IC Board


Ruth Carter

Managing Director of Telegraph Events Daily Telegraph

Ruth Carter has forged a highly successful international career in the commercial events industry, where she has held senior executive roles in leading media organisations including UBM, Ascential and Informa. She has grown companies into significant and highly respected global businesses and personally launched operations into China, South East Asia, India, the Middle East, Europe and North and South America.

Ruth is currently Managing Director of Telegraph Events, a division of the Daily Telegraph, where she leads their vast portfolio of award-winning consumer and business events including the Ski and Snowboard Show, The Telegraph Festival of Business and the Telegraph Whisky Show.

She is passionate about her role as Non-Executive Director of Generation Success, the not-for-profit organisation which provides events, training, mentoring and work placements for highly talented, but less advantaged, young people.

She is a regular speaker at events, reflecting not only her long-standing involvement with international business development but also her passion for growing and developing talented individuals around the world. Ruth holds a degree in music from Trinity College of Music, London.


Paul Sesay

CEO/Founder Inclusive Companies

Paul Sesay is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers, National Diversity Awards, Excellence in Diversity Awards, The Diversity Group and events company I Spoil U Media Limited since 2006. Paul’s business acumen has mainly been with a social focus.

With over ten years worth of experience within the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion sector, Paul has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world on their diversity and inclusion profiles.

He has also worked within local communities to help people from various backgrounds to achieve and empower disadvantaged groups throughout the UK. Paul’s initiatives have helped many thousands of organisations and individuals get recognised for their hard work and dedication to diversity.


Dr. Bijna K. Dasani

Bijna has 19+ years of professional experience and has worked across EMEA, the Americas and Asia. She has a robust track record of delivering successes for global Banking and Financial Services.

Bijna serves the Boards of FinTech Connect, CIONet, IPQC CDO Exchange, and the Inclusive Companies Network. She is a FinTech Mentor and films videos on Mentorship, Leadership & Technology.

Bijna is a Fellow of the RSA, St. George's House, Windsor Castle and an Associate Member of Oriel College, University of Oxford.

Bijna advises / advocates for a diversified portfolio of Business, Technology, Social Impact, I&D causes. She has spoken to global audiences at Deloitte, Edinburgh DataFest, Amazon, Sky, Lloyds Banking Group, Universities (Auburn, BPP, Edinburgh, De Montfort, Imperial College London, Oxford, Sheffield), Appway, CIO NEXT, Bloomberg, Retail Banking Forum Europe, FinTech Connect and others. She serves as a Host / Judge / Speaker for a portfolio of events and awards.

Bijna has been recognised for her contributions as one of the #TechWomen100 (2019), as 'Business Role Model of the Year' by the Women in IT Awards & Amazon (2019), by the Lloyds Banking Group Top 100 BAME Role Models List (2019, 2018) as a 'Global Champion' (#60) of the Top 100 Executive #FTHERoes18 by the Financial Times (2018), with an Honorary Doctorate from De Montfort University (2018), by felicitation at the House of Lords (UK), at the NRI Pride of India World Summit (2017) for 'Making India Proud'. Bijna is credited as one of the Top 50 Visionary Young Leaders in Business, by Henley Business School (2017), one of 35 leading British Business Women under 35, by Management Today, Accenture and The Telegraph (2015) and has received recognition with 15 further honours including the National Diversity Awards (2012) and the Asian Women of Achievement Awards (2010). Bijna is also the International Women’s Day Young Achiever of the Year (2006).


Christos Tsaprounis FCIPD

Head of People & Culture Auto Trader UK

Christos is a people geek and a diversity & inclusion advocate with a career across different industries ranging from digital to social housing. He spent four years at the Co-operative Bank before joining Auto Trader in 2014 where together with his brilliant team he focuses on creating a space where everyone’s uniqueness is celebrated and is empowered to thrive by being their authentic, true and best self. Driven by his passion for equal opportunities for all people, he leads the D&I and CSR strategies of one of the most admired digital businesses in the UK and 2018 Top 50 Inclusive Companies.

Born in Athens and moved to the UK in 2002 to complete his MSc in Human Resources at The University of Manchester after completing studies at the American College of Greece and the London School of Economics; he fell in love with the city and its people so he decided to make it his home. He is a actively involved in making a difference working with leading charities including Survivors Manchester, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Manchester Pride and Forever Manchester. Recognised for his contribution to his industry he is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Impact Award by the Recruiter Magazine in 2018”


Samantha Budd

Chief Executive | University of Bristol Students' Union

Sam is the Chief Executive of the University of Bristol Students’ Union and has over 30 years of senior experience within the recruitment, training and education sectors. She has held several non- executive and trustee roles including most recently: membership of strategic advisory committees for the Higher Education Funding Council (HEFCE); trustee of NUS Charitable Services: board member of NUS Poverty Commission and a trustee of the Bristol Museums Development Trust.

Sam has a particular interest in equality, diversity and inclusion  and as well a number of awards achieved by the Union in this field  she was personally short listed as Chief Executive of the year 2016 by the National Centre for Diversity, awarded the 2018  Simpson King Staff achievement Award by the national union of students  and recently received the 2018 Diversity Champion- Education Sector at the Inclusive Companies awards. She was a member of the University of Bristol EDI Steering Group and the Bristol Racism Taskforce set up to address racism on campus and beyond. She has worked in an advisory capacity with NUS to shape the Race Matters agenda and has been involved in the development and implementation of Careers in Students’ Unions the new employer brand that has been created to improve the diversity of the sector’s workforce.

She is also a passionate advocate for mental health issues and was  a member of the 2018  Bristol Leadership Challenge an ambitious programme, convened by the Mayor’s City Office, aimed at addressing the systemic difficulties faced in the Bristol by those citizens experiencing complex mental health problems.


Arun Batra

Associate Partner EY

Arun is the Chief Executive Officer and founder of the UK National Equality Standard, is an Associate Partner at EY and has held numerous leading national diversity roles including Diversity Director for the Home Office, Diversity Director for the Greater London Authority for two former Mayors as well as an advisor to the former Attorney General, Baroness Scotland.

He won the prestigious HR Consultant of the Year accolade for making “a significant difference to UK society” and has been repeatedly recognised as one of the UKs most influential Asians in the Asian Power List.

In February 2018 Arun accepted an invitation from the Prime Minister to join a board to help tackle race disparity in the UK.


Priscilla Baffour

Global Head of Diversity & Inclusion | Financial Times

Priscilla has recently joined the Financial Times as its Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion.

Prior to joining the Financial Times, Priscilla oversaw ITN’s diversity and inclusion strategy and pioneered their work around the Gender and BAME pay gap. Before that spent five years at Channel 4 where she spearheaded 4talent and won the Deputy Prime Minister’s Excellence Award for playing a pioneering role in tackling social mobility. Priscilla was also part of the team responsible for implementing Channel 4’s 360 Diversity Charter and delivered on a number of key commitments.

Priscilla has great knowledge and expertise of reaching out to diverse talent and her notable achievements have been managing and delivering successful talent and diversity programmes. Over the past 10 years she has project managed several diversity initiatives with a variety of youth organisations and media companies including BBC, Media Trust, News International, ITV and many more. She is a board member to Inclusive Companies and Hyden Talent and also sits on the Creative Diversity Network (CDN) Steering group.

Priscilla was named one of the top eight BAME workplace Heros in 2018 at the Investing in Ethnicity Awards.

She is also a passionate advocate for mental health issues and was  a member of the 2018  Bristol Leadership Challenge an ambitious programme, convened by the Mayor’s City Office, aimed at addressing the systemic difficulties faced in the Bristol by those citizens experiencing complex mental health problems.


Richard Chapman-Harris

Head of Inclusion and Responsibility Mott Macdonald

Richard is the Head of Inclusion and Responsibility for global engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald. He leads on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) efforts of the firm which has over 16000 staff operating in over 150 countries. Mott MacDonald has been recognised as the NCE100 Diversity Champion and ranks 5th in the Inclusive Employer Top 50 list 2018. Richard was named as the Excellence in Diversity Award’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion in 2017, is included in the Economist’s Global list of Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry and is recognised in the Telegraph’s Out at Work Top 50 LGBT Executives.

Richard has previously worked for Business in the Community (BITC) where he managed a diverse portfolio of clients including Goldman Sachs, Linklaters, the Royal Navy, and Transport for London and served as an assessor for the Times Top 50 Employers for Women and BITC Diversity Benchmark. Richard also worked with the British Transport Police where he coordinated their Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategies (EDHR) across the UK and delivered Diversity and operational training. He has also worked in graduate recruitment with leading agency Milkround.com, sourcing top talent through unique student engagement strategies.

A qualified coach and learning facilitator, Richard is especially adept at engaging stakeholders to help them really connect with EDI. His passion is creating dynamic organisational change interventions for clients, customers and colleagues. He also enjoys writing personally and professionally, his Manifesto for Modern Leadership published by the Guardian’s Women in Leadership and an item on EDI and Innovation for The Sunday Telegraph.

Richard also works as a freelance consultant and can be contacted through his website www.rchapmanharris.com.  In his spare time, Richard is working on his second novel which is based on Caribbean folklore and is a trustee for the Fawcett Society, the UK’s leading feminist charity. Richard lives with his husband and their dog Daisy in East London.