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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.

Kim Smith

Chief Executive, London Borough Hammersmith & Fulham 

Kim has worked in Local Government for over 30 years and was appointed Chief Executive of Hammersmith & Fulham Council in 2017. She’s previously worked as the Director of Delivery & Value and held senior positions in Economic Development, Adult Learning, Regeneration and Community Liaison at H&F Council.

Before joining H&F, Kim ran her own management development business and worked as a community and youth work consultant. Kim is passionate about people and communities and is motivated by a keenness to promote shared economic prosperity and opportunity for all. Kim holds BA hons degree in Social Science (Geography) and an IPD Diploma in Training Management

Althea Lorderick

Chief Executive of the London Borough of Newham.

Prior to joining Newham, she was the Strategic Director for Resources in Brent Council and the Chief Operating Officer in Waltham Forest Councilbefore that.

Before Althea returned to local government in 2010, she was a Senior Director in a national policing improvement agency where she led people strategy, workforce modernisation and change programmes affecting the policing workforce of almost 250,000 officers and staff. Prior to this, she was a Deputy Director in the National Offender Management Service where she was the lead for people strategy and workforce change. Althea has also worked at Enfield and Hammersmith and Fulham Councils but spent the first 10 years of her career working in supported housing organisations for homeless and vulnerable people.

She is also a people committee member of the national Lifeboats Charity the RNLI and Chairs their board level Racism, Discrimination and Diversity Action Team.

Jenny Garret OBE

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

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.



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Nov 09 - 10 2021


All Day

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 09 - 10 2021
  • Time: All Day


Virtual plus Hybrid at The Hallam Conference Centre
44 Hallam Street, London W1W 6JJ.


Adese Okojie


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