Inspiring Keynote Speakers

We’re excited to announce an inspirational line-up of amazing keynote speakers for Cardiff 2017.

President Ann’s theme, Step Up, Lead the Way, was chosen to encourage all of us to lead the way in terms of growing our organisation and securing its future. Our keynote speakers have been selected to stimulate and inspire us through their stories and experiences and ignite our enthusiasm to make change happen.

Michael-Kaufman1Michael Kaufman is a speaker, writer, and social animator, whose innovative approaches to engaging men and boys in promoting gender equality, ending violence against women, and transforming men’s lives has taken him around the world over the past three decades. Michael is the co-founder of the White Ribbon Campaign, the largest effort in the world of men working to end violence against women.

He has worked extensively with the United Nations and with governments, non-governmental organisations, corporations, trade unions and universities.

Michael is known for his powerful and entertaining talks. Drawing on his roots in both storytelling and research, he weaves together humour, stories and clear analysis for a presentation that is educational, positive and inspiring.

Mandy Hickson, Fighter Pilot, Winchester UK, 23 October 2013

Mandy Hickson was one of the first female pilots on her frontline Tornado GR4 squadron, flying multi-million-pound fast jets for the Royal Air Force.

Working in a constantly challenging, yet exhilarating environment, Mandy offers a unique insight into this elite world through anecdotes about her time on the front line. She demonstrates only too well the importance of remaining calm under pressure and leading, quite literally, from the front in order to get the best from herself and her team. With frankness and humour, she talks about the strategies she employed to succeed in her high-flying, high-risk role.

Mandy has boundless energy and an overriding passion for the end goal and truly believes that, with hard work and self-belief, anyone can achieve their ambitions.

Join us as Mandy draws on her experiences and inspires us to Dream It, Believe It, Do It.

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Dame Katherine Grainger is Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian. She is Britain’s most successful female rower and the only female athlete – in any sport – to gain medals in four consecutive Olympic Games.

In 2012 Katherine’s dreams were realised when she won the elusive Olympic Gold medal alongside teammate Anna Watkins in the double sculls in London.

Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to rowing in the 2013 New Year Honours, she was made a Dame in the New Year Honours List 2016 for her services to rowing and to charity.

During a two-year break from the GB Rowing Squad, when she completed her PhD and wrote her autobiography Dreams Do Come True, Katherine was a BBC presenter and pundit in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Returning to the GB Rowing squad and a demanding training regime at the end of 2014, Katherine qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 with her new partner in the double scull, Victoria Thornley. On 11 August 2016, Katherine became the most decorated female Olympian of all time winning a silver medal, narrowly missing the gold after leading for 3/4 of the race. For many who had not expected this pairing to even qualify for Rio, their result was outstanding and propelled Katherine into the history books.

With a natural talent as a keynote speaker, Katherine invites us to share her stimulating and compelling tale of the journey to success.