8th March 2024, 09:00 - 15:30
The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre, Hill Street, Birmingham

The event

After running a successful inaugural event in 2023, the BPMA are pleased to confirm that the BPMA International Women's Day event will return in 2024 as part of our diversity and inclusion agenda.

With the theme of #InspireInclusion, this members only event is open to everyone as we explore the theme of inclusion. Tickets are now available to book here.

What is #InspireInclusion about?
Imagine a gender-equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination. A world that's diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. We believe together we can forge equality. Collectively we can all #InspireInclusion, celebrate achievement, raise awareness about discrimination and take action to drive gender parity.

IWD belongs to everyone, everywhere. Inclusion means all IWD action is valid. Bringing us together to listen, discuss and agree actions we can all take forward gives us an incredible opportunity to be part of the change within our industry.

About International Women's Day 2024
This year's event is hosted at the centrally located Birmingham Conference Centre just a few minutes from Birmingham New Street Station. Tickets include a delicious networking breakfast, keynote speakers plus lively panel discussions, with a three-course lunch where we will continue the conversation and discussion. 

Keynote speakers 
We have invited keynote speakers Kevin Exley of Unherded and Amanda Henderson of Thread to join us. Both experts in their fields, they are exploring the topic of inclusion across their talks. Kevin is a speaker who specialises in helping organisations celebrate difference, build inclusive workforces and understand the value to both employees and employers to embrace inclusivity. Kevin will be exploring this topic on the day, inviting questions from assembled members. Amanda Henderson is serious about HR and has built her reputation around the needs of SMEs. Picking up from Kevin's talk, Amanda will be addressing the ways to address inclusivity at work, what this means for employers and employees and how to build the policies that work for everyone - plus advice on how to avoid the pitfalls.

Member Panel & Discussions
We love a member panel where we share peer to peer experience and views! We've invited a panel to share their views and thoughts to help start a great discussion.

We are delighted to announce joining our member panel will be Helen Dyl (Tancia Group: The Pen Warehouse & Snap Products), Chia Du Viviers (Clipper Interall), Ben Whibley (Manic Merchandise), Josh Haftel (Nadel).


After our panel, we're opening the floor to members and aided by Kevin and Amanda, we will discuss and agree actions we can take as members and how the BPMA can be instrumental in driving inclusivity now and in the future. Using interactive tools on the day, everyone will be able to contribute to this exciting event in the way that suits them best. 

Finishing the event with a delicious lunch, we'll continue the conversation over lunch and wrap up with actions to take away! 


The agenda below provides useful timings for the day. Timings and details subject to change.

  • 09:00  Welcome networking breakfast
  • 10:00  Opening address: BPMA
  • 10:10 Keynote speaker: Kevin Exley, Unherded 
  • 10:40 Keynote speaker: Amanda Henderson, Thread
  • 11:10  Coffee break
  • 11:30  Member Panel
  • 11:45  Member Discussion/Breakouts 
  • 12:15  Member feedback and action points
  • 12:30 Drinks reception before lunch 
  • 13:00  Lunch & Discussion
  • 15:30  Event closes 

Location & Hotels

The event is hosted in the Mercian Suite at the The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre in Hill Street, Birmingham. With easy access from Birmingham New Street Station, those attending by car can access the nearby carpark with a discounted rate for the day. Details will be provided to delegates prior to the event. The venue provides a wonderful space for members to meet, eat, talk and enjoy the event. Situated in part of Birmingham which is famed for its 70's concrete, don't let the exterior fool you! 

The location is on the same site as the Holiday Inn (adjoining the hotel) and is the recommended location for anyone staying the night before. We will release details of booking links shortly. 

Ready to book?

Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • £110+VAT per person
  • 10 tickets or more attract a discount, £100+VAT per person.

Please ensure you complete your booking as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Booking for this popular event must close by 28th February. This event is open to all members. Non-members by special invitation only.

Please use our booking form to request your tickets and let us know about any dietary requirements you may have. 

Interested in sponsoring this event?

Limited sponsorship for this event is open to both suppliers and distributors. From headline sponsorships, table tops and 'equity tickets' where you can sponsor another member, someone in your team or just someone you think should be there, please contact Tom Robey or Kian Clews Braddon for more details.  

Our keynote speakers


Kevin Exley, Unherded

Kev is a trained coach, specialising in helping ADHD adults navigate their careers, strengthen their relationships and enjoy their lives a little more – particularly those who work in the creative industries. Unsurprisingly, Kev is ADHD himself – a part of him he’d never change, but which has played a hand in both accelerating and limiting his own advertising career in equal measure.

With a creative advertising background, Kev has been surrounded by some of the best neurodivergent minds for many years, driving creativity and success in equal measure. He now focuses on helping organisations better support their neurodivergent employees and harness the creative advantage divergent thinking can bring.

You can find more about Unherded here.


Amanda Henderson, Thread HR

Amanda has very proudly followed a squiggly career path, actually starting with a BSc in Marketing many moons ago... a change to a graduate scheme that was made after she accepted a place on the scheme, took her into the world of operations, learning how to manage teams and run P&L accounts.  Whilst she enjoyed a lot of this role, it was the people-part that really took her heart.  Amanda moved first into recruitment, then took her Level 7 CIPD.  A culmination of things coming together saw her open her first HR consultancy in 2021, and nearly three years on, with her second consultancy (Thread HR) she couldn't be happier.  

Outside of work Amanda have two little girls (3 and 4) who keep her very busy; she loves to take them to the park, the theatre, and swimming when they can.  Amanda also love to run, cycle and row, which is handy, as she loves to bake bread and to eat great food, both at home and in restaurants.

Thread HR

Thread HR proudly serves SMEs, who are often founder-led and in need of an HR all-rounder.  We happily work from HRBP level up to HR Director level, giving our clients depth and breadth in our offering.  There are two parts to HR; one part is making sure that you stay on the straight and narrow legally, avoiding any potential litigation, the other is unleashing the very best from your people, which we all know is the best way to drive your business forward! We work across a range of industries with retainers from as little as a day a month, making us accessible to growing businesses.  We will also undertake project work to kick start a certain area of your business.  We pride ourselves in feeling like an extension of your team; just ask Carey for a reference on this! 








Thank you to our sponsors 

We would like to thank our generous sponsors for their support for this event; WCM+A, Premier Print & Promotions, Bio Laboratories. Click here to read more.





If you have any questions or would like more information about the event, booking please let us know or you are welcome to email [email protected] with any questions. We look forward to seeing our members at the International Women's Day event, one of several diversity and inclusion initiatives from the BPMA.