Lead Partner for International Development Consulting, PwC
Andy started his career straight after school by working as an Engineering Design Apprentice. After completing an HND in Computing, Andy spent the next few years working in IT consultancy, project management and IT management. In 1998 he joined Price Waterhouse in London as an IT Security Consultant.
Andy was then admitted into Partnership on the 1st of July 2006. Andy is now the Lead Partner for the International Aid Development Consulting practice in PwC.
Working primarily with the Department for International Development (DFID) and other international donor organisations, they use the Global network of PwC member firms and associated subject matter experts to improve the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable in the world. Andy is also part of a team that is responsible for the development and delivery of Leadership, Culture and Talent programmes within PwC and with Clients, with a focus on helping individuals to be the best that they can be, and helping our clients create working environments that encourage people to be the best they can be.
Andy co-developed a programme called 'Building Strength in Leaders', this programme leverages both positive and cognitive psychology to help leadership teams build strength in preparation for and following traumatic business change. At the heart of the programme is a workshop that Andy developed a few years ago for the PwC Global Talent programme - Genesis Park., this workshop is called “Genius. Power. Dreams” (www.geniuspowerdreams.com) and aims to help individuals and teams understand and respect their unique strengths and talents, understand how to use them more often, and finally to consider their legacy of life.
Andy is the sponsoring Partner for the firms inclusive business network, GLEE@PwC. This is an inclusive business network for gays, lesbians and everyone else, it’s open to everyone including clients and those in our extended networks and you don't have to be gay or lesbian to join it, you just need to be passionate about valuing and exploring difference as something we all have in common. (www.pwc.co.uk/glee)
He is also a Trustee for Diversity Role Models, Action Breaks Silence and Opening Doors London.
Founder, Northern Powern Women
Simone Roche is a business women and leading gender equality campaigner, living in Liverpool. She started her career in the Royal Navy, before moving on to management roles within the events and hospitality industry, working for a number of leading North West firms including Aintree Racecourse, ACC Liverpool Arena and the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and Paralympics. She is currently the Managing Director of events curation business, Event 1st.
Simone has been an active campaigner on women’s issues and rights throughout
her career and most recently founded NorthernPowerWomen, a collaborative campaign to accelerate gender diversity from the North. The movement aims to create visible role models for women, accelerate gender pay parity and celebrate and recognise businesses and individuals as role models and mentors for equality. The second Northern Power Women Awards took place in March 2017 to showcase role models and celebrate the many ways women contribute to the Northern
Powerhouse. and were attended by over 520 business leaders.
Simone is also the licencee of TEDxWhitehallWomen a TEDx talks project focusing on the perspectives of women working in Government and beyond, including from within the charity,
public and private sector. Simone lives on a houseboat in Liverpool with her husband.
Marketing Manager, Oxfam
A Marketing Manager for Oxfam GB, Jill began working for the organisation because she believes ending suffering is a human right. She works across a range of public engagement projects, to enable Oxfam to reach its goal of ending extreme poverty. Jill is based in Oxford (UK), but will be travelling to Sierra Leone at the end of September to see projects in action and is looking forward to sharing this with the group. In 2016/7, she voluntarily mentored a group of school students to create a business and trade for the duration of the Young Enterprise programme, an interest that came from her own experience managing a Young Enterprise company.
Jill enjoys being active, watching her team Liverpool FC play at Anfield and is currently leading a project to reduce the carbon footprint of her office. Read about her failed attempt at the 28 day Palm Oil challenge from 2016 and make sure not to ask her about her favourite thing in the world, The Palio in Siena, if you are short on time.
Lydia Bethan Brown
Global Health Specialist
Lydia developed a passion for global health, fragile states and sustainable development whilst studying and working in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Lydia worked for two years as Project Manager at UN House Scotland, creating their intern program and encouraging learning surrounding the SDGs and current affairs through the organisation of conferences. She has also spent six months working in East Africa, most recently in the Democratic Republic of Congo, coordinating health projects and now speaks conversational Kiswahili. She just completed her role as Fundraising and Communications Manager for the Turing Trust, an NGO working in 2 African countries. Lydia joins World Merit from Brussels where she will be joining the United Nations Regional Information Centre.
Lydia also enjoys a daily 5km run, reading Africa based novels and walks with her husband and Border Collie, Shadow.
Philanthropist, Global Adventurer & World Record Holder
Bernie was born in 1959.
Educated at Campion School, Liverpool, UK. Bernie went on to study Mechanical Engineering at University Edinburgh.
Bernie spent two years in the motor industry & then has worked in the financial sector for the past 30 years in North America & the UK.
In 1987 Bernie commenced his journey in philanthropy when he raised £200 / $265 for his late mother & father who he lost to emphysema & cancer within six months of each other 30 years ago.
Over the past 30 years he has raised over £40 million pounds sterling / $53 million dollars US for UK & overseas charities. Achieved through creative corporate partnerships recognized, celebrated & awarded throughout the third sector.
He is an ambassador & director for Wallace & Gromit Children's Charity, Memusi Foundation, School For Social Entrepreneurs, Save the Children, Barnardo's & World Merit.
Bernie is the creator of "Merchant Giving" & "Donsis" a ground breaking micro-donation Services which connects business to charity & in doing so makes charities more sustainable my donating millions to charity.
He is an author, film maker & founder of the worlds first visually impaired ukulele orchestra "Ukulele Light Orchestra".
Bernie has produced & directed films highlighting his charities needs collaborating with some of the UK's best producers filming on location in Tanzania, Kenya, Costa Rica, Arctic, Antarctic, North & South America, Sahara, & throughout the UK.
Bernie's sporting achievements have included running 41 consecutive marathons (1,075 miles) in 20 days! He has completed over 180 marathons around the World. He has completed the Marathon Des Sables, a one hundred and sixty mile, six day, self sufficient race across the Sahara Desert. He cycled across America a journey of 3,000 miles in 14 days (214 miles per day). Cycled from the UK to Africa & from Africa to the UK in 26 days raising funds to build new schools in Kenya. An is an accomplished climbed having climbed Mt Everest, Mt McKinley & Mt Kilimanjaro several times.
Bernie is a World record-holder running the longest distance ever recorded in 7 days & has received countless awards for his philanthropy over the last three decades. He received The President's Certificate of Appreciation from HRH The Duchess of Cornwall for the millions of pounds / dollars raised for Barnardo's & The Honours Award for the millions raised for charities & in his home City of Liverpool, England.
Bernie was invested by Her Royal Majesty The Queen Head of the Commonwealth as an Ordinary Officer of the Order British Empire (OBE) in the 2013 for his services to charity.
Bernie plays the ukulele & has performed in Africa & the Sahara Desert. He formed the Worlds first visually impaired ukulele orchestra & invented the world's first ever music braille song sheets.
Most importantly Bernie is a Dad to his two fabulous sons Lewis (23) who has Masters Degree (Distinction) in Computer Science at Liverpool University, England & now developing life saving apps for the World Health Organization & Macaullay (21) who has recently achieved a first class Bachelors Degree in Computer Science at Bangor University in Wales.
Sustainable Development Consultant & Childrens Author
Arlene Gormley is a development professional with extensive experience in designing and implementing community based education programs. Arlene believes the way to combat extreme poverty and socio-economic inequalities are through education initiatives.
Arlene is the co-founder and director of Feeding Dreams Cambodia and a consultant for sustainable community development with a focus on empowering youth, vocational training, non-violent communication and life skills. Arlene designed and implemented Dreams Training Centre.
In May 2016 Arlene graduated from MA in Sustainable International Development specialising in inter-generational trauma experienced in post-conflict societies, focusing on Cambodia.
She has recently published a picture book, "2030 Not a Fairytale" introducing the SDGs to pre-school children.
Senior Manager at Boma Investments LLC
Rhett's work focuses on supporting Boma portfolio enterprises and leading programs for Early Stage Social Impact Investment sector transformation. By applying his experience in entrepreneurship, coalition building, and systems thinking, Rhett accelerates the creation and adoption of tools, systems, and business models for the Social Impact Investment's new collaborative economy.
Rhett is an educator, international public speaker, published author, and social entrepreneur. He is co-founder of global coalitions in the areas of emerging technologies and business models for social change, including Blockchain for social impact and collaborative supply chains for organic agricultural.
As an educator, Rhett teaches on many topics for businesses, youth and adults in 'Impact Empowerment and Design Thinking for Sustainability,' 'Investing for Impact: Practical Approaches.'
In his free time Rhett is engaged in his passion of connecting youth and adults to the natural world through wilderness skills, wild edible plants, and awareness education.
Leader, Liverpool Liberal Democrats
Cllr Richard Kemp CBE is one of the Trustees of World Merit. He is now in his 35th year as a member of the Liverpool City Council where he is now the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group. When first elected in 1975 he was one of the youngest Councillors in the UK. Now he is one of the longest-serving Councillors of any Party. Cllr Kemp is a former Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Local Government in the UK and is now the national spokesperson for Lib Dem Councillors on Health & Social care issues.
He lives near the world famous Penny Lane with his wife, Erica, who is a former Lord Mayor of Liverpool. He has three children and 4 grandchildren.
Dr Martin Z. Wilderer
International experienced CEO, Board Advisor and Mentor
International experienced CEO, Board Advisor and Mentor with a passion for Innovation, Technological Advancement, Digitalisation Strategies, China and businesses creating Positive Impact.
Martin has built a company in power engineering from scratch to €300M revenue, recently excited a data analytics company and is currently advising Rise Beyond and Nixdorf Data Center on Exponential Growth Strategies and Doing Business with China, respectively.
Martin is fascinated by technological developments, digitalisation, disruptive business models, the rising speed of innovation and it's implications for the business environment and leadership. He is passionate about using business as a force for good, and aiming for leadership agility in the increasingly dynamic and complex environment we face today.
Martin’s career took him across Water Technology, Power Engineering, Electro Mobility/Automotive, and Data Analytics, all connected by engineered products and using global grand challenges to create passion and business drive.
Having started in the corporate world and manufacturing, he was more recently involved in the thick of early stage companies, impact investment, business modelling and growth dynamics. Martin is engaged both in capacity of a CEO as well as board advisor on the topics of growth hacking, international business/China Strategy and using Sustainability as Business Driver.
Martin is a global citizen, born into a German and Czech nationality, having spent significant time in Asia, 11 years of which in China experiencing a period of enormous growth with all its opportunities and challenges. Martin is interdisciplinary trained, holding a master in mechanical engineering and business administration, and a PhD in Industrial Ecology. Martin was significantly influenced by an executive programme at the Singularity University on Technology Disruption.
Recognised with various awards, most outstanding for corporate responsibility being “Top Young Outstanding Person” of Changzhou in 2012 (常州市十大杰出青年), a prize for role models not commonly given to foreigners in China; Honorary citizen of Changzhou (Jiangsu, China) and Wujin (Jiangsu, China). He received various awards for entrepreneurial excellence. He was invited to be a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO), a network of 24,000 CEOs of major organisations around the world, acts on the board of the London Chapter and actively engages in mentoring.
Martin is married, has three kids, enjoys outdoor sports, especially triathlons.
CEO of International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges
Miroslav Polzer is founder and CEO of International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges (IAAI) www.glocha.info, a United Nations accredited civil society organization based in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee (Austria). Some of the IAAI flagship initiatives that Miroslav helped to develop are: GloCha multistakeholder partnership for Agenda2030 Action, Global Challenges Youth Music Contest, #GiveYouthAChance Call for Resources for Youth Climate Action, Youth Entrepreneurship 2030, Blockchain for Youth Climate Action). In addition to his civil society leadership function, Miroslav Polzer works also as an independent management consultant, advising companies and public authorities on implementation of sustainable development goals on local level through multistakeholder partnerships and social entrepreneurship business models for young people. Miroslav Polzer has a Masters degree in Business Economics and a PhD in Environmental economics earned at Karl Franzens University in Graz (Austria). Before joining IAAI full time, Miroslav was head of Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office (ASO) Ljubljana, promoting international scientific cooperation between Austria, Slovenia and Western Balkan countries on behalf of Austrian federal ministry of science and research from 1996-2011.
CEO of RISE Beyond
Simon’s role is to ensure RISE attracts great people and builds a strong team, as well as evolving great strategies to pursue the RISE Beyond mission and deliver an awesome service to our clients.
His professional life has given him a wide range of experience in large multi-nationals, Shell and United Utilities, as well as in start-ups and entrepreneurial environments such as Telinco plc, and in governance and leadership of global membership based organisations. and the CEO challenge of lifelong education through YPO. He is a Cambridge Geography graduate, Chartered Director of the UK Institute of Directors and was Chairman of YPO, the global CEO community 2009-10, only the 2nd European to have held this position since YPO was founded in 1950.
Simon founded RISE to equip groups to more effectively rise to their challenges, whether they be business, social or environmental challenges; since they are all interlinked and interdependent. He sees smarter collaboration, underpinned by a beyond beliefs and borders mindset as the core capability required for humanity to rise to the challenges of our collective UN Sustainable Development Goals. Simon Chairs World Merit a global youth movement focused on the SDG’s.
COO World Merit
Being a passionate loveaholic, Marlou is on a mission to change the world. With a Master’s in Global Health, she found her purpose of empowering young people to reach their full potential and bring positive change to the world through World Merit and has been part of building the organisation since the very start in 2013. As the Chief Operating Officer, she is leading all aspects of the organization, including a growing global community of 120,000+ changemakers. Across 125+ Country Offices and 500,000+ acts of merit, World Merit has achieved a reach of over 7,5 million people globally.
Marlou is a creative person who is not afraid of a challenge. Her drive and passion for setting up new initiatives has, among others, led to the founding of her own organization and company. Marlou founded Run for Life in 2010, a Dutch organisation where people commit to running the New York City Marathon in order to raise money for the Cancer Society. To date, Run for Life knows more than 100 runners and has raised over €200.000,-. Marlou is also the founder of By One Collection, she is on the Advisory Team of Rhize and a Trustee of Postcards for Peace.
She is heavily focused on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, like everyone should be.
Speaker & Executive Coach
Emily Eldredge is an innovator, speaker, and executive coach whose ground-breaking work permanently frees leaders of their blocks and blindspots so they can embrace their 3 core powers and live with extraordinary productivity, purpose, and pleasure.
Emily's proprietary technique, The Drawing Out Process®, unlocks the 3 inner "emPowers", which hold all of the wisdom, love, and strength needed to live a truly powerful life. Her work has been hailed as "genius", "exhilarating", "brilliant", "a miracle worker", "a truly life-changing experience", and "up there with sliced bread - really good ideas that spread all over the world".
Emily has shared her discoveries of the 3 emPowers and 3 exPowers at venues around the world, including Asia, South America, North America, the United Nations, and two different TED events - one of which was the very first TEDx in a prison.
Emily is a graduate of the Hockaday School in Dallas, TX and Williams College in Williamstown, MA. She is on the board of several non-profits and currently lives in Tucson, AZ with her husband and her two delightful stepdaughters.
Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Humanitarian/Environmentalist, and Social Justice Advocate.
She is the Global Chair/CEO of Worldwide Kulicide, LLC., which is a 100% not toxic mosquito larvicide globally deploying in countries most affected by Malaria, Dengue Fever, Chikungunya, and the Zika Virus. She is also the CEO of Next Level Productions which produces content for all cultural mediums with a focus on promoting a sustainable future for all. Prior, she has had great success in managing global corporate commercial real estate portfolios for over 25 years whereby analytics, psychographics, and in depth demographic profiling and mapping platforms were integral components of successful transactions and expansion plans. She has consulted for global fashion, financial, art and cultural institutions (62 Museums in NYC), governmental and historic preservation agencies and has provided strategic planning and project management services. She has worked with city, state, and federal government agencies implementing and strategically developing incentives and initiatives to increase economic development, sustainable and renewable energy plans, and job creation while growing sustainable economies. Prior, she was Executive in Charge of Production and Development for Viacom Entertainment, Disney Publishing and Ziff Davis for fifteen years, anCGd was instrumental in the early stage development of the Noggin Children’s Television Network, co-produced by Viacom, Simon & Schuster and the Children’s Television Network.
Alexandra is President of World Merit USA (the premiere global youth engagement program in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals), Board Member ICSCS (Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability), Arts Advisors to the Select Committee (NYC), and is affiliated with the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Cooper Union, Former Executive Director of the Citizens for Water Foundation and The Tribeca Performing Arts Center, and has Consultative Status with the United Nations ECOSOC Chamber. She is also a Board Member of the Policy & Strategy Group for the UN and the World We Want Platform, UNUSREP for the Commons Cluster, UNUSREP for the Institute for Planetary Synthesis, Board Advisor for the International Association for the Advancement of Innovative Approaches to Global Challenges based in Austria, Board Member of the UNNGO Committee on Sustainable Development, prior member of the American Sustainable Business Council, and Lifetime Member of the May Peace Prevail on Earth Organization.
Alexandra attended the University of Connecticut and the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She is committed to ushering in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals and transforming our World into a Healthy and Prosperous 2030 while leaving no one behind.
Sabine was born in Haarlem, 1993.
When Sabine was a toddler, she always pretended to be a famous actress. From the age of
seven, she performed in musical plays, and she truly found a passion for being on stage.
Sabine has always had a very strong work ethic. Worked from the age of 16 at a call centre
for the biggest shuttle television provider in the Netherlands. She was the youngest
employee who broke all the sales records of the company, while simultaneously performing
extremely well at high school.
Sabine studied International Business at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. She was especially
interested in combining the business aspect with cross-cultural differences.
In her third year of study Sabine joined AIESEC. AIESEC is the world’s largest organization run
by youth for youth. AIESEC develops the leadership potential of youth through experiential
learning, volunteer projects and professional internships abroad. In 2013/2014 Sabine did
two part-time (voluntary) board positions in the local AIESEC community in Groningen.
Sabine was truly inspired by the passion that all different nationalities working for AIESEC
shared: doing good for the world.
After her year with AIESEC, she wanted to experience more of the cultural differences and
she studied master courses at National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan.
In 2015-2016 Sabine reapplied for AIESEC and became the Vice President Key Account
Manager of the national board of AIESEC the Netherlands. With six colleagues she has led an
organization of 300 people in the Netherlands. Within her function, Sabine was responsible
for all the external relations and key partner accounts of AIESEC the Netherlands. This
included the responsibility for all finances resulting from key partners and for the
development of the product portfolio of AIESEC the Netherlands. She has organized four
national conferences herself, which were all designed to motivate and inspire AIESEC
employees to strive for more impact in the world and to further develop their skillset.
Sabine ended her AIESEC term at the first of August 2016, and immediately continued with
the next adventure: participating in the Merit 360 program in New York. World Merit is a
community of global change-makers. In partnership with the UN, World Merit tackles the
Sustainable Development Goals, taking action to impact globally and locally. The aim is to
create change in the world by mobilizing young global leaders. Sabine represented goal
number 12,Responsible Consumption and Production, at the United Nations.
In November 2016, Sabine gave a TED-talk at TEDX Whitehall Women in London. She talked
about the effects of people’s consumption behaviour, and how people sub-consciously
contribute to the problem of waste in their daily lives. The TED-talk also covered the action
plan created at Merit360 to increase awareness about waste.
With all the momentum in place, Sabine decided that she should not stop creating
awareness. Full of passion she felt she could make a change locally and globally, and
therefore she continued the Merit360 action plan and started her own start-up company
Route12. Route12 aims to create awareness about the effects of our own consumption
behaviour and to trigger behaviour change in youth. By creating rebellious and funny
episodes on Youtube together with Dutch famous Youtubers and celebrities, Route12 strives
to inspire youth in a different way. Currently Route12 is cooperating with a production
company in the Netherlands: Stepping Stone. They aim to go live in October 2017.
I am passionate about technology, dance and social entrepreneurship, and specifically about how to combine them to create a better world.
My passion for technology led me to study Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Artificial Intelligence at University College London, where I am focusing on wearable technology and robotics. Currently, I am working with the Biological Computation Group at Microsoft Research to develop a tool for researchers to model cellular processes, which would help them understand better how diseases like cancer develop, in order to be able to revert them in the future. I am enthralled by the possibilities of technology in healthcare and love solving complex problems that can have a meaningful impact on society. This September, I will be travelling to the USA to finish my last year of studies at John Hopkins University.
Concerning my passion for dance, I train ballet, jazz and contemporary for 15 hours a week in London. I have danced for 10 years, performed in over 6 countries and taught dance in underprivileged communities in South Africa, Mexico, the Philippines and Nepal. I dance everyday because it brings me alive, allows me to express myself in the most authentic way and to connect with people transcending cultural or language barriers.
Fortunate for the opportunities I have had and determined to give back, I cofounded and direct Lairn, an organisation that teaches life skills education to children in remote areas through radio. This idea emerged from the team of 22 people from 16 different countries in Sustainable Development Goal #4, Quality Education, at Merit360 in 2016. Since last August, we created a life skills education curriculum based on the research by the World Health Organisation, compiled it into an interactive radio show targeting children aged 9-12 in Nepal; and last June, went to Nepal to run a pilot project that reached out to more than 200 children who are deprived of a quality education.
Emil already got aware of a changing climate on a young age, and pursuing a Bachelor in Environmental Sciences got him even more eagered and passionate about transitioning society towards a higher degree of self-provision and sustainability. Half way through pursuing his Masters in Energy and Environmental Sciences, Emil co-founded AquaBattery together two PhD students and three Master students from Imperial College London and the Technical University of Delft. The project evolved around energy storage using water and table salt - soon developed to become Blue Battery. Now, two and a half years later, they are building two demonstration projects of the Blue Battery, together with grid operators in the Netherlands and Italy. As operational director he is responsible for operations and the initiation of large scale storage projects in the company. Together with the rest of the team and partners they are working hard on developing an energy storage system to provide a safe, scalable and sustainable alternative to expensive conventional storage technologies, with the focus on fostering the growth of renewable energy to ultimately provide affordable and clean energy to consumers.
In addition to that, Emil works with Sagar Energy Solutions - an impact driven enterprise transforming off-grid communities to using renewable energy. The startup was founded after being included in Merit360’s Action Plan 001 by two former APE’s, Andreas and Shashank. The are currently focusing on eradicating the use of kerosene in the night fishing industry by developing solar alternatives as light attraction mechanisms, increasing disposable incomes for all stakeholders involved, as well as mitigating environmental threats posed by kerosene. After acting as facilitator in the summer of 2016 for SDG7, he currently helps the startup accelerate its growth and reach its maximum potential by attracting the right collaboration and funding opportunities, trying to overcome the famous ‘valley of death’ for startups.
Furthermore, he carries out ad-hoc activities in other areas; he is CFO in a corporation in the healthcare sector; advises startups in creating value; provides energy consulting to municipalities and investors; and explores opportunities to create business in city-farming and in the development of synthetic eardrums.
Emil has an incredible passion for nature, and everything that comes with it. In his free time he is cycling, riding horse, running through forests, climbing up trees, hills and even bigger hills, that's what he loves and needs.
Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu
Womens Rights Champion, Lawyer & Founder of Women in Leadership Publication
Shola is a dual qualified lawyer with broad corporate and commercial experience in the financial
services industry with key focus on corporate investment banking and asset management. She is
also an author, public speaker and Huffington Post contributor.
Dr Shola is an activist for women's rights and was at the forefront of the January 2017 Women's
March on London with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Bonnie Greer and a number of notable figures.
She has written a number of articles addressing the challenges faced by women and tackling the
difficult issues on Huffington Post.
She recently published the book 'Business Risk in Africa: Perception vs Reality - Navigate Your Way
To Success'. Her doctorate degree in law on the comparative socio-legal study of corruption in
Nigeria focused particularly on the interaction of social norms, beliefs, values and other factors in
the perception of what constitutes corrupt behaviour. This is soon to be published as a book. She
has made a number of written contributions including (i) Negotiating Global Contracts: Balancing
Legal Risk and Commerciality - the International In-House Counsel Journal; (ii) Why Companies
Update their Terms & Conditions - Lawyers Monthly; and (iii) High Stakes: Addressing Executive Pay
- International Bar Association.
She is the founder & editor of the Women in Leadership publication and driven to inspire personal
leadership journeys of women. She uses the publication as a platform for positively driving impact
for social change on topical issues that impact women globally. The publication delivers exclusive
and tailored content from trailblazing women from around the world. Its content consistently
gratifies the requirements and mirrors the behaviours of the highly driven, ambitious and connected
woman. It offers leading editorial focused around women’s interests. It inspires, advises and
encourages women to succeed in both life and work. www.wilpublication.com
She founded the legal consultancy company, Legal Distinction, to provide strategic legal risk
management to SMEs. She has a decade of experience facilitating effective decision making to
deliver key mandates; brokering strong alliances and cultivating productive relationships to influence
and shape outcomes; and demonstrating leadership and mentoring qualities that drive forward
developments within respective areas of responsibility www.legaldistinction.com
Shola believes very much in the value of education and her wealth of qualifications proves this. She
is also passionate about diversity, socio-legal values and mentoring people to be visionary and
achieving their goals.
Alex Franklin & Michael Williams
Founded in 2012 by the duo of Alex Franklin and Michael Williams, A.M. Custom Clothing
has made waves in the textiles industry. It quickly became one of the fastest growing,
wholesale providers of custom printed and embroidered clothing, with many organisations
and brands in the UK and worldwide now looking to A.M. Custom Clothing as their trusted
Standing as the UK’s leading supplier of Fairtrade Organic clothing, A.M. Custom Clothing
makes a difference to the lives of those that make its products that are worn every day, as
uniforms at events, for promotions and for retail. A.M. Custom Clothing has UN Sustainable
Development Goal 12 of Responsible Consumption and Production at its heart, taking action
at every stage of the supply chain.
Alex, with a degree in Graphic Design, did his dissertation on the sustainability of clothing
production, with a focus on water pollution and sustainability. He heads up the operations
and supply chain of A.M. Custom Clothing, whilst also overseeing all graphic design work.
Michael graduated with a degree in Business Management & Entrepreneurship, and having
founded A.M. Custom Clothing won the Cheshire Business Leaders Young Entrepreneur of
the Year. He has also given talks about sustainable business across the UK, in Brazil and
Russia. Michael’s role focuses on commercial management, growth and technical
Responsible Sourcing Advisor, Tesco Plc
Working in Responsible Sourcing at Tesco, Rachel supports the development and delivery of Tesco’s Human Right’s strategy. Looking across their global food business, she engages on a broad range of topics from labour rights and modern slavery to sustainability in the cocoa sector. Championing responsible business and working alongside industry experts, Rachel seeks to ensure decent workplaces throughout Tesco’s supply chain and to support and improve the lives of vulnerable communities linked to it.
Formally Programme Manager at Enactus UK, Rachel facilitated the growth of student-led social enterprise. She also built and delivered the programme’s social innovation strategy, making partnerships with both charities and social entrepreneurs. Hot on the pursuit of emerging trends and key social issues, she continues to engage with the programme. Having spent time in East Africa implementing her own social enterprise, Rachel is passionate about international development and raising the voice of vulnerable groups. She is also a mentor with the Refugee Support Network.
In her spare time, Rachel is an avid traveller and enjoys keeping active. Having specialised in post-colonial literature at University, be sure to ask her about emerging East African authors.
Journalist, project manager and entrepreneur working at the BBC
Ngunan Adamu is a trained Journalist, project manager and entrepreneur, working
for varying departments within BBC with a focus on outreach, youth and music.
Ngunan has been at the BBC for 10 almost 11 beautiful years working on
inspirational projects that follow BBC vision and guidelines.
Ngunan has always had a passion for working with disengaged and disadvantage
women and young people, using media especially radio to empower and educate the
As a Nigerian scouser, Ngunan’s love for people and humanity came from her
parents. Her father a doctor working for the British Council, UN and WHO she saw
the passion that he put into his work, working on the HIV/AIDS educating the African
community on the stigma surrounding the virus and how to live a fulfilled life after
diagnosis. However it was his work with the mental health community internationally
that spurred Ngunan to want to work with communities but also use journalism to
highlight the issues facing them.
Ngunan’s mother a strong woman raising three children in the UK on her own,
demonstrated the power of giving, kindness and acceptance. Ngunan’s home was a
half way house for those suffering from mental health and refugees/asylum seekers.
Giving Ngunan the skills needed to be accepting of others.
As a graduate trainee journalist Ngunan’s first job was as a health report for Voice
newspaper, which was a local newspaper based in Toxteth, Liverpool; writing stories
that affected people’s health. This experience gave Ngunan access to the growing
diverse community of Liverpool and the different organisations that tackled health
Because of her passion for disengaged and disadvantage communities, Ngunan’s
reputation grew amongst her BBC colleagues as the ‘Outreach girl’ giving her access
to brilliant projects such as BBC News School Report, BBC Radio 1Xtra UTakeover,
BBC Hackney Academy, BBC Step Up and Connecting Classrooms with the British
Council but also covering stories such as Stop and Search, Gun and Gang Violence,
teenage mothers etc…
Ngunan is currently the producer and presenter of Upfront which is a Black
Magazine show at BBC Radio Merseyside focusing on news, current affairs,
technology and music that is of interest to the Merseyside Black community. And is
an international multimedia trainer for the BBC World Service, travelling the globe
training foreign journalists and editors for the BBC World Service.
After 10 beautiful years with the BBC Ngunan is on her way to radio heaven having
set up her on female online radio station and academy working with women over the
age of 19, using media to increase confidence and empower women who have been
unemployed, seeking refuge and asylum and have suffered different forms of abuse.
Ngunan’s hobbies are reading books by foreign authors, keeping up to date with
international news and current affairs, all things technology, going to the theatre
sometimes twice a week and being the best mum ever to a beautifully intelligent five
year old boy.
iWoman radio will be launched in March 2018 and iWoman Academy launched
September 2016 in partnership with FACT theatre.
Baroness Helen Newlove
Victims commissioner for England & Wales
Since the tragic murder of her late husband Garry
Newlove who in 2007 was murdered by three drunken
teenagers after confronting them for vandalising her car.
Baroness Newlove has dedicated herself to improving
the life of those affected by crime and encouraging a
culture of safer drinking, particularly amongst the young.
Around 2.3 million people are victims of anti-social
behaviour with a dangerous rise of young people binge-
drinking uncontrollably. Along with her three daughters
Lady Newlove launched Newlove Warrington, with the
support of Peter Kay and Rick Astley. Baroness Newlove
set up a number of projects including the community
radio in Warrington shopping centre, speaking out to
young people about the dangers of under-age drinking. A
two-week project was a community project set up and
supported by students from Chester University and
celebrity radio presenters from the Bauer Group
including Noel Edmonds and politicians.
In 2010 Baroness Newlove was given a peerage in the
2010 Dissolution Honours list. She sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative peer and was
appointed the government's Champion for Active and Safer Communities and spent six months in
the Home Office. In 2011, Lady Newlove moved to work alongside The Secretary of State Eric
Pickles at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG). She has written
several reports to help people make a difference to their neighbourhoods. Her report, Building
Safe, Active Communities: Strong foundations by local people, was published on 14 February 2012
and announced a £1m fund from DCLG to help communities tackle alcohol-fuelled anti-social
behaviour. Lady Newlove worked with the successful 20 communities across England to support
and encourage them to develop their innovative ideas to make a real difference in their
communities and share that learning as widely as possible.
Working with the drinks industry, Baroness Newlove forged strong community partnerships as the
Chair of the Community Alcohol Partnerships [CAP] (2011-2014) to bring together senior
representatives from the police to the retail sector in agreeing to a local strategy for a lasting
solutions to the problems of underage drinking and associated antisocial behaviour.
In December 2012, Lady Newlove was appointed the Victims Commissioner for England and
Wales by the Ministry of Justice. The Commissioners role is to: promote the interests of victims and
witnesses; encourage good practice in the treatment of victims and witnesses; and keep under
review the operation of the Code of Practice for Victims. Since taking office as well as invested a
significant amount of time speaking to many victims of crime and the organisations that represent
them, criminal justice partners, local community members and voluntary groups, she has published
several reviews into compliance of victims key entitlements set out within the Code of Practice for
Victims of Crime. In March 2016 Lady Newlove's tenure was extended for a further 3 years. The
reappointment will allow her to continue to extend and grow her programme of work in the victims