Agnieszka Baliszewska

Agnieszka Baliszewska | Nursing and Midwifery Council

Agnieszka Baliszewska

Since I was at school I have been aware of wanting to do my best and at the same time to motivate and lead others to do more and to enjoy life.

After graduating from Camberwell School of Art I took the decision to move into a role where I could make a difference. My time at Monsoon Accessorize gave me a solid grounding in a challenging retail customer service environment, learning about sales, customer relationships and being part of a service team. Equipped with this experience I looked for an opportunity in the charitable sector, initially joining the NMC on a temporary contract in the call centre, since when I have progressed up to my current role as UK Registration Team Manager.

While attending a residential leadership course in the sixth form I realised that I enjoyed guiding and leading others, facing a challenge, finding great solutions and working with a team towards a common goal. Throughout my career I’ve always worked hard to find the next opportunity and build my skills base while leading those around me. I’m a great believer in nurturing and developing talent at all levels, and also finding the joy in discovering strengths and talents in others.

Within the NMC I founded the Talent and Development working group, I sit on the Communication Rhythm Forum, am a Change Champion and a Tone of Voice Champion. These are all opportunities that I have identified as areas where I can make a difference and a real contribution; although disparate, they do have a great deal of overlap and are of key significance in promoting good communication and relationships in such a fast paced and changing organisation.
The NMC, although a regulatory body, is a forward thinking organisation that embraces diversity and difference. I have been able to add to this through supporting my team to break down barriers, grasp opportunities, find their brand, understand their goals and put themselves forward. This can be challenging, which is great and rewarding! Life for me is constantly learning; I am looking forward to the future, to learning and advancing myself and those around me.

Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore | Apps for Good

Natalie Moore

Natalie Moore is currently co-Acting UK Managing Director (maternity cover) at Apps for Good.

Joining Apps for Good in January 2013 she has been a core part of a small team with a start-up mindset. Natalie joined Apps for Good as Education Outreach and Development Coordinator and during her 6 years has gone on to take on more responsibility and become one of the longest serving team members. Over the years Natalie has been a key player in the success of Apps for Good, particularly supporting the role out, growth and reach of the charity.

Prior to joining Apps for Good, Natalie was International Education Programme Coordinator at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic & Paralympic Games (LOCOG). She started at LOCOG in September 2007 at the age of 18 as part of the School Leaver Programme, and remained in the team until October 2012. During this time she supported the role out of the London 2012 education programme (Get Set) to schools all around the UK and internationally, building relationships with schools and teachers. During "Games Time" Natalie was seconded to London 2012 Ceremonies Ltd. from LOCOG. Acting as a "Casting Assistant", working with school groups and young people rehearsing and performing in the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Opening & Closing Ceremonies.

Natalie is particularly passionate about using education and innovative initiatives to create an environment that allows young people to be inspired, thrive and achieve, no matter their location or socio-economic background.

Herchran Boal

Herchran Boal | RSPCA

Herchran Boal

I have been working for the RSPCA as a Inspector for the last 19yrs.

I am extremely Passionate about Animal welfare, educating the public on being compassionate towards animals & how caring for them can bring us not only great joy but Rewards both Physically & Mentally.

I have been privileged to be able to do this through working on different programs namely The Dog Rescuers & The cat Rescuers on channel 5. I have become one of the Inspectors featured regularly on this program & i feel very honoured to be able to do this & reach a wider audience to showcase the great work done by the RSPCA.

My Specialisms at work Include being a Tutor Inspector, Puppy trade Officer & Performing Animals Advisor.

I also Specialise in large Multi Animal investigations & those investigations that are Complex in Nature Involving usually Organised Crime.

These Investigations tend to involve other organisations like the Police & Local authority, i'm a believer in Multi Agency Working to get the Best Results for both the Animals and Sometimes people namely children.

Sonia Meggie

Sonia Meggie | Inspirational YOU

Sonia Meggie

Sonia Meggie is the award-winning founder of Inspirational YOU; a London based social enterprise.

Their mission is to connect, inspire and empower young people, women and ethnic minorities who want to progress personally and professionally.

She is passionate about tech, BAME progression, diversity and Africa, which saw her be selected as an RSA Diaspora Changemaker. Sonia is a Diversity and wellbeing Consultant and can be seen and supporting inclusion initiatives around the UK. In February 2019, Sonia was shortlisted for Stylist Magazine ‘Inspirational woman of the year’ award in their inaugural Remarkable women awards.

In 2016 she launched an accessories brand called FunkyNChunky creating ethically made accessories from Africa, this has seen her brand grow globally. Her passion is empowering others and giving back. This summer (2019) will see her open a Saturday school for those aged 8-14 in South West London.

Sonia is a qualified football coach, Trustee for the Jason Roberts Foundation, Friends Committee member of the Black Cultural Archives and Ghana GUBA Trade Expo. Via Inspirational YOU she has held over 100 events in 8 years, which include the popular teenagers careers platform and ‘women at the top’ masterclass at the House of Commons.

Sonia has worked alongside organisations such as Google, Deloitte, Barclays Corporate, BAML, MP’s, Law Chambers, PwC, Pearsons, ITV, Sky, London Youth, BBC, Channel 4, Stephen Lawrence Trust, DAC Beachcroft and UK Supreme Court.

Laura Perkins

Laura Perkins | Young Women's Trust

Laura Perkins

I am a creative and target driven fundraiser, with a passion for engaging with people and developing the capacity and resources of charities particularly those that support women.

I have been a fundraiser for charities both large and small, from the British Heart Foundation to Find Your Feet. I started my career after university, as an administrator taking calls and sending thank you letters and I loved the opportunity it gave me to talk to people about issues they cared about. I was also really motivated by the difference that every donation made to the lives of the people the charity served. Over the years I have looked for ways to increase my skills and knowledge by taking on new responsibilities and networking with peers. I have also purposefully taken roles in smaller charities to enable me to broaden by experience and help them grow.

In 2006, I undertook an MSc in Development Studies which fuelled my interest in international development issues which led me to work at a number of international charities supporting the economic empowerment of women across the world. A highlight during that time was travelling to meet with colleagues overseas to support them with their own fundraising so they could support more women through their programmes.

I then took the decision to apply what I learned to supporting young women across the UK. Currently manage a small team of fundraisers at Young Women’s Trust, a charity that supports disadvantaged young women to build their confidence, broaden their expectations and find work that’s right for them. My work focuses on building relationships with people, companies and networks to raise awareness of the challenges young women face and find ways for them to make a difference. I also contribute to the charity’s strategic direction, looking for new ways for us to grow our impact on young women’s lives. I am deeply concerned by the growing inequality in the UK and believe strongly that we are all losing out, both economically and socially by not supporting all young women to be socially mobile and fulfil their potential.