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Let's Talk! Why Fighting Modern Slavery is Everyone's Business

22 Jun 2021
Online webinar, Online

"I was being tricked, controlled, tortured and sold everyday"

12-year-old girl. Source: Snowdrop project UK

Modern slavery is closer than you think, Let’s Talk...

Many (we hope someday "all") of us agree that everywhere everyone has the right to live a life free from slavery. Truth is millions of people, are trapped in a living nightmare of slavery in every country, including the UK. The challenge is that from outside it might look like a job but look closer and you will see how people are trapped and being controlled.

Modern slavery is the severe exploitation of other people for personal or commercial gain. The UK Govt estimated upwards of 10000 potential cases in UK. Worldwide the numbers cross 40 million. Our fight here is critical to make our country safe for everyone and be a beacon for the international anti-slavery movement.

Join a phenomenal cast of speakers who will unpack big issues and questions including - What is modern slavery? How prevalent is it in UK? How do we recognise it? What systems cause it? What needs to change? What support is needed? How can people support the cause?

IoD hosts will chair an extended round table discussion with the audience on thoughts, views and individual "calls to action" from 1900 hrs onwards. Attendance to this is optional, however we encourage you to join. We believe collective voice and commitment will make a difference.

Let's Talk series

IoD London is raising its game by launching an exciting new online series hosted by Central London's Chair Reena Dayal, Deputy Chair Vanessa Dal Busco and Membership Ambassador Keith Donnelly. The Let's Talk! Series will run for a year spotlighting the underbelly on issues that matter.

Get ready to hear from passionate advocates and add your voice to courageous conversations on hard issues ranging from Modern Slavery, social mobility, Gender bias, homelessness, materialism trap and more! We welcome topics and themes that you think we should be talking about. Contact Keith Donnelly with topics, speaker suggestions and if you would like to be involved. 


22 Jun 2021

18:00 - 19:00 - Webinar
19:00 - 19:35 - Zoom networking and round table

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Date & time: 22 Jun 2021 18:00 - 19:00
Location: Online webinar, Online
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Dame Sara Thornton DBE QPM

Dame Sara Thornton is the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner responsible for encouraging good practice in the prevention and detection of modern slavery and the identification of victims.  She was the first Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council from 2015 to 2019.

Dame Sara joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986 and in 2000 transferred to Thames Valley Police on promotion to Assistant Chief Constable.  Following four years as Deputy Chief Constable she was appointed Chief Constable in 2007.  She contributed significantly to national policing during this time and was the national lead on intelligence, Vice-Chair of ACPO Terrorism and Allied Matters, Director of the Police National Assessment Centre and ACPO Vice-President. 
Dame Sara is Chair of the National Leadership Centre’s Advisory Board. She is a member of the Royal College of Defence Studies, the Advisory Board for the Oxford University Centre for Criminology and a trustee and board member of the Police Foundation.

Dame Sara is a graduate of Durham University, also holding a Master of Studies (MSt) degree in Applied Criminology and Police Management from Cambridge University alongside honorary doctorates from Oxford Brookes University and Buckinghamshire New University. She is Honorary Professor in Modern Slavery at the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, University of Liverpool.
Dame Sara was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2006 and made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011. She was made a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2019. She has also been recognised with a Career Achievement Award from the Police Training Authority Trustees and the Sir Robert Peel Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Evidence-Based Policing. She is an honorary Air Commodore in the Royal Air Force supporting the work of the auxiliary police squadron.

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC

Baroness Helena Kennedy QC is one of Britain's most distinguished lawyers. She has spent her professional life giving voice to those who have least power within the system, championing civil liberties and promoting human rights. She has conducted many prominent cases of terrorism, official secrets and homicide. She is the founding force behind the establishment of the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at the University of Oxford. In 1997, she was elevated to the House of Lords where she is a Labour peer. She has published two books on how the justice system is failing women, and has written and broadcasted on many issues over the years. Currently, she has taken on the role of Director to the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute. She directs the Institute’s work upholding the rule of law and human rights globally.

Sister Imelda Poole MBE

Sister Imelda Poole MBE, a native of Great Britain, is a sister of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM). After many years in the field of Education and grass roots mission in the UK, her ministry moved to Albania where the Archbishop of Tirana invited the Congregation to work in the mission against Human Trafficking. This led to her co-founding an NGO called Mary Ward Loreto (MWL) which addresses the root causes of trafficking, including poverty and is involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of victims of trafficking. Sister Imelda currently serves as the President of Religious in Europe Networking Against Trafficking and Exploitation (RENATE). RENATE has grown from a handful of sisters into a leading NGO combatting human trafficking in 31 European countries. It regularly convenes in different European nations to support work across borders in partnership with the many members of RENATE. Presently, Imelda Poole is cofounding a new NGO called Mary Ward Loreto UK.


Julie Etchingham

Julie Etchingham is a journalist and broadcaster, and has worked in TV news for 30 years at the BBC,Sky and ITN. She anchors the flagship News at Ten and the ‘Tonight’ programme for ITV. She was the first woman to moderate an election debate and had reported on and anchored the last five elections both here and in the US. Julie has a deep interest in the issue of modern slavery, is a patron of Anti-Slavery International, and has moderated conferences on the issue at the Vatican.


Reena Dayal

Reena is the (interim) Chair to IoD's largest branch Central London. In the past year she has been instrumental in launching the London Business Extra Digital Series, Music & Arts and Education SIGs as well as growing the Central London ambassadorial community to over 50. Her focus remains to diversify London's membership profile and engage members with initiatives that make a difference. 

In her day job, she is a Leadership Accelerator offering high impact coaching, mentoring and training to Under 30s, scale up entrepreneurs, female leaders and their teams to help establish 'profit with purpose.' businesses  She is the co-founder of the Amplenary Academy of Entrepreneurs, author of The Brilliance Quotient and Executive Coach on panel for FTSE 500 companies. 

Dr Roger Barker

Dr. Roger Barker is the Director of Policy and Corporate Governance at the Institute of Directors. He is also Honorary Associate at the Centre for Ethics and Law at University College London, and a regular speaker on corporate governance issues at a variety of leading universities and business schools. Previously, Dr. Barker was Managing Director of Governomics Ltd (2016-2020), a corporate governance advisory firm.

A former investment banker, Dr. Barker spent almost 15 years in a variety of equity research and senior management roles at UBS and Bank Vontobel, both in the UK and Switzerland. He has a doctorate from Oxford University and taught at Merton College, Oxford (2005-2008). Prior to the UK’s departure from the EU, he represented Employers as a UK Member of the European Economic and Social Committee in Brussels (2015-2020).



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