Hayley Barnard

Specialist in Diversity, Inclusion, and Unconscious Bias

why book hayley?

  • Passionate about inspiring leaders, Hayley emphasises that diversity is about excellence, not just difference
  • Addresses topics such as gender balance, inclusive leadership, unconscious bias, ethnicity in business, Autism in the workplace, and Age and Employment.
  • Hayley is the Managing Director & Diversity Strategist at MIX Diversity Developers Ltd


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 HSBCDiageoT-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 CMIX 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.


  • Moving from Unconscious Bias to Inclusive Leadership
  • Biased, Who Me?
  • The Business case for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Future Proofing Leadership Skills
  • The Science behind Female Corporate Promotion – what we know about what gets women to the top (and what stops them)
  • Imposter Syndrome
  • If you don’t ask, you don’t get: how to get business critical assignments or a promotion

Hayley Barnard


“This was the first time I have worked with Personally Speaking and I can’t recommend them enough. Joanne and Louise were particularly helpful. The communications were seamless and timely between us. We booked Hayley Barnard for an IWD event and she was fantastic. She was warm, informative, on the briefing call she really got to know us as a company and as a result, the presentation was well thought out and received. The feedback from our clients and partners was fantastic. Thank you Joanne, Louise and Hayley, I look forward to working with you all again”

Ailish O’Dowd, Head of Marketing and Business Development, Hayes Solicitors

“A BIG thank you for an amazing presentation yesterday! We have received so many positive and great responses and the whole team really appreciated your style and way of presenting a super relevant topic. I have already had several conversations with people who have done some good reflection on inclusion.’

HRBP, Colgate-Palmolive

“We were delighted here with Hayley both at the internal and client event and have had nothing but good feedback from all attendees. I think her topic and the way in which she approached it, engaged and resonated greatly with the audience.”

Jackie Drew, Maples & Calder

“Hayley’s passion for topic was infectious and her professionalism in working to ensure the talk met our needs was impressive. Hayley is an engaging speaker that opens up the topic of inclusion of diversity in the workplace in such manner that inspires you to take action.”

Director of Operations, Roche

“Hayley’s style, tone and content was spot on!”

Chief People Officer, Willmott Dixon

“Thank you so much for today. I think we have started our movement! Its created a lot of buzz and conversations. There was a lot of connection to Hayley as a speaker.” 

D&I Lead, Kerry Foods