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Inspiring Greater Inclusion and Belonging

Hayley Barnard is a respected thought leader in organisational equity, diversity and inclusive leadership. Working with some of the best known brands in the world, she has shaped their strategic approach to diversity and inclusion and built inclusive leadership capabilities. Her aim is to support them to leverage the power that improved diversity and inclusion can have on their people (especially engagement and retention), their customers and ultimately their bottom line.  

  • Unconscious Bias​

  • Inclusion and Belonging

  • Business Case for Diversity and Inclusion

  • Inclusive Leadership

  • Inclusive Recruitment Practices

  • Creating a Gender-Balanced Business

  • Diversity & Inclusion in Marketing

  • Imposter Syndrome

After quickly rising to become General Manager of Sir Chay Blyth’s ‘Challenge Business’ at just 23, Hayley went on to achieve her first directorship in an Anglo-French business aged 26 as the only woman and youngest member of the Board.  Since then Hayley has founded three companies and is also currently a Non-Executive Director of YHA, one of the biggest Youth Charities in the UK. 


Hayley is a professional speaker, consultant and media commentator on subjects including inclusive leadership, belonging, unconscious bias, gender balanced workplaces, allyship and cross-cultural leadership.  She tackles issues surrounding unconscious bias and inclusiveness with humour, ensuring that her ideas have real value for audiences’ working lives.


With her clients, Hayley combines the latest research on inclusion of diversity with first-hand experience, helping a wide range of companies establish what inclusion looks like for them, what their business case is and how to move the agenda forward. Hayley has:

  • Spoken at over 200 events across banking and finance, construction and engineering, aerospace, legal, telecoms, technology and the energy sector. Largest live audience: 1200. Largest virtual audience: 20,000.

  • Provided keynotes and board level briefings for clients including Microsoft, Vodafone, Nissan, Virgin Media, Roche, Teva, H&M, Glanbia, AstraZeneca and many others.

  • Designed an Inclusive Leadership program for the top 600 leaders at Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, and for clients such as Capital One, PTSB and Experian.

  • Spoken at Leinster House, advised the Irish Government on the introduction of Gender Pay Gap Reporting legislation and how to help companies reduce their pay gap.


Hayley is a prolific keynote speaker providing entertaining and inspirational speeches for company conferences as well as in-depth senior leader briefings and seminars. Her aim is always to be highly practical and demonstrate that everyone can immediately make an impact on how inclusive their place of work is through a number of small actions.


When not at work or at home Hayley can usually be found swimming in the nearest stretch of open water. She has successfully swum across the English Channel, taking 14 hours and 12 minutes to reach France. In 2018 she also swam 46 km around Manhattan Island in New York.




“Hayley’s passion for topic was infectious and her professionalism in working to ensure the talk met our needs was impressive. Hayley is an engaging speaker that opens up the topic of inclusion of diversity in the workplace in such manner that inspires you to take action.”

Director of Operations, Roche


“Hayley’s style, tone and content was spot on!”

Chief People Officer, Willmott Dixon

“A BIG thank you for an amazing presentation yesterday! We have received so many positive and great responses and the whole team really appreciated your style and way of presenting a super relevant topic. I have already had several conversations with people who have done some good reflection on inclusion.’ 

HRBP, Colgate-Palmolive





Developing leaders to be more inclusive in their leadership and management style is essential for any organisation that wants to see significant progress in diversity and inclusion (D&I). Yet many leaders have D&I fatigue – they either see it as not their problem or that it is simply concerned with positive discrimination, specifically around gender and ethnicity. They don’t have a good understanding of why inclusion is good for them and good for business or what they should do about it. This keynote aims to address that.




Suitable for senior executives and people managers, this session helps leaders appreciate the solid business case for a more collaborative and inclusive style of leadership. Leaders explore ‘what’s it like to be on the other side of you?’ Traits of an inclusive leader are shared and used to inform what actions or small changes need to be made in leadership style that could have a significant impact on inclusion and drive diversity.




A light-hearted introduction to unconscious bias which works well for general sessions in a full company conference as it appeals to all levels of employees.

  • What is unconscious bias;

  • Why and how we all have them;

  • How they can conflict with who we are and how we want to be;

  • How we can catch ourselves being unconsciously biased;

  • How we can all play a part in anti-racism;

  • Actions we can take to outsmart bias.

Motivational and Keynote Speakers, leadership speaker, motivational speaker, Women Speakers

B - £5k to £10k

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