CC Insight Evening: Positive Influencers
In need of life inspiration? Meet influential figures doing amazing work and motivating positive change locally, nationally and globally. Network with a room packed full of problem solvers and social entrepreneurs who are driving positive change, harnessing platforms for good and making the world a better place.
Date: Tuesday 14 March 2023, 6.30pm
Venue: Bankside Gallery, London SE1 9JH (1 minute from Blackfriars Station on the South Bank)
Keynote speaker: Cephas Williams
Cephas Williams is the founder and photographer behind the ground-breaking 56 Black Men campaign (2018), and Portrait of Black Britain (2021), he is the founder of The Black British Network launched alongside a letter Cephas penned to his first son Zion after the murder of George Floyd in 2020. He previously studied architecture and started his first business in 2009, in recent years Cephas created ‘Drummer Boy Studios’ in a bid to democratise access into the creative industry and the spaces/tools needed to thrive within it. Due to issues surrounding racism with the council at the time, Cephas stepped away from this business and set out to improve the systemic issues that often prohibit Black people from achieving their full potential.
After taking a series of portrait photographs of 56 Black Men in hoodies, he launched ’56 Black Men’ as a campaign in the UK to change the narrative regarding Black men in the media and as an introduction to a much wider conversation.
The campaigns Cephas has launched have reached both local and global audiences amassing millions of impressions and engagement across Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. His work has also been featured in major publications such as The Guardian, The Metro, The Independent, on Sky News, BBC, Channel 5 and Aljazeera amongst many others, creating both a local and global impact.
Rory Moore OC
Rory founded the world’s largest Covid-19 volunteering network, and has received awards for his work from the United Nations, UK Prime Minister, and the OECD. He was listed in Forbes 30 under 30, and was appointed by the UK Prime Minister to advise the UK Government on volunteering strategy. He is also a Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Youth Representative to the United Nations, and has given keynote speeches in four continents. He studied International Relations at the London School of Economics, where he was awarded a prize for the best dissertation.
Camilla is the founder of charities Sal’s Shoes. Children tend to outgrow their shoes before they outwear them and shoes are relatively difficult to recycle; so Sal’s Shoes finds new owners for children’s preloved shoes. Feet in shoes are protected feet; feet protected from injury and infection, and in areas of low sanitation, the spread of infection. In 9 years, the charity has now distributed over 4,000,000 pairs of shoes in 59 countries around the world, including increasingly here in the U.K. Over the last 3 years, the charity has opened 9 Sal’s Shoes ‘shops’ nationwide, in existing community spaces, where families in need can retain their sense of dignity and exercise choice, enjoying a shopping experience, without having to pay for their ‘purchases’.
Alexander Crossman is Headmaster of The London Academy of Excellence, the highest ranked sixth form provider in England offering a full A Level curriculum.
Alex’s career in education has included being a Deputy Head at a sponsored academy in Brixton, the founding Head of one of London’s most successful free schools and the Chief Executive of an education consulting firm based in the Middle East but operating worldwide. Teaching is Alex’s first calling but his second career. Previously, he was a managing director with global responsibility for strategy at one of the world’s leading investment banks.
Alex graduated with a double first class honours degree from the University of Oxford and with distinguished higher degrees from the London School of Economics & Political Science and the UCL Institute of Education. Alex was born, grew up and went to school in one of the poorest parts of Birmingham. He is married with two grown-up sons.
Alex has helped to train and mentor school leaders for both Ambition School Leadership and the New Schools Network. He is a trustee of the Reach South multi-academy trust and an advisory board member at the Centre for Innovation and Research in Learning (CIRL) at Eton College. Alex is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Arts and The Chartered College of Teaching.
Annie is Head of RAW Talent & Apprenticeships at COOK Trading Ltd
Annie oversees the ‘RAW Talent’ programme at COOK, supporting people from prison / homelessness / addiction / mental ill health into meaningful, sustainable work. She is also responsible for apprenticeships at COOK. Outside work, Annie chairs the Employment Advisory Board for HMP East Sutton Park. She is a qualified Executive Coach, trainer, facilitator, and speaker. She loves people and hates waste.
Will Moy OC
Will Moy is Chief Executive of Full Fact, the UK’s independent fact checking charity which has pioneered automated fact checking. Will has led Full Fact since work began in 2008. He gave the Royal Statistical Society’s Beveridge Lecture Other Truths Are Available in 2018, co-authored The State of Automated Factchecking with Mevan Babakar in 2016, and regularly appears in the media and at events to discuss Full Fact’s work. Will has served on advisory groups for the ESRC, Ofcom, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Treasury, and regularly gives evidence to select committees and other inquiries. He has advised the ONS on a communications review and he was a Marketing Academy Scholar in 2018. He volunteers as a trainer on the NCVO’s Certificate in Campaigning for charities. Before Full Fact, Will worked in the House of Lords for non-party affiliated peer Lord Low of Dalston and for the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety. He previously worked briefly in tech. Whilst a pupil at Caterham School, Will was the founding editor of the Politics Department magazine, Preview, which remains an established element of the Caterham School year.
About Full Fact: Full Fact is a registered charity which does not take sides in any debate and does not support any political party or campaign. Full Fact has been quoted by politicians on all sides and corrected people on all sides. The organisation has a cross-party Board of Trustees and safeguards in place at every to ensure neutrality. Full Fact checks facts, pushes for corrections where necessary, and works with government departments and research institutions to improve the quality and communication of information at source. The organisation provides a fact checking toolkit to give people the tools they need to make up their own minds about information in the public domain.