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The BME Leader in Today's Society

Welcome to the event booking page for the UCL BME Alumni Network event, The BME Leader in Today's Society.


As part of Black History Month, the UCL BME Alumni Network are holding a panel interview event, discussing The BME Leader in Today's Society. 


Leadership is critical to effect change in our places of work and in society at large. In this event we will hear from senior leaders who are making an impact in their industry and beyond, as they discuss the realities of being a BME leader and all that it entails.


The BME Alumni Network are delighted to be joined by the following guests speakers:


Patrick Woodman, Head of Research and Advocacy, Chartered Management Institute (CMI)


Patrick leads CMI’s thought leadership research programme, generating the practical insights that shape CMI’s campaigns and points of view on key issues.


He led on the recent Delivering Diversity project on BAME diversity in the FTSE 100, and is now working on the development of the new CMI Race network. 


Patrick is also a regular spokesperson for CMI and he manages several key partnerships. Recently he worked closely with the Government Equalities Office, as CMI contributed to the development of the gender pay gap reporting regulations.


Sarah Guerra, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at King’s College London


Sarah studied Law at the University of North London. After completing her Legal Practice Certificate at the College of Law she joined the Inland Revenue in 1995.


Sarah gained tax professional qualifications and worked in a range of roles - policy, programme management and communications. Following two periods of maternity leave she had a change of direction working with a Trade Union developing industrial action campaigns and improving member engagement with a particular focus on diversity, inclusion and wellbeing. 


She then moved on to a role as Head of Diversity and Inclusion in the Ministry of Defence and recently moved sectors to bring her expertise to Higher Education. 


Linda Bellos OBE


Linda Bellos has been actively involved in community politics since the mid 1970’s. In 1987, as Chair of the London Strategic Policy Unit, she was responsible for introducing Black History Month to the UK.

She came out as a lesbian and became a feminist in the late 1970’s. In the following years she helped organised the first Black Feminist and the First Black Lesbian Conferences. She argued strongly against the notion of a ‘hierarchy of oppression.’ Since those early days she has become a leading authority on equality and human rights law and its practical application across the public sector. Linda was awarded an OBE for her services to diversity in the 2007 New Year’s Honours List.



 Melanie Peterkin-Philip, Manager, Deloitte LLP

Melanie is a Manager in Deloitte’s consulting service area, specialising in human capital change as part of large-scale transformation programmes. Melanie began her consulting career ten years ago at Accenture, following completion of her BA (Hons) at University of Westminster and her MSc at City University.
Melanie has specialised in transformation programmes for the Ministry of Defence, Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and global manufacturing and automotive clients. She is currently a UK Chief of Staff within Deloitte’s Human Capital service line supporting the delivery of the FY18 strategic plan. A key objective of the strategy’s talent agenda is the realisation of diversity and inclusion.



Thursday 12 October

Booking for this event has now closed. If you wish to attend please email k.raymond@ucl.ac.uk