Join us next year...

The second, sell-out, ‘Balance The Board: Accelerating Change Conference’ was held on 5 October 2023 at 30 Euston Square, London and the feedback has been phenomenal!

Designed for C-level business leaders, founders and professionals from the hospitality, travel, leisure and consumer sectors seeking to learn how to make positive change in their organisations, the industry and by extension - society at large. 

This informative and interactive event covered key themes such as the importance of a balanced board and leadership team, the power of mentoring, investment and entrepreneurship, behavioural and structural inclusion as well as exploring the intersectionality with all dimensions of diversity including social mobility, LGBTQIA+, race equity, disability and neurodiversity.  

The packed agenda included;

The Power of Three at Caravan:
Bharti Radix, Founder, BloomsYard in conversation with:

  • Laura Harper Hinton, Founder, Caravan
  • Jo Fleet, MD, Caravan
  • Jane O Riordan, Chair, Caravan

Founding a Business

  • What I've learned from others and myself, with Katy Moses, Founder and MD, KAM Media

HR Leaders Panel
Adam Dilks, HR Director, Nightcap HR in conversation with:

  • Dawn Browne, Chief People Officer, Fullers
  • Helene Sharrock, Chief People Officer, The Jockey Club
  • Ceri Gott, Chief People Officer, Hawksmoor

The Language of Allyship and Understanding
Kelly Canterford Co-Chair Freehold CIC and Co-Founder OUTSpoken Speakers Network and Out & Wild Festival Polly Shute
Enabling All
Mike Adams OBE, Executive Director, Caretech PLC and CEO of Purple in conversation with:

  • Ed Warner, CEO, Motionspot
  • Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum

Survey Results
The Balance the Board Diversity Survey Results with CGA by NIQ
Kate Nicholls OBE, CEO, UK Hospitalty
How to be a Changemaker
The interview with:

  • Kate Nicholls, OBE, CEO UKHospitality
  • Rob Pitcher, Group CEO, Revolution Bars

 Women on Boards
A cross-industry view with:

  • Brandie Deignan, CEO and NED
  • Emma Woods, Chair, Tortilla and NED TheGymGroup and Great Portland Estates 

Breaking the Class Ceiling
Sasha Covington, COO UK Valuation Advisory and Head of Diversity & Inclusion, JLL
Mirror Mirror on the wall…
Shweta Aggarwal, Anti-colourism activist
Power of Technology
Hector Minto, Lead Technology Evangelist, Microsoft and UK Government Disability and Access Ambassador for the Tech Sector
Lessons from a Dragon
Sarah Willingham, Former ‘Dragon’, Mum of four and CEO of Nightcap PLC
P20/20 Diversity Champion Award Shortlist
The Peach 20/20 Diversity Champion Award finalists will be revealed by Christine Martin, Peach 20/20 Co Founder

Topped off with a lively networking reception from 6-8pm.
Register your interest and as soon as details are released for next years event, we will let you know. It promises to be bigger and even better, so don't miss out! 

2022 Conference Feedback


Here's just some of the wonderful feedback from last year...
Last year was a sell out. Don't miss it!

Why attend?

  • We will address many of the challenges the hospitality and leisure industry faces in retaining and advancing diverse talent.
  • The programme is designed to explore real world strategies from both business leaders  and diversity, equity and inclusion experts - from within and beyond the sector - to share fresh thinking and spur innovation.
  • Incredibly talented roster of speakers; from change-making CEOs and pioneering founders to HR leaders, investors and a raft of specialist experts. They will share their unique insights, challenge your thinking and offer practical solutions to accelerate positive change in your organisations.
  • Brilliant chairs and panellists will highlight the progress that has been made within the industry, as well as introducing new perspectives and sharing learnings from other sectors.
  • Our objective is to ignite your imagination and showcase the art of the possible in your organisation
  • You will walk away armed with practical tips and inspired by true change makers

Tickets are on sale now and spaces are limited!


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