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Theme: Positive Disruptor

This event occurred on
October 24, 2021
Doncaster, Doncaster
United Kingdom

Doncaster is a historical town in South Yorkshire, we have a diverse population with diverse issues. A thriving business and tourism sector, huge engineering heritage and the new university technical college officially opened in September 2020 which adds amazing new design to the Doncaster's skyline.

TEDx Doncaster offers a platform to access knowledge and shared learning, projecting forward the best in innovation and advancements Doncaster has to offer for all. The Theme for October 24th 2021 is " Positive Disruptor" You will hear from thinkers, innovators, doers, and pioneers who are positively disrupting the status quo and changing the world for the better through their work.

CAST Theatre
Sir Nigel Gresley Square
Doncaster, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
United Kingdom
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Bea Wood

Doncaster Pride
Bea, the winner of Miss Transgender UK in 2017, who suffers with Dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and Tourette’s Syndrome. Despite these neurological conditions Bea thrives working in a peer led crisis team and being a proud member of the Doncaster pride team. Instead of seeing these differences as barriers, Bea uses them as creative differences to help her thrive and succeed in life.

David Houchin

Business Psychologist & Consultant
Dave Houchin is a former senior police officer and now works as a consultant and business psychologist with particular interest in leadership, organisational development and culture. He firmly believes that sustainable improvement is best achieved by leaders who are prepared to be introspective, are truly self-aware and consistently role model the right cultural values.

David Walusimbi

Rapper and Musical Artist
Born in South London and raised in Doncaster, David is a songwriter, rapper and producer. Coming from a family of music, picking up a pen and playing around with a keyboard came naturally to David, he has been writing from the age of 13 with inspirations stemming from many genres, mainly 00's RnB and Rap from any era. As a co-founder of GSD he is alongside many Doncaster creatives who wants to be part of the start of a new way of thinking for the locals, which is to collaborate to make progress together so that those who follow can take it even further.

Dr Anjali Raj-Westwood

University Lecturer and Entrepreneur
Anjali is a lecturer of healthcare management and entrepreneurship at York St John University and co-founder of ilove9months, an Indian start-up improving lives of mothers. The short- and long-term effects of mental wellbeing during pregnancy shouldn’t be ignored as it has been proven to have clinical implications like high blood pressure and premature births in the mother, breastfeeding challenges, infant temperament, and resilience to stress in the child. Not all factors affecting mental health are controllable, but many are. Rather than worrying about the uncontrollable, let’s focus on factors we can positively work on. All of us can play a part in this process and I will be giving actionable steps to kickstart the process, in your home, among your peer group and within your larger community.

Greg Chipman

International Magician and Actor
Greg Chipman is a UK & International magician that has entertained for the likes of Mark Stanley - Actor - Game of Thrones and David Silva Footballer Ex Manchester City. Greg is also an actor and has appeared in many well known British TV shows as well as having secured roles as an extra in major Hollywood productions.

Hannah Boneham

PHD Researcher
Known for her enthusiasm and energy, Hannah Boneham has enjoyed a successful career in change management; leading diverse teams to successfully deliver complex, rapid and positive organisational change. However, like many of us, Hannah has experienced stress and anxiety in the past because of unhealthy working environments. Hannah believes passionately in creating workplaces that promote wellbeing and uses her leadership roles to explore and promote this agenda. Having embarked on a PhD in Work Psychology with the University of Sheffield, Hannah’s research into leadership and wellbeing aims to change how we think about our relationship with our bosses, their role in supporting us to thrive in our jobs and what steps we, as individuals, can take to be happier at work.

Lewis Russell

Rapper & Songwriter
Lewis describes himself as a TEDx geek, watching his first TED Talk aged 14, Lewis recognises watching Talks from an early age opened him up to growth mindset. Lewis is a Doncasterian and currently works as a Learning Mentor supporting young people to fulfil their potential. Lewis also holds a second job as Lewis also works as a Digital Marketing Coordinator. Outside of his interest in TEDx Lewis is involved in many projects in and around Doncaster. Lewis is a rapper, writes and creates music, organise events, run workshops and get involved in community projects as part of an artist collective called GSD which he co-founded.

Lior Locher

Coach, Consultant , “Baggage Handler”
Lior’s coaching and consulting work supports individuals and leaders in times of messy change. The work is firmly grounded in values and practical contribution. This is key for the passionate explorers Lior enjoys working with, people who want to make a positive difference in the real world through their business. Lior’s eclectic way of working transcends boundaries and questions established orthodoxies. They have been called a “lyrical pragmatist”. Lior started life as Christine, identifies as nonbinary, is a Fellow of the RSA and the Learning and Performance Institute, has published a few books and has a few useful degrees and certifications like psychology, intercultural studies, systems thinking and change, conflict resolution, coaching and psychotherapy.

Nikki Alderson

Former Criminal Barrister
Nikki is a Specialist Coach, Speaker and Author supporting organisations to retain female talent and empowering female professionals to achieve career ambition. Nikki specialises in three areas; Women’s Leadership Transition and Change; Enhanced Career break returner support; and Workplace resilience, confidence and wellness. Nikki has 19 years’ experience as a Criminal Barrister and focuses predominantly on one to one coaching within the workplace, she also delivers motivational keynote speeches and bespoke seminars, workshops and webinars on a variety of topics, including Career Progression, Resilience/ Mindset and Wellbeing.

Noreen Nasim

College Lecturer
Noreen is an established lecturer at Doncaster College & University centre and she is also a debut novelist. She has spent many years in the Digital Arts and Communication industries and has led a successful ongoing career for over a decade in the education sector.

Stephanie Hill

Contemporary Polymath
Stephanie Hill is a contemporary polymath – a scientist, a classical crossover vocalist, an equestrian, a multi-disciplinary dancer, an artist amongst many other pursuits. She was oblivious that her chosen path of variety had a name, and she was first made aware of her lifestyle after being invited to sit on a panel of fellow polymaths for the 500th Anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci at The British Library in 2018. Stephanie made history in 2017 as the highest placing candidate representing England in the Miss World competition. A passionate advocate for Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Stephanie enjoys debunking the stereotypes often associated with those who pursue careers in this field, and campaigns for unconventional routes into this elusive industry creating ‘stEMPOWER’ an initiative focused on providing resources to women who want to pursue a career in STEM.

Stuti Singh

Stuti holds an Honours degree in Psychology, an MBA in International Business, and is also trained in Intuitive Mastery. Over the past 20 years, she has held various leadership positions at several blue-chip organisations, managing diverse teams, working with C-level stakeholders and consulting on various global and regional projects at blue-chip companies such as Pfizer, Unilever and GSK. In 2017 she founded her transformational people development programme.

Victoria Gill

Entrepreneur & Female Empowerment Coach
Victoria is multi-national titled UK fitness champion, public speaker, published writer and model, former dancer, national champion stunt cheerleader, champion in athletics, yoga teacher, personal trainer, mindfulness and meditation teacher, former yoga studio owner, female health practitioner and successfully eclectic entrepreneur. Victoria is currently CEO of three unique businesses including a lingerie brand Black Sapphire, an online health and wellbeing coaching service called Soul Symphony and a children’s and young people’s mindfulness and meditation teaching service called Be More Mindful. With a degree in psychology and masters degree in international business and retail, Victoria has based her career around celebrating and encouraging women to realise their brilliance. Victoria is passionately curious about our existence as both an observer and as a player in the extraordinary game of life.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom


Doncaster, United Kingdom
  • Karen Dainty