22 Jul 2020| Birmingham

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22nd July 2020
in partnership with the FDA

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

Drawing on the strengths of the 2019 event, 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 BAME leaders.   

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

Click here to view the agenda

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 BAME 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

Previous BAME into Leadership Birmingham speakers include:

  • Wendy Williams, HM Inspector of Constabulary & HM Inspector of Fire & Rescue Services

  • Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS South East Area 

  • Grace Ononiwu CBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS West Midlands Region

  • Deborah Cadman OBE, Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority

  • Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer, Cabinet Office

  • Bernadette Thompson, Deputy Director, MHCLG

  • Karen Campbell-White, Deputy Director of Communications, Office for National Statistics

  • Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

  • Junior Johnson, Deputy Director, Prison Policy Workforce, Ministry of Justice 

  • Navroza Ladha, Deputy Director, Digital Skills & Inclusion Policy, DCM

  • Vicky Elliott, Deputy Director, Ethnic Diversity Programme, Cabinet Office

  • Rob Neil OBE, Head of Culture Change & Leadership, Department for Education

  • Elliott Rae, Head of Defra’s Project Race and Founder, MusicFootballFatherhoo

  • Nadeem Aziz, Chair of the embRACE network group, DVSA 

  • Sir Richard Heaton, CS Race Champion & Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice 

  • Zohra Francis, National Officer, FDA 

  • Richard Hillsdon, Associate Dods Trainer

  • Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Consultancy and Training

  • Dr Philip Orumwense, Head of Technology Plaforms, Programmes & Applications Category, DWP 

  • Zoeta Manning, Senior Integration Manager for Frailty, NHS Birmingham & Solihull CCG & Vice Chair, MiP


Please view the full agenda below for BAME into Leadership Birmingham




Chair's welcome and introduction


Permanent Secretary Opening Address
Championing race equality, cultural change & representative leadership


Breakout session A
Preparing for your next role:
selection & promotion
SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon, 
Associate Dods Trainer

Breakout session B
Effective communication:
 enhancing your listening and communications skills
SPEAKER: Elaine Powell, Peak Performance
& Communication Expert, SWC Consultancy and Training


Breakout session C
The power of mentoring: the importance of building a supportive network


Networking and refreshment break


Plenary Address
Leading from the middle: embracing leadership at any grade

SPEAKER: Kieren Majhail, Birmingham Lead, Karakusevic Carson Architects and RIBAJ Rising Star 2018

12:15 Breakout session D
Demonstrating your track record: 
applications & interviews
SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon,
Associate Dods Trainer
Breakout session E
Integrity in leadership: enhancing performance and building confidence

SPEAKER: Elaine Powell, 
Peak Performance & Communication Expert,
SWC Consultancy and Training
  Breakout session F
Introversion in leadership: unleashing your quiet power

SPEAKER: Richard Etienne, Deputy Head of Internal Communications and BAME Network Co-chair, Department for International Trade
13.20 Lunch

Panel Discussion
Achieving your full potential: overcoming barriers and maintaining resilience

15.30 Closing Address
Leadership for all: challenging traditional leadership paths and behaviours
16.00 Chair's closing remarks followed by an informal networking drinks
17.00 Conference closes

Register your place today

Visit the dedicated BAME into Leadership website to view the full agenda, venue and speaker details

Breakout session A

Preparing for your next role: selection & promotion

SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon, Associate Dods Trainer