Inspirational Speakers - October 2023

New Speakers

Ella Sy is a Business Futures Strategy Director and Consultant at GDR. She is focused on providing retailers, brands and hospitality clients with thought leadership, insights and wayfinding to the future.
Ella’s driving force as a speaker and thought leader is to be a catalyst for business & human growth. Her experience with brands & agencies enables Ella to unlock consumer insights, dive into brand personas & purpose, and create compelling strategic stories that capture the zeitgeist and audience.
Shaun Flores is an acclaimed speaker, upcoming author, and catalyst for change, renowned for inspiring countless individuals worldwide through the powerful narrative of transforming personal pain into purpose. Living with OCD & ADHD, Shaun navigates mental illness into a continuing mental wellness.
Shaun’s remarkable story has graced illustrious stages across the globe, from 3 TEDx Talks, in schools, universities colleges and corporate clients. From a modelling and influencing background, he has written and spoken openly about, disordered eating and addiction, the misconceptions of OCD, and how neurodiversity adds to the new upcoming world.
Gina, a two-time TEDx Global Speaker with two decades of experience pioneering large-scale corporate change, is best known as an industry leader in corporate transformation and workplace wellbeing. Gina is the Founder and Director of Your People Power, an organisation with a mission to transform the industry and how we work through her science-led education and exclusive solution-driven programmes.
Gina draws from personal experiences working in high-pressure, dynamic environments to drive better business support for employees, with a focus on positive mental health. She demonstrates that happier and healthier employees lead to higher productivity and company profits.
Carly Tait (PLY) is a retired Paralympian and global Diversity & Inclusion consultant working with organisations to develop their D&I strategies and action plans.
Carly is also a keynote speaker, writer and is a regular guest on panels and podcasts, sharing high performance methodology and her lived experience across a variety of intersectional inclusion topics including women’s health, disability and fertility.
Michael Maisey is a motivational speaker who has a powerful story of overcoming adversity. He shares his experience of how to lead under pressure and keep going in the face of challenges.
Michael Maisey has built a career on kindness, overcoming adversity and healthy masculinity. He knows that if these concepts are introduced, they can bring about life changing results and lead to a more purposeful life. He is passionate about social responsibility in business and applauds all companies who embrace it.
Em Stroud is a Clown, best selling author and the co-founder of the new Global Movement, Laugh, Think and Play. Em is an experienced performer and successful entrepreneur, two-time TEDx speaker and the only TEDx speaker to have delivered the talk as a Banana.
Em Stroud is a superb speaker, Clown and performer who speaks on a range of subjects including how laughter and fun can impact on leadership, teams and culture. How tools and ideas from the world of improvisation and Clowning can impact business success and team performance as well as leadership. Stroud is a best selling author, Clown and successful entrepreneur who has been described as “innovative, witty, engaging and authentic” by Diva Magazines Sam Grierson.
Jodie Hill is a neurodivergent solicitor, ED&I consultant, training provider, author and campaigner. She is passionate about employment law, mental health and wellbeing, equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I), and neurodiversity.
A qualified barrister initially called to the Bar in 2010, Jodie then cross-qualified to become a solicitor in 2013. Her mental breakdown in 2017, which Jodie now describes as her “mental breakthrough”, led her to establish Thrive Law in 2018. It was the first law firm in the UK founded with wellbeing and mental health at its heart.
Ben Aldridge writes and speaks about Stoic philosophy, comfort zones, mental health and adventure, a bestselling author of How to Be Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, How to Control the Uncontrollable and the Get Out of Your Comfort Zone Cards.

Ben has spoken to audiences around the world, appeared on TV & radio and been interviewed on high-profile podcasts. His books have been translated into 6 languages and featured on a variety of bestseller lists. Ben’s message encourages others to build resilience by stepping outside of their comfort zones in a host of different ways. 

Charlie Hart, AKA ‘Ausome Charlie’, is a highly experienced, CIPD-qualified HR professional, and a popular and influential intersectional neurodiversity advocate.

Charlie is Bi/Pan, Autistic and ADHD, with C-PTSD. She identifies as a ‘Queer AuDHDer,’

Charlie’s presentations and speeches centre her own lived experience and insights, underpinned with expertise in employment legislation and inclusion theory, and delivered with authentically neurodivergent quirkiness and self-deprecating humour.
Adventurer, author, campaigner, cancer survivor, and triple world record holder Lizzie Carr MBE is one of today’s most prominent environmental voices, with her inspirational efforts reaching more than 85 million people globally.
An accomplished public speaker, Lizzie talks openly about her journey with cancer and mental health, as well as delving into her work in the sustainability sector, and what it takes to lead a pioneering non-profit in the citizen-based science research space. She has shared her story in front of live audiences at Fearne Cotton’s Happy Place, Latitude and Wilderness Festivals.
Mental health campaigner, best-selling author & social media influencer Ben West is one of the most engaging and inspiring young male voices in the UK today.
Ben’s award-winning work began when he noticed that teachers were not being properly prepared to deal with mental health issues in the classroom. He started a petition to make mental health first aid a compulsory part of teacher training in a bid to allow teachers the ability and courage to approach students and intervene early to help. The petition was signed by over 300,000 people and Ben has since worked with the government and former Prime Minister Boris Johnson to accelerate its impact.
Freddy McConnell is an award-winning journalist, writer and speaker. In 2018, he became a dad and shared his experience of pregnancy as a transgender man in the BIFFA-nominated BBC documentary, Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth.
In 2018, Freddy McConnell became a dad and shared his experience of pregnancy as a transgender man in the BIFFA-nominated BBC documentary, Seahorse: The Dad Who Gave Birth. In 2023, Freddy is now nominated as a Top 10 Outstanding Contributor to LGBT+ Life in the British LGBT+ Awards.
Michael Edwards, better known as Eddie ‘the Eagle’ Edwards, was the first competitor to represent the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team in Olympic Ski jumping.
Despite little skill for his sport, Eddie’s heroic failures won the hearts and minds of the public: in 2016, he was portrayed by Taron Egerton in the biographical film Eddie the Eagle, and he remains one of the best loved athletes today.

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Avril Grant is a CEO and Founder of AVision for Empowerment CIC, Inspirational TEDx and Keynote Speaker, Master Transformational Coach and Humanitarian.

Avril Grant  is passionate about people and activating their potential. She speaks and inspires people from all walks of life towards positive sustainable change and has 7 years experience in delivering her inspirational workshops and accredited programmes to companies, schools and to the country’s hardest to reach audiences in 17 prisons across the UK. She devotes herself to making a difference to people’s lives and has helped many people achieve their career goals.

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Caroline Vernon
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Our multi-academy trust held an INSET day for 300 staff today and we booked a speaker through Inspirational Speakers Ltd. The service by this company was excellent from start to finish! The booking system, support up to the event and following it were brilliant. As an educator, my role is not usually to manage large events such as this and so I really valued the service provided to guide and reassure me during the preparation process. The speaker was excellent and really motivated the entire audience. I cannot recommend Inspirational Speakers Ltd highly enough. Thank you!
Yusuf Okucu
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We partnered with Inspirational Speakers to invite an expert on inclusion & diversity and the partnership has been excellent with frequent and transparent communication.
Pam Langmead
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Claire is always a joy to deal with and makes my job of conference organiser as easy and smooth as it can be. She is always responsive and provides information and contact swiftly when needed - a great set up.

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