Ije McDougall

UK Civil Service HR Employment Law Expert, Chairperson & CEO of The Kairos Initiative & Magistrate for the UK Ministry of Justice

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How to hire Ije McDougall

Contact the Champions Speakers Agency to provisionally enquire about hiring Ije McDougall for your next event, today. To get in touch, simply call an official booking agent on 0207 1010 553 or email us at [email protected] for more information.

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Ije's official speaking topics are listed below:

  • Identity 
  • Self Acceptance 
  • Self-Confidence 
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion 
  • Women
  • The Life of an Immigrant
  • Power of an Idea 
  • What Do You Know & Who Told You 
  • I'm a Statistic
  • What My Accent Means

Official Feedback from In-Person & Virtual Events

"Ije's talk was authentic, entertaining and powerful. She captivated the room with her storytelling and metaphors and left people inspired not only to be their true selves but to be proud of who they are. She delivered a hard-hitting message in a subtle way that resonated with everyone and not only those from ethically diverse backgrounds." - Michelle, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Lead, Clarion Housing Group

"I would like to once again thank you for a great talk yesterday. We have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback about the talk ranging from the Head of our Leeds office who was present, the Head of our Financial Crime Department and the Inclusion Committee. We even had one colleague say that this was the best talk she has ever attended at the firm (she has been at the firm for 10 years) and that you really had her re-assessing some of her behaviour and actions in a way she never thought to before." - Nathalie, Senior Paralegal, Stewarts Law

"October is Black History Month and last week I was lucky enough to attend a talk by Ije McDougall. We all attend talks, webinars, and seminars and we like to think we take something away and learn something new. But in just over an hour of listening to Ije, I was left almost speechless about what I heard and what I learned. It has made me go away and read more, learn more and understand more. Thank you Ije, the most inspirational and thought-provoking talk I've genuinely ever been to." - Claire, Associate Channel Manager, Kohler Mira Ltd

"A huge thank you for arranging Ije to be our speaker and all you did behind the scenes for us, I really appreciate it. The session was a great success yesterday. Please pass on our thanks to Ije for travelling to London and for an absolutely brilliant talk. Ije absolutely delivered. She was thoroughly engaging and built rapport with our audience, what Ije spoke about was impactful and important, thought-provoking and inspiring. So much so, that I've been thinking about Ije and her talk since, and I'm sure I won't be the only one. I had many members of the team send me messages following the event, expressing their positive feedback. I'm so pleased we chose Ije to be part of our IWD series of events, thanks again." - Sophie, People Operations Manager, Mention Me

"Thank you both for your assistance in arranging for Ije to attend our BHM panel event today. It was a great pleasure to meet Ije and we are so grateful for her time and contributions to the panel. Please would you kindly pass our huge thanks on to Ije for truly making the event." - Harri, Trowers & Hamlins LLP

"I really loved her talk! She is a very engaging speaker and left everyone with lots of follow-up questions."

"I thought she was fantastic - a really original presentation which made people sit up and think. Very engaging overall." - Benedetta, Information Lab

"Ije McDougall delivered an inspirational session to our Senior Leadership Network around bias, winning the hearts and minds of the audience, stimulating us to think differently." - Amy, Learning & Development Officer, BCP Council

It was a wonderful session today. I really enjoyed it and thank you for taking effort in Organising an event for Diversity and Inclusion. It was really an insightful session, with Ije McDougall. She was brilliant. I would like to be part of the ‘EMBRACE’ team." - BMW Financial Services

  • 2023 - Named Cheshire Woman of the Year 2023
  • 2021 - Justice of the Peace Magistrate for the Ministry of UK Justice
  • 2020 - Shortlisted for the 2020 National Diversity Award Positive Role Model Award 
  • 2020 - HR Expert Adviser for HM Revenue & Customs 
  • 2019 - Founder, Chairperson & CEO of The Kairos Initiative
  • 2012 - HR/Employment Law Expert for the UK Civil Service
  • 2012 - Producer for The BBC 
  • 2012 - Employment Law Advisor & Early Conciliation Support Officer for ACAS
  • 2009 - Benefit Delivery Officer for the Department of Work and Pensions
  • 2005 - Marketing Officer for the Awalah Hotel 
  • 2004 - News Correspondent/ TV Presenter for the Nigerian Television Authority