March 6th 2018 |

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About the conference

BAME into Leadership

Now in its ninth year, the annual BAME (black, asian, minority ethnic) into Leadership conference has established itself as the key event for those interested in enhancing the capabilities & leadership opportunities for BAME civil servants. 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 2018 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.   


Dates and Locations:

BAME into Leadership takes place in Birmingham, London, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Leeds.

Upcoming events:

BAME into Leadership Edinburgh | 21st February 2019

BAME into Leadership Leeds | 7th March 2019

BAME into Leadership Birmingham | 25th July 2019

BAME into Leadership London | 11th September 2019

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2018 Speakers include:

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

  • Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

  • Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer, Cabinet Office

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

  • Rob Neil OBE, Head of Project Race, Ministry of Justice

  • Dr Philip Orumwense, Head of Technology Platforms, Programmes and Applications Category, DWP

  • Jazz Bhogal, Deputy Director, Cabinet Office

  • Natasha Harris, Director of People, Ofwat

  • Barry Mussenden OBE, Deputy Director, Corporate Engagement, Department of Health and Social Care​

  • Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS South East

  • Nagesh Reddy, Deputy Director, Digital Technology Transformation, DWP

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

  • Krishna Dhanak, Ministry of Defence

  • Karen Campbell-White, Head of Campaigns and Compliance, Competition and Markets Authority

  • Junior Johnson, Deputy Director, Ministry of Justice​

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

  • Bernadette Thompson, Diversity Consultant, Home Office, & Co-Chair, Race to the Top G6/7 Network

  • Elliott Rae, Project Race Manager, Defra

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

  • Nadeem Aziz, Chair of the DVSA embRACE Staff Network Group

  • Sanjay Bhandari, Partner, EY and 5th on EMpower's Top 100 Ethnic Minority Executive Role Models List

  • Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace

  • Richard Hillsdon, Associate Trainer, Dods

  • ​Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communications Expert​

  • Zohra Frances, National Officer, FDA


2019 Sessions include:

  • Diversifying the Civil Service: the journey so far and the road ahead 

  • Authentic Leadership: finding the courage to lead authentically

  • Overcoming self-imposed barriers to success: shattering your own glass ceiling

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

  • Communicating with impact: presenting your ideas with clarity & confidence

  • Finding your purpose: combining passion, mission, profession and vocation

  • Building great relationships: overcoming the behaviours holding you back


Why attend the 2019 conferences?

  • 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 civil servants & BAME leaders on how to succeed 

  • Network with peers & counterparts from across Government also trying to further their careers in the Civil Service 

  • Hear from inspirational speakers of all grades both within & outside the Civil Service 


Register your place: 

Public Sector Rate (NHS, Central Govt, Local Govt etc.): 1 place: £295+VAT | 4+ places or more: £250+VAT

FDA/Keyskills Member Rate: £195+VAT per place

Others: £695+VAT per place 

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

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