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THE SPEAKERS

The Forward Ladies’ National Awards are judged by an independent judging panel, comprising professional men and women, successful entrepreneurs and business people.

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ARTI HALAI

Arti Halai is a broadcaster, entrepreneur, public speaker, and author. She has more than fifteen years experience working in the media industry as a Television presenter, producer and reporter. She is Co-founder of the Fleet Street Group.

As a consultant she specialises in media training and presentation skills working with clients both in the UK and abroad. A public speaker, Arti’s first book ‘Positivity’ was published by the HotHive in 2009.

The Grand Final Speakers

29TH NOVEMBER – LEEDS

LARA OYESANYA – KLARNA BANK UK

Lara is the 2018 Overall Winner of the FL National Awards. Law graduate (LL.B Hons) with an LL.M, Comparative Company Law. Senior legal counsel at Barclays, BAE Systems, divisional counsel at RAC plc, legal director at HBOS and Group Head of Legal at LexAutolease. LexisNexis contributing and consulting editorial board member. Non-executive director of Plan International UK and Aspiring Solicitors ambassador.

RICHARD JOHN CARTER – MANAGING DIRECTOR, BASF UK & IRELAND

Richard John Carter was born in Wakefield, United Kingdom, in 1962. He studied Economics and Business Administration at the Manchester Business School, United Kingdom, Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden, Fachhochschule Reutlingen, Germany and Middlesex University, United Kingdom.

GRISELDA TOGOBO – CEO OF FORWARD LADIES

Griselda began her career as an electrical engineer, she then veered into business having been influenced by the challenges and successes that her parents experienced as entrepreneurs. She trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with one of the BIG 4 professional services firms but now runs her own businesses, Forward Ladies included. Griselda is a mother of two beautiful children. She is extremely passionate about positively impacting the future of women and girls in the workforce. Griselda joined Forward Ladies as a member and was hooked.

ANNA KEELING – MD, BOEING DEFENCE UK

Anna joined Boeing as Managing Director of Boeing Defence UK in 2019 from GKN Aerospace. She is responsible for Boeing UK’s significant defence programmes, people and sites and the organisation’s growth, alignment and business development. Boeing, across all businesses, operates at 65 sites and employs 2,500 people directly and many more through a significant domestic supply chain. Anna has two decades of global leadership experience in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Before joining Boeing, she was Senior Vice President Business Transformation, leading GKN’s business improvement plan to drive profit, margin and cash and Senior Vice President Commercial, where she assumed responsibility for all GKN Aerospace’s global commercial governance and ensured an aligned customer strategy across the business.

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