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Inclusive Sussex: In Conversation with Lela Kogbara and Jane Farrell

18 October, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us for another ‘Inclusive Sussex: In Conversation’ event, featuring Lela Kogbara and Jane Farrell

Inclusive Sussex: In Conversation event, featuring Lela Kogbara and Jane Farrell, discussing Inclusive Leadership.

Lela was a senior leader in the public sector for 25 years, 16 of which were in Islington where she was Assistant Chief Executive for the Council, and is the former director of Black Thrive Global. She also worked with NHS England and Department for Education to improve employment prospects and access to apprenticeships for people with learning and other disabilities. She is a qualified accountant and her responsibilities have included policy, equalities, performance, arts and culture, employment, and community safety. The Black Thrive Partnership brings together individuals, local communities, statutory agencies and voluntary organisations to address the structural barriers that prevent Black people from thriving.

Jane Farrell is the co-founder of EW Group, and was Chief Executive from 1992 to 2021. She is a specialist in inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, organisational change and cultural adaptability. Her proactive approach is founded upon existing best practice and focusing energies on pragmatic solutions. Jane has delivered large-scale diversity programmes for our high-profile client base, including London Underground. Jane has also delivered similar diversity programmes for a vast number of other organisations, including the BBC, various NHS Trusts, Leadership Academies and Clinical Commissioning Groups. She regularly works with leaders of global and national organisations, advising on inclusive leadership, and diversity and inclusion strategy.

They will be joined by a panel of Sussex staff to talk about how equality, diversion and inclusion is used in leadership roles. The panel includes:

– Professor David Ruebain, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Culture, Equality and Inclusion

– Dr Benjamin Everly, Senior lecturer at University of Sussex Business School

– Dr Zahira Jeser, Senior lecturer at University of Sussex Business School and Director of MBA Programme

This event will take place on the University campus on Wednesday 18 October May 2023, from 5.30pm to 7pm followed by a drinks reception.

About Inclusive Sussex

In 2022, the University’s updated Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) strategy, ‘Inclusive Sussex’ was launched. View the new Inclusive Sussex webpages to explore the work the University is doing to meet our five Inclusive Sussex goals.


Conference Room, Bramber House
Lancaster House Rd
Falmer, England BN1 9QU United Kingdom