2018 Conference Speakers

Professor Martin Levermore MBA, DL

Conference Chair

Prof Martin Levermore, CEO of Medical Devices Technology International Ltd (MDTi). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, having an academic background in Political Economics. He is a visionary leader and a serial entrepreneur. He was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013 for Services to West Midlands’ Businesses
Martin Chair’s the Birmingham Commonwealth Association Trade and Business group along with Medilink West Midlands and Vice Chair for Nehemiah United Churches Housing Association (UCHA).

Martin has been a leading expert for over the past 15 years in the field of Medical Innovation and Structural Healthcare, he has been published widely in a number of academic journals and his work has recently been recognized by Birmingham City University with the appointment of Visiting Professor for Health, Education and Life Science. His current work involves looking at Biosensor devices to better improve long term condition management.

In May 2018, Martin was Gazetted by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands to act as one of his Deputy Lieutenant.

Sara Lawton

Topic: “A Social Inclusion Model for Public Sector Procurement”

Sara Lawton is the founder of Construction Impact Framework(CIF); operating across the North West CIF is transforming lives and communities through social procurement.

Sara worked for over 25 years in some of the most deprived Cities in the UK tackling a variety of social issues, her work has been showcased globally and Sara has been awarded various accolades including Merseyside Woman of the year, Merseyside Community Woman of the Year, Female Innovator and Community Impact Business of the Year.

Sara’s dream of building a successful business that invests in communities is no doubt influenced by her own life experiences and the experience gained working in some our most deprived communities.


Sir Geoff Palmer OBE

Topic: “The Competitive Advantage of a Sense of Belonging”

Professor Emeritus Sir Geoff Palmer OBE arrived in London as an immigrant from Jamaica in 1955 to re-join his mother who left Jamaica in 1948. After leaving school in London in 1958, he worked and attended evening classes to improve his qualifications. He subsequently entered Leicester, Edinburgh and Heriot Watt Universities where he gained BSc, PhD and DSc degrees, respectively. Sir Geoff is a Board Member of various organisations. He has published books on different subjects and has received various research, academic and community awards. Professor Palmer is an Honorary Freeman of Midlothian, Scotland, gained an OBE in 2003 and was Knighted in 2014 for his contributions to science, charity and human rights. He maintains charitable links with Jamaica.


Soulla Kyriacou

Topic: “Responsible Business: Business as a Force for Good”

Soulla Kyriacou is the COO for A Blueprint for Better Business, an independent charity that helps businesses to be a force for good by being inspired and guided by a purpose that serves society.

Soulla joined Blueprint in December 2012. During that time Blueprint has grown from an initiative that was launched with a conference looking at how corporate purpose and personal values could be united to serve society, to an independent charity that is engaged with a growing number of major global companies and whose ambition is to help corporates be driven by a purpose that benefits both business and society.

Soulla was previously a director at KPMG. Initially a tax professional, having previously worked for the Inland Revenue, her 20 year career at KPMG changed course following a 4 year secondment to KPMG’s International Headquarters in Amsterdam, when she moved into a series of management roles including working with KPMG’s Client Service Board, working with the UK Head of Tax and with the Global CEO to help implement change projects across KPMG worldwide.


Raj Tulsiani

Topic: “Inclusive Procurement – Best Practice”

Raj is Chief Executive of the highly acclaimed Interim and Executive Search comppany, Green Park and is widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading figures in leadership, talent acquisition and diversity.

As one of the most respected figures internationally in these fields, Raj advises numerous boards across the public and private sectors on diversity and talent. He is a Board member of the National Equality Standard, Diversity Institute for Value & Excellence and Founder of the Diverse Leaders Network.

As the leader of one of the industry’s few minority-owned businesses, Raj is a passionate advocate of the power of diversity as a source of competitive advantage, heading a team that sets the benchmark for innovation and commitment to consistently attracting diverse groups of appointable candidates.

Under his leadership, Green Park has been at the forefront of client and candidate service and innovation. He is regarded as a champion for entrepreneurialism within the UK and recently added Best Agency Recruitment Lead of the Year & a Lifetime Achievement Award to a long list of honours received from the industry.

He has pioneered various innovative diversity and inclusion initiatives, including The War for Diverse Talent’, ‘The 10 minute guide to Diversity for busy executives’ and the ongoing Green Park Leadership 10,000 project which maps out the true levels Diversity in the FTSE 100 from 2014 to 2020.


Dr Sylvia Forchap Likambi. Pharm D, PhD

Topic: “Women Matter – Gender diversity, a corporate performance driver”

Dr Sylvia Forchap Likambi, a charismatic and natural female inspirational & motivational thinker and speaker, with a great vision and passion to impact and positively transform the lives and status of disadvantaged women, families and communities.

Dr Forchap is from a black and ethnic minority background and has encountered and experienced some of the challenges faced by most of the women; hence, possess great empathy, passion and desire; coupled with the practical experience and the education to lead the organisation. She also represents a confident, successful and inspired role model for the women and community.

Sylvia is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Voice of Nations and driving force behind the organization. She grew up in Cameroon (West of Africa) where she obtained her GCE Advance level and later on moved to Italy where she earned a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in the University Ferrara Italy. She went further to obtain a PhD degree in the same University, during which period she was awarded a scholarship by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research for excellence. Sylvia was also awarded the Australian- Europe Scholarships to undertake a year of her PhD Project in collaboration with the University of Sydney (Nepean Hospital), in Australia.


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