One of our most popular speakers on Diversity and Inclusion, Hayley Barnard is the Managing Director & Diversity Strategist at MIX Diversity Developers Ltd. MIX helps organisations become more innovative and profitable through developing both a more diverse workforce and diverse customer base. MIX’s clients include HSBC, Diageo, T-Systems and Walmart.
After quickly rising to become General Manager of Sir Chay Blyth’s ‘Challenge Business’ at just 23, Hayley took the decision to start her own communications and sponsorship business with her twin sister, which they run to this day. After over a decade of successful trading, their second business was born – MIX Diversity Developers Ltd.
Hayley is a professional speaker, consultant and media commentator on subjects including gender balanced workplaces, inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, harnessing greater ethnicity in business, Autism in the workplace and Age and Employment. She is passionate about inspiring business leaders to adopt the principle that diversity isn’t about difference, it’s about excellence. She tackles issues surrounding unconscious bias and inclusiveness with humour, ensuring that her ideas have real value for audiences’ working lives.
One of the most innovative projects that Hayley has headed up is the LeasePlan Women’s Arctic Challenge in which she co-led a team of women on a traverse of Baffin Island, trekking and camping for 11 days at minus 40 degrees C. MIX worked with LeasePlan to develop this unique platform to communicate the gender balance issue and challenge unconscious bias within their company.
When not at work or at home Hayley can usually be found swimming in the nearest stretch of open water. She completed a 45Km swim around Manhattan Island in August 2018 and is preparing for her solo English Channel swim attempt in 2019.