Our annual networking event is going virtual! Forget what you think you know about Zoom meetings and get ready for a wonderful experience as we celebrate one another, make new connections and get inspired and equipped for the year ahead.

The Agenda

day 1: conference

December 04

6:00 pm

Virtual conference featuring 4 Leading professionals. Topics include “Staying relevant in a disruptive economy”

day 2: soiree & Awards

December 05

6:00 pm

An inspirational evening packed full of fun an surprises all from the comfort of your home.


From new graduates to executives, middle and senior management professionals and not forgetting the entrepreneurs – all of our attendees are looking to stay on top of the latest trends and broaden their horizons in the marketplace. Our lineup of speakers will inspire, inform and educate. 

“Passionate about helping people in the BME community advance their careers.”

Morenike Ajayi (, M.BA, FCPFA, Prince2) is a Multiple award winner, a chartered Accountant, Author, Inspirational public speaker, Executive producer and TV presenter. She is happily married to Kenny and they have a son.
Her restlessness and need for change led to the birth of “Career Nuggets” in June 2015. Career Nuggets is a social enterprise comprising a Career development TV programme and an event arm designed to educate, inspire and empower people aspiring to advance in the workplace via workshops, seminars and a career club. Morenike is also the Executive producer and TV presenter of “Career Nuggets” TV programme, aired on Sky 193 Monday – Wednesday at 5pm and Sunday at 3pm. In addition, Morenike is the Commercial and Finance Director for London Pensions Funding Authority, where she has the responsibility of overseeing a £6bn Pension Fund.

“passionate about helping young entrepreneurs”

Ayo Akinmade has over two decades of investment experience in West African markets, managing business interests across E-commerce, Oil & Gas, IT and Financial Advisory Services. He is the Executive Vice Chairman, Regus in Nigeria. He has held this position since November 2016 when he merged his successful Regus franchise operations, with the globally acclaimed leaders in virtual office services.

“passionate about the digital economy, leveraging technology and innovation…”

Ernest is an experienced and versatile business executive. He has verifiable year-on-year success achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up, turnaround, and rapid-change environments. He has an extensive multi-function business background gained in an international context. An inspirational leader with strong communication skills with the ability to clearly articulate vision, develop and motivate diverse teams to perform.

“From being made redundant twice – to building and leading an international team at VP level…”

Vice President Clinical Operations, Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd. Steve Martindill has over 24 years of experience in clinical research having joined the pharmaceutical industry in 1996 after completing his PhD.  He has worked in a number of different clinical development roles in the CRO and pharma sectors and is currently VP of clinical operations for EU & JAPAC at Gilead Sciences where he leads teams supporting Gilead’s development trials and post-marketing studies outside of US.  He is also a Professional Member of the Royal Society of Biology and the ICR and has been a member of PCMG for over 16 years, currently serving as a Director. 

“passionate about helping young entrepreneurs”

Seyi is currently the Chief Executive of Centrepoint, the leading national charity working with homeless young people. He is a chartered accountant whose extensive experience spans the whole spectrum of social housing provision, professional accounting with PricewaterhouseCoopers, and corporate banking with Citibank and BNP Paribas. In addition to his Centrepoint role, he is a Non-Executive Director of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee for Her Majesty’s Prison & Probation Service, a member of the DWP Social Security Advisory Committee, Patron of Career Nuggets and Lifeforte International Schools, as well as Chair of Tobi Adeyemi Foundation. He was awarded an OBE in 2016 for services to youth skills, employment, and homelessness. 

“passionate about improving access to high quality local and national careers support for young people and adults…”
Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE specialises in lifelong guidance policies, research and practice at an international, national and regional level. She was Commissioner at the UK Commission for Employment & Skills (2011-2015) and Chair of the National Careers Council in England (2012-2014). Deirdre as a UK expert in lifelong guidance (European Centre for the Development of Vocational Education, 2017 – present). She is prolific writer, researcher and policy adviser promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. She is an Associate Fellow at the University of Warwick, Institute for Employment Research (IER). 

Ticket admits one and includes gifts and surprises.

Partners & Sponsors

Our Strategic Partner

 The Princess Royal Training Awards – our Strategic Partner – is one of the Awards divisions of City & Guilds Group under the patronage of HRH The Princess Royal. They have identified with our mission and values at career nuggets and are poised to support us for this event and future projects.

Our Sponsors

What to expect

Here are some guidelines for how you can show up, and make the most of your event weekend.

Make up your mind to stay tuned in, engaged and participate.


We encourage you to arrive at 5:45pm for “door opening” every evening! This is our virtual lobby for networking, special announcements and preparations to start your evening. Do log in early to avoid network issues and to help ensure that you are settled and ready.

To add some spice and leave us with precious memories, we would like for you to take a picture of yourself when fully dressed and ready to join. Mail pictures to

You can also post your photo on social media with #cnball2020.

This is a LIVE virtual event. There are no playbacks or replays. We have planned a very thoughtful series of activities and content to help you make massive progress in your career journey. Please block out all of the event times on your calendar and make a commitment to attend all the sessions.

With most virtual events, video is one-way. This makes it difficult for the host and attendees to be engaged and feel connected.

That’s why, we ask that you turn on your webcam – and keep it on – for the entire event!

My team and I, as well as all of your fellow attendees, want to see your beautiful smile, and see and feel your energy.

This is SO important, and it’s one of the easiest ways to make this one of the most fun and valuable experiences you’ve ever been a part of!

The Career Nuggets Team will be available during all regularly scheduled sessions to support you in the chat. All Questions and enquiries during the event should be sent to the co-hosts in the chat.

Being present is the best gift you can give yourself! 

Turn your phone on DO NOT DISTURB and turn off your email, Skype and/or text notifications to minimize distractions.

If you can, make plans in advance to support your family with their meals and activities so you can be totally tuned in.

early bird (sold out)


Conference Tickets. Free Lunch and coffee, eassy access certificate

2-day ticket


Conference Tickets. Free Lunch and coffee, eassy access certificate