Ageism in the workplace  

Welcome to the D&I Squad, a collaboration between some of the leading minds in DE&I. We've joined forces to produce a powerful series of talkshows, tackling all the hottest at a time  

Our first talkshow will commence at 1pm (GMT) on Thursday 26th November 2020 and our topic will be 'ageism in the workplace'. Don't forget to register here for free!

Meet the six panelists

Carl Honoré

Carl Honoré is an award-winning writer, broadcaster and speaker. His books have been published in 35 languages and landed on bestseller lists around the world. His two main-stage TED Talks have racked up millions of views.


Carl’s latest book, Bolder: Making The Most Of Our Longer Lives, explores ageing – how we can do it better and feel better about doing it. It is a spirited manifesto against ageism. 


Carl's goal is to forge a new narrative about ageing. One that is richer, more nuanced and more optimistic. A narrative that allows all of us to thrive and contribute at every age.


Carl was born in Scotland but grew up in Canada. He worked as a foreign correspondent in South America and now lives in London. In his spare time, he plays lots of hockey.

Deborah Gale

London based, dual citizen American. Journalist and peer-reviewed published gerontologist researcher. An intrepid ageing aficionado for two social enterprises. Deb's sweet spot is intergenerational synergies. Her goal is to mute the negative narrative that surrounds ageing and co-create new frameworks that allow the experience of getting old to be validated and celebrated across the life course.  It's time. There are more over 65’s alive than have ever walked the human continuum, some with up to a third of their lives left to live. Starting now, it's got to be great, not just ok, to get old. Simply stated, there isn’t any more later.

Deb and her British husband have five daughters, including two sets of twins born within five and a half years of each other, while they bounced across the Atlantic - as expats - five times.

Maryon Stewart 

Maryon Stewart is a renowned healthcare expert who is referred to as the Pioneer of the Natural Menopause Movement.  She coaches women in and out of the workplace, allowing them to be symptom-free and the best version of themselves.


Over the last 28 years, she has helped hundreds of thousands of women around the world overcome PMS and menopause symptoms, reclaiming their wellbeing and boosting their productivity.  She has written 28 popular self-help books & written regular columns for numerous daily newspapers and magazines and had her own TV and radio shows.


In 2018 she was voted as one of the 50 most inspirational women in the UK and was awarded a British Empire Medal by the Queen. She is a mother of 4 children and now lives with her American husband in Florida and splits her time between home and London.

Chris Meredith

Chris is Chief Executive of Greys Matter®, a company established to challenge Ageism in the Workplace. Greys Matter® operates a ‘for profit for good’ policy ensuring that profits from their commercial activities go towards either free Diversity training or helping people get back into employment.

Chris also sits on a BITC Board where his work includes helping socially challenged communities thrive once again.

Robert Baker

Robert (Rob) Baker specialises in helping organisations develop and realise the potential of their leaders and their talent pipeline, with a particular focus on diverse talent. 


He has spent over 40 years in the HR and Talent arena and most recently led Diversity & Inclusion Consulting for the International Region at Mercer, the leading global human resources consulting firm. 


With this depth of experience, Rob set up his own company, Potentia Talent Consulting to support organisations in building inclusive workplaces by attracting, retaining and developing a diverse range of employees.


He is a Companion to the UK Chartered Management Institute and participates in their Management 4.0 Working Group to develop the leadership and management required in the “New Normal”.  


Rob was named an Agent of Change 2019 by Management Today for his work in promoting gender equality. He speaks and posts regularly on talent trends, innovation and the future of work, including the importance of getting the best from all employees in the multi-generational workforce. 

Joshua Tankel

Currently based in London, Joshua is a diversity, equality and inclusion practitioner with a speciality in millennial integration. He is also the founder and managing director of includeus, a training and consultancy firm specialising in this field.


Joshua has spent over a decade working on community building projects across Europe, the Middle East and the USA, which has involved raising awareness of minority groups and creating bridges between different types of diverse people. He currently delivers and leads complex, cross-functional DE&I projects and advises various high-profile organisations in this area. He is passionate about helping organisations become truly inclusive and guiding them through the rapidly evolving DE&I landscape.


Joshua is totally dedicated to bringing out the best in people, improving customer and employee engagement, helping organisations meet equality targets, and creating meaningful cultural change within the organisations he works with. 


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