Our Team

We have a network of consultants who have decades of experience in corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion and marketing.

Vanessa Sanyauke CEO

Vanessa is the Founder and CEO of Girls Talk London and a keynote speaker and presenter based in London. Vanessa has 10 years’ experience in the financial services and charity sector in a number of roles helping FTSE 100 businesses with corporate social responsibility, gender, and youth consulting. Vanessa regularly hosts panel discussions & has delivered speeches & lectures at The Southbank Centre, UN Women UK, Cosmopolitan Magazine, City Hall, Institute of Directors, Imperial College, Kent Business School, City University & Brunel University. Vanessa recently presented the International women’s day podcast for Penguin Living & Virgin Books.

In April 2010 until January 2014 she was a Trustee of national youth volunteering charity vInspired. In 2011 she was presented with a Peace Award from The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson for her contribution to the well-being of people in London and was Co-Chair of the Spirit of London Awards Select Committee in 2012 producing their biggest ever show at London’s 02 Arena

The 9th March 2015 issue of Look Magazine featured Vanessa as one of the most inspiring women in the UK and in June 2015 She was named as one of 67 Changemakers in the UK at The Southbank Centre as part of their annual Festival of Love. During the same month she was also invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Brittany Blackwell Project Coordinator

Brittany joined Girls Talk London in January 2017 as its Project Coordinator and is responsible for co-ordinating the Step into STEM mentoring and work experience programme. Brittany is also responsible for producing high-profile company branded events, managing digital content across all social media channels and liaising with senior management in multinational firms.

Brittany has earned both her BBA in Marketing from The Richard J. Fox School of Business and Management at Temple University (Philadelphia, PA, USA) and her MA in Music Industry Management and Artist Development from The London College of Music at University of West London where she is currently a PhD candidate in Music with particular interests in researching cultural appropriation, economic disparities, and trauma impacting marginalised communities from the African Diaspora in the music industry.

Mutsa Marau Programme Manager

Mutsa is a qualified youth worker, with over ten years experience co-creating and delivering community engagement programmes to young people.

Working for The Butterfly Tree, Mutsa created and delivered a creative peer education HIV prevention project to over 600 students in Mukuni, Zambia. In being able to create and nurture an online community, Mutsa has delivered fundraisers and sexual health workshops in London, New York, Zambia and Dominica.

She has also worked on social media content and strategy for MTV Shuga and Digital Explorer and produced several short films for Channel 4’s Random Acts.

Mutsa holds a BA (Hons) in Anthropology and Sociology and an MBA in International Business Practice. She is currently the Head of Project Design and Delivery at The Nzinga Effect

Steph Slack CSR Consultant

Steph advises businesses on CSR strategies and employee volunteering projects mainly in the areas of social mobility, education and employability.Her background is in project managing employee volunteering projects at top UK law firm Slaughter and May where she looked after over 400 volunteers and the design and delivery of 20+ initiatives, including an award winning social mobility project. She is passionate about the value volunteering projects can bring to ensure young people have access to equal opportunities and fulfil their potential and to provide skills development to staff and create culture change within organisations. As a trained life coach, she also brings the tools gained to her consulting work where relevant.

Khin Tye CSR Consultant

Khin Tye is an experienced consultant in: CSR, diversity and inclusion, women’s development, impact measurement, and CSR partnerships. With more than 7 years’ managing an ethnic minority business volunteering program, and international CSR account management, Khin wants to bring human-centred design thinking, empathy, innovation, and pragmatic solutions into a gender-balanced, creative, and productive workplace.

Khin uses practices from her STEM education, MBA, and MA (in innovation management) in her work in program management, strategic design, co-creation, marketing, group facilitation and collaboration. Khin volunteers with a women’s recovery group in London. Khin has lived and worked in U.S.A., Asia, UK, and Europe.

Acacia George Marketing & Events Consultant

Acacia George is a marketing professional based in London with over 8 years’ experience predominantly within the events and entertainment industry and has worked with brands such as The O2, AEG Europe, MOBO Awards and Alexandra Palace.

Acacia enjoys helping brands achieve their full potential and since 2015, has been independently consulting for companies focusing on key areas such as strategy, branding, business development, online PR, social media and events.

Nikki Thomas Performance Coach in Career Management

Beginning her psychology career with a degree in Drama, Theatre and Performance with Psychology over a decade ago, Nikki moved into the professional services industry where she lived in both Europe and Asia working for a multitude of international firms and FTSE 100 companies.
Through her global speaking engagements and leadership coaching workshops for corporate institutions, Nikki helps professionals to break free from career fatigue and realise their full potential.

She has recently been featured by Virgin Group, the BBC and Huffington Post. She is also part of a programme with Oxford University on ‘Women Transforming Leadership’.

Ruth Cooper-Dickson Diversity & Inclusion Consultant

Ruth is a dynamic inclusion specialist with over 18 years’ experience in talent and organisational change, leading corporations on their diversity and inclusion journeys.

She has worked widely across the public and private sectors to design, develop and deliver training programmes for diversity and inclusion. Coupling this with her experience as a board director, she takes a hands-on approach to supporting organisations define and shape practical inclusion strategies. Ruth is a vocal advocate for education and mental health. She is a qualified mental health first aider and regularly contributes as a thought leader on topics of wellbeing and mental health.

Lois Wright Project Assistant

Lois joined Girls Talk London as an Intern in January 2017 and has recently taken on the role of Project Assistant in March 2017. Lois supports the team with the co-ordination of our corporate programmes that includes Step into STEM. Lois supports the team with facilitating the group 1-2-1 sessions, workshops, events and the maintenance of digital content. In 2016, Lois graduated with a 2:1 in Media and Communications from Goldsmiths, University of London.