Black Professionals and Allies working group networking event

Wednesday 17 May 2023 | 18:30 - 20:30 | Evening Event

This is an in-person networking and knowledge sharing opportunity organised by CFA UK's Black Professionals and Allies working group.

Make new connections and expand your network by joining us for this in-person event where you’ll hear from Tony Warner an author, historian, and activist, who will discuss his book Black History Walks in London which explores the African/Caribbean presence in London over the last 2000 years. 

This event is kindly hosted by EY.


Registration: 18:00 
Event: 18:30 - 20:30


Tony Warner, Author, Historian and Activist

Tony is a management consultant specialising in diversity. He spent several years running workshops on institutional racism. He is also the co-founder and chair of the African Odysseys programme. This grassroots initiative has been exhibiting African diaspora films plus Q&As on a monthly basis at the British Film Institute’s Southbank cinema complex since 2007.

He is also the founder of Black History Walks in London, a group which explores the Caribbean and African history of the capital via 12 guided walks, talks, films, courses, bus tours and river cruises. The tours have been featured on various national and international media such as CNN, BBC, ITV, The Guardian, Channel 4 etc.

Since 2011, in an ongoing collaboration with the Nubian Jak charity he has sponsored five Black historical blue plaques across London and researched ten more.

Errol Gardner, Global Vice Chair, EY

Errol is Global Vice Chair – Consulting at EY where he is responsible for a business that has over 100,000 professionals globally. He is also a member of the EY’s Global Executive.

Errol has over 30 years of professional services experience and has delivered business transformation for several Fortune 500 clients across Europe and in the US. Errol has served clients in oil and gas, power and utilities, banking and insurance. In his current role, he continues to advise clients across a number of sectors on their transformation programs through delivery of complex technology and data enabled change.

Errol is an ACA and holds a BA in Industrial Economics from the University of Nottingham, UK. He is also a member of the Executive Leadership Council, an organization committed to increasing the number of C-suite black executives on corporate boards in global enterprises.


Yemi Jackson, Founder and CEO, Engage Transform

Yemi Jackson is the Founder and CEO of Engage Transform . A talent acquisition and development company with the mission of increasing the placements of women and the global majority (often referred to as ethnic minority in the west) talent in senior positions up-to board level in Technology, Marketing and Finance. Yemi has over 20 years’ work experience, and was Senior Executive in finance and IT before setting up Engage Transform to counter the critical need for a more engaged and diverse workplace.

Yemi is also the founder of Building Inclusive Boards (BIB) a talent incubator and accelerator for minorities seeking board positions.  Yemi is on the Advisory Board for BRiM (Black Representation In Marketing) and is on the UK Black and Brilliant Advocacy leadership.

Yemi's passionate about continuously striving to be excellent in your chosen area, she is a qualified accountant, member of Association of Chartered Management Accountants (ACMA). Yemi completed her MBA at Warwick Business School in 2018, with her final dissertation based on implementing effective diversity strategy in the workplace.

Using every rejection as a stepping stone, Yemi has continuously demonstrated how to overcome gender and race inequity with focus and determination. Her objective now is to assist organisations in finding high calibre diverse talent (the key to innovation and growth in the 4th industrial revolution) and placing minorities in the boardroom.

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