Rikki Arundel is a keynote speaker, diversity trainer and coach with considerable expertise in LGBTQ+, and especially transgender issues. The founder of the UK Professional Speaking Association, her successful career as an international sales and technology speaker ended abruptly when, in 2002, she changed gender. Facing considerable discrimination, she was compelled to completely change her field of expertise.
She enrolled at the University of Hull where she completed an MSc in Gender Research and became engaged in LGBTQ+ politics, speaking regularly at universities around the UK. On leaving university, Rikki founded, and became CEO of, a social enterprise providing support for trans people and training and consultancy on equalities, particularly transgender awareness, to employers throughout the public, private and voluntary sectors. At the same time she became very active in local and regional community leadership, serving as a representative, board director or trustee for a variety of charities, local government bodies and government committees, and contributing to the development of the UK Equalities Act 2010.
Following the sharp increase in trans and non binary media attention in 2015, as a result of a number of celebrities changing gender, Rikki has refocused her attention on delivering keynote presentations and workshops on Gender and LGBTQ+ issues, including two TEDx talks. She works extensively throughout the public, private and voluntary sectors with a diverse range of clients including government and local authorities, housing associations, criminal justice bodies, emergency services, NHS trusts, schools, colleges and universities, charities and social enterprises and a variety of private sector organisations.
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