Workplace Speakers

Here you will find a complete of our expert speakers hosting Workplace seminars.

Michael Vermeersch

Michael Vermeersch

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Michael’s humble beginnings, at Atari Computers, brought him to Microsoft in 2001. There, working in Services, he gained a technology innovation award less than a year later. Demonstrating the business benefit of accessibility, his role at Microsoft also evolved.  He has continued to gain awards and recognition across all industry sectors.  

Now as Digital Inclusion Lead at Microsoft UK Enterprise Services, Michael observed that barriers to Digital Transformation had to be overcome to reach promised business value. Accessibility is one of these barriers.  

Using his creative neuro-diverse thinking and passion for inclusion, Michael created the Digital Inclusion offering, helping organisations gain greater business advantage, embedding this in their transformational journeys.  

Michael also chairs Microsoft’s UK Disability Employee Resource Group and was invited to 10 Downing Street to present his views on bringing disabled talent into work. 

Recently, Michael received Microsoft’s highest Platinum Club award for his work in disability inclusion. 

Neil Milliken

Neil Milliken

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Neil Milliken is Global Head of Accessibility at Atos His role is to help make the world a better place by delivering better technology for customers and staff, embedding inclusive practice into the processes of organisations with thousands of employees and turnovers of billions. 

Neil delivers strategy and services working with a wide range of clients helping them to develop policies, processes, and technology solutions to meet the needs of their staff and customers.  

He is the Atos representative on the Business Disability Forum Technology Task Force  

Neil is also an invited expert for the W3C Cognitive Accessibility Taskforce & member of the Atos Scientific Community & Atos Distinguished Expert . 

He is co-founder of AXSChat Europe’s largest twitter chat with a focus on Accessibility & Inclusion. 

Neil is a member of the Board of Directors for WID & Chair of the Diversity Board for Institute of Coding

Neil was named in the top ten of the Shaw Trust Disability Power 100 list in 2018. 

Iain Barrett

Iain Barrett

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RBLI have a strong background in the accessibility, disability & inclusion space, and are well-established as a Disability Confident Leader. RBLI are a 100yr old charity, operating a number of veteran, welfare, social enterprise, employability and government funded contracts/programmes/businesses.  

Iain is an experienced senior manager at RBLI, leading and co-leading on a portfolio of programmes, such as Access to Work, as well as commercial business services. Iain is regarded as being a subject matter expert around disability and is a strong visible advocate for inclusive workplace practices. 

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Julian John

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Julian John is MD of Delsion, a people & development consultancy that focuses on supporting organisations to be more inclusive.  When Julian collapsed with brain damage aged 34 on his way to work, he lost more than the ability to stand, walk and talk. Gone were the successful senior management career in HR, his home, the skiing holidays and friendships. Now living with a disability and following years of rehabilitation, he knocked on many doors to be given a chance to show his capability, his years of professional experience and his talent. To no avail. And so out of the closed doors grew a determination, a determination to show the potential in every person. Julian launched Delsion, a people and development consultancy specialising in learning and development and inclusion solutions for employers and their staff. He made Swansea the first Disability Confident City in the UK as recognised by Number 10 and wrote a number of successful interventions for leadership and development training. As a speaker Julian has engaged many audiences from TedX and IgniteCardiff, the House of Commons to countless organisations across all industry sectors. 

Nicola James

Nicola James

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Nicola James is a Chartered Occupational Psychologist the Founder/CEO of Lexxic. Nicola was diagnosed with dyslexia at university and after several years of working as a psychologist in the corporate sector, she established Lexxic in 2007. Lexxic’s mission is to support organisations create environments  

that empower neurodiverse minds. In the last twelve years, it has grown to a team 20 psychologists who provides services throughout the UK and Ireland to Occupational Health Providers, FTSE 100 companies and government organisations.  

Janette Beetham

Janette Beetham

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Janette Beetham is a Workplace Dyslexia/Neurodiversity Consultant with over 12 years’ experience.  Having previously been a generalist related to Dyslexia and co-occurring neurodivergent conditions – working in the earlier years in schools, colleges, universities as well as workplaces she decided that workplaces were where she wanted to focus her efforts when she started Right Resources Limited 6 years ago.   

Janette is herself dyslexic (having discovered this in her late 30’s) and she has designed the programme with a passion to help employers untap the potential of the whole workforce.  Her background includes; being a manager for the Princes Trust, a Business Counsellor, a Neuro Linguistic Programming Practitioner and a Senior Associate for the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) with a tutoring lead on their national programme for Workplace Needs Assessors.  She is a Member of the Institute of Consulting, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and now a ‘Senior Consultant to the BDA’ (British Dyslexia Association, 2017).  She has written articles for several BDA publications including; Dyslexia in the Workplace, The Dyslexia Handbook 2017, 2018 and 2019.  Janette is also the Staff Dyslexia & Specific Learning Difficulties Consultant at Imperial College London and she has had a published paper related to her work entitled: Workplace Dyslexia & Specific Learning Difficulties―Productivity, Engagement and Well-Being. 

Pennie Aston

Amanda Kirby

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Darren Clark

Darren Clark

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Co-founder spotless group and The Global Dyslexia Group – Male Entrepreneur of the Year 2019 – International speaker – Ambassador for British Dyslexia Association and Dyslexia Kenya – Global Partner for the International Dyslexia Association. 

Jannett Morgan

Jannett Morgan

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Jannett Morgan is a trainer, consultant and coach with over twenty years’ experience working in further and higher education. JM Learning & Skills provides leadership and management training solutions for a range of organisations in the UK and overseas.  

Jannett’s unwavering focus is on the empowerment and promotion of talented individuals from marginalised and under-represented groups. Since 1998, Jannett has supported students, employees and entrepreneurs with ‘hidden’ disabilities, mainly the neurodivergent learning differences of dyslexia and dyspraxia. Jannett has tutored at several London universities and delivered Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions for tutors and non-specialists. In the workplace, JM Learning & Skills works strategically with line managers and senior leaders to build more inclusive workspaces. This includes specialist workplace strategy coaching, neurodiversity awareness training for managers and staff, keynotes and panel contributions, along with supervision for tutors wishing to transition to workplace provision.  

Jannett has been a leading voice in the drive for an intersectional approach to neurodiversity, particularly in relation to race and ethnicity. In 2019 she designed and developed the BAME and Dyslexic course in London, on behalf of Aspire to Inspire Dyslexia 

Jannett has two adult sons, one neurodivergent and one neurotypical. They are equally brilliant. 

Guy Brewer

Guy Brewer

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As a member of Golexia, a small family business in South Wales addressing the needs of people of all ages with Dyslexia, Guy delivers workplace coaching for adults diagnosed with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and ADHD. 

Having trained as a teacher, Guy has post-graduate qualifications in Additional Learning Needs and Education Leadership & Management. 

Guy has worked in education for over 25 years, as a teacher, adviser and manager, working with learners of all ages. 

He has broad experience as a coach, both within the education setting and independently.