Charlie Martin represents a paradigm shift in motorsport that has never been seen before, in 2020 she made LGBTQ history at the ADAC TOTAL 24 Nürburgring-Rennen, one of motor racing’s toughest endurance races. She has captured the imagination of people around the world, her story has been shared on national television in the national news and in some of the most prestigious international publications.
As a transgender woman in motorsport, Charlie occupies a unique role both within her sport and the LGBTQ community, making her a perfect fit for brands looking for a strong & charismatic ambassador who can champion their ability to challenge the status quo. Her fearlessness both in and out of the car makes Charlie one of the most eye catching and engaging drivers competing in international motor racing today. Her tenacity & self-belief have helped her to overcome the impossible and push for change when the odds were stacked against her. In a sport lacking visible diversity, she stands out. She is changing perceptions and championing inclusivity. Charlie Martin is a game changer.
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Nazir Afzal OBE, was Chief Crown Prosecutor for NW England and formerly Director in London. Most recently, he was Chief Executive of the country’s Police & Crime Commissioners. During a 24 year career, he has prosecuted the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others and led nationally on several legal topics including Violence against Women & Girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He had responsibility for more than 100,000 prosecutions each year. His prosecutions of the so called Rochdale grooming gang and hundreds of others were groundbreaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection. He is Chair of Hopwood Hall. He sits on the Independent Press Standards Organisation. He is National Adviser on Gender Based Violence to the Welsh Government, Independent member of Oxfam’s Safeguarding & Ethics Committee & Trustee of Association of Safeguarding Partners. His memoirs “The Prosecutor” were published in 2020.
Nazir is a tutor for several leadership programmes in the public and private sector. He has made presentations to dozens of diverse organisations in this country and abroad. He has given hundreds of interviews in all forms of media. Nazir gives a considerable amount of time to charitable work and is trustee & Patron of several NGOs including ServiceSix, DVAssist, Jan Trust, Samantha Sykes Foundation, Karma Nirvana, Halo Project & SaveraUK and was Chair of the Prince of Wales’ Mosaic Trust.. He is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and Glyndwyr University, and awarded Honorary Doctorates in Law by the University of Birmingham, Manchester University and Bradford & Leicester University. He has chaired conferences in New York, Madrid, Paris, Norway and Geneva. He has assisted the Governments of Somalia, Ukraine & Pakistan on Rule of Law reform.
Tiernan is an equality campaigner and was the Political Director of the successful Irish referendum campaign for marriage equality which saw Ireland become the first country in the world to introduce marriage equality by a public vote. He subsequently became the Executive Director of The Equality Campaign, the successful Australian public vote campaign for marriage equality. They remain the only two countries in the world to have introduced marriage equality through a public vote.
He is also the Director of Equal Future, a global campaign working with LGBT faith groups to deliver equality. He served as Policy Director of GLEN – The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network in Ireland where he was responsible for designing and implementing the successful political strategy to pass civil unions legislation. He designed and launched KnowNow, Ireland's first free community based rapid HIV testing program. He served as Director of Organisation to the then Tánaiste (Deputy Prime Minister) of Ireland, Mary Coughlan as well as serving two terms as Mayor of his home town of Bundoran in Ireland.
Declan Curry has been a writer and broadcaster for more than twenty-five years covering business, the economy and politics.
He broadcasts daily on LBC News. He was the business presenter on BBC One’s breakfast TV for almost a decade. He presented BBC Two's Working Lunch, and his own programmes on BBC Radio 5 live and the BBC News TV channel.
He chairs conferences and speaks at events around the world, in person and virtually on Zoom or other digital platforms. He has won several awards for his broadcasting, and is an honorary doctor of Middlesex University.
Katherine Templar Lewis is a futurist and creative scientist. She works at the intersection of technology, science and culture where her work explores the impact of new technology on the human condition. Continuously exploring, imagining and empowering others, she believes that the future does not have to happen to us, we can create it.
A passionate science communicator, she contributes to a range of publications from VICE to the BBC. Whilst her interdisciplinary nature underpins her work as a creative scientist, helping her accelerate new science insight out of the labs and into the public realm through creative and cross discipline collaborations. She has delivered keynotes across the world as well as being a futures consultant for a range of companies including Google and the BBC. She guest appears across a range of global broadcast media as science and technology expert, including BBC Radio 4, 5 Live, Radio X, Sky News, NBC Sport and NBC's The TODAY Show.
Hammad Akhtar is the Global Head of Corporate for Financial Services at Pinsent Masons. He started his legal career at Herbert Smith in 2000 and went on to become a partner there. He joined Ashurst in 2013 and then moved to his current role at Pinsent Masons in 2017. Throughout his career Hammad has been heavily involved in People related matters. He was Ashurst’s graduate recruitment partner and a member of the partnership committee, he leads Pinsent Masons focus on race and ethnicity and is a mentor on Rare’s associate mentorship programme.
Roy Appiah is a Senior Associate within the Litigation team at Clifford Chance. He predominantly works on high profile, high value, complex litigation and contentious regulatory investigations. Roy is a co-founder and co-chair of the firm’s UK network for advancing race equality and celebrating heritage and a member of the firm’s Inclusion committee.
James is Global Head of Retail for Eversheds Sutherland and Client Partner for a number of the firm's major retail and other global brand clients for example, Wm Morrisons Supermarkets Plc, LEGO, NOKIA and adidas. Eversheds is ranked No.1 by Chambers for Retail where James is described as an ‘Eminent Practitioner’. Reducing the size of legal panels and converging work to deepen working relationships is a common goal across large international clients. The drivers behind this 'Convergence' have been made only more acute by the Covid-19 global pandemic. James works across the business supporting clients and partners with winning new panel appointments and making them work for both the client and the firm.
According to the directories over the years clients have described James as follows: (Chambers and Partners) James is a 'dynamic leader'. (Legal 500) James 'almost acts as though he is in-house, so good is his understanding of the drivers'. Chambers and Partners now state that 'James invests a lot of time to understand the client’s business and bases solutions on that'.
James is an Ambassador for The Retail Trust and Advisory Board Member of Lawwithoutwalls. James has a First in Politics and History and an MPhil in International Relations and is a level 1 FA coach trying to get an under 13 team as far as they can go.
Craig Dickson is the Chief Executive of DAC Beachcroft Claims Solutions Group, which includes DAC Beachcroft Claims Solutions Group, DAC Beachcroft Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Craig has worked in the legal and insurance industries for over twenty years and was the architect of the DAC Beachcroft “Innovations Lab” research and development function. He is a regular speaker and influencer on leadership, strategy, innovation and insurance thought leadership.
Craig is the Head of DAC Beachcroft's Strategic service line. He has over twenty-five years’ experience in dealing with complex road traffic, employers' liability and public liability claims and also in leading motor and liability teams through growth and process change. He was responsible for setting up and leading DAC Beachcroft's first core litigation team in Manchester. Craig also leads on a number of DAC Beachcroft Claims Limited’s largest client relationships.
Craig has overall responsibility for both the strategic direction and financial performance of the Strategic service line. This includes pursuing growth opportunities through identifying new products and differentiated services, establishing unique selling points (USPs), encouraging innovation and finding new ways to meet the needs of DAC Beachcroft’s clients.
Craig is recognised by the Legal 500 as a “Leading Individual” in the area of Insurance – Personal Injury: defendant.
Louise is the director of Shoosmiths’ HR, responsible for ensuring that the strategic profile of the firm's people is best suited to delivering its stated goals and objectives and currently undertaking the role of interim COO.
She introduced a values-based programme to Shoosmiths in the early 2000s that continues to serve as a strong framework for the firm’s culture, acting as a powerful tool in recruitment and retention.
Before joining Shoosmiths in 1999, Louise worked in people management for a major automotive manufacturer and prior to that worked in both the public and private sectors. She has an extensive background in HR issues, including change management, organisational development, leadership and management development, coaching, training and development, reward and benefits management and performance management.
Louise has a first class honours degree in psychology, an MBA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the British Psychological Society.
Iain is a Senior Manager in EY’s People Advisory Services practice. He focuses on helping clients to develop inclusive cultures, especially through the creation of flexible working practices. Iain lives on the Wirral with his family and two whippets and loves to travel – this time last year he was at the bottom of the world counting penguins.
Miranda is the founder of strategic advisory and search business, Group8. Miranda has 20 years’ experience in her field, consulting to leading law firms and corporations around the world. Her specialist chosen subject is growth! With experience gained across Asia, Australia, the Middle East and Europe (having lived in all of those locations) her knowledge and expertise is truly global.
The selection of clients on whose behalf Miranda has acted include global law firms and major listed and private entities. She works closely with senior management teams acting as an extension of their business, providing innovative tailored strategic advisory and growth solutions which ultimately lead to the expansion of their teams, footprint and revenue. Interconnected to this, she has supported many senior practitioners to make career moves which have a transformational impact on their career as well as on the organisation which they join.
She has been described as having ‘unsurpassed industry knowledge, unquestionable integrity and a pragmatic approach’, being ‘commercially astute’ and being ‘passionate about the need for change and authenticity in the legal market, and champions that change in all she does’.
Phil Hough is a Director within the Rewards & Data Software team at Willis Towers Watson in London. He has been with the firm since 1998 providing benchmarking, compensation and reward consulting support to clients within the Accounting, Legal and Professional Services sectors. In addition Phil project manages the benchmarking surveys that support these sectors, both in the UK and Internationally.
- UK Legal Firms Survey (running since 1996 for over 80 UK and US law firms based in London and UK regions (Support staff and Client Facing roles). The survey is also being run in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, US and Germany
- UK Professional Services Survey (running since 1998 for Big 4 firms plus other UK Professional Services firms (Support staff and Client Facing roles)
- UK Patent Attorney & Trademark Attorney Survey (running since 2016)
Raphael Mokades is the founder and Managing Director of Rare, the multi award-winning leaders in diversity graduate recruitment.
Raphael founded Rare in 2005. Today, Rare works with over 100 elite employers including all five Magic Circle law firms, the top three global strategy consulting firms, two of the world’s top three investment banks, and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.
Rare has over 20,000 candidates on its books, and its contextualised recruitment software has processed over 750,000 graduate job applications.
Raphael has a first-class degree from Oxford University. He has written for the Guardian, Times and Financial Times. He was named in the Economist’s Top 50 Global Diversity List 2017 and the FT’s Empower Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executives 2018 and 2019. He was Legal Week’s Outstanding Innovator for 2017.
Polina is an Associate Director in Willis Towers Watson’s Talent & Rewards line of business based in London. She has 15 years of experience in consulting, including four years advising almost exclusively on partner remuneration in law firms across EMEA.
Polina has advised professional services firms on all aspects of their organisation, strategy and reward practices, and has worked with firms in different market positions and with diverse sector specialisations. Her legal sector clients, among others, include the Magic and Silver Circle and a number of large international firms.
Polina has a wealth of knowledge about legal industry reward practices as a result of her project work and involvement in relevant sector research. She has conducted multiple studies on partner and associate remuneration practices in the UK and is well placed to advise on best practice, market trends and industry benchmarks.
Polina co-edited a book on Partner Remuneration in Law Firms published on behalf of the International Bar Association, contributed to a volume on law firm compensation, and authored a number of articles in relation to the legal sector.
David has accumulated more than 15 years’ experience delivering projects and programmes that facilitate how organisations digitally transform the work that their people do and the way they serve their customers.
He uses his experience to guide teams and organisations as they set new directions, identify opportunities for change and design services and experiences that users will love.
As Organisations and business leaders reset for growth beyond Coronavirus, David is particularly interested in how organisations are elevating both the user and customer experience as they prepare for what is being referred to as the 'next normal'.
David is currently Consultancy Services Manager at MHR, where he is responsible for driving change and leading multi-disciplinary teams to tackle the most pertinent people-related business challenges for their most complex customers.
Justine Thompson is the Head of Inclusion & Diversity, EMEA & Asia at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner. Justine has spent over 16 years in people focused roles in the legal industry and with a passion for both people and data, she has extensive experience of developing data driven diversity strategies. Justine has a strong interest in the barriers and enablers of psychological safety in the workplace and regularly presents and trains on this issue. Through executive story telling - including BCLP / Off Script, the firm’s global diversity podcast, Justine has worked to ensure those in minority and marginalised groups at BCLP have a voice and that the firm raises awareness of issues broader societal issues including racism, discrimination and xenophobia. Justine is the co-founder of BCLP’s Global Inclusion & Diversity Action Board and led the development and introduction of the firm’s Global Aspirational Diversity Goals in 2020.
Jason Ku is the Founder of Pirical (formerly Aspirant Analytics). He is a recognised global thought leader in human capital, bringing a unique blend of strategy, data analytics and technology to delivering value. Prior to founding Pirical, Jason was a manager at McKinsey & Co., and software development leader for Bloomberg L.P. He holds an MBA from INSEAD.