J.K.Rowling – Harry Potter). Her book ‘I AM MY BRAND’ is now available in the UK and will be launched in the US on the 28th January 2020.



Nov 09 - 10 2021


All Day

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 09 - 10 2021
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Virtual plus Hybrid at The Hallam Conference Centre
44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ.


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