With 100 in attendance (and over 150 on the waiting list, not to mention the volunteers), ideas, experiences and stories were shared by 15 highly acclaimed international, regional and local speakers, including musical performances. The objective was to share and discuss Diversity and there was huge variety, energy, power, emotion, thought-provoking sessions to inspire positive change. The audience was amazed with the experience and walked away with new friends, new perspective, and perhaps change for themselves. We received a Net Promoter Score of 71%. What an amazing journey!
The Skinners' Kent Academy
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4PY
Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4PY
Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.
Alan KnightAlan Knight is CEO of International Animal Rescue
Andrew SillitoeWhen Andrew Sillitoe was 9 his mum bought him a street hockey stick. An unusual gift for an English boy living in the South East of England, but in that moment, his life would never be the same. He is now one of the most recognisable names in the inline hockey scene, both as a player and coach. Andrew studied an MSc in Organisational Psychology from Birkbeck University. He wrote his first book Managing the Mist How to develop winning mind-sets and create high performing teams in 2013. Andrew helps organisations achieve commercial success by creating teams with purpose. He passionately believes that a team with purpose is more innovative, diverse and agile to any organisation. He lives in Royal Tunbridge Wells with his wife Lucie and their two daughters Izzie and Freya.
Ben HunterBen is a student at Skinners' Kent Academy
Brian KentA successful serial Entrepreneur and Professional International Businessman who has traded in over 90 Countries throughout the World during the course of a 50 or so year career.
Darshana UblDarshana Ubl is an entrepreneur, investor and a voice for UK’s Small Business as seen on BBC News, ITV and other mainstream media.
Dr Ross PiperZoologist, author and presenter/on-screen expert.
Geoff MeekumsGeoff served in the Royal Navy, read Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge University and was made an OBE. On leaving the RN he joined British Aerospace working as a specialist consultant in London. Taking early retirement in 1998, he joined the voluntary charity known as Remap as an engineer – making bespoke equipment for disabled persons in his workshop.
Karen Hickson-SmithLife & Soul is a local charity in Tunbridge Wells working with children and young people age 5 – 25; the charity delivers therapy, mentoring and education in local primary and secondary schools and at a hostel for homeless teenagers. Karen leads a team who are passionate about helping others realise their potential and they deliver work which empowers young people with the skills and knowledge they require in order to make that a reality. Over the past seven years, Karen has worked with over 100 young homeless teenagers, many of whom are parents and has supported a number of them in the transition into their own home.
Katie KingPR expert and MD of Zoodikers.
Maddy WarrenMaddy was a trustee of Kidney Research UK and has been a lay advisor to the London Strategic Clinical Network for Renal Medicine and a member of the national Kidney Health 2032 future strategy initiative. She volunteers as a peer supporter for dialysis patients at Guy’s Hospital and is a passionate advocate for promoting home dialysis and patient independence.
Paul DuntonLive music events organiser and singer-songwriter
PJ ColePJ Cole trains and mobilises community leaders in Sierra Leone. PJ studied law in the UK where he also joined Life Line Community Projects, supporting vulnerable young people. In 2012 he was asked to restructure the school and home for ex-child soldiers that was established by his father in Sierra Leone. PJ now works in Sierra Leone where he directs a safe-home, four schools and a vocational skills programme that helps young people to be community leaders. He is a winner of the Queens Young Leaders Award and is the Executive Director of Lifeline Nehemiah Projects.
Struan RobertsonStruan Robertson, a New Zealander by birth, is a world-class keynote speaker, facilitator and mind-set specialist working out of the United Kingdom. He is founder of BE-a-TEN Ltd, a consultancy that releases potential in people.
William BensonWilliam has been Chief Executive of Tunbridge Wells Borough Council since 2009. During his time at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, William has led on a number of major projects and was instrumental in overseeing a process that saw the Council’s independent external assessment improve from ‘Weak’ to ‘Excellent’ – one of only two councils that has ever achieved this.
Nick AdamsDeputy Chief
Mike Marshall and Richard BottingDigital Gurus
Cedric PorterChair of Programme and Content
Anshu DhawanSponsorship, Marketing and logistics
Anna LambertSpeaker Liaison and Media Relations
Graham HobbsVideo production and speaker sourcing
William UllsteinSpeaker liaison and coaching
Mike O'HaraDirector of Music