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MPA Big Debate 2: ‘Diversity matters’

MPA Big Debate 2: ‘Diversity matters’
Location:Neo, Charlotte Street, Manchester M1 4ET
Don’t miss out on your FREE place for the next Big Debate sponsored by Bruntwood – book now, places are strictly limited

For a creative industry where new and innovative ideas are essential, are we guilty of always employing clones? Or are we a pioneering bunch of open-minded free thinkers, naturally embracing the rich tapestry of gender, class and ethnicity that Manchester has to offer?

Following our recent ‘Meet your next Mayor’ event, the second of our Big Debate series for 2017 sponsored by Bruntwood will focus on Diversity. We invite you to book your free place now to make sure you are able to attend and contribute to this vital discussion.
Our panel is made up of some the region’s most engaging and forthright commentators on this subject including:

John Walding - Marketing, Communications and Campaigns Manager, Manchester’s LGBT Foundation

Manchester’s LGBT Foundation is one of the largest LGBT organisations providing a range of vital services to LGBT people in Greater Manchester and beyond. He has over 16 years of experience of working in Marketing and Communications both in-house and agency side.

Nihal Arthanayake - Broadcaster

Nihal is the host of BBC Radio 5 Live's Afternoon Edition (Mon-Thu 1-4pm) and can be heard on the BBC Asian Network (Fridays 10am–1pm). He has recently hosted Hip Hop and Me for Sky Arts, Film 2017 on BBC One and in 2016 broadcast from Rio for the Olympic Games. He has also fronted the BBC Radio 2 Arts Show and Sunday Politics London for BBC. Nihal sits on the board of London’s Southbank Centre.

Kate Vokes, Director of Culture, Bruntwood -

After careers in food and management consultancy, Kate turned her people-focused approach to property. Bruntwood specialises in creating interesting workspaces, employing around 600 people. Kate is responsible for ensuring the Bruntwood brand and values are embedded throughout everything the company does. Her commitments to the city extend to Chair of Cityco, Trustee of the Oglesby Charitable Trust, The Factory Youth Zone and Mentor for a director of a local school.

Vic Elizabeth Turnbull, Marketing & Fundraising Manager, UpRising and Director, -

Vic works tirelessly to enable new talent to achieve their ambitions, whatever their background and was included on this year’s prestigious Northern Power Women Future List. With over a decade’s experience working with national, award-winning youth charities, Vic’s currently with UpRising youth leadership and was previously Deputy Director of, Europe’s leading promoter of emerging creative talent. Vic’s also a creative industries geek; as Director of Silent Radio, an independent music website and co-Founder of the Silent Radio show (MCR.Live), with other international production credits that include BBC 5Live, BBC Radio Manchester, Teachers TV, ZDF / Arte and Smithsonian. She DJ's a bit too.

Ewan Douglas, Agency Principal – Nations & Regions, Channel 4 -

Ewan leads Channel 4's Nations & Regions commercial business partnering Channel 4's output with clients and agencies across the UK & Ireland. He is hugely proud of the Channel 4's diverse & innovative output and is a passionate about partnering brands with this content to produce great work. He is currently on a baking crash course as he warms up to the arrival of the Great British Bake Off.

Erica Ingham, CFO, MediaCom North -

Erica has been CFO at Mediacom North for nearly three years, leading the business on a strong growth and acquisition trajectory. She is responsible for Mediacom North’s Finance, HR and Legal and Compliance functions. Having graduated from Reading University with a BA hons in French, Erica joined the M&S Finance graduate trainee programme. She subsequently specialised in Media working for BBC Radio, MTV Europe, Liberty Media and 20th Century Fox. Latterly, Erica ran her own business providing fundraising, acquisition and sales advice to Media companies. Erica has spent a large part of her career abroad setting up the first VoD service in Europe. She holds a Diploma in Board Direction and is also a Non-Executive Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors.

Christian James will once again chair the debate. He said: “At a national level, McKinsey research found that the most racially and ethnically diverse companies, along with those that employ more women are likely to enjoy better than average returns whilst greater gender diversity at board level boosts performance. Diversity is not just a matter of social justice, it makes commercial sense too. This is a vital debate to gauge the temperature of the diverse waters flowing through the commercial corridors of our City.”

Should every business have a diverse hiring strategy?
Shouldn’t everyone get hired/promoted on merit?

Our stimulatingly diverse panel will lead the debate with questions from the audience ensuring we all leave the session inspired and more informed about the Diversity debate.

Event timimgs:
5pm - drinks reception
5.30pm - take your seats
7pm - close

The MPA team