Confirmed speakers

Dean Forbes

Dean Forbes is CEO and member of the board of CoreHR, where he is responsible for continuing their exciting strategy of growth and market disruption.

View bio

Kellie Maloney

Since Kellie’s retirement from managing and promoting boxing in October 2013, she has become a much sought after player on the motivational speaking circuit.

View bio

Trevor Phillips OBE

Trevor Phillips is a writer, broadcaster and businessman. He is an award-winning TV producer and presenter, with three RTS journalism awards to his name.

View bio

Julie Dennis

Julie is a Diversity and Inclusion specialist with over 16 years’ experience, gained within the public and voluntary sector. As Head of Diversity & Inclusion at ACAS, Julie is responsible for leading and providing expert advice on all diversity & inclusion related matters.

View bio

Dr Kit Heyam

Dr Kit Heyam (he/him or they/them) is a transgender awareness trainer, academic researcher and activist.

View bio

Professor Sir Chris Husbands

Professor Sir Chris Husbands is a university leader, academic, educationist and public servant. He has served as Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University since January 2016.

View bio

Cherron Inko-Tariah MBE

She is a former civil servant and has undertaken leadership roles in various policy and strategic positions across Whitehall, including working with Ministers and Permanent Secretaries.

View bio

Dr Sally Jackson

Dr. Sally Jackson is the Director of HR and OD at Sheffield Hallam University and also the Institutional lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

View bio

Helen Maxwell

Prior to joining South Yorkshire police, Helen had a long and very successful career as the Director of two property companies, based in Marbella, Spain.

View bio

Meg Munn

Meg Munn is Deputy Chair of Sheffield Hallam University Board of Governors, Chair of the Remuneration Committee and the governor representative on the university’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

View bio

Dr Habib Naqvi

Dr Habib Naqvi has a background in public health, and healthcare policy and strategy development. Habib is the Policy Lead for the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard, and is leading on the national strategy for this programme.

View bio

James Saville

James has worked in HR for over 30 years, nearly 20 of those at Director Level. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development.

View bio

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is Head of Research in the Sheffield Institute of Education, Sheffield Hallam University. She is a sociologist of education with interests in equity and diversity, widening participation, and student success.

View bio

Penny Thompson CBE

Penny’s current public sector voluntary roles include Independent Chair of Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board; associate and senior independent assessor for the College of Policing, and associate and mentor for SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers).

View bio