Judith Hardisty

Judith Hardisty | Health and Safety Executive

Judith Hardisty

I grew up on a farm in Yorkshire, where I learnt a lot about gender roles and expectations that I didn’t conform to.

I studied languages at university and learnt about cultures, about the things that make us different and things that make us the same.

I like to make things better for people, and my career has been about improving services in the public and private sectors. I love working with individuals, leaders and organisations around change and engagement, with diversity and inclusion at the core of what I do. 

I am Co-Lead of the new Gender Equality Network at the Health and Safety Executive, raising awareness of gender issues, challenging stereotypes, supporting people to speak up against bullying, harassment and discrimination and informing HSE policy.  We run regular GENtalks to inform, engage and inspire people about gender equality.

I have chickens in my back-garden, it’s the farmer in me.

Vimla Appadoo

Vimla Appadoo | FutureGov

Vimla Appadoo

As a Service Designer at FutureGov, I've been bringing my passion for Service Design and user-centred services to the forefront of public sector innovation.

At 21, I co-founded Experience Matters consultancy, winning the NHS CCG as my first client. Since then, I also co-founded SheSaysMCR, managed DrinkaboutMCR and managed Manchester Social Entrepreneurs. I have been an advisor to the Youth Charter, I am a Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust and I am currently on the board for the Big Youth Group to help young people to define their own career paths in the UK.

I have been an advisor on international government tech missions and a mentor for various startup programmes. In 2016, I was voted on to the Northern Power Future List and in 2018 won the Young Digital Leader of the Year award at Digital Leaders. Throughout my career, I have remained conscious of my decisions and focus to bringing passion into my work, to make continuous a difference.

I strongly believe in representing under represented voices across platforms, so that we can begin to shift the narrative so that more people can create the changes that they want to see to be happier and healthier and live more fulfilled lives.

Sophie Daud

Sophie Daud | Department for Work and Pensions

Sophie Daud

Sophie is passionate about solving complex social problems.

Whilst studying Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, she became acutely interested in why we trust science, and how we use it effectively to untangle some of the biggest issues facing society. Identifying the Government as a key player in solving intractable issues using evidence-based policies, Sophie joined the Civil Service Fast Stream soon after graduating.

Since then, she has worked across a number of social policy areas, from exploring how to support the long-term unemployed back into work; through to emergency planning, preparing the UK for high-impact, low-probability risks (such as volcanic eruptions in Iceland!) and working to alleviate community distress and damage during extreme flooding in 2013/14, as part of the UK Government's emergency decision making machinery, COBRA. She spent two years investigating the challenges posed by childhood poverty and disadvantage, and played an instrumental role in developing and delivering a key cross-Government strategy to tackle this burning injustice.a

Sophie has also been responsible for supporting a senior Cabinet Minister, the Secretary to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, to manage and direct his disability and pensions portfolio, gaining a deep and meaningful understanding of the variety and the complexity of welfare challenges in the UK.

Sophie is currently a behavioural scientist for the Department for Work and Pensions, where she leads a team investigating how to support major transformation programmes to deliver culture change to deliver their social and business benefits. Our behaviours - and changes to our behaviour - are key not only to radically reforming businesses' productivity - but also contribute to our own, and our colleagues', welfare and impact critically on the citizens that we serve. Sophie is excited to fuse her deep knowledge of public policy with deep, scientific rigour in thinking creatively and innovatively about how all of us behave in the workplace.

Charlene Chigumira

Charlene Chigumira | Bedford, Luton & Milton Keynes Sustainability & Transformation Partnership

Charlene Chigumira

Charlene Chigumira is passionate about health and social care.

Between June 2015-June 2016 she completed a placement year at GSK, designing an onboarding guide for the company’s consumer health division for all new employees globally.

She was selected as 1 of 9 Management trainees in the Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Management Trainee scheme where she was rotated as a project manager at Health Innovation Network, one of the UK’s 15 Academic Health Science Networks.

She has worked on a number of interesting projects which include successfully embedding PharmOutcomes software in Lewisham, saving the Lewisham Clinical Commisioning group £218,556 within the first 4 months. Other projects she worked on include a reassessment of the NHS 111* lines with London Ambulance Service, using Behavioural Insights to influence changes in catheter safety across South London and various Trust-wide HR projects as part of the Guy’s & St Thomas’ Trust CEO’s Diagonal Slice Team.

Charlene takes every opportunity to help others,offering free CV/cover letter reviews to her peers, speaking about her career at universities, and speaking to young people through organisations such as Founders4Schools.

When she is not working, she is delivering training to domiciliary carers, and using her skills to build websites and promotional material for home care companies within her Zimbabwean community.

She is a member of South East London Women’s leadership network, blogs regularly and is passionate about diversity and inclusion.

Charlene is now a Programme Manager at Bedford, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, supporting the planning and commissioning of cancer services within the region.


Nadine Barrett

Nadine Barrett | Slough Borough Council

Nadine Barrett

I have over 10 years experience working with the families, young people and vulnerable adults.

I have coordinated, managed and delivered projects, including universal & targeted interventions, qualifications, peer mentoring programmes, awareness campaigns and research. Working in 4 London Boroughs and currently in the Borough of Slough, I have applied this experience and skill to recognise gaps in service and highlight the needs of all of our communities. Focussing to provide the appropriate response by running consultations with young people, professionals and community groups.

In 2018 alone I have trained over 300 front line workers, apprentices and managers from statutory and third sector organisations. This has been in addition to my main role to meet the needs of partner agencies and ensure they are equipped to recognise, refer and respond to signs of exploitation.

I have organised and supported the development work & research into;

  • Understanding how gangs/county lines impacts us locally
  • Organising a health check into our Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) responses
  • Berkshire Violence & Exploitation Conference for an audience of 214 people
  • International Girls Day events for the last 2 years, reaching over 100 students
  • International women’s day conference for 220 regional attendee’s
  • A 1 year school & parent engagement project using drama to educate
  • CSE awareness day events
  • Undertaken case audits for the LSCB to take away vital learning
  • Spearheaded international men’s day campaign 2018

These have all enabled vital and up to date messages of the biggest risk and threats to our children and vulnerable adults to be heard and empowered men, women and young people to share their voice in a meaningful way. I hope to continue to build resilience in our community and support other professional’s in the workplace to develop to their potential.

Education: BSc Psychology (Goldsmith College, London), PTTLS teaching qualification, NVQ’s in customer service, youth work and diploma in Advice and Guidance.

Roles Have Included: Contact Supervisor, Targeted Youth Worker, CSE & Trafficking Partnership Co-ordinator, Youth Work Manager, Project Worker, Independent Living Advisor.