Speakers

Cerrie Burnell - Author, Actor and Presenter

Cerrie Burnell is an actor and writer best known for her work on Cbeebies, a role that has earned her critical recognition and a devoted fan base. Alongside this she works very closely with a number of charitable organisations linked to childhood and diversity, subjects Cerrie is passionate about. In 2011 Cerrie was named in The Observer’s top ten children’s presenters and in The Guardian’s list of 100 most inspirational women. Cerrie is author-in-residence for Great Ormond Street hospital and a patron of Polka children’s theatre. She trained at Manchester Metropolitan and her credits prior to Cbeebies include Eastenders, The Bill, Holby City, and Comedy Lab for Channel Four and various plays, including Winged an original play she wrote and starred in at the Tristan Bates theatre. Cerrie’s one woman show The Magical Playroom opened in Edinburgh in 2013 and she has published seven books for children with Scholastic. Harper And The Sea of Secrets was a World Book Day title in 2016. Cerrie recently adapted her picture book Snowflakes for the stage, which was performed at the Oxford Playhouse in December 2016.

Juno Dawson - Author

Juno Dawson is a British author of young adult fiction and non-fiction on LGBT issues including This Book is GayMargot & Me, and The Gender Games. She is a columnist at Glamour UK and Attitude Magazine.

Photo credit: Sophia Spring

Di Airey - Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, Coach and Trainer

Following a 15-year career in Human Resources and Diversity roles in the Private Sector, Di set up Diversity Dynamics Ltd, and over the last 13 years has supported many organisations across the UK and Europe in delivering their diversity & inclusion agendas.

An accomplished trainer and consultant. Di has delivered over 1000 diversity & inclusion related workshops and solutions to organisations as varied as the NHS, the Scottish and UK Parliaments, Motor Industry, Financial Services Sector, Manufacturing organisations and Schools.

Di has always been passionate about enabling others to achieve their potential whatever their diversity, and throughout her career she has focused on improving attitudes and behaviour in order to tackle the barriers that prevent inclusion. She has a particular interest in how and when unconscious bias effects our behaviour towards others and how this shows up in our language.

Di’s skills are backed up by formal qualifications,a BA hons in Human Communication & Organisational Psychology, PostGrad Diploma in Change Agent Skills and Strategies, and a PostGrad Certificate in Counselling.  Di is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, Master Practitioner in NLP and has undertaken various coaching skills training programmes. She is also a Level B Psychometric tester/assessor trained in the use of various assessments and tests including ImplicitlyTM Bias Tests which can be used to help people explore their own prejudices.

Di also held a public appointment for 5 years as a Committee Member of the Equality & Human Rights Commission.

Photo credit: Alexandra Dao

Robin Stevens - Author

Robin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college. She has been fascinated by crime fiction since she was a child (she even studied it at university), and she is now the bestselling, award-winning author of the Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries and The Guggenheim Mystery.