June Sarpong

Former Loose Women Panellist and Non-executive Board Member of the British Fashion Council

  • Former Director of Creative Diversity for the BBC
  • Founder of the Decide Now Act Summit
  • Founder of Diversity International
  • Founder of the Decide Now Act Summit
  • Co-founder of the Women: Inspiration Enterprise Network
  • Awarded OBE in 2020
  • Awarded MBE in 2007
  • Award-winning author of Diversity: Six Degrees of Integration and The Power of Women

Discover June Sarpong’s biography of published work below.

June Sarpong
Diversify: An Award-winning Guide to Why Inclusion is Better For Everyone
June Sarpong
The Power of Women: Why Gender Equality Works for Everyone
June Sarpong
The Power of Privilege: How White People Can Challenge Racism
June Sarpong
The Only One in the Room

When June Sarpong is booked for events, they are known to discuss the following speaking topics:

Inclusion & Diversity
Female Empowerment
Diversification in the Workplace
Creative Diversity
Social Change
Women’s Rights
How to Fulfil Your True Potential

June Sarpong OBE is best well-known for her role as a former panellist on ITV’s Loose Women and has spent over 25 years as a broadcaster and Corporate Executive, developing numerous skills such as cultural awareness, business strategy, leadership and current affairs. Since entering the limelight, she has become a passionate advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) issues within the workplace and is the co-founder of theWomen: Inspiration Enterprise Network’ (WIE). Currently June is the Non-executive Board Member of the British Fashion Council. When hired as a speaker, June is able to advise organisations on the best practices to ensure diversity and including throughout your company.

Having began her career at Kiss 100, June then became the MTV UK and Ireland presenter before quickly progressing to T4. She was the presenter of the teen-aimed strand of Channel 4 for nine years and had the opportunity to interview some of the biggest names in the business including former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Her infectious personality loved by everyone on and off screen, June made numerous appearances TV shows such as BBC’s ‘Question Time’, ‘Have I got News For You’, ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ and Channel 4’s ‘8 Out of 10 Cats’. Naturally comfortable in front of a crowd, June also presented the MOBO Awards for three years in a row and has presented with comedians such as Jimmy Carr on ‘Your Face or Mine’, and Ricky Gervais for a series special on BBC’s ‘Extras’. Throughout her carer June also developed a passion for politics and is a regular panellist on The Pledge’ – Sky News’ current affairs discussion show.

Away from presenting, June has worked hard with businesses and schools to ensure she helps to dismantle oppression and a lack of inclusion. She is devoted to spreading her message of unity far and wide and has worked alongside Founders and CEOs on DEI, delivery of culture transformation, strategy and ways to connect to a wider audience. A small selection of her clients include Nike, the NHS, Burberry, Google, Unilever and McDonald’s. She is also the Founder of Diversity International and has made history as the first ever Global Director of Creative Diversity for the BBC, and the first black woman to be in the organisations Executive Committee.

In recognition of her services to broadcasting and charity June was awarded an MBE in 2007 and an OBE in 2020 for her services to broadcasting, she is also the author of four highly influential books. Having previously been invited to speak at the DNA Summit, there is no doubting June’s capabilities as a speaker, able to share her unique views and intellect on topics such as diversity, inclusion and equity. Devoted to giving a voice to underrepresented communities, when looking to hire a speaker who is dedicated to creating a more equal workplace, look no further than June Sarpong to empower your audience an educate your leaders.

Official Testimonials

June Sarpong is regularly booked to engage audiences at events, read their latest feedback below:

“Lots of positive feedback, and people sharing their takeaways.”

NHS North East london

“The feedback was ‘through the roof!’ – secure to say, members loved June and the valuable insight/delivery! So, yes – all went very, very well and exceeded expectations!! A huge thank you to you, Chris and June and her team for working with me to get the positive message on D&I delivered this IWD!”

Sandra, Network Officer Treasurer, WIndrush Team, UK Visas & Immigration

“We absolutely loved the session with June Sarpong. And June made for a formidable duo that rocked the house of Co-Op! Haha, that sounds like a quote out of Pose. But it was truly a fantastic session. June was powerful in her storytelling and very honest in sharing her thoughts around inclusion, bias and allyship. Thank you all for your support in helping us to deliver this session during Black History Month.”

Ash, Co-Op

“It was a great event, I really enjoyed June’s take on unconscious bias and allyship in particular the practical things everyone can do to challenge themselves. It was awesome to learn more about Shirine. Thank you for bringing this to life for us”

Denise, Co-Op

“What a great session- thanks so much to June and Shirine, I got a lot from hearing their experiences.”

Laura, Co-Op

“So glad I managed to join this event, June’s storytelling was amazing and such an insightful and engaging session. Well done all involved.”

Kerry, Co-Op

“June was a very positive, energetic and inspiring speaker. There was a lot of opportunity for questions at the end of the session and June’s answers were really helpful and appreciated by those who asked a question. Following our briefing call, June related a lot of her examples to our sector and was able to challenge us to think about what we can do to increase diversity and inclusivity both internally and with our customers.”

Geraldine, Learning and Development Advisor, RHP

“June was great, lots of charisma and energy which was great, we loved having her and the feedback has been excellent.”

Anna, Marketing Manager, UK, Align Technology UK Ltd

To enquire about June Sarpong for your event or corporate function, simply contact us via agent@inspirational-leadership-speakers.com or call a booking agent on 0203 0070 320.