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Meet Our Day 2 – Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Andrew Wilkinson

Chief Operating Officer Office and Production

Andrew is a facilities management professional with 30 years’ experience in all aspects of property, facilities, and outsourced business services. His career includes a variety of board level client advisory and supply side roles working for large consultants and integrated contractors like WS Atkins plc and Sodexo.

Andrew has worked with both private and public sector clients operating all over the world, including some of the world’s largest property owners/ occupiers in the financial service sector, pharmaceutical, and FMCG/ manufacturing sectors.

Andrew is passionate about the future of work and creating experiences that help Clients to attract, retain and engage employees through enabling diverse and inclusive work experiences.

Andrew and his teams have won a variety of industry awards covering partnering and innovation. Andrew is a Fellow of the RICS. Andrew has always been interested in innovation and particularly how digital technology can be used to transform the work(place) experience for the benefit of clients and  consumers.

Andrew joins ISS A/S from Taylor Wimpey plc where he was the Divisional Chair sitting on the Group Management Team.

Prior to this Andrew was the CEO for Sodexo’s Schools and Universities segment in the UK & Ireland region delivering Integrated FM and Food services at over 600 sites across the UK&I region.

He has held operational, strategic and marketing roles in the Corporate Services segment while at Sodexo.

Bukola Bayo-Yusuf

Global HR Director, Heidrick Consulting and Founder of Excellerate Black Futures

Bukola is an award winning Global HR Director, speaker and executive coach with decades of expertise working with some of the world’s Top Tier A rated financial companies, public institutions and management consulting companies. Her expertise cuts across various facets of HR including Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, Reward, Diversity & Inclusion, Performance and Leadership Development.

Currently the Global HR Director at Heidrick and Struggles, the premier provider of executive search, corporate culture, and leadership consulting services – in this role, she collaborates with senior-level executives and Board Members leveraging expertise in strategic HR business partnering, developing and delivering tactical HR plans in alignment with business goals.

In 2021, Bukola founded Excellerate Black Futures, a social initiative aimed at fostering development opportunities for young black professionals. EBF’s focus revolves around group talent programs, leadership coaching, and regular educational and inspirational events. Presently, they’ve broadened the scope by cultivating partnerships with executive search firms and organizations to facilitate C-suite opportunities for diverse talent.

As an advocate for diversity and career development, Bukola has received awards such as the “Recruiting Diverse Talent Award” by Race for Opportunity in 2014 and the “We Are The City Award” for HR and Recruitment in 2021. She has also been invited to share HR insights derived from practical experiences in cultivating motivated and high-performing workforces at the UK Black British Week and the Black Tech Fest.

Dan Rider

HR Director BT Group

Daniel Rider is a seasoned HR professional with a rich international career in Financial Services, where a deep curiosity about people and cultures has been a cornerstone of his work.

As a senior HR leader, Daniel is dedicated to crafting and implementing innovative people strategies that align with and propel the group’s strategy forward. Central to his approach is a focus on talent acquisition and fostering an inclusive workplace where every colleague has the opportunity to excel.

Daniel’s personal journey as a member of the LGBTQ+ community has given him a unique perspective on the transformative power of an inclusive environment. He is a strong advocate for the HR profession’s potential to shape organisational cultures and leadership to realise this vision for all employees.

In anticipation of the Black Women in HR event in September 2024, Daniel’s commitment to inclusion and excellence in HR is especially relevant, as he brings his wealth of experience and insight to support and uplift the community.

Athalie Williams

Chief Human Resources Officer at BT

As the Chief Human Resources Officer at BT since December 2022, I hold a pivotal role on the Executive Committee, directly influencing transformative change across the organisation. My journey in HR leadership spans the mining and resources sector, where I championed diversity, advocating for the inclusion of women and underrepresented groups in mining. My efforts focused on dismantling barriers to female workforce participation and fostering a culture of flexibility and inclusivity.

As a mother to twin twenty-one-year-old Chinese daughters, my personal experiences have deepened my understanding of the challenges surrounding racism, equity, and injustice. Witnessing my daughters navigate similar gender-based hurdles I faced early in my career, compounded by racial complexities, underscores the urgency for progress. Change is imperative, yet it unfolds at a frustratingly gradual pace.

My advocacy extends to education, recognising its power as a catalyst for opportunity among marginalised communities and as a beacon that illuminates social injustices. I am committed to accelerating change, empowering the next generation of HR leaders, and advocating for a world where equity is not an aspiration but a reality.

In anticipation of the Black Women in HR event in September 2024, Daniel’s commitment to inclusion and excellence in HR is especially relevant, as he brings his wealth of experience and insight to support and uplift the community.

Marteka Swaby

Founder & Mental Health Expert, Benevolent Health

Marteka is renowned for her strategic vision and dynamic energy, with a specialism in mental health. She is a dedicated and results-oriented coach with over 15 years experience across a wide range of sectors, including Professional Services, Education, Energy, IT, Finance and Healthcare.

As a Black British woman of Jamaican heritage, Marteka embarked on her journey in 1999, driven by an insatiable curiosity for understanding human behaviour. She has a deep knowledge of people and change management, underpinned by a (MSc) in Psychodynamic Counselling & Organisational Development. She is also registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council and EMDR Association UK and is a practicing psychotherapist.

Founder of Benevolent Health, since 2017 Marteka has co-designed and delivered a number of successful consulting projects, supporting senior leadership teams to deliver a number of positive outcomes for programmes across Healthcare Service Redesign, EPR Implementation, Digital Transformation, OD & Organisational Restructuring as an associate.

Marteka is most renowned for Kinship, a monthly membership group with an intersectional focus amplifying diverse voices and increasing representation of female leaders. She has also recently partnered with Gatensby Sanderson, supporting senior Black women into leadership roles across local government and education. She is also currently working with a cohort of neurodiverse female leaders 1-2-1 to support career progression.

I love facilitating transformational workshops that promote building inclusive teams and increasing representation across the organisation. I am on a crazy mission in 2024 to build a bigger table, by supporting even more kind and interesting people leaders to increase emotional and cultural intelligence across their teams or organisations.

I truly believe we can shape the future of our workplaces by leaving a lasting legacy and making an impact for the next generation.

Fiona Daniel

CEO & Founder @ FD2I | USP in Driving Inclusion | Non-Executive Director | Trustee | Founder @ Archangelica

Fiona has over 25 years’ financial services experience and has held a range of roles within Retail and Wealth Management, Commercial Bank, Customer Experience and Learning and Development. She is an HR qualified, diversity and inclusion leader with many years of experience leading and growing the national and global diversity & inclusion agenda for one of the largest banking and financial service organisations in the world.

Her diversity and inclusion credentials are many, including being the UK Lead for Ethnicity, founder of the first Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority network in 2011, and its chair for 3 years. She then went on to be the first Global Head of Employee Networks, a Senior Global D&I Relationship Manager, the interim Global Head of D&I and the first Head of Diversity and Inclusion for HSBC UK.

She is now an independent consultant working in partnership with companies to implement and embed diversity and inclusion through her strategic framework for DEI. Fiona is also career coach and mentor, DEI facilitator, a Women Onboards UK ambassador. She has recently combined this passion to create Achangelica™ a holistic approach to growing, developing and excelling diverse talent at early, mid and senior careers.

Fiona is a Non-Executive Director sitting on two different boards, a Trustee, an awards judge, diversity and inclusion speaker and panellist.

She has been named as one of the most influential D&I Leaders of 2020 in the Hive Learning List, one of the Top 50 Must Follow Black Female Entrepreneurs, Influencers and Speakers in 2020 and named as one of the Most Influential Black Women in Business to Follow in 2021 and 2023 by CIO Views Magazine.

Mark Ewen

Managing Director Buildings & Cities – UK & Europe

Leader of Mott MacDonald’s Buildings & Cities Unit, which forms part of Mott MacDonald’s UK & Europe Region. The Unit encompasses over 2000 staff across the UK & Europe, delivering engineering, design & advisory services across multiple sectors, including defence, health & education.

Mark is a chartered civil engineer and experienced project manager with extensive experience in the co-ordination, management and technical design and supervision of many wide ranging, multidisciplinary projects.

He has worked for Mott MacDonald for over 20 years in a number of senior leadership roles.

Kameka Mclean

Founder of Let’s Talk Diversity and Inclusion, Co-founder of SHR Consultancy, Wellbeing, DEI, HR Best Practices advocate and Public Speaker

As a seasoned HR visionary with a global leadership experience, Kameka has led transformative HR initiatives across EMEA, APAC, and the Americas, touching over 40 countries. Her expertise lies in navigating the intricacies of diverse, multicultural landscapes, fostering inclusive cultures, and championing DEI efforts that resonate worldwide.

With a career built on strategic acumen, she has been pivotal in aligning HR with core business strategies, driving organisational success through change management, talent strategy, and organisational development.

Kameka is passionate about developing innovative HR solutions that not only meet but exceed organisational goals, enhancing employee engagement and compliance awareness while nurturing a culture of continuous learning.

Her thought leadership in HR is demonstrated through prolific public speaking, advocating for progressive HR practices and DEI principles globally.


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Sep 25 - 26 2024




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