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PinkNews Futures

PinkNews Futures connects LGBT+ jobseekers with inclusive employers and the latest business tips through panel discussions and workshops.

Our conference will be back in person in October 2021! If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact [email protected]


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Visit our jobs board to browse and apply for the latest opportunities with leading employers. Whether you’re searching for an entry-level position, or you’re ready to take a next step in your career, we’re always updating our jobs board with new and exciting vacancies.

Catch up on our Spring conference

Monday 12th April

Welcome to PinkNews Futures: Keynote address with Michael Gunning

From training for the Tokyo Olympic Games during a pandemic, to holding a national record, and being openly LGBT+ in sport — international competitive swimmer Michael Gunning steps out of the pool to greet the PinkNews Futures crowd.


  • Michael Gunning, International Professional Swimmer and Pride House Ambassador for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games
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Media and Journalism — in partnership with We Are Black Journos

Wondering how to start your career in media, stay on track, and find your niche? Join our seasoned experts for a session demystifying the application process and offering advice on how to carve your career path as a journalist. 


  • Hannah Ajala, freelance journalist and founder of We Are Black Journos
  • Lisa Hanley, journalist, producer and writer
  • Shakeena Johnson, Gaming Reporter and Producer, PinkNews


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Mental Health in the LGBT+ Community

How do you navigate the professional world — whether you’re already employed or jobhunting — while also looking after your own well-being? How are employers addressing the specific mental health needs of their LGBT+ staff? If you’re asking yourself these questions, you are not alone — and our panelists are here to answer all these and more. 


  • Chris Murray, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, CJM MH Consultancy & Training
  • Luke Seraphin, Head of PR, Drama & Factual, Sky
  • Rose Frimpong, Founder, Black LGBTQIA+ Therapy Fund
  • Edward Campbell, Partner, Stephenson Harwood
  • Char Bailey, coach and motivational speaker
  • Dominic Arnall, Chief Executive, Just Like Us


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Tuesday 13th April

Starting Out in Finance — hosted by EY

Learn from the best! Join representatives of EY for an unmissable session about kickstarting your career in finance. The panel will share tips and tricks for making your application stand out, and discuss their experiences about being out and proud in their roles.


  • Helen Kelly, Supervising Associate, Talent Team
  • Siqi Chong, Senior, Banking & Capital Markets
  • Joel Fisher, Resource Deployment Manager, Strategy & Transactions Team
  • Jack Hirchfield, Part-Qualified Audit Associate, UK&I
  • Victor Ikie, Operations Director, Global Tax Compliance & Reporting Team


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Out in Law

How does being LGBT+ influence a legal career? How do LGBT+ lawyers advocate for their clients, and what are the legal needs of the LGBT+ community?


  • Adam Fellows, Associate Solicitor, Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Elspeth Hunt, Employment Associate, Stephenson Harwood LLP
  • Maria Munir, Head of Community Engagement, Stonewall
  • Oliver Rieche, associate and co-chair of the LGBT+ network (PRISM), Reed Smith
  • Dr S Chelvan, Head of Immigration and Public Law, 33 Bedford Row Chambers


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Careers in Consulting

How can you bring your full self to work as a consultant? How does being LGBT+ influence your career, and what are the skills you need to be successful in this role?


  • Ana Nanu, Programme and Events Manager, PinkNews
  • Domingo Morgan-Luco, Analyst, Elixirr
  • Holly Newton, Senior Associate, Boston Consulting Group
  • Timothy Mallinson, Associate, Kearney


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Wednesday 14th April

Science, Pharma and Healthcare

We will hear from a wide variety of professionals on the roles available in healthcare, from the frontline heroes who interact with patients every day, to those who lead on groundbreaking research in their fields.


  • Christopher Badaoui, Co-Founder, Troglo
  • Hannah Williamson, EPSRC CDT LifETIME PhD, University of Birmingham
  • Jayne Love, Organiser and Lead on Equalities, Pharmacists’ Defence Association
  • Scott Francis, National Market Access Manager, Gilead


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Diversity in Tech: coding, data and software

We know that the tech industry thrives when teams are diverse. In this session, we will hear how the LGBT+ people behind the technology we use every day have helped shape the industry.  


  • Mayur Gupta, Founder and CEO, Career Accelerator
  • James Spencer, Senior Engineer, Financial Times
  • Nour Fayad, Head of Platform Engineering, UCAS
  • Amy Gray, Senior Decisioning Architect, Merkle
  • Mario Lamas Saavedra, Solutions Architect, Accenture


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What's Race Got to Do with It?

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter Movement of 2020, workplaces everywhere have had a moment of awakening when it comes to matters of race. We ask our panelists: will this impetus last? Have they seen meaningful change happen in their workplaces?


  • Alexander Leon, LinkedIn Changemaker, LGBT+ Campaigner and Writer
  • Deven Vyas, Director of Client Development, Reed Smith
  • Emmanuelle Andrews, Legal Officer, Free Black University
  • Michael Twerefoo, Digital Consulting Manager, Accenture


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Interview and Assessment Centre Workshop — hosted by Jisc

If you are just entering the world of work, you might be feeling a little nervous about your first interview or assessment centre.

For this session, Jisc will be talking you through what to expect and how to best prepare. They’ll also be sharing details of their current and upcoming opportunities, and how you can apply!


  • Louise Mitchell, Senior Talent Acquisition Lead
  • Lydia Samuel, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant
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Thursday 15th April

LGBT+ in Engineering

Let’s look at what inspired our panelists to be out and proud in the workplace, from engineering superheroes that you may not have known were LGBT+, to childhood inspirations and personal motivators.


  • Filippo Dionisi, Research Engineer, National Composite Centre
  • Madeleine Beestin-Sheriff, Civil Aerospace Engineering Apprentice and Prism Bi Officer, Rolls-Royce
  • Rémi Saufisseau, Assistant Civil Engineer, Atkins
  • Rosina Simmons, Mechanical Engineer, Atkins
  • Jyoti Sehdev, Senior Civil Engineer and Group Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead, Costain



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LBT+ Women in the Workplace

LBT+ women face a distinct set of challenges in the workplace. Join us as we unpack their experiences, and hear their valuable advice on coming out, and facing misogyny at work. 


  • Chloe Gilbert, SharePoint Architect, Jisc
  • Jessica Colston, Consultant, BCG
  • Nicci Take, Head of Growth, Mercer
  • Rebecca Dandridge, Director of Public Affairs UK&I for HIV, Gilead
  • Mel Rogan, Software Engineer, Financial Times
  • Shakeena Johnson, Gaming Reporter and Producer, PinkNews


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Make Yourself Employable

Sometimes, all you’re missing is a push in the right direction from someone who’s seen your worth. Our panel of recruitment experts is here to cheer you on, and help you tease out what makes you unique in the job market.


  • Alex Ehmcke, COO, PinkNews
  • Claire Donaldson, Head of People Operations, Give A Grad A Go
  • Colin Campbell-Austin, Head of 4Inclusion, Channel 4
  • Samuel Tallant, Talent Acquisition Manager, AVOMIND


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CV Consultation — hosted by AVOMIND

Avomind is a platform which connects recent graduates and young professionals with fast-growing
firms across the world, working with high-growth start-ups, boutique consulting firms and
market research companies. At Avomind, we understand that the playing field is even more challenging
for diversity candidates, and this is why we are working to untap top LGBTQIA+ talent in
sales, operations and tech areas. We are committed to working with top global firms who embrace
diversity and want to have more inclusive top-performing teams.


  • Samuel Tallant, Talent Acquisition Manager, AVOMIND
Find AVOMIND here

If you’re interested in working with us for PinkNews Futures 2021, please email [email protected]


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