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Flagship Event

Open House on the Road - Inclusive Business

16 May 2019
Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel , Manchester
Business is welcome to everyone… diverse business doesn’t just accept difference, it embraces it. It understands that when there is real difference, we’re challenged to think differently, to collaborate, to innovate and to be better than we were before. We have come far and we’re making strides, but we need to push ourselves further. We’re told that variety is the spice of life. Let’s make that as true for the experiences we have, as for the people we choose to work with.

Key Topics
- Gender pay gap
- Mental Health in the Workplace
- Disability
- Looking after your employees
- Race & Ethnicity

Why attend?

The consumer landscape has never been so varied. As we broaden our business horizons in new and unexpected ways, its diversity needs to be reflected in companies. Experienced leaders and thinkers will show how inclusivity drives innovation and demonstrate that a diverse workforce is vital for unlocking opportunities and fueling growth.

At these IoD Open House events, we will hear from leaders who are setting the standards for the inclusive businesses of the future.

Key details

Date & time: 16 May 2019 09:00 - 14:00
Location: Manchester Marriott Victoria and Albert Hotel , Manchester
CPD Hours:

Prices from

0.00 GBP + VAT - Member Rate
75.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Member Rate

Event manager:
Laura Jumnoodoo
Contact phone:
0207 766 8817


Please select your preferred location and download the agenda below.

 Manchester16th May 2019
 Birmingham18th September 2019
 Cambridge25th September 2019
 Newcastle16th October 2019
 London8th November 2019


Charlotte Valeur, IoD Chair
Charlotte Valeur was appointed Chair of the Institute in September 2018. As Chair, Charlotte is responsible for championing the IoD’s values, promoting its Objects and providing leadership to the Institute, ensuring it delivers maximum impact for its members and stakeholders. Over the last decade, Charlotte has been a director of 7 public companies, including three appointments as chair. Charlotte is a corporate governance expert and a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom, underpinning this advocacy with action by founding Board Apprentice. This not-for-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change. 

Anna Daroy, Executive Director & Board Member, Institute of Directors (IoD)
Anna has worked in both private and public sectors for 30 years successfully leading organisations through complex change and turnaround across multi-cultural and political environments. An active member of the IOD for over 15 years, Anna brings an established track record during her career as Partner Ernst Young, MD at IBM EMEA, and Vice President Mercer. Her successes include extensively growing operations across USA and Europe, Middle East and Africa and leading international business operations with revenues of up to £13bn. 

Bola Tinubu, Founder, The Cece Yara Foundation
(London event only)
Bola Founded The Cece Yara Foundation, a child-centered non-profit organisation established in 2016 to prevent child sexual abuse.  She is responsible for the strategic direction of the organisation and is an ardent promoter of gender equality and diversity, and supports young women to take upper management levels in organisations.  



Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley
(Birmingham events only)
Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician who became the MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley at the 2015 general election. 
Jess has committed her life to improving the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable, and spent five years working for Women’s Aid supporting and defending women. She became a councillor in 2012 through the Labour Future Candidates Programme.
Since becoming an MP, Jess has continued her fight to support those who need it the most and has been appointed to the Women and Equalities Committee, the Backbench Business Committee and Chair of the Women’s PLP. Jess has earned a reputation for plain speaking since being elected, unfazed by threats and calling out sexist attitudes as she promotes women’s rights.

 Elizabeth Oni-Iyiola, Development Director, Inclusive   Boards
 (Birmingham, Cambridge, Newcastle and London events)
 Elizabeth is the Development Director at Inclusive Boards where   she manages the Executive search and Advisory and Research   team. Elizabeth is also quality assures client projects to ensure   we deliver the standard of service our clients have come to   expect from us. Major clients include UK Sport and Sport   England, Royal Horticultural Society, The National Community   Fund previously Big Lottery Fund to name a few. She was   previously at Bloomberg as an Equity Data Analyst and API   excel specialist and worked as a Corporate Client Coverage   Assistant at Standard Bank before joining Inclusive Boards. Elizabeth has extensive experience in managing and delivering large-scale multi-million, multi-partner contracts for DWP and BEIS.


Rebecca Long Bailey MP| Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
(Manchester event only)
Rebecca Long-Bailey is a British Labour Party politician from Salford. She has been the MP for Salford and Eccles since May 2015. Since February 2017 she has been the Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with responsibility for business support, the UK’s industrial strategy and R&D strategy, energy policy and tackling climate change. She previously held the position of Shadow Chief Secretary and Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury. Before becoming an MP Rebecca worked as a solicitor, specialising in commercial contracts and property law.

Mandy Fowler
(all events)
Mandy Fowler has 25 years commercial experience in some of the UK's largest marketing and media companies. Her role is to support and challenge leaders and teams on their Journey of Trust as well as have responsibility for the Foundation’s business development.


Richard McKenna, MD, Inclusive Employers
(Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and London events)
As a commercially astute "Inclusioneer", Richard develops inclusion and diversity strategies that are rooted in the business/ organisational objectives and have successfully embedded these as 'business as usual' activity to help companies measure the success and reap the rewards of a truly inclusive culture. Richard is also the founder and director of Strudel, a 15 year old creative communications agency in London that works with organisations committed to positive social change.

Thomas Duncan Bell, Managing Director, The Kingsman
(all events)
Thomas Duncan-Bell otherwise known as ‘The Bipolar Businessman’ runs two businesses and is also diagnosed with bi-polar and personality disorders, and has balanced his mental health issues while developing his start-ups through the growth journey. Thomas is a proud campaigner for mental health in business and works closely with the IoD to share his experiences with others.


Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, CEO, Consultancy 20-first
(Cambridge event only)
Avivah Wittenberg-Cox is CEO of consultancy 20-first. 20-first works with progressive global companies interested in gender balancing their leadership teams and optimising 100% of the talent pool and 100% of the market. She helps CEOs, Executive Committees and managers build ‘gender bilingual’ organisations.


Irene Afful, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion expert, Leadership Development & Well-being Specialist. Professional Coach & Consultant
(Manchester event only)
Irene Afful has had a hugely successful career to date including becoming the first ever black female Inspector in the history of Merseyside Police. Her career incorporated critical incident management, professional standards and specific responsibilities for gangland murders. During this time Irene has received many accolades and commendations and has recently been shortlisted for a Northern Power Women Award.

Griselda Togobo, Mphil, ACA

(London event only)
Griselda is a multi-faceted entrepreneur, engineer and chartered accountant. She uses her vast international experience to help progressive global companies create inclusive workplaces where the potential of 100% of the workforce is unleashed to better access and serve a global and diverse market. She helps CEOs, business leaders and managers close the gender gap in their organisations.

John Blakey Founder – The Trusted Executive Foundation
(all events)
John's role in the Foundation is to inspire and motivate senior leaders through delivering thought-provoking, pragmatic keynote sessions based on the best-selling books ‘Challenging Coaching’ and ‘The Trusted Executive’, as well as working 1-2-1 with CEOs as an executive coach to help them build the habits of trust and challenge in their day-to-day leadership roles.


Laura Bache, Senior Manager Diversity and Inclusion, Jaguar Land Rover
(all events)
Global lead for Diversity and Inclusion at Jaguar Land Rover. Working with all levels in the business, I have introduced a 5 year vision, strategic objectives and the plan to deliver these, focusing on empowering and educating our employees and leaders to make small but impactful changes to deliver sustained impact. I am an Occupational Psychologist with experience of delivering people and behavioural change projects both inhouse and in consultancy roles.

Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Author, Lawyer, Public Speaker, Journalist & Women Rights Champ
(all events)
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu has a broad area of specialism and interest in Leadership, Diversity, Gender Equality, Women Empowerment & Rights; Corporate Governance; International relations & Diplomacy; Law & Society; Politics; Business & Entrepreneurship; and Education. She is deeply passionate about diversity, socio-legal values and mentoring people to be visionary and achieving their goals, and has recently been nominated for Diversity Champion Award: Charity Sector in the Excellence in Diversity Awards 2017. She is also a Women4Africa Awards 2017 finalist; shortlisted for Author of the Year and Career Woman of the Year.

Neil Tomalin, Managing Partner, Saintclair Partnership
(all events)
After a traditional career in financial services, including sales management, product design and consultancy roles, Neil formed his own practice in 2002. Initially focusing on risk management - getting boards of directors to understand how and why their businesses can fail, it changed in 2011 when he qualified as a Business Coach, training with Meyler Campbell.


Jonathan Richards, Founder & CEO, Breathe
(all events)
Jonathan is the CEO of Breathe, a highly successful, fast growth HR software company that helps small businesses unlock productivity and grow. They do this by freeing small business leaders from the ever-increasing burden of employee admin, allowing them to focus on what they do best – growing their businesses. Founded 6 years ago, Jonathan has helmed Breathe to a near doubling in size every year and it now supports over 6,000 small businesses, employing more than 200,000 people, across the UK. In May 2019, Breathe won the Best Tech Place to Work category of the prestigious National Technology Awards, underlining Jonathan’s success in developing a highly positive workplace culture for his people.

Andrew Owen, National Consultancy Manager, Premier Companies
(all events)
I have over 30 years’ experience in financial services, working in senior advisory and management roles with some of the country’s leading financial services organisations. I am a Chartered Financial Planner. My specialisms are At Retirement planning, Wealth Management and Estate Planning for individuals and business owners.”



Razia Aziz, Director, The Equality Academy

Along with a 30-year track record in equality, diversity & inclusion, her work draws upon a repertoire which includes facilitation, training, coaching, investigation, resolution, spiritual counselling, voice and bodywork, performance & presentation and ministry – all of which she is qualified to offer professionally. Razia’s style is distinctive, balancing the quest for truth & authenticity with the power of compassion and a sense of humour.


Teresa Boughey MA Chartered FCIPD Founder and CEO, Jungle HR
(Birmingham only)
Jungle HR is a National Award Winning strategic HR Consultancy Practice that works with Executive Boards and Leadership Teams during times of change and business transformation. Described by her peers as personable, innovative and high energy. Teresa has operated at Senior level within a variety of industries and sectors including FTSE 100 and 250 companies, Financial Services, Retail, Travel Industry, Private and Public Sectors, Charitable Organisations and a Sunday Times Top 100 Company that grew 30% year on year.

Liz Johnson, Athlete mentor & Corporate Speaker, Sports commentator & Pundit. Managing Director & Co-Founder at The Ability People
(All events bar Newcastle)
Liz Johnson has earned success as a Paralympian, media commentator, public speaker, athlete mentor and community ambassador. Her outstanding contribution as an athlete was recognised at London 2012 where she was selected to take the Paralympic Oath on behalf of all competing athletes and teams. Alongside commentary positions in the media and charity work, Liz is a regular speaker at corporate events. She shares her personal journey in overcoming the challenges posed by cerebral palsy and explains how the obstacles life throws at us can help us achieve success. As TAP’s Managing Director and Client Ambassador, Liz leads the team and represents us with corporate partners, outlining and embodying the values that make our organisation unique


Laura Bache, Global Lead for Diversity and Inclusion
(Newcastle only)
Laura Bache is Jaguar Land Rover’s global lead for Diversity and Inclusion. She is responsible for developing the strategy and approach across the business and ensuring progress against our diversity and inclusion objectives. She has been with the organisation since 2014 and prior to her current role was an Organisation Development business partner with our Product Engineering function. Laura is an Occupational Psychologist, and has always held roles focused on designing a workplace for human performance, starting her career working with the Ministry of Defence, before becoming a management consultant at Arup. Laura is a Mum to two daughters and enjoys yoga and running with her dog in her spare time.

Joanne Pearson, Global Customer Insights Director, Jaguar Land Rover
(Cambridge only)
Joanne Pearson joined Jaguar Land Rover in 2015 in the newly created role of Global Customer Insights Director, responsible for bringing the voice of the customer into the company. She is also the Business Lead for Diversity & Inclusion bringing her passion for understanding people to the employee engagement agenda. She joined JLR from a 10 year career at Vodafone where she was Global Head of Customer Insight and was part of the mobile revolution - seeing mobile phones go from low penetration call and occasional texting devices to full internet on your mobile and devices which consumers could no longer live without! Prior to Vodafone Joanne spent 10 years working for Barclaycard in a variety of consumer and business to business marketing roles.

Marianne Daniels, Senior Manager, JLR Purchasing
(Birmingham only)
Marianne is a Senior Manager in JLR’s Purchasing function, having followed a career path in manufacturing, commercial and programme management within the automotive industry since qualifying as a mechanical engineer. Her role contributes to the launch of JLR’s new vehicles globally through engagement with the supply base to ensure they meet the requirements for quality, cost, technology and timing. Marianne is on the Steering Committee of JLR’s Gender Equality Network, actively working alongside other JLR networks to engage employees and leaders in increasing awareness and action to achieve a diverse and inclusive workplace. Her passion for this comes from recognising the many opportunities there are to improve how businesses operate, and with 2 teenagers soon to be entering the world of work she wants to lead by example - believing it is up to us all to accelerate progress so that everyone’s contribution and talent is recognised and valued.

Marianne Waite, Director of Campaign and Inclusive Design Consultant, Omnicom
(Cambridge only)
Marianne Waite is Director of The Valuable 500 Campaign and Inclusive Design Consultant, Omnicom. Designer turned Brand Strategist, Marianne has worked in a number of leading creative agencies over the past 12 years. Her clients have included; Burberry, HSBC, and the Ministry of Defence.

In 2016, Marianne founded Think Designable an agency thought leadership collective. Their aim is to improve societies relationship with disability and difference by promoting inclusive product and service development and communication.

Marianne is also the UK Government Disability Sector Champion for Brand & Design.



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