women at the top

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


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Jackie Gillan (Relationship Director at Barclays Corporate) – Women at the top – House of Commons – Tuesday 25th November 2014

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Jackie Gillan

Relationship Director at Barclays Corporate


Women at the top – Inspiring Balance

Tuesday 25th November 2014

House of Commons

Barclays 14th October


Jackie has over 20 years of experience in the banking sector and is currently a Relationship Director in the Manufacturing, Transport & Logistics team, specialising in the coverage of Global Corporate accounts in the Manufacturing, Transport and Logistics and Aerospace and Defence sectors.  She is using her investment banking background to benefit the Clients in the sector alongside her corporate banking knowledge.   She joined Barclays in 1998 working in the Loan Syndications Team, covering Origination and Distribution of a very wide variety of transactions, from corporate loans to project finance, Mergers and Acquisitions and other structured solutions.

Prior to joining Barclays she held senior roles in Syndications and Debt Capital Markets sales at Union Bank Switzerland and JPMorgan.

She is Chairperson of the Barclays Corporate Coverage Womens Network focussing on our external reach into our Client base.

Barclays 14th October

Jackie is a wife and mother and her activities outside of the office include sitting as a Trustee on the boards of three charities.

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Women at the top – Inspiring Balance – Tuesday 25th November 2014

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Women At The Top

House of Commons

Inspirational YOU supported by Lewisham Homes, 2 Bedford Row and Heidi Alexander MP will be holding their fourth annual Diversity Master Class event at the House of Commons.

Tuesday 25th November 2014

6.00pm – 8.30pm

6.30pm – Prompt start

Women at the Top is a celebration of outstanding female leadership and balance.

The Panel will focus on the issues affecting the career paths of women entering competitive professions, maintaining their careers, running a business, maintaining their well-being and striking a balance.

The event is open to all; under and post graduates, newly qualified and established professionals.  The event promises to provide a fantastic opportunity to meet established and respected leaders, network and gain tips, which may well give you the competitive edge.


Senior women who lead by example and who are strong role models.

Heidi Alexander MP


Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC – 2 Hare Court Chambers

Sallie Bennett-Jenkins QC has been cited on a number of occasions as a leading silk by The Legal 500 and Chambers UK and, prior to taking silk, as a leading junior. She was appointed Queen’s Counsel in October 2006 following a period of 8 years as Treasury Counsel, and has since become first choice defence counsel for firms with private clients who demand an incisive advocate with a mastery of detail, and who can instil real confidence in the client. She has been described as having a “thoroughly devastating style of cross examination which is a pleasure to watch”.

In silk, she has encouraged and maintained a diverse defence practice which ranges from murder to fraud and advisory work for multinational corporations in respect of computer crime, Health and Safety and Food and Drugs. Her back catalogue of cases confirms her ability to handle the conduct of multi-handed trials, often involving ‘cut throat’ defences, in which the issues range from murder to multi-million pound money laundering.

Sallie is a mother to six children.


Amma Asante – Award Winning Writer and Director

BAFTA award winning Writer/Director Amma Asante made an unusual entry into filmmaking.  As a child, Asante attended the Barbara Speake stage school in London, where she trained as a student in dance and drama.  She began her career as a child actress, appearing as a regular in the popular British school drama Grange Hill. She fronted the “Just Say No” campaign of the 1980s and was one of nine Grange Hill children to take it to the Reagan White House. She went on to gain credits in other British television series including Desmond’s (Channel 4) and Birds of a Feather (BBC1) and was a Children’s Channel presenter for a year.

Asante’s labour of love project Belle marks her second feature film. Asante began developing the 18th century period drama, with producer Damian Jones in 2010 after he sent her a postcard print of the infamous portrait featuring Dido Belle and her cousin Elizabeth Murray.

Belle opened to phenomenal success across the United States, beating Spiderman 2 on its first weekend in the cinemas both opened in. It has been championed by the likes of Oprah Winfrey who threw a garden party in her own home for Amma and the cast, which aired on Entertainment Tonight.

In January this year Asante was announced as one of Variety’s ‘10 Directors to Watch’.


India Gary-Martin – Former CIO and CEO of Only Fingers & Toes

India Gary-Martin’s career in Financial Services spanned twenty five years and three continents; North America, Europe and Asia. She worked at some of the world’s leading financial services firms
including, Deutsche Bank and JPMorgan.

During her Investment Banking career, India held a number of CIO and COO roles both regionally and globally. She has significant experience in mergers, integration and growing new businesses. In her final role at JPMorgan, India was Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Investment Bank’s 15,000 person Global Technology and Operations division. For her work regarding women on boards, India has appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC Newsnight, Women’s Hour, Radio 4 and Bloomberg TV.

India is now the Chief Executive of Only Fingers and Toes (OFAT), a luxury nail lacquer brand that is sold exclusively at all Harvey Nichols stores in the UK and Ireland. In its first year of operation, India led the brand to being finalists at the Professional Beauty, Scratch and Beauty Shortlist Awards. The brand is expanding into the US and Middle Eastern markets in 2014.

India is a mother to three young children.

Pamela Hutchinson – Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer EMEA/APAC at Northern Trust

PamelaCredit: BBB Awards

Pamela’s career has been predominately in the financial sector across Goldman Sachs, Barclays Capital and Deutsche Bank. In her current role at Northern Trust, she has responsibility for developing and delivering the strategic agenda for diversity & inclusion across EMEA and APAC whilst integrating it into people processes and business practices.

Pamela is also an expert advisor on the diversity and inclusion board for the Department for Energy and Climate Change and a school governor.

Dr Eyman Osman – Molecular Biology and Genetics Specialist


Dr Eyman Osman has over 15 years experience in the scientific research arena, working alongside research scientists at University College London where she completed her PhD in the novel field of gene therapy, The Heart Institute, British Heart Foundation as well as contributing to the world renowned Human Genome Project.
Not following the traditional career path, Dr Osman recognised that the public image of scientists was not “sexy”. She knows science to be an important, vital and fundamental process of inquiry enabling the discovery and development of all sectors. Eyman means faith and she is also the author of a new exciting blog which aims to stimulate interest in science and examine the social, cultural and ethical impact of science using her passion for the arts.


Eyman believes innovative public engagement and research has the power to increase creativity in the arts as well as improving education, health and quality of life of people worldwide. With this at her core, she also has over a decades experience as a freelance science communicator and education officer for institutes such as the Science Museum London, British Museum, British Film Institute, Local Government Authority, Royal Festival Hall, as well as many inner-city primary/secondary schools.

Ophelia Bobari – Board Advisor at Lewisham Homes

Prior to becoming a Pharmacy Technician, Ophelia was in the Legal Profession for 19 years specialising in housing and Welfare Benefits law. She has worked for various solicitors firms, advice centres, a Citizens Advice bureau and the Lewisham Refugee And Migrants Network empowering refugees, asylum seekers to improve their quality of life advocating on their behalf and advising them of their rights’.

Host: Garry Green, Barrister – 2 Bedford Row


  • Are women breaking the glass ceiling?
  • Visible women – standing up and being counted
  • How do we get more women into senior positions?
  • Women excelling in competitive industries
  • How do we balance a career, personal life and our well-being
  • Leaving your day job to follow your passion

 Tickets: http://iyinspirebalance.eventbrite.co.uk

Contact: info(at)inspirationalyou.co.uk

07545 156 111



Committee Room: 14

6.00 – 6.30 Guests seated for discussion

6.30 – 8.00 Welcome, intro and panel discussion

8.00 – 8.30 Q & A

8.30 – 8.45 Close and depart


Tessy Ojo (Speaker) – CEO – Diana Award – Women at the Top – 27th November 2013 – House of Commons

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Tessy Ojo is the CEO of the Diana Award and will be speaking at our Inspirational YOU ‘Women at The Top’ master class on the 27th November at the House of Commons.


Tessy joined the Diana Award in October 2000. Her current role as CEO involves providing sound leadership to the Organisation, developing and expanding current services and developing new services that involves young people tackling social issues, whilst ensuring its long term sustainability, through effective governance, sound finance and delivery of services.Tessy

Before becoming CEO, Tessy had two previous roles within the Diana Award as Director of Operations and Head of Business and Operations, over the past 13 years.

Prime Minister Honours Syrian Teenager with 40,000TH Diana Award at Downing Street

Prior to joining the Diana Award, Tessy worked in Private Sector firms IBM and Borders Books and Music.  She is also a deputy chair of governors at a local school, trustee of two charities, sits on various education boards across London Local Authorities.


Tessy has a first degree in Biochemistry, an MBA in Third Sector Management, a post grad diploma in management studies and a diploma in Counselling.

Tessy is married to Stephen and has two teenage children.

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Caryl Longley GC (Deloitte LLP) – Speaker – Women at the top – UK Supreme Court – Wed 28th Nov

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Caryl Longley, General Counsel at Deloitte LLP will be joining our Inspirational YOU panel to discuss ‘Women at the top’ at the UK Supreme Court on Wednesday 28th November.

Caryl Longley has over 25 years’ experience as a solicitor. She trained in private practice in her home city of Cardiff but has spent the majority of her career in-house, first becoming Head of Legal at TOTAL Oil , and currently as General Counsel at Deloitte UK which has annual  revenues of circa £2bn  and over 13,000 partners and staff.

Caryl  advises the Board and Senior Management on a wide variety of business related legal issues from banking and partnership to  IP, contracts and real estate.  Her  particular focus is on corporate governance, business mergers, international acquisitions and corporate restructuring.

Caryl enjoys the challenges of applying the law to  real business situations  and achieving the best commercial outcome for her firm through a combination of her considerable  legal skills, extensive experience in industry and strong business acumen.

Caryl is an active member of the London Welsh community and a regular supporter of a variety of women’s networks.

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