BIMA Diversity and Talent Council Surgery

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The event is free for BIMA Members. Please email for your promo code.

You know the data. That mentors and mentees are 5x more likely to get promoted. That apprenticeship schemes improve quality and service. That diverse, inclusive companies are not only happier and fairer, but generate higher profits and hold greater market share. But if you’re planning to join a scheme or implement your own programme in 2020, where do you start?


The BIMA Council Surgery brings together expert industry practitioners from our D&I, Apprenticeships and Mentoring Councils for interactive roundtable discussions where you get to ask the questions that matter to you.


Perhaps you’re planning to set up your own apprenticeship scheme. Maybe you want to explore the latest thinking on how to embed D&I in your business. Perhaps you need practical advice on where to find – or how to become – a mentor. You’ll find the answers here.

Is this for you?

Ideal for digital agencies, brands who are employers, for any organisation looking to attract and retain the emerging Gen-Z graduate market, or for any business looking at their HR strategy in 2020.

Start the year with all your questions answered. Book your place at the BIMA Council Surgery now.

Tickets are free for BIMA members or £30 + VAT for non-members. To get your BIMA Member discount code email

Our Speakers:

Peppa Wise, Account Executive, WhiteHat

Peppa works in the commercial team at WhiteHat, partnering with strategic enterprise organisations to design and implement apprenticeship programmes. Peppa works predominantly with organisations within the financial services, software and media industries.

Peppa’s background is working in senior commercial roles at high growth UK tech start ups. She joined WhiteHat to become part of a company driving significant social change.

Jane Newell Brown, MD, silverspace

Jane Newell Brown is a member of the BIMA Mentoring Council and professional advisor to the organisation’s mentoring scheme. Jane’s passion for people, their development, growth and success has led to her work focus over the last fifteen years. Working primarily with young, fast-growing owner/partner led businesses she helps business leaders spend less time dealing with people issues and more time with their clients and developing their businesses.

With a particular interest in acquiring, retaining and growing talent she is the co-author of a major best-selling book for both agency and in-house recruiters ‘The Professional Recruiter’s Guide’ published by Kogan Page, now going into its third edition. Her second book, ‘A Complete Guide to Recruitment’ is also published by Kogan Page.

George Mann, Account Executive, WhiteHat

George works predominantly with enterprise organisations as a WhiteHat Account Manager, providing counsel and support to allow them to access diverse talent, future proof their existing workforce through digital and technical upskilling and invest in critical capabilities while utilising their Apprenticeship Levy.

He specialises in working with media agencies, drawing on his experience in PR and Media Relations at one of IPG’s leading agencies, Weber Shandwick.

As a Teach First ambassador, George is driven by a desire to continue promoting social integration and tangible opportunities for underprivileged communities in the U.K.

Stephanie Matthews, Partnerships Director, Creative Equals

Stephanie Matthews is Partnerships Director for Creative Equals, a not for profit championing inclusion & diversity in the creative sector. Prior to this she held senior roles in marketing at the Virgin Group and the RAC and advertising research for ITV and Channel 4. Outside of the day job, she’s an active member of a number of industry diversity initiatives including the women’s network Bloom UK as 2019 President, Stonewall’s School Role Model programme and the Media Trust mentoring programme.

Nadya Powell, Co Founder at Utopia, Chair of BIMA Diversity & Inclusion Council

Nadya is Chair of BIMA’s Diversity Council. She is on a mission to deliver business change by harnessing the power of creative thinking. As the co-founder of Utopia she is doing exactly that – Utopia is a culture change consultancy that ‘Re-wires Business for Age of Creativity’.

Nadya is also the co-founder of Innovation Social which is an affiliation of innovation leaders from agency, brand and startup worlds who believe that innovation will disrupt UK business for the better.

Additionally, she co-founded two Diversity networks and initiatives: which seeks to drive diversity in communications; which drives global media attention to the lack of diverse imagery in communications.

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Special thanks to our wonderful hosts MullenLowe.


Tue, 28 Jan 2020
18:00 - 20:30


MullenLowe London,

C-Space 37-45 City Road, London, EC1Y 1AT



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