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 Cardiff | 4th December 2019

BAME into Leadership Edinburgh | 20th February 2020

BAME into Leadership Leeds | 25th March 2020

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2019 Speakers include:

  • Anas Sarwar MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Glasgow Region
  • Grace Ononiwu CBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS West Midlands
  • Sir Richard Heaton, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice and Civil Service Race Champion
  • Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government
  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government
  • Jacky Wright, Chief Digital and Information Officer, HMRC
  • Deborah Cadman, Chief Executive, West Midlands Combined Authority
  • Aliya Mohammed, Chief Executive Officer, Race Equality First
  • Rupert McNeil, Chief People Officer, Cabinet Office
  • Baljit Ubhey, Director of Prosecution Police & Inclusion, CSP London
  • Ashok Ahir, Director of Communications and Engagement, UK Government in Wales
  • Davinder Mann, Director of Legal and Compliance, UK Export Finance
  • Dominic Arthur, Director, Strategy and Change. Civil Service HR, Cabinet Office
  • Jazz Bhogal,  Deputy Director, Department for Health & Social Care
  • Gerri Clement, Deputy Director, EU Exit Capacity & Capability, Cabinet Office
  • Junior Johnson, Deputy Director, Prison Policy Workforce, Ministry of Justice
  • Uzma Khan, Deputy Director, Economic Strategy, Scottish Government
  • Kashif Chaudry, Deputy Director, Aviation Security International Operations, Department for Transport
  • Stella Okeahialam MBE, Deputy Director, Home and Legal Infrastructure and Projects Authority
  • Augustine Entonu, Assistant Director, Head of Transformation Programmes, Cabinet Office
  • Sanjiv Vedi, Assistant Director, Welsh Government
  • Tolu Oyelola, Assistant Director, HMRC
  • Kuljit Dhillon, Deputy Director, Public Bodies Team, Cabinet Office (job share)
  • Vicky Elliott, Deputy Director, Civil Service Ethnic Diversity Programme, Cabinet Office
  • Shakira Keddo, Deputy Director, Senior HR Business Partner, Defra
  • Rob Neil OBE, Strategic Delivery Lead, Department for Education
  • Elliott Rae, Head of Defra's Project Race and Founder, MusicFootballFatherhood
  • Karen Campbell-White, Head of Campaigns, Competition and Markets Authority
  • Mushtaq Raj MBE, People Lead, Home Office
  • Bernadette Thompson, SCS HR Business Partner, Ministry of Justice
  • Tolu Munro, President, National Black Police Association
  • Rami Ousta, Chief Executive Officer, BEMIS
  • Elaine Powell, Peak Performance & Communication Expert, SWC Consultancy and Training
  • Gamiel Yafai, Managing Director, Diversity Marketplace
  • Richard Hillsdon, Associate Trainer, Dods
  • Peter Green, Former Convenor, Ofsted & FDA Committee Member
  • Dr Onkar Sahota, London Assembly Member, Ealing and Hillingdon
  • Sheree Atcheson, Consulting Inclusion Lead, Deloitte U.K.; Global Ambassador, Women Who Code; Contributor, Forbes

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/Keystone 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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