Hayley Barnard is a respected thought leader in organisational equality, diversity and inclusive leadership. Working with some of the best-known brands in the world, she has shaped their strategic approach to diversity and inclusion and built inclusive leadership capabilities. Her aim is to support them to leverage the power that improved diversity and inclusion can have on their people (especially engagement and retention), their customers and ultimately their bottom line.
After quickly rising to become General Manager of Sir Chay Blyth’s ‘Challenge Business’ at just 23, Hayley went on to achieve her first directorship in an Anglo-French business aged 26. Since then Hayley has founded three companies and is also currently a Non-Executive Director of YHA, one of the biggest Youth Charities in the UK.
Hayley is a professional speaker, consultant and media commentator on subjects including gender balanced workplaces, inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, and cross-cultural leadership. She tackles issues surrounding unconscious bias and inclusiveness with humour, ensuring that her ideas have real value for audiences’ working lives.
One of the most innovative projects that Hayley has headed up is the LeasePlan Women’s Arctic Challenge in which she co-led a team of women on a traverse of Baffin Island at minus 40 degrees C. MIX worked with LeasePlan to develop this unique platform to communicate the gender balance issue and challenge unconscious bias within their company.
With her clients, Hayley combines the latest research on inclusion of diversity with first-hand experience, helping a wide range of companies establish what inclusion looks like for them, what their business case is and how to move the agenda forward. Hayley has:
Hayley is a prolific keynote speaker providing entertaining and inspirational speeches for company conferences as well as in-depth senior leader briefings and seminars. Her aim is always to be highly practical and demonstrate that everyone can immediately make an impact on how inclusive their place of work is through a number of small actions.
When not at work or at home Hayley can usually be found swimming in the nearest stretch of open water. She has successfully swum across the English Channel, taking 14 hours and 12 minutes to reach France. In 2018 she also swam 46 km around Manhattan Island in New York.
“Hayley’s passion for topic was infectious and her professionalism in working to ensure the talk met our needs was impressive. Hayley is an engaging speaker that opens up the topic of inclusion of diversity in the workplace in such manner that inspires you to take action.”
Director of Operations, Roche
“Hayley’s style, tone and content was spot on!”
Chief People Officer, Willmott Dixon
“Thank you so much for today. I think we have started our movement! Its created a lot of buzz and conversations. There was a lot of connection to Hayley as a speaker.”
D&I Lead, Kerry Foods
“A BIG thank you for an amazing presentation yesterday! We have received so many positive and great responses and the whole team really appreciated your style and way of presenting a super relevant topic. I have already had several conversations with people who have done some good reflection on inclusion.’