Speakers

Hear from leading speakers about some of the biggest issues facing the world today.

Open your mind.

We want visitors to leave Volunteer Expo with a spring in their step and ideas in their minds.

That’s why we are organising a programme full of expert speakers and inspiring sessions to get you feeling energised, ready to change lives and take action.

Whether you’re passionate about a certain area of volunteering, or have never volunteered before – there will be something to peak your interest.


Frank Bruno MBE

Former world champion boxer Frank Bruno has risen above the boundaries of his discipline to win a place in the nation's hearts. After a career going head to head with the likes of Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis, he has a new fight on his hands: to knockout the stigma associated with mental health. He uses his profile to normalise discussing mental health, something he introduces to young people through the Frank Bruno Foundation.

Chizzy Akudolu

Best known for her role in Holby City, actress and writer Chizzy was diagnosed with depression in 2014. Since then, she has been a vocal advocate on mental health issues and the need to talk openly about them. With her infectious personality, Chizzy is an inspiration and motivational speaker on achieving goals and overcoming adversity.

 

Steve Brown

An infectious and inspirational character, Steve became paralysed after falling from a balcony at just 23 and went on to captain Great Britain’s wheelchair rugby team at the London 2012 Paralympics. Steve is now a popular broadcaster and shares his experiences of being an elite athlete by mentoring young people across the country.

 

Simeon Moore

A former member of a notorious Birmingham gang, Simeon now tackles the glamorisation of gang culture to young people. Describing his gangster lifestyle as a “mental prison”, Simeon lifted himself from a life of crime and uses the power of music to educate the lives of others.

Kids Against Plastic

Sisters Amy and Ella Meek are Founders of Kids Against Plastic, a charity which is empowering young people to protect the environment. Over the last year they have helped pick up over 65,000 pieces of single use plastic and made over 50 cafés, schools, businesses and festivals ‘Plastic Clever’.

Tufail Hussain

Director of Islamic Relief UK, a charity alleviating suffering from some of the world’s largest issues. Tufail has travelled extensively around the world raising awareness of major emergencies such as the East Africa drought, Pakistan floods and the Syrian crisis.

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