08 Jun 2023| Online

Event prices

FDA/Keyskills Members

£195 +VAT

Private Sector

£645 +VAT

Public Sector

£295 +VAT £250* +VAT

*If registering more than 4 places

If you have any queries regarding our upcoming events, please contact:

Henry Bowater
Customer Service Assistant
020 7593 5739


EM into Leadership

Thursday 8th June 2023
in partnership with the FDA

Now in its thirteenth year, the annual Ethnic Minorities into Leadership conference has established itself as the key event for those interested in enhancing the capabilities & leadership opportunities for Ethnic Minority Civil Servants. The conference & speakers will examine how  Ethnic Minority individuals, at any grade, can continue to overcome barriers, build networks and become the leaders they aspire to be. 

Drawing on the strengths of previous events, this year's conference will centre on driving professional development & change. It will offer hands-on advice, practical steps and coaching on how to adapt to new environments, expand networks, utilise opportunities effectively and further your career in times of change.

Attendees will hear from inspirational speakers of all grades & levels both within and outside the Civil Service. Plus learn valuable strategies on how to manage the challenges of modern leadership and help ensure the Civil Service doesn't lose momentum in recruiting, retaining and rewarding Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic leaders.   

This event is CPD-Certified and will contribute to your professional development.

Why attend?

  • Examine the barriers & enablers affecting your progression
  • Receive hands-on advice & coaching for your professional development 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and competencies required to be a successful leader
  • Hear from senior Ethnic Minority leaders on how to succeed 
  • Network with peers & counterparts from across the public sector also trying to further their careers 
  • Hear from inspirational speakers of all grades and levels from across the public and private sectors

Chair's Welcome and Introduction


Opening Keynote Address

Examining the current landscape for Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority leaders in the Civil Service

Mel Nebhrajani, Director General, Government Legal Department


Transition to breakout sessions


Breakout session A

Introversion in Leadership: unleashing your quiet power

Carol Stewart, Founder, Abounding Solutions


Breakout session B

Preparing for your next role: are you ready for a promotion?

Richard Hillsdon, Dods Trainer


Breakout session C

Communicating with confidence: laying the groundwork to communicate with impact

Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant & former Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts


Comfort Break


Morning Plenary Address

Leading and learning through adversity: providing confident and empowering leadership in challenging times

Sherin Aminossehe, Director of Infrastructure, Ministry of Defence


Transition to breakout sessions


Breakout session D

Dispelling imposter syndrome to fulfil your full potential

Carol Stewart, Founder, Abounding Solutions


Breakout session E

Getting through the sift and the interview: understanding what influences the selectors

Richard Hillsdon, Dods Trainer


Breakout session F

Seeking out key enablers for your career progression and capitalising on your strengths

Bernadette Thompson, Associate Director of Inclusion, Barts Health NHS Trust


Break for Lunch


Afternoon Plenary Address

Leadership in action: lifting others as you climb

Justin Placide, Head of Net Zero Governance, Briefing and Fiscal Events & Co-Chair of the FAME Network and Chair of the Civil Service Race Forum


Closing address

Leading a change in culture: where do we go from here?

Ellisha Soanes, Director, Aspire Black Suffolk CIC


Chair's Closing Remarks


Mel Nebhrajani
Director General, Government Legal Department
Justin Placide
Head of Net Zero Governance, Briefing and Fiscal Events & Co-Chair of the FAME Network and Chair of the Civil Service Race Forum
Sherin Aminossehe
Director of Infrastructure, Ministry of Defence
Bernadette Thompson
Associate Director of Inclusion, Barts Health NHS Trust
Ellisha Soanes
Director, Aspire Black Suffolk CIC
Carol Stewart
Leadership Coach, Abounding Solutions
Richard Hillsdon
Dods Trainer
Cath Baxter
Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant