Baroness Floella Benjamin

Actress, Writer & Campaigner, Former Chairperson of BAFTA, Recipient of the BAFTA Special Lifetime Achievement Award, Chair of the Windrush Commemoration Committee, Appointed DBE for Services to Charity by King Charles III





What Are You Doing Here?

What Are You Doing Here?

The Arms of Britannia

The Arms of Britannia

Coming to England

Coming to England

Baroness Floella Benjamin received a 5 star rating across 5 events in 2023

"Baroness Floella Benjamin, with her rich life tapestry of overcoming adversity and championing diversity, exemplifies the power of resilience and representation. As a Windrush child turned distinguished speaker, her captivating anecdotes and steadfast advocacy make her an invaluable voice for diversity and inclusion initiatives. Her firsthand experiences and achievements, including a Damehood and a Baroness title, provide a profound narrative on cultural adaptability and perseverance, ideal for inspiring change and inclusivity in any setting."

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Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

Feedback from In-Person Events:

"Chatting to colleagues in person, the feedback has been overwhelmingly incredibly positive; Floella’s delivery was so passionate and for some, a hard watch at times - so delivered real impact. It was quite a departure from our usual style of corporate presentation (in a good way), so it really captured people’s attention." - Infineum

"Please pass on our thanks and gratitude to Floella for giving such a moving and heartfelt talk for our BHM final event here at Credit Suisse. Her very personal accounts of events throughout her life stirred up many emotions and resonated with many people. The feedback was very positive, many attendees were fortunate enough to give their feedback directly to Baroness Benjamin as she was kind enough to spend a significant amount of time meeting with people and taking pictures – again please pass on my extra thanks to her for taking the time." - Credit Suisse

"I’d like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to you on behalf of the entire team at She Leads for Legacy. Your contribution was deeply moving, deeply powerful and deeply inspiring. So many of our delegates spoke of how incredible it was to stand in the presence of one of the vanguards of our time. In fact, one of our speakers even went on to nominate you to represented on a UK stamp! Even a cursory glance at our social media platforms will give you an indication of just how much our community were inspired by your story and your journey. Thank you for inspiring us all to ‘Rise Up and Build’ over so many years." - Sharon, Director, She Leads the Legacy

"I wanted to take this opportunity to say a warm thank you to Baroness Benjamin for a truly thought-provoking, powerful and amazing inspirational talk at this year's Deloitte Black History Month celebration. I can honestly say everyone is still buzzing from last week. Here is just a sprinkle of some of the wonderful feedback, I have been inundated with following Floella's inspirational talk: 'It shook me to my core - the strength of Baroness Benjamin's story and experience, and the power of her inspirational message about changing the future - I laughed, cried (lots!) and came away feeling truly inspired.' 'I can't tell you how much I enjoyed the event and was certainly not expecting to be taken on such a rollercoaster of emotions. I was completely enthralled by the Baroness. Truly inspirational lady and a beautiful human being'. I would be so grateful if you could please pass on my sincere and warm thank you to Floella." - Brian, Risk Advisory IT Business Partner, Deloitte LLP

"We have done several of these with you guys now and they always go down really really well. Today I have had nonstop Teams messages, emails and people stopping me as I went to get some lunch to tell me how much they enjoyed Baroness Benjamin. She was simply amazing!" -  Leena,  Internal Comms Manager, CMR Surgical

"It was an incredible keynote... I thoroughly enjoyed it!"

"My absolute favourite point 'Adversity can break you - OR you can choose for it to make you stronger'."

"I felt I was on a rollercoaster of emotion as Floella shared her story. As a child of the 70s, I remember so clearly how her beautiful, vibrant, kind energy radiated. I never knew, back then, the unimaginable trauma she'd experienced from such a young age. What an honour that Floella agreed to join us for the Black History Month speaker series."

"What a phenomenal session, passionate people are addictive. I might start singing when trying to share changes at work, it might get the point across better."

- Eva, QC Application Specialist, Astra Zeneca

"Floella's talk was so engaging and her smile infectious. She has left a lasting impression on our team." -Taylor Wimpey

"Floella was just amazing… I was blown away!" - Nomura

"Our lunchtime session with Baroness Floella Benjamin last week was nothing short of amazing." - Diane, General Council & Company Secretary, Cadent Gas

Feedback from Virtual Events:

"Just to pass on our thanks for yesterday - we had over 2100 people listen to Floella and if the comments I was getting from people through it were anything to go by everybody absolutely love it - and her energy!!! My goodness can only hope I have that energy in a few years time - was also singing Smile all last night too! Once again thanks for your assistance" - Caroline, Risk Manager, EY LLP

  • 2024 - Honoured with the BAFTA Fellowship for Exceptional Contribution to Television at the BAFTA Television Awards 2024
  • 2023 - Starred on the "Lord Speaker's Corner" House of Lords Podcast
  • 2022 - Awarded the Best Biography, Memoir or Autobiography by a Parliamentarian in the Parliamentary Book Awards - for her biography What Are You Doing Here?
  • 2020 - Received the Damehood Medal for 40 years of charitable work
  • 2018 - Appointed Chair of Windrush Commemoration Committee
  • 2018 - Granted Honorary Freedom of the City of London
  • 2017 - Appointed President of the Society of Women Writers and Journalists
  • 2013 - Appointed a Fellow of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • 2012 - Awarded the J.M Barrie Lifetime Award
  • 2010 - First Trinidadian woman to be elevated to the House of Lords
  • 2006 - Appointed the Chancellor of the University of Exeter
  • 2004 - Awarded the Special Lifetime Achievement from BAFTA
  • 2004 - Ran with Olympic torch through Peckham
  • 2001 - Appointed OBE