More about our speakers
Natalie Sigona, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, BAE Systems
Natalie has worked in the world of HR for over 20 years. During this time Natalie has led many people related change and transformation projects in two Global FTSE 100 organisations (both in the Aerospace and Defence sector) – previously Rolls-Royce and now BAE Systems. Natalie has specialised in Diversity and Inclusion for almost ten years, Natalie is passionate about ensuring all difference thrives in an inclusive, agile, accessible working environment where everyone can be their best. Inclusive leadership, diversity of thought and weaving D&I into the DNA of an organisation’s culture, systems, processes & policies are high on Natalie’s priority list. Prior to specialising in the area of Diversity and Inclusion, Natalie worked as a HR Business Partner, led the implementation of Global HR Shared Services, managed a HR Shared Service Customer Support team and led a HR Service Improvement programme for line managers. Natalie is used to working with and across different regions such as America, Asia Pacific, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Australia, Europe and the UK. As a qualified business and personal coach Natalie enjoys helping people be the best they can be. Natalie has two young children and juggles a busy work and home life. She personally recognises the pressures of trying to ‘balance it all’. In her spare time she finds running keeps her mindful and she loves to get creative – either through organising charity concerts or working on podcasts such ‘A Diverse Life’.
Charlotte Sweeney OBE, Inclusion, Diversity and Equality Specialist
Charlotte has specialised in Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) for nearly 20 years and was recognised by The Economist and The Daily Telegraph as one of the Top 10 D&I Professional Consultancies in the world. She runs a consultancy specialising in D&I strategy and their effective and sustainable implementation. Her clients include many global companies and gained much of her global experience leading D&I in a number of companies in both Retail and Investment Banking (Barclays, Barclays Capital, HBOS and Nomura). In 2014 she authored an independent review for the UK Government Secretary of State Dr. Vince Cable on Women on Boards and Executive Search Firms and is the co-author of the recent Financial Times published book ‘Inclusive Leadership – the definitive guide to developing and executing an impactful Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, locally and globally’, which was shortlisted for Management Book of the Year by The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in 2018. She was recognised in the New Year Honours 2017 list with Officers of the British Empire (OBE) for her services to Women and Equalities.
Gamiel Yafai, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist, Diversity Marketplace
Gamiel has worked at the highest levels with many public, private and voluntary sector organisations on Diversity and Inclusion Culture Change Initiatives over the last 19 years. Recipient of the Global Diversity Leadership Award presented by the Global HRD Congress, Global Goodwill Ambassador and Author of ‘Demystifying Diversity’ and ‘Yemen Proud’, Gamiel has worked with some of the UK’s largest Employers to design and implement Diversity and Inclusion Culture Change strategies and action plans. Gamiel founded and headed up the Diversity Practices for two of the UK’s largest HR Resourcing Agencies (Barkers now Penna & Euro RSCG Riley now Havas) before setting up Diversity Marketplace. He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of Diversity and Inclusive leadership and the impact of Unconscious Bias, within the employment cycle. Particularly the barriers faced when attempting to direct source or support diverse talent. Diversity Marketplace was set up to support Recruitment Resourcing/Branding Agencies, and Direct Clients to achieve their Diversity an Inclusion objectives in terms of recruitment, attraction and retention. Diversity Marketplace has also conducted 32 research projects and developed many training programmes including the facilitation of the Civil Service’s Positive action Pathway (PAP) modules, Action Learning Sets and development days. Gamiel is also an Ambassador of the Hunger Project.
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