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Asif Sadiq

Asif Sadiq

Asif is Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion at adidas, prior to which he was the Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging for The Telegraph Media Group. He was previously the Head of Diversity and Inclusiveness for EY Financial Services and the Head of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Unit for the City of London Police. He is a Multi-Award Winning Diversity and Inclusion expert with over 15 years’ experience and a proven track record in achieving operational and strategic targets, managing quality, performance, risk and change.

He is a passionate and inspirational Global Leader, co-author and a renowned keynote speaker with the ability to empower individuals and create a truly inclusive environment for all. Asif has been key in implementing D&I activities and programs as well as connecting with stakeholders at all levels of organisations to build strong and influential relationships with influencers. Asif acts as a role model, providing governance across businesses on D&I and is committed to creating a strong sense of belonging for all.

Asif has received a number of accolades for his work that include the Mosaic (Prince’s Trust) Award for mentoring, Police Officer of the Year Award, the Civil Servant of the Year Award, the prestigious Asian Professional Award and the highly commended Head of Diversity Award at the European Diversity Awards. Asif was honoured in 2017 in the Queen’s birthday honours list with an MBE for his services to Policing and the Communities and is a member of the HR Guild, The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and is a Freeman of the City.

He is currently a leadership fellow at St George’s House at Windsor Castle, a Judge for numerous Awards including the CIPD Awards, BIMA Awards, Personnel Today Awards and the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, an Ambassador for Remembering Srebrenica, Member of the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Hate Crime, Special Advisory to the charity Penny Appeal, a trainer for the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and a Special Sergeant with the City of London Police.


Brenda Rattray

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Brenda Rattray is a musician with over 30 years ’ experience of teaching and performing all over the world. Her passion and focus is the expressive potential of the human voice.

Her compositions and arrangements for choirs are published by Faber Music, she has been commissioned to write a number of songs for children and choirs for Singup and her book ‘The Joy of singing,’ has been adopted by many choirs internationally.

She has a long association with Goldsmiths University where she obtained her Post graduation certificate and is now an Associate Lecturer as well as holding the position of Associate Lecturer Representative for the past two years. Besides being a performer leading her own groups she has also been lead singer with the Grand Union Orchestra for over ten years and has sang with many big jazz and gospel names including Stan Tracey, Duncan Lamont, Ian Shaw, Carol Grimes, Pee Wee Ellis and the London Community Gospel Choir.

Her work in the community goes beyond just singing but also using the human voice as a tool for creativity, expression and healing. This has brought her in contact with groups from every walk of life. From Montessori nurseries to high profile political and Psychiatric hospitals and prisons, hospitals, hospices, special needs schools, churches and orchestras.

She is founder of Voice Expressions, a music school and company with a team who share her vision to create educational workshops that empower individuals with skills and a greater awareness of how loved and special they are. Her classes are built on a foundation of safety and students are loved and accepted wherever they find themselves in life’s journey. Her aim is to play her part in building bridges between communities. Her work is skills based and she has an enormous talent and passion for teaching, coaching and mentoring.

Her clients also include The English National Opera, The Royal National Institute for the Blind, as well as the London Philharmonic and both the BBC Concert and Symphony Orchestras with whom she has toured and for whom she composes and arranges. She also trains the Orchestras highly skilled musicians to communicate their skills at various levels with varied communities.

For Women’s Aid she has been a trainer of the Keys to Freedom course for women who suffer domestic violence achieving an ‘Excellence in Education’ award in 2014 as a result. From this she has gone on to work with ex sex-workers building self-worth and self- esteem and in the field of addiction running workshops for families to make music together.

Songs written and released this year by Brenda can be found on Spotify and they include:

Happy Mothers day, A mother’s cry and Thinking ©Rattray2020


Deborah Williams

Deborah Williams

Since 2016, Deborah has been the Executive Director of Creative Diversity Network, the membership body funded by the UK’s major broadcasters, and production community. Its aims are to support the UK television industry to promote, celebrate and share good practice around the diversity agenda.

With over 30 years’ experience working above and below the line in television, film and theatre, as well as policy development across the wider creative and cultural industries, she is the architect and designer of the BFI Diversity standards that were adopted by The Oscars and BAFTA in 2020. In addition she is an adviser to the UN and UNICEF on the rights of disabled people to cultural activities.

As well as sitting on panels and steering groups for a many organisations, Deborah is known in her own right as an artist provocateur having won awards and nominations nationally and internationally. Her work in theatre is acknowledged as a catalyst for challenge and change in perceptions of disability and difference.

In 2019 she was awarded the Life Time Achievement award from Inclusive Companies for her body of work in the area of diversity and culture. She is a Disabled Powerlister 2018 and 2019.


Geraldine Smith

Geraldine Smith

Geraldine Smith is CEO and co-founder of Girls Rock London, an organisation she helped to set up in 2015 after experiencing the joy of a girls rock camp as a volunteer whilst living in Vancouver BC. In 2009 she also co-founded Lips Choir, a 100-strong feminist pop choir based in London, which she managed for ten years. Prior to setting up these organisations, Geraldine worked for eight years at the National Union of Students where she promoted the rights of Black, LGBTQ+, women and disabled students through managing policy, research, campaigns and training. Before that she worked at Leeds College of Technology where she managed a youth volunteer programme, and at Abortion Rights supporting national campaigning activity focused on reproductive rights. Geraldine has an MSc in Gender from the London School of Economics, and still sings in Lips Choir.


Imrana Mahmood

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Imrana Mahmood is an Arts Educationalist and emerging Creative Producer committed to redefining the arts scene by enhancing participation, collaboration and inclusivity. She is passionate about working with diverse communities at a grassroots level to facilitate self-empowerment through arts engagement, with a particular focus on providing a platform for underrepresented voices. Imrana’s creative writing work focuses on notions of identity and belonging as a means of exploring the spiritual self. Her previous projects include Beyond Borders and Echoes of the Diaspora, and she is currently the Creative Producer for Revoluton Arts (part of the Creative People and Places programme funded by Arts Council England).


Jamel Carly

Jamel Campbell

Jamel C Campbell is an Early year Educator, Ey Consultant and aspiring Children’s Author. He has been in the industry for over 19 years. Early years is his speciality but he has worked in youth clubs, schools, been a mentor to many and supported children with SEND. Jamel  is one of the U.k’s Men in the Early years champions/ ambassadors. He has been featured in the media due to extensive experience and knowledge of the Early years and quirky but effective practice. He has stood on numerous platforms and prestigious establishments as a Key note speaker; St Mary’s University, University of East london, Bath University to name a few. He has written articles for local newspaper the (Catford Chronicle) and for well know education and Early year’s magazines such as; (Optimus education) TES, Famly, FSF/Tapestry and (Early years well-being) magazine. Jamel has featured on CBeebies “Tiny happy people” as an Early years advisor which has been backed by the Duchess of Cambridge and the Bbc’s Bitesize giving transition tips to parents and professionals a like. He has collaborated with many well respected Ey professionals and consultants.

Jamel is passionate about the early years, he stresses the importance of having men in the early years and the importance of having a balanced diverse inclusive work force, curriculum and pedagogy. He has partnered with MITEY (Men in the Early years) which is associated with the Fatherhood Institute and has assisted L.E.Y.F with Extensive research About the effect of having as part of the Early years workforce.

He offers 4 training workshops for EY teams and settings based around approaches to Practice, representation and staff wellbeing titled;

  • Perfect practice
  • Motivation and stimulation
  • Hot sauce training
  • Representation

Title: Are you lost?

During my 19 years in the early years I have been met with the question “are you lost?” on a few occasions due to the fact of parents, members of the public or people that work in settings thinking that I’m lost or in the wrong place.  This is due to the fact that childcare or the Early years sector is seen as woman’s work and men in the sector are a minority. Let’s change perceptions. Let’s change the sector.


Jenetta Hurst

Jenetta Hurst

Jenetta is currently Head of Music in an East London secondary school and has taught classroom music for 15 years.  Roles over the past 18 years have included ensemble director, sectional leader and peripatetic woodwind teacher for Birmingham Music Service; Conductor of an Inner City Community Youth Orchestra in collaboration with the CBSO/APAA; school senior and middle leader (LA / Independent / MAT).

Jenetta was conferred as an Honorary Member of the Birmingham Conservatoire in 2014, is an alumnus of UCL Institute of Education (MA Leadership), and will be supporting Lambeth Sounds Music Hub in 2021.


John Kelly

John Kelly

John Kelly is a professional vocalist, musician, performer and song-writer working in the UK and Internationally with a wide range of arts organisations including Drake Music, Graeae Theatre Company, Access All Areas and Extraordinary Bodies.

John is a qualified facilitator and coach with over thirty years in youth work, particularly in the music education sector, and is part of Drake Music’s Think 22 project supporting the sector to develop inclusive practice.

John is a National Associate Artist for both Drake Music & Extraordinary Bodies.

John’s work with technology has seen the development of the Kellycaster and is currently working towards new adventures as a solo artist and is currently recording an EP of new work (turning out to be more of an album).

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Melanie-Marie Haywood

Melanie-Marie Haywood

Dr. Melanie-Marie is an educator with a passion for academic development, and quality in education. She has attained professional and academic qualifications in a variety of education studies, including an earned Ph.D. in Education, is a recognised Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). She has worked across the field of education having worked in primary, secondary, and Higher Education in the Caribbean and the UK. She has specialised in quality enhancement of Higher Education provision in Trinidad and the UK for a number of years working as a consultant, and senior administrator in academia.  She started a consultancy in 2015 that has been able to facilitate the bridging of some gaps identified in HE in Trinidad and Tobago – both at the individual student level, and the institutional level. She currently serves as the Head of Library, Learning & Teaching Innovation at SOAS, University of London, where she is responsible for the support and enhancement of teaching and learning across the institution, both culturally and strategically. She has immersed herself in black studies in the UK working with NGO’s, Universities, and other research institutions for the development of a stronger education system that benefits the black population in the UK.


Miss Jacqui

Jacqui Adeniji-Williams

Miss Jacqui … a Poet and Songwriter, knows a lot about working with the cards that you are dealt. Especially because she is someone who always tries to challenge societ-al perceptions, like what it actually means to be a black woman with a disability. Her love for Spoken Word/Poetry came to light in 2011, when she joined !Poets Plat-form” led by Kat Francois who is a well-known performance poet on the global poetry scene. It’s why Miss Jacqui care about the lyrical content in her work. She wants her work to be accessible for all while carrying a strong message to help people see the world differently, so that she can inspire and make people feel comfortable about being themselves. As well as being an ambassador for multiple organisations that she holds close to her heart. Especially because equality, community, and exploring different art forms is something that Miss Jacqui is passionate about as well as positive change. Since then Miss Jacqui has performed at various locations like the 2012 Paralympic Team Welcoming Ceremonies, Southbank Centre, and Roundhouse to name a few. Some of Miss Jacqui influences include music that focuses on a storytelling. Miss Jac-qui believes that creativity can be a universal language and in her spare time, she is de-voted to the exploration of poetry, music, songwriting, and of course performing. “I want to break as many stereotypes as possible when it comes to me being a black woman with a disability.” – Miss Jacqui

Instagram:@iAmMissJacqui Twitter:@iAmMissJacqui Facebook:@iAmMissJacqui YouTube:MissJacquiOfficial My Debut EP ‘Perception':


Nate Holder


Nate Holder BA, MMus is a musician, author, speaker and music education consultant based in London. He is an advocate for decolonising music education and has been writing, speaking and consulting on the subject for the last five years.

Nate brings his passion and skill in public speaking into leading CPD training and workshops; helping address bias and underrepresentation in music classrooms, departments, hubs and boards across the UK.

He has written two books called, ‘I Wish I Didn’t Quit: Music Lessons’, and ‘Why Is My Piano Black and White’. His third book ‘Where Are All The Black Female Composers’ is set to be released in 2020.


Samantha Spence

Sam Spence

Samantha Spence (Stimpson) is Assistant Head of Ealing Music Service, a Music Education Consultant and a trustee for Music for Youth with over 20 years experience in the music education sector.

She has also spent many years supporting schools and organisations, to develop policies and strategies to attract, retain and promote a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce, fostering an environment free from discrimination where all voices are heard and celebrated.

Samantha is a passionate advocate of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and is currently working as a research consultant with Music Mark to explore these issues in Music Education through the lens of racism.


Suhaiymah Manzoor Khan

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is an educator, writer and poet from Leeds, West Yorkshire. Her work disrupts understandings of history, race, knowledge and power, interrogating the political purpose of narratives about Muslims, migrants, gender and violence. She is less interested in disproving the ‘truth’ of such narratives and more interested in asking what systemic violence they justify. Suhaiymah works to equip herself and others with the tools to resist structural oppression by unlearning the knowledge society and the education system have instilled in us. She does this through facilitating workshops, giving lectures and performing and writing different types of work as well as campaigning and agitating.

Suhaiymah is the author of poetry collection, Postcolonial Banter (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), co-author of the anthology, A Fly Girl’s Guide to University: Being a woman of colour at Cambridge and other institutions of power and elitism (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), essayist in I Refuse To Condemn: Resisting racism in times of national security (Manchester University Press, 2020) as well as My White Best Friend (and other letters left unsaid) (Oberon Books, 2020). She also hosts her podcast, Breaking Binaries which is available on all the usual podcast platforms.

Suhaiymah was the runner-up of the Roundhouse National slam 2017 with her viral poem, This is Not a Humanising Poem which gained 2 million views and was short-listed for the Outspoken Prize for Poetry in 2018. In 2018-19 she was a Nicola Thorold Fellow at the Roundhouse and is currently an Associate Artist at Bradford theatre company, Freedom Studios, 2020-21. Suhaiymah has lectured and performed her poetry nationally and internationally from New York to Las Vegas, and Berlin to Edinburgh. For over six years she has organised and facilitated political education workshops on a range of topics as well as leading poetry workshops for at least three years. Through all these means and more Suhaiymah campaigns against and resists Islamophobia and other state-sanctioned forms of racism – particularly policing and surveillance apparatuses in all their guises.




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