IP and Global Branding

 IP and global branding masterclass

DAC Beachcroft LLP

100 Fetter Lane

 Monday 26th June 2017



This evening master class features inspirational industry professionals who have over 20 years experience of protecting brands and profiling high profile professionals in the entertainment, business and travel industry.

Our speakers have worked with the BBC, Radio 1, Alicia Keys, Sony Music, MTV, Beyonce, Adidas, Barbados Tourism, UK Premiership clubs  and many international publications.

Host: Garry Green – Barrister


Prakash Kerai | Technology Lawyer at DAC Beachcroft LLP

As Legal Director in the TMT (Technology, Media, and Telecoms) team at DAC Beachcroft, I specialise in the legal and contractual aspects of technology deals; advising on all types of technology contracts (e.g. software licences, SaaS and hosting arrangements, implementation projects, development projects, outsourcing deals). I have particular expertise in projects with complex contractual, technical, and financial aspects. I have worked in industry having had in-house legal roles at Dell, Business Objects (now SAP), and Royal Mail.

At Cerno Professional Services, I help organisations to save money on their arrangements with the major software vendors. I advise on the commercial and contractual aspects of software licensing in the context of new procurements, re-procurements, and vendor initiated software audits.

Karen Tippett | Founder of Tippett PR







Karen has 24 years experience in public relations and Tourism marketing both agency side and as the former Head Of PR, Promotions and Internal Communications at Virgin Holidays. She has worked with many travel and lifestyle brands from tourist boards and hotel groups to tour operators and luxury brands.

She spent 10 years at travel PR agency First Public Relations Limited including 5 years as the agency’s Strategy & Business Development Director. During her tenure at Virgin Holidays she was responsible for the strategy and delivery of the brand’s internal and external communications strategy, which included launching the first V-Room at Gatwick, Virgin Holidays Cruises and a brand partnership with HIP Hotels.

Daren Dixon | CEO of Above and Beyond Brand Management







Daren Dixon is a highly experienced and connected international executive who has worked in the fields of A&R, talent management and marketing for the top entertainment companies in the world.

Daren most notably discovered and signed globally successful alternative band Kasabian to RCA Records. He then further enhanced his growing reputation as a leading international talent executive by working closely with some of the worlds leading talent such as Beyonce, Miguel, Selena Gomez, Belen Rodriguez, Kelly RowlandSolange KnowlesKeri Hilson and Jennifer Lopez.

Anne-Marie Batson | CEO of Amber PR


AmberGlass PR aka Anne-Marie Batson is an independent consultant providing Crisis PR and reputation management services.  Anne-Marie works on behalf of clients in the sports, politics and corporate world. Whether in the public or private sector, businesses, high-profile individuals, organisations or the public.

She is a specialist with deep knowledge and experience in crisis PR, media relations, social media and reputation management across all platforms. Straight forward, clear and honest communications. No smoke and mirrors.

An ethical practitioner, Anne-Marie Batson is an accredited member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR), and ideally qualified to be your trusted communications adviser.

Anne-Marie has an extensive PR background, with over 10 years’ experience spanning the private and public sectors. But, her true passion is the sports industry.  Prior to setting up AmberGlass PR, Anne-Marie worked in senior communications positions at Network Rail for eight years, an organisation under intense daily public, media and government scrutiny, before moving agency side.  Her experience puts Anne-Marie on good stead to offer Crisis PR and reputation management services to leagues, governing bodies, agencies, clubs, agents, individuals, and companies.


  • Each speaker will give you industry insights.
  • Explain global IP
  • Discuss how to protect and take your band international
  • Trends in tech and social media
  • Do’s and don’ts of PR, marketing and communications’s

6.00pm – 6.00pm: Doors and networking

6.30pm – 8.30pm: Discussion

8.00pm – 8.30pm: Networking

Who should attend?

  • Business owners
  • SME’s
  • Media professionals
  • Those in PR, marketing and social media
  • Those who want to raise their business or public profile

Tickets £5.00 – £10.00


Info: leadership@inspirationalyou.co.uk


07545 156 111  | @inspirational_u

Beverley East

Beverley East MGA, CDE, CAM, DPGA

Black Cultural Archives, London

Wednesday 21st June 2017



Beverley East MGA, CDE, CAM, DPGA After 14 years in the private and public sector in London she made an unusual career change to study Handwriting analysis. She established her company Strokes & Slants in London in the late 80’s. She has practiced the science of Forensic Document Examination for over twenty eight years becoming a leading expert in a male dominated field. She is the only woman of colour worldwide court qualified expert, many government agencies retain her expertise in areas of fraud and Money Laundering matters.

She is a member of several professional organisations, and was appointed to the Ethics committee of the International Association of Document Examiners in 2015. In 2009 her opinion was used in a television documentary by National Geographic’s on the Anthrax letter, “Uncover History – Hunting the Anthrax Killer which aired nationally and internationally. Another significant examination resulted in a $4.5 million settlement for a DC lawyer from Troutman and Saunders from the Smithsonian for authenticating the 18th century explorer Alfred Wallace’s 1,700 item collection.

Her first book “Finding Mr. Write” (Random House) was an international best seller after appearing on “Good Morning America” with Diane Sawyer. In 2003 she returned to Jamaica to research and write “Reaper of Souls.” During her sojourn she discovered not only her family’s history but a niche market in the area of white collar crime. She now dominates the Caribbean region examining documents in Trinidad, Turks and Ciaos, Antigua, Bahamas, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St Kitts.

Beverley hosts accredited sold out seminars through the General Legal Counsel. She designed an 18 month course in Document Examination and trained members of the Jamaican Constabulary Force Technical Division in 2012. She trains Bankers and Insurance brokers hosted by the Jamaican Financial Institute Services. She has been a motivational speaker at colleges and conference, the House of Commons and The World Bank. She provides profiling for recruitment selection for major corporations in the US, Brazil and Jamaica. A request from the Washington Post came in 2014 to analyse signatures of historical figures such as Fredrick Douglass for the National Archives exhibit.

She was interviewed by several media networks earlier this year to analyse Donald Trump’s signature She has received many literary accolades and another fellowship was received from VCCA the Virginia Centre for the Creative Arts VCCA, where she completed her third book “Bat Mitzvah Girl – Memories of a Jamaican child” She is currently working on her fourth book a Mystery Series based on some of the cases she has solved as a document examiner.

Further achievements and volunteer work experience:

Beverley has worked in ministry all her life and focused on the personal development of others to assist them professionally to set goals and stay on target.
She wrote a column in the Sunday paper “Writefully Yours” for ten years which addressed career and lifestyle balance.

She worked as a grief counsellor for various organisations over 25 years in the UK and US.

1. worked with SIDS in the UK – grief counsellor for mothers of still born births
2. Set and ran a support group for Mothers of Murdered children in Washington DC when DC was the murder capital of the world.
3. Direct and personal experience with mental health issues with two members of my family
4. Befriended and have counselled a young woman on death row in Texas for over twenty years when she was suicidal
5. She has been apart of many support groups and organisations as a speaker/facilitator on wellness and health workshops including the Pampering Club in the UK
6. She was a buddy for the Lighthouse and Black Liners assisting especially in the black community young adults affected or dying of aids.

Tickets: www.iywellbeing.eventbrite.co.uk


Ama Afrifa-Kyei – Diversity & Inclusion Consultant – Wednesday 21st June 2017

Ama Afrifa-Kyei

Black Cultural Archives

Wednesday 21st June 2017



Ama Afrifa-Kyei 

Ama has over 10 years’ professional experience within diversity and inclusion, employee engagement and wellbeing (of which 2 years covers CSR experience).

She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and has in-depth knowledge of workplace culture, talent, diversity and health & wellbeing.

She is currently the Global LifeWorks & Inclusion Manager at Discovery Communications where she leads the agenda for a balanced, flexible and healthy work environment in partnership with the Head of the International Division – focusing on establishing a culture of inclusion primarily for the UK and Nordic offices.


Her prior positions include providing expertise to the International Talent Executive and Head of D&I and Learning Solutions for EMEA at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (as a VP diversity manager) supporting, implementing and advising on several D&I talent priorities and promoting the Bank’s regional diversity agenda in EMEA.

Prior to working at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Ama worked as a manager at Deloitte LLP, advising the Head of HR Client Services and the firm’s business service lines on how to incorporate diversity and inclusion into the firm-wide talent strategy – ensuring that they were inclusive in their approach. She was also the network leader for the firm’s Multicultural Diversity Network (MCN) and was awarded a Deloitte Leader in Society award for leading the Network. Prior to working at Deloitte, she worked at DLA Piper UK LLP coordinating the firm’s volunteering and education programmes and managed their ‘charity of the year’ partnership.

Ama has an LLB in Law and a Masters in Public Relations and Public Communications. She is a Governor/Trustee for the Boxing Academy, and the Social Mobility & Early Careers Board Member for Women in Cable & Telecommunications (WICT UK). She is also a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce and is a Friend of the British Institute for Interior Design.


Tickets: http://www.iywellbeing.eventbrite.co.uk


IY Live! Saturday 20th May 2017

IY Live! – Saturday 20th May 2017

Your alternative night out in London

Saturday 20th May 2017

7.00pm – 9.00pm


The Village Centre, Willington Road, SW9 9NW

Enjoy live performances from some of the most inspiring and hottest artist and performers in town.

Women and The Genres – @Womenandthegenres

We bring the glory of 90’s RnB, The 60’s Jazz era and 50’s Blues to Modern Pop Music…. and Mess up songs

Black Diamond – @_blackdiamond_9017 (Instagram)

Luba Aka Black Diamond is an up and coming young female artist from South London.  She has always been passionate about the music industry.  She is a regular performer and is her spare time learns how to play instruments and produces music for others.

Her music can be found on YouTube page and with such a distinctive voice is definitely one to watch

Astehmari Batekun

Enjoy some spoken word to live acoustics

Alanna Leslie – @thereelalanna (Twitter / Instagram)

Having started out at the tender age of 16, Alanna has over 15 years of professional experience as an events performer, session singer and voice over vocalist having appeared on BBC1, BBC Radio 2 and Magic FM.

As a member of the London Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) Alanna worked with an array of producers, accompanying numerous recording artists including Madonna, Ellie Goulding, Sir Tom Jones, Damon Albarn, Will Young and Shane Filan (formerly of Westlife). She was a chorale vocalist on the Disney’s Cinderella (2015) soundtrack and has thrilled guests with her smooth vocals at special occasions including weddings, private charity and corporate events and award ceremonies at exclusive London venues such as St. James Palace, The Savoy and Quaglino’s (Mayfair).

Alanna is an all-rounded creative and along with her passion for music she is an Actor, Presenter, Producer and Scriptwriter of Documentary, Lifestyle, Arts and Entertainment features.



Email: thevilageldn@gmail.com

 Call: 07772 527 813 / 07545 156 111


For more information, birthday or group bookings contact us:

Tel: 07772 527 813 or 07545 156 111

info @inspirationalyou.co.uk

Instagram @IYLive.UK

Facebook: facebook.com/IYLive

Web: www.inspirationalyou.co.uk

Inspirational YOU LIVE is a bi-monthly live night

The night is put on in support of Inspirational YOU, a voluntary organisation that educates, supports and empowers future leaders through training, projects and events.

Stephanie Sey – Consultant Trichologist – Inspirational YOU – Saturday 20th May 2017

Stephanie Sey

Consultant Trichologist

Saturday 20th May 2017

What does natural mean in 2017? A natural hair and wellbeing discussion

Stephanie Trichologist

The Village Centre, Willington Road, SW9

Stephanie Sey is a Consultant Trichologist with first hand experience of hair loss.

After personally suffering from hair loss issues from as young as 14, Stephanie decided that she wanted to help others who are suffering with hair and scalp issues. She trained with the Institute of Trichologists and is an Associate Member.

Stephanie has experience in all hair types however she specialises in Afro and Mixed textured hair. Stephanie has a warm persona and empathetic approach which puts patients at ease; and her dedication clearly shines through in her work.



May Natural Hair & Wellness Instagram

Sandra Brown – Pinnock – CEO of Xsandy’s Hair & Beauty – Inspirational YOU – Saturday 20th May 2017

Sandra Brown – Pinnock

CEO of Xsandy’s Hair and beauty retail stores

Saturday 20th May 2017

What does natural mean in 2017? A natural hair and wellbeing discussion

The Village Centre, Willington Road, SW9

Sandra Brown-Pinnock, an award-winning entrepreneur and owner of Xsandy’s – the UK’s premium hair extensions brand and retail chain, is raising the bar within the (Afro) hair and beauty world.  As the only female, African-Caribbean (hair and beauty) retailer in South East London, Sandra uses business as a tool to empower and motivate others within the community to embrace entrepreneurship.

Having worked in mental health care (public sector) for over 15 years, Sandra then moved into the private sector and opened a social care organisation to facilitate the rehabilitation of mental health patients back into society. During the course of eight years managing eleven homes, Sandra’s role was instrumental as consultant to senior commissioners and placement officers, enabling them to successfully assist thousands of “difficult to place clients” towards complete independent living.


In 2008 Sandra set her eyes on the lucrative hair industry, and embarked on a new journey manufacturing a successful line of hair extensions. Motivated by the lack of product knowledge and customer service provided in hair stores, the former psychiatric nurse-turned business woman opened her first retail store in Lewisham Shopping Centre in June 2015. A year later, Xsandy’s opened a second store in Peckham on bustling Rye Lane, the SE latest area set for regeneration developments

Driven by her vision to empower other Black-owned businesses within the market, Sandra stocks an expanding range of independent UK product lines including Shea Decadence London, Premae, Afrocenchix and Shear and Shine (the UK’s first black grooming range). Having recently won Business Start-Up of the Year (C.Hub Awards 2016) and shortlisted for a Precious Award – the UK’s leading awards ceremony for women of colour, Sandra hopes that through leadership, innovation and sharing her experience that others will be encouraged to embark on an entrepreneurial journey; thus positively impacting the economic and social status of the community at large.



May Natural Hair & Wellness Instagram

Dr Samantha Tross – Inspirational YOU – Saturday 20th May 2017

Dr Samantha Tross


Saturday 20th May 2017

What does natural mean in 2017? A natural hair and wellbeing discussion

The Village Centre, Willington Road, SW9

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Dr Tross is a Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon specialising in conditions of the Hip and Knee. Dr Tross is the first female of Afro-Caribbean descent to become a Consultant Orthopaedic surgeon in the UK. .



  • MB,BS (Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery),
  • FRCS (Fellow of the Royal College if Surgeons of England),
  • FRCS Ed (Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh),
  • FRCS Ed(Tr&Orth),
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery.


Alongside her clinical work, Dr Tross is involved in medical education and is a Director of Core Surgical Training and Educational Supervisor at #Ealing hospital.  Tross is an examiner for @imperialcollege #MedicalSchool final surgical examinations, an #AssociateEditor of the Journal of Medical Case Reports and Associate Professor of Orthopaedics for the American University of the Caribbean.


Dr Samantha Tross has other accolades:-


  • Profiled in book ‘ Samantha Tross, Orthopaedic Surgeon’ by Verna Wilkins .
  • Featured in ‘ Millennium People, the soul of our success’ by Derek Burnett
  • Featured in photographic exhibition ‘Black Britannia- Inspiring the next generation ‘ by John Ferguson at London City Hall April ’08 and International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, Aug’09.
  • Featured in Tatler Doctors guide to 100 top doctors in UK feb’13
  • Profiled in Black Powerlist of 100 Influential Black Britons in U.K. 2011- present.
  • Recipient of @thebbbawards  #Icon Award Oct 2016.

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Photo credit: The Black British Business Awards 2016


💻 www.naturalhairdebate2.eventbrite.co.uk

What does natural hair mean in 2017? – Inspirational YOU – Saturday 20th May 2017

Inspirational YOU, The Village, weareUnedited and Motherhood Reconstructed


Series 2

What does natural mean in 2017?

Saturday 20th May 2017

4.00pm – 6.00pm

The Village Centre, Willington Road, London, SW9 9NB


Inspirational YOU and Motherhood Reconstructed proudly present the second instalment of their natural hair and well-being panel discussion, “What does natural mean in 2017?”

For black women across the diaspora, the choice of how one wears their hair is at times more than simply a personal choice. Often, it’s rife with social and political implications that can have a profound impact on all aspects of one’s life.

This series is a forum for all to come together and discuss the beauty and visibility of natural hair.  The Black hair care industry is worth £88 million and as utilising the rise of social influencers to reach a new audience.

This panel of industry influencers will discuss hair maintenance, wellbeing, hair stories, style options, professional experiences and reflections on what it means to be natural in 2017 in an inclusive and lively environment.

Sandra Brown-Pinnock – Owner of Xsandy’s hair and beauty retail chain and hair brand (https://xsandyshairandcosmetics.co.uk/)

Sandra Xsandy

Stephanie Sey – Consultant Trichologist (http://stephaniesey.co.uk/)


Yvadney Davis – Freelance fashion stylist specialising in children’s fashion and founder of the Mums That Slay blog for stylish mum’s that are passionate about self care (http://www.mumsthatslay.com)


Comfort Nsek – Simply Comfort Hair heat free mobile hair service and Trainee Solicitor (https://www.simplycomforthair.com/)


Dr Samantha Z Tross MBBS, FRCS, FRCS Ed, FRCS Ed(Tr&Orth) –

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samantha_Tross)


The panel will be moderated by Leah Samuel and Tamu Thomas of Motherhood Reconstructed.

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You can read some information about the previous panelists here.

Tickets: £5.00 – £10.00


There will be limited tickets available at the door.  Children under 16 are free.

More info:



Media Partner:

Natural Hair Weekly


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.@ProjectEmbrace | Lekia Lée – Inspirational YOU – Saturday 25th March 2017

Lekia Lée

Former Journalist, Natural hair mentor, beauty advocate

Founder of Project Embrace

Saturday 25th March 2017

What does natural mean in 2017? – A natural hair and wellbeing discussion


Lekia Lée, a former broadcast journalist, natural hair mentor, beauty advocate and positive image activist, is the founder of Project Embrace, a social enterprise creating and promoting positive images of Afro textured hair with their newly-launched billboard campaign. Her company also organises empowerment workshops for mothers and daughters to inspire unconditional self-love and to teach practical ways to care for natural afro textured hair. Their ‘emPOWERDRESSING’  range feature Tshirts and other merchandise with positive affirmation slogans.

Project Embrace by challenging the narrow perception of beautiful hair, aims to encourage diversity in the beauty and fashion industry and society in general.


According to Lekia, research has shown that dissatisfaction with personal looks is linked to unhealthy wellbeing and low self-esteem; “hence her strapline – I am Enough. She says: “I hope to encourage women and girls to use their beauty as a source of empowerment and not a source of anxiety. When you feel empowered you can achieve anything. It is all about demanding equality and the right to express your authentic beauty.  The problem is not that we appreciate beauty, but that the definition of beauty is narrow.”

Book your ticket:


Pop Up Market, Debate and Live acoustic evening – Sat. 25th March 2017

Inspirational YOU, The Village, weareunEdited and Motherhood Reconstructed


International Women’s Month & Pre-Mothers Day

 Pop Up Market, Debate and Live acoustic evening

Saturday 25th March 2017

2.00pm – 9.00pm

Join independent female makers and designers who are selling:

Clothing | Jewellery | Accessories | Arts | Natural skincare and beauty | Homeware | Books

Music on rotation by

Ace of Jacks


Our pop up shop is an opportunity for you to experience high quality goods from independent brands.

4.00pm – 5.30pm (Booking required)

Natural hair and wellbeing debate hosted by Motherhood ReConstructed

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Be Manzini – Poet, Writer, Film maker and Spoken word artist

Be Manzini, award winning writer and creative producer. Be has donned natural hair he whole life and as every hairstyle for natural hair known to the African continent! She is passionate about promoting a positive Black identities which is no surprise as her family were freedom fighters that assisted in the decolonisation of Rhodesia making way for Zimbabwe.

Imriel Morgan – Co-Founder & CEO of the ShoutOUT Network & co-host of the Melanin Millennial’s podcast

Imriel Morgan, co-founder and CEO of The ShoutOut Network and co-host of the Melanin Millennials podcast. Melanin Millenials is one of the best podcasts full stop, if you have not listened.. where have you been. Imriel and her co-host Satia have topical debates centred on the Black British experience and have recently started live shows which are super lit! Imriel is known for her undiluted commentary and quick wit.

Lekia Lée – Former Journalist, natural hair mentor, beauty advocate & Founder of Project Embrace

Leika Lee, former journalist, natural hair mentor, positive image activist and founder of Project Embrace. Project embrace promotes a positive image of Afro textured hair which is often overlooked. Leila has recently made waves with an #Afro Visibility billboard campaign promoting tightly coiled Afro hair.

Simone Powderly – Model, Peer support worker & Influencer

Simone Powderly, model, peer support worker and natural hair influencer. Some know Simone as the young woman that was told to remove her braids to be offered a job in 2015 and some may know her as an advocate for natural hair care, wellbeing and empowering women.

6.00pm – 8.00pm (Booking required)

In the evening we have a live acoustic showcase featuring artists such as

  • Chris IKE 
  • Oddisnormal

Come and hear about The Village CIC and their plans for this new community space.

More info:

Email: thevilageldn@gmail.com

Call: 07772 527 813 / 07545 156 111


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