Black History Month speakers you need to know about

October is an important month in the D&I calendar- it marks Black History Month, a time for us to focus on the contribution of ethnic minorities to our society. Often overlooked, it gives us a chance to celebrate the achievements of some of the marginalised communities that make up the population of the UK, and a great way to do this is with a keynote speaker.

Below is our top pick of Black History Month speakers, available to book for both virtual and in-person events;

Dr Olivette Otele

Olivette is a Professor of the History of Slavery at Bristol University. She is vice-president of the Royal Historical Society and Chair of Bristol’s Race Equality Commission. Olivette particularly looks at societies and identity, and how the two influence each other, attempting to get to the root causes of racism and discrimination.

David Olusoga

After moving to the UK from Nigeria as a child, David has experienced racism at its worst. After studying the history of slavery at university, he became a researcher for the BBC, before becoming a producer, and finally a presenter and author. He has covered a wide variety of topics within black history, and is an expert in military history, empire, race and slavery, bringing his talks on black history incredible depth and colour.

Sir Trevor McDonald

West Indies born, Trevor moved to London in the late 60’s to work as a radio producer, before beginning his iconic association with ITN. A hugely respected journalist and broadcaster, Trevor has had the privilege of interviewing such names as Nelson Mandela, and has spoken out on his own experiences of colonial Britain, as well as the importance of teaching Black History.

June Sarpong

TV executive and presenter, June is the Director of Creative Diversity for the BBC, ensuring fair representation across the BBC’s creative activities. Outside of the BBC, June is a passionate advocate for diversity across business and media, and has been very vocal on issues contributing to race inequality. She also the author of books Diversify and The Power of Privilege, exploring the barriers and solutions to a lack of diversity.

Sharon Warmington

An International Governance Practitioner and local school Governor, Sharon brings energy and insight to the topic of diversity. Her tributes to both modern-day and historic black history makers, as well as her experience on the importance of making uncomfortable discussions comfortable, make her talks both practical and insightful.

Shaun Wallace

Barrister and law lecturer, Shaun is known as a MasterMind champion and as the Chaser known as The Dark Destroyer on ITV’s The Chase. Shaun is a vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion, recording Racism: My Story for Channel 5, and also calling for black history to be taught in schools.

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Top Commonwealth Games Speakers

At the end of this month, Birmingham will be set to welcome hordes of athletes from across the globe as they compete for gold and the coveted spot at the top of the medal table. The Commonwealth Games is coming to the Black Country, and in honour of England hosting the event, we have cherry picked our top Commonwealth athletes, available to book to speak at your event

Nicola Adams OBE

England’s most successful female boxer of all time, Nicola is an iconic sporting role model. After winning Olympic Gold in 2012, all eyes were on her as she became the first-ever women’s Commonwealth boxing champion in 2014. An incredible role model for women, people of colour and the LGBTQ+ community, Nicola was awarded an OBE in 2016 after defending her Olympic title, and ‘The Adams Effect’ is still seeing the growth and recognition of women’s boxing on the international stage.


Tracey Neville MBE

A former England Roses netball player, Tracey Neville took the role as the Roses head coach in 2015. Her controversial long-term plan for the squad resulted in some heavy loses early on in her term, but the 2018 Commonwealth Games saw all that change. In one of netball’s biggest ever upsets, the Roses beat long-time top dogs, the Australian Diamonds to take the Gold medal, and cementing Tracey as an icon of leadership.


Tom Daley

One of the UK’s most recognisable athletes and media stars, Tom has an impressive four Commonwealth Gold medals, as well as a silver. He is a huge inspiration on the LGBTQ+ scene as well, campaigning for restrictions on participating in international competition for nations that have anti-LGBTQ+ laws. 


Greg Rutherford MBE

The British record holder for both the indoor and outdoor long jump, he is only the fifth British athlete to have held Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth titles simultaneously. Greg’s first Commonwealth outing in 2006 saw him finish a modest 8th, however he followed up in 2010 and 2014 with silver and gold respectively. Off the track, Greg has made appearances on Celebrity Masterchef and Strictly Come Dancing


Rebecca Adlington OBE

England’s darling of the swimming pool, Rebecca is the only female swimmer to win Gold at the ‘Big Four’- the Olympics, the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships and European Championships. She has two Commonwealth Gold medals to her name, as well as two Bronze, and can be seen as part of the BBC punditry team. She has also been very open about her struggles with mental health, and encouraging people to seek help.


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