Sunny Singh is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning writer of fiction and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, Nani’s Book of Suicides, published in 2000, was described as a “first novel of rare scope and power”. The Spanish translation of the novel won the inaugural Mar de Letras Prize in 2003. Her second book, a work of nonfiction titled Single in the City: The Independent Woman’s Handbook, was a first-of- its-kind exploration of single women in contemporary India and was described as “witty and insightful”. Her most recent novel Hotel Arcadia (Quartet Books, 2015) has received rave reviews. The Independent described the novel as “powerful and absorbing”. Her groundbreaking study of Indian film star Amitabh Bachchan is forthcoming with BFI/Palgrave. Her short stories have been published by prestigious international literary journals including The Drawbridge, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and World Literature Today. Her creative nonfiction has been published across the world in key journals and anthologies. She also writes for newspapers and magazines, in Spanish and English, across the globe. Sunny also comments on aspects of politics and culture on radio and television, and has appeared on BBC World, BBC News, Radio Four, ITV News and Sky News.
Kathy MacLean is a teacher and an educational consultant with over 30 years of experience of working in Education. She has an MA in English language and literacy in education and teaches at both Roehampton University and Goldsmiths’ University. She is also employed as an Advisory teacher at CLPE (Centre for Literacy in Primary Education).
Previously Kathy was the Head of Ethnic Minority Achievement Service at Wandsworth Council. Her work included a particular focus on ensuring access to the curriculum for pupils for whom English is an additional language (EAL) and raising the attainment of Black and Minority Ethnic pupils.
Kathy is passionate about exposing children and young people to quality literature and the use of storytelling in schools. She has led on innovative projects to raise standards of literacy and promote engagement and enjoyment of reading. Her strategies involved writers and storytellers in residence projects with particular emphasis on diversity. She has also worked on storytelling projects with children and parents from a range of cultures. She gives advice and support to senior leadership and teachers in schools and provides training, coaching and mentoring for teachers and school staff.
Kathy has contributed to a number of educational publications and is the co-author of an educational pack A Caribbean History Hillsborough: a plantation in Dominica. She is a school governor and a trustee at the Children’s Discovery Centre.
John Lehal advises business and charities on strategy, reputation and growth. After a long consultancy career, he now provides senior counsel to CEOs and Boards to address the strategic challenges they face. John is active as charity trustee, serving as Vice-Chair of the Taylor Bennett Foundation and Treasurer of Bedfordshire Refugee and Asylum Seeker Service. He serves on the Executive Committee of Labour Business. John launched and grew Insight Consulting Group for eleven years. Having founded the agency in 2006, John ran the consultancy until it was acquired by Four Communications Group in January 2017. Following the transition, John was CEO of Four Public Affairs before embarking on a freelance career. John frequently speaks at conferences and seminars on issues relating to politics and public policy. He is a regular commentator and media pundit on issues relating to business, Brexit and politics.
Lana Howard is Head of Strategic Insight at the world’s largest conference business, KNect365, the £200m+ rev/year Division of FTSE 100 media company, Informa. She has a wide base of leadership and general management experience, having worked in roles leading strategy and business planning, product development, partnerships and new ventures. Lana’s most recent roles have involved commercialising and growing content and learning businesses, including developing digital platforms, creating valuable content partnerships, growing audience and community, and improving events (product and efficiency), experience that she’s excited to apply to Pop Up, especially on the digital side. Before moving into the corporate world, Lana worked in the charity sector in International Development. Outside of work she has previously been a trustee of East African charity, Grow Movement, and set up the London chapter of the international youth leadership network, One Young World, as well as a number of other voluntary activities.
Cynthia V Davis is the founder and Chief Executive of diversity and inclusion consultancy firm, BAME Recruitment, and has over 18 years’ experience at senior level, with a specialism in identifying diverse talent and understanding their barriers. Cynthia has worked within and recruited for some of the best known corporate, public and private sector along with third sector organisations for Senior Executive positions up to Board Level where she continues to challenge the status quo. She sits on executive recruitment panels as an independent advisor to help facilitate an unbiased recruitment process.
Cynthia strives to create a positive impact from diversity and inclusion initiatives and has written articles for the Voice Newspaper, LGBT History Month and Black History Month. Her company, BAME Recruitment, is a Brand Partner of Women in the City, working together to empower the next generation of female leaders across all sectors.
As a mother, Cynthia is also passionate about giving back to the community and is a mentor to young adults (aged 11-18) via the Stephen Lawrence Trust Mentorship Programme, as well as a public speaker committed to improving equal opportunities for people from all walks of life. She has won numerous awards and received both national and international recognition for her entrepreneurship and determination to champion and campaign for a fairer and just society. She is a fellow of St George’s College Leadership Fellowship, Windsor.