Entrepreneur & Chair (Day 1)
This panel discussion, chaired by Matthew Taylor, aims to provide practical ideas and insights to HR and business leaders about what they and their organisations need to be doing to make change happen. The tragic death of George Floyd on the 25th May 2020 was an awakening for everyone and provided hope to the Black community that change was coming. But the narrative must continue. The term ‘D&I’ is more palatable than racism: we need substantive and honest conversations about racism if we are going to see true and meaningful change. This is an opportunity to learn from one another about what can be done, as well as what can be learnt from putting equity into practice.
Tim is a passionate and recognised advocate of inclusion. With a focus on Education, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship, this has led him to establish a ground-breaking charitable foundation, chair an outstanding school governor board and speak on the topic in its various guises internationally, including the insurance industry’s Dive-In Festival which celebrates and positively promotes the power of difference.
Having been awarded an MBE in 2012 for his services to Enterprise Culture, Tim currently splits his time between family, leading a global talent acquisition business’s Corporate Citizenship programme, his consultancy, mentoring and investments in the leisure sector. He received the award after supporting the then Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, with his drive to increase the number of corporations recruiting apprentices from underrepresented communities across the capital and leading Bright Ideas Trust (BIT), his own foundation, to raise over £3m and support over 750 start-ups from disadvantaged groups.
More recently Tim has prioritised his work in the education sector by joining the City of London Corporation Education Board and championing Apprenticeships as well as the social impact that companies have on their communities via his active support of the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards. Outside of this work, Tim has several extensive networks, including the Livery Companies (particularly the Haberdashers and the Grocers), London Business School and the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), which is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program.
Tim is a commercially aware, business savvy and conscientious leader with a record of successfully supporting the government of the time as a small business and social enterprise advisor. With personal interests in Fintech and A.I. activities, he is a strategic thinker who is not afraid to roll up his sleeves and get involved in tactical delivery in order to increase value.
Tim is married to his teenage sweetheart, has two children and is a keen fitness enthusiast who is either running, riding, lifting or trying to keep up with the next generation of Muay Thai boxers.