Black Allyship Program

Thursday 20th October  |  10am – 2pm

We speak with allies on how they can be more effective in partnering with the Black community to create greater opportunities for the advancement of Black talent. In collaboration with our Diversity and Inclusion coach, we will deliver training to employees and senior management on how to best support Black employees/colleagues, recognise and challenge stereotypes, systematic inequalities and microaggressions in the workplace and create an inclusive work environment where Black employees believe they truly belong.

Who is this for?
We invite all allies who would like to develop, be inspired, and have real, honest and open discussions in an environment that supports learning and growth. Regardless of your race this is a fantastic session for you to attend.

Speakers TBC

Lisa Townsend

Lisa Townsend

Chief People Officer, Moneysupermarket Group

Scarlett Allen-Horton

Scarlett Allen-Horton

Founder of Harper FoxPartners and BBC Apprentice Finalist 2019

Scarlett Allen-Horton is a top performing InternationalExecutive Search Recruiter, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion specialist and Founder of Harper Fox SearchPartners, a top-performing Executive Search Firm with a passion for placing Senior Female and Ethnic Minoritytalent across the Engineering & Energy sectors.

In addition, Scarlett is a finalist of the acclaimed BBCApprentice Television Show, business partner to British business magnate Lord Sugar, Diversity and Inclusionambassador for the Recruitment & EmploymentConfederation (REC) and proud ambassador for WE:AREdomestic abuse freedom empowerment charity.

Andre Allee

Associate General Counsel, GB&M and co-Chair HSBC UK Embrace

I joined HSBC Legal in 2018, initially advising our Asset Management business and, more recently, our Global Banking & Markets business. I am also co-Chair for UK Embrace, HSBC’s ethnicity ERG / employee network.

I have been working in the City for over 30 years. Previously, I was a Managing Director in the legal team at BlackRock and, before that, a partner at Simmons & Simmons. I trained and qualified at Freshfields.

I’m married with 4 children. My parents are from Trinidad & Tobago in the Caribbean and came to the UK as part of the Windrush arrivals.

Jordon Clarke

Global Head of GCM & Syndicate Projects Operations/ Digital Assets Operations at Morgan Stanley

Jordon is responsible for the Global Investment Banking Division, Global Capital Markets and Syndicate Global Change Programme. In addition, Jordon is the operational lead for Enterprise Blockchain, DLT & Crypto Exploration. Prior to his current roles, he was Head of European Exchange Traded Products (ETP) Operations, where he had a leading role launching the firm’s successful European ETP business. Before joining Morgan Stanley in 2014, Jordon worked in Equity Derivative Operations at Goldman Sachs and UK Credit Sales at HSBC. He is committed to creating a more equitable workplace in his role as the Co-Chair of Morgan Stanley’s African and Caribbean Business Alliance (ACBA) and as a key member of the Operations Diversity & Inclusion council and The Race to Action Council. Jordon graduated from Loughborough University in 2010 with a degree in Information, Management & Business Studies (BSc). In his spare time he enjoys playing Basketball and has Jordon launched an education app, which currently has over 1 million downloads.

Mac Alonge

Mac Alonge

CEO and Founder of The Equal Group

Mac Alonge worked as a strategic and regulatory consultant for over 10 years before establishing The Equal Group which focuses on providing forward-thinking organisations with the tools and support that they need to optimise their equality, diversity, and inclusion efforts. Mac believes that if we can successfully take people to space and bring them back safely, we can solve inequality in the workplace.

Abimbola Johnson

Award-winning criminal defence and professional regulatory barrister based in London

Abimbola is also a legal commentator and writer. She has been featured in The Guardian, Elle magazine, Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, ITV, the BBC, Channel 4 News, The Metro, and Sky News. Her writing appears on the reading list for the LSE’s LLB(Hons) course. Abimbola delivers an annual lecture on Hate Crime and Discrimination as part of the University of Oxford’s Advanced Criminal Law module for their undergraduate law course.

Chad Wilson

VP, Head of Client Journey Design / BOLD Co Chair London

Chad is Head of Client Journey Design at JP Morgan, sitting within Payments & Commerce, Merchant Services. He leads a global team focused on Payments modernization,  designing North Star Payment experiences for clients and driving design thinking across the business. Chad is also CO Chair of JP Morgan’s BOLD London and sits on the EMEA leadership team (Black Organization for Leadership and Development) focusing on advancing black talent across Europe. Chad has over 13 years experiences across product management, design, GTM, sits on the board / advises business schools , is passionate about Product/Design mentorship and driving D&I forward in Product and Technology.

Chad also holds a Master’s degree in project management, finance and risk from City University and a BEng in civil engineering from Kingston University.

Christina Brooks 

Founder CEO – Ruebik 

Christina Brooks is the Founder and CEO of a leading recruitment and inclusion consultancy. Racial and gender discrimination shape Brooks’ perspective of access to opportunities. From a young schoolgirl in Gloucester, to the social impact driven entrepreneur she is today. Her mission at Ruebik is to impart her knowledge and lived experiences to help better the lives of the underrepresented, encompassing gender, ethnicity, and disability. Brooks has over 20 years’ experience in the talent attraction field, including Global Executive Talent Lead at Rolls-Royce. Her passion is further reflected in her personal endeavours, as a Trustee for an alternative provision school in London, a Governor of an Autism & Cognitive Social Communication school, mentor to incarcerated youth, and advisor to many black-owned social start-ups. 

Dapo Araoye 

Director and Chief Credit Officer, Foreign Currency Solutions, American Express

Dapo joined American Express in 2014 as a General Credit Ratings Analyst. Over the past 8 years he has worked his way up to Director and Chief Credit Officer of the Foreign Currency Solutions portfolio. He is also the Partnerships Co-Lead of American Express’s UK Black Engagement Network. Dapo frequently travels home to his native Nigeria where he is involved in multiple charitable endeavours around education and youth development. 

Marc Abraham

Senior Group Product Manager, Intercom

Marc is an experienced product management practitioner, currently working as Senior Group Product Manager at Intercom. He’s worked for a large number of successful digital organisations, at ASOS, World First and 7Digital, among others. He has written about his learnings in the book My Product Management Toolkit which came out in 2018 and “Managing Product = Managing Tension” (2020).

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