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

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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.

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

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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

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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



Be Inspired Nottingham – Wednesday 2nd July 2014 – Nottingham Contemporary

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Be Inspired Nottingham

Supported by Metropolitan

Date: Wednesday 2nd July 2014

Time: 2:00pm – 7:00pm

Location: Nottingham Contemporary

FREE tickets:

Who should attend?

  • 16 – 24 year olds
  • Students, graduates, unemployed, job seekers, business leaders, HR, CSR, teachers, lecturers, mentors, parents and youth leaders
  • IY5 LoRes

Workshops and talks:


Workshop 1: 2-3pm

Speaker  Name

Company – Role

Get ahead in the Media & Entertainment Industry  PriscillaBaffour  Channel 4 – 4Talent
Trevor Rose Producer and Studio Manager
Figa DJ Female DJ from Derby
Martin Moulton  Music Manager – A Star Music Ltd
Rastarella Falade Events coordinator, Promoter & Presenter
 Helen McCulloch  Journalist


Workshop 2: 3-4pm

Speaker  Name

Company – Role

Start and Grow your Business  Rozan Ahmed International PR Consultant, Activist, Writer and Entrepreneur
Nii Sackey  Bigga Business – Managing Director
Jeremy Prince Philanthropist and Entrepreneur

Workshop 3: 3-4pm

Speaker Name

Company – Role

Young and Winning  Kevin Hill Mentor and kids coach consultant
Priscilla Baffour Channel 4 (4talent)
ShazAr  Song Writer and Singer
Danielle Wood-Wallace Engagement and Training Coordinator at Bright Ideas Nottingham
 Brett Izu Marketing Manager at Elevation Networks Nottingham
 LeoGoldenChild Performer and Anti-bullying campaigner


Workshop 4: 5-6pm

Speaker  Name

Company – Role

Get ahead in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths Adrian Rollins Maths Teacher
Dr Mark Richards Physics Lecturer,  Imperial College London
Dr Michael Togobo Senior Register and gynaecologist

Workshop 5: 6-7pm

Speaker  Name

Company – Role

Leading Women  Natalie Singona Global diversity and inclusion consultant – Rolls Royce
 Helen McCulloch Political Journalist and Assistant Producer – BBC
 Michelle Escoffery Singer, Songwriter, Life Coach and Lecturer
 Deborah Labbate  Executive Coach / Business Advisor
 Rozan Ahmed  International PR Consultant, Writer, Activist and Entrepreneur

This day will feature inspirational young leaders and senior professionals who will give an insight into their profession and discuss how to grow your enterprise.

If you are aged 16 – 24 year olds, then this is your opportunity to meet youth organisations, individuals and businesses who can provide careers guidance, employment and work experience opportunities.

PRIORITY to Metropolitan Homes residents

FREE tickets:

If you would like to sponsor, exhibit or participate in future workshops and talks, then please get in contact with the Inspirational YOU team.

You can contact them here:


m: 07545156111

twitter: @inspirational_u | #IYNotts

@Eyez_UK – Performing at Inspire YOUth Derby – Thursday 24th April – The Quad

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We are pleased to showcase Derby rapper and yound leader Eyez at our Inspire YOUth showcase on Thursday 24th April at the Quad in Derby.


Eyez is one of the hottest new MCs on the UK scene. He has recently won an SBTV competition beating 1000 applicants allowing him to do a warm up session as well as appearing on the latest Lord of the Mics.

Featured on 1xtra, Rinse and Newstyle Eyez regularly gets over 100k hits on youtube videos and is the top result when the word ‘grime’ is put into youtube search. 


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Matt Ovambe (Speaker) – Get ahead in sport – Thursday 24th April – Derby

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Mathurin will be a speaker on the ‘Get ahead in sport’ panel at the Quad in Derby on Thursday 24th April.

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Mathurin Ovambe, is an accredited Football Coach. From humble beginnings at Normanton Park (Derby), where he used to frequent to find local football talent. Matt was the original creator and founder of The Panthers F.C. in Derby, which he nurtured from Sunday League football, to the Midland Alliance League. He has coached Division 2 team Bellaria in Rimini, and is recognised as the first Black football coach in Italy.

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Matt continues to live out his dream, which in part is to aim to help and encourage young people to become professionals and believe in themselves. He has accumulated many contacts over the years with numerous English and European clubs, and wants to use his experiences to help others.

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Matt Joins the Cameroon Nation Team Indentable Lion in Brazil this year for the World Cup in June 2014, before returning to St Georges Park later this year to take his UEFA B course. His next stop on his journey is to write His Story!

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Adrian Rollins (Speaker) – Inspire YOUth Derby – Thursday 24th April 2014 – The Quad

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Adrian Rollins will be speaking on the Inspirational YOU ‘Believe in YOU’ panel at the Quad in Derby on Thursday 24th April.
Cricket ... Cambridge University v Derbyshire   Adrian Rollins was born and raised in East London and his family come from Barbados. He was raised with his two younger brothers by a single mother, but does not feel that he “missed out” on not having a father due to the fact that he had such excellent uncles and grandparents as role models. Adrian Rollins Adrian left school with GCSEs and A Levels before pursuing his dream to become a professional cricketer. He joined the Haringey Cricket College in 1991 and in 1992 signed a professional cricket contract for Derbyshire County Cricket Club where he played until 1999 before joining Northamptonshire County Cricket Club in 2000. He made 230 first team appearances in his 10 year career.

In January 003 he retired from sport due to injury and he has been in education since, starting with teaching PE and then moving into mathematics, which he has been teaching since 2005.Adrian has a mathematics-based degree and a Masters degree in Education. Adrian is passionate that, even though he loved being a sportsman, there is no substitute for education as you cannot be a sportsman forever.

Adrian has been involved with voluntary work since the age of 18, beginning with youth worker in East London, mentoring in Derby, the REACH National Role Model Programme (with The Windsor Fellowship/CLG) and Routes2Success with BTEG. Young people’s wellbeing are at the core of Adrian’s passion as he believes that our society has no future if the youth do not embrace their talents and abilities.


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