2019 – Mind The Gap – Building Bridges

TEDxWolverhampton 2019 was the very first TEDx event in Wolverhampton. It took place on Saturday 6th April 2019 at the Light House. Our theme was Mind the Gap – Building Bridges.

Our mission was to uncover, support and promote ideas worth spreading. With this in mind, TEDxWolverhampton 2019 explored the gaps that exist in our knowledge, understanding, society, communities and relationships and discovered how these can be bridged.

This page is an archive of the website from the 2019 event, for more check out these links:

Meet the Hosts


Meet our hosts for TEDxWolverhampton 2019…

Tonia Daley-Campbell

Tonia Daley-Campbell is a proud Wolverhampton actress, writer, director, producer, community activist and presenter. As a mother of 4 and a foster carer, she’s not shy of hard work.

Tonia runs her own drama group ACTS and is also the young children’s agent at Red Talent Management. Tonia is always very committed to finding and supporting hidden talent.

Currently Tonia is producing a  brand new Birmingham/West Midlands based TV series “Lucid The Dreamwalker” a psychological thriller and story of discovery, which will be featured at this years MCM comic con Birmingham NEC. Tonia sold out her local theatre Newhampton Arts Centre with her one act play “Dr King The Aftermath”, which was also featured on BBC news for black history month. Tonia has published her first book “39 steps to 40” and recently won 2 x awards at the Enter Stage Write competion, which saw her short play Truth performed in front of industry professionals from BBC, Channel 4, writers Guild, and ITV.

She has recently opened up a brand new TV, Film and Theatre production company called Themis Creative limited with Business partner and friend Oraine Johnson. Tonia is well known for her infectious laugh.

Dr Martin Khechara

Dr Martin Khechara has been an academic at the University of Wolverhampton for 10 years training the next generation of scientists for the NHS.

A former research scientist he specialises in microbiology and has an international research profile. Other than his role as an educator Martin is a science communicator, presenter, writer and performer and a keen proponent of the transformative nature of science technology engineering and maths (STEM) particularly for those from more disadvantaged backgrounds and actively works in the community to bring the magic of STEM subjects to those that need it the most.

Meet the Performers


Meet our performers for TEDxWolverhampton 2019…


Jumprov is The UK First Ethnically Diverse Improvisational Theatre Company founded by Sunny Dhap starring Jade Samuels, Adaya Henry, Chantal Erraoui, Jay Droch & Rheo Daley, bringing you unscripted & unrehearsed comedy sketches made up with audience suggestions.

They have been opening act for the Birmingham Improv festival two years on the trot, have performed alongside comedians like Guz Khan and Aurie styla at comedy events, have had their own shows at the Birmingham REP theatre and are resident Improv group for all Midlands shows for Triforce promotions monologue slams (Birmingham REP and Coventry Belgrade).

Jumprov are bridging the gap between ethnic communities, women and improvisation, a very ‘white’ and male led art form.


Hailing from a musical background, Tanya had her debut at the age of three, singing with her dad on stage.

Growing up with music, surrounded by a father who pioneered Bhangra in Britain and a Jazz loving mother, this evidently impacted her and formed the eclectic sound she has today.

Tanya embraced music, learnt guitar and was harmonising to everything she heard at ten. In her teens, she began singing in church, influencing her musicianship greatly.

Tanya now sings a variety of genres and as a professional singer, performs music from the 1940s to modern day chart music in various settings.

For more info, go to @tannybluemusic.

Jivan Kandola

“Bhangra has been examined in British sociology, anthropology and culture studies to celebrate cultural difference in the production of hybrid youth subcultures and ethnic identities in multicultural Britain.” (Roy, 2010:2)

Bhangra is a traditional harvest folkdance that originates from the In Land of Five Rivers: Panjab. Yet, today the mixture of Panjabi folk melodies and contemporary Hip-hop has been a common practice amongst producers and artists here in Britain. However, as the music evolved so did the dance form.

From family parties to late night discos in my living room with my family, Bhangra has always been apart of my upbringing. When I moved to university, I joined the Bhangra Society and it became a home from home. Not only did dance practices bring us together but we also helped develop the genre of our ancestors as we mixed and performed to Hip-hop and Bhangra inspired tracks.

The dynamic and highly energetic rhythms and moves of both genres seamlessly complemented each other. Artists such as Jay Z, Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliot recognised the compatibility of fusing Bhangra music into their tracks.

On the other hand, Panjabi MC sold over 10 million copies of Mundian To Bach Ke which now sits next to Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog and Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time in global sales. Clearly, the fusion is appreciated by listeners and dancers within the Hip-Hop world and Bhangra scene.

Roy, A.G (2010) Bhangra Moves: From Ludhiana to London and Beyond. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing Limited.

Megan Reece

Megan Reece is a Wolverhampton-born Singer, songwriter and artist.

Her musical education began when her father introduced her to performers like Ray Charles and Nina Simone at a tender age, and Megan developed a strong passion for blues, soul and jazz and is self-taught on piano and ukulele.

Her Heath Park High School years saw her develop song-writing, and she was largely encouraged by her music teacher, Alan Asbridge, who helped her compose, and facilitated her early performances.

She attended Birmingham’s Access to Music college in 2006, and since passing the Vocal Artist course with distinction, her career has gone from strength to strength.

Megan has had the privilege of performing at some beautiful venues in her midst, such as Wolverhampton’s Civic and Wulfrun Halls, Bilston’s Robin 2, Birmingham’s Symphony and Town Halls, the NIA and the NEC.  Megan most notably appeared on TV’s The Voice in 2016, joining team Paloma Faith.

Megan is also a mother of five children, a columnist for the Express and Star, an ambassador for domestic abuse charities The Haven and S.O.D.A and she is well known for her portrait paintings and realism artworks as well as her musical endeavours.

She is accompanied by the enormously talented acoustic guitarist, Ben Bartlett for their set at this event, and the pair can be found performing regularly around venues in the Midlands and beyond.

Ben Bartlett has toured extensively as a session guitarist throughout the UK & Europe, also appearing on BBC Radio, Kerrang! TV and MTV2.


VITAL is a Music Artist Born and influenced by his Wolverhampton and Jamaican roots. In 2016, he released his E.P entitled “POWERS” that hit the iTunes Hip Hop top 20 charts. Engineering and creatively directing his own music and videos has birthed much online and public success with approximately 2,000,000 Youtube views.

He has been featured on Channel AKA and appeared on MADEinBrum and BBC1’s Midlands Today and received consistent support and radio play from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and WM.

Performing on over 200 stages including MADE Birmingham 2016 and BBC Radio 1’s BIG WEEKEND, Vital has appeared alongside artists such as: Lotto Boyzz, JayKae, Dapz, Lethal B, Big Narstie, Dappy, Tinie Tempah, Bashy, Mz Bratt & Marcus Nasty, J Hus and many more.

Vital’s latest project, #Clean Hearts Only was released in 2017 followed by his headline showcase Clean Hearts Only in 2018.

Tom Elliot

Tom Elliott, is a new and dynamic Comedian and Magician. As a regular on BBC local radio and other national outlets such as Premier, UCB & TBN, Tom’s squeaky clean comedy show is packed full of laughter, tricks and audience participation.

Described by TV Personality Miranda Hart as ‘Such Fun’, Tom has brought laughter and joy to audiences across the UK in theatres, churches, schools & even shopping centres!

Tom is the founder and cohost of ‘The Joy Ride Podcast’, where he interviewed well known people about life, faith and where they find joy. Featured guests included BBC broadcaster, Pam Rhodes, Former footballer, Linvoy Primus and the fitness expert, Rosemary Conley.

More info can be found at tom-elliott.org.

Jaivant Patel

Jaivant Patel is an award-winning independent dance artist, cultural producer, choreographer and creative consultant. He is artistic director of Jaivant Patel Dance making work that ‘challenges the complexities of inherited notions, perceptions and stereotypes surrounding British-Asian identity.’ South Asian dance forms, aesthetics and principles inform/influence the creation of contemporary work targeted at diverse audiences.

In 2019 Jaivant will be touring YAATRA, a bill of kathak and contemporary dance, championing the rich possibilities of work rooted in South Asian LGBTQ+ narratives.

Jaivant is Associate Artist at Arena Theatre and Midlands Arts Centre and a member of the board of directors for Dance4. He is also an Independent Artistic & Quality Assessor for Arts Council England and member of One Dance UK.

Ellisse Daley

Ellisse is a talented young singer and performer, hailing from a family of creative and musical individuals; where she is the youngest of 9 siblings. From the age of 5 Ellisse has been acting on stage and it was while performing in Hats Off the Musical that she realised the stage is where she wants to be and where she feels most at home.

Inspired by empowering black females, such as Jennifer Hudson, Ellisse recognises the value of hard work, overcoming barriers and pure determination to achieve her dreams. In the next 5 years Ellisse aims to be performing alongside Colours and Tiny Desk. She is confident in her abilities and with her moto being ‘Where there is a will, there is a way’ we’re confident she’ll achieve all her goals and dreams. Ellisse is definitely one to watch!!

Dave Pitt

Dave Pitt is an award winning playwright, performance poet, story teller and workshop facilitator. Dave’s plays have been performed in many places, most recently in the 14:48 theatre festival in Seattle. He has performed poetry around the country both solo and as part of the group, “Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists.” He hails from Darlaston and now lives in Wolverhampton.

“Black Country Stormzy” – Jimmy Andrex. Performance Poet.

“Dave Pitt took an already superb atmosphere and turned it up a notch or two with a superb set. We definitely hope to bring him back to Oooh Beehive again in the future.” – Oooh Beehive, Swindon.

“A short story delivered with a comfortable patience that keeps us quiet and loud in all the right places. The final piece of prose brings elbows onto the table tops and some salt in our eyes.” – Birmingham Review.

“Voice of Social Justice” – Review of Performance Poetry gig.



We have some fantastic individuals involved in TEDxWolverhampton, find out more about our team of Wonderful Wulfrunians…

Clare Roberts-Molloy


A born and bred Wulfrunian Clare is passionate about Wolverhampton and promoting everything the city and its residents has to offer. A bid and tender writer by profession, for the past 12 years Clare has been a Magistrate in the Black Country on the Black Country Bench.

Passionate about promoting women’s rights and gender equality, Clare is the founder of Fawcett West Midlands, a long standing director of Women of Wolverhampton, Founder and Chair of the Homeless Period – Wolverhampton, and was Chair of Wolverhampton Women’s Business Forum for a number of years.

In 2018, Clare applied for and was granted the licence for TEDxWolverhampton, with the aim of putting Wolverhampton on the map. As event Curator, Clare is responsible for bringing TEDxWolverhampton to life and ensuring attendees have a fantastic experience.


Saffi Price


Saffi Price is currently DCEO of Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council. As part of this role, she co-curates Wolverhampton for Everyone, which is a platform and social lab with a mission to ‘Connect people, places and communities to unlock potential and create positive change’. TEDx Wolverhampton is one of the many great ideas brought forward that Saffi and the team are supporting. Saffi lives in Wolverhampton and loves working with people to help make the most of this fantastic City.

@sprice / @WtonforEverone

Sam Axtell


Sam works at the City of Wolverhampton Council and also treats muscular injuries in dogs. (Yes, seriously). She has a passion for working with communities, supporting people to make a difference and connecting people up.

For many years Sam has led on organising Make:Shift, Wolverhampton’s annual ideas festival. She also works on Crowdfund Wolves (Wolverhampton’s own crowd funding platform) and Wolverhampton For Everyone.

James Clarke


A digital doer and community activist, a believer in tech for good, James likes to mix these interests whenever possible. When he heard talk of a TEDxWolverhampton, he immediately knew this was something he’d like to be involved in. His favourite TED talks include Sir Ken Robinson’s ‘Do Schools Kill Creativity?’ and Amanda Palmer’s ‘The Art of Asking’.

The opportunity to be involved in bringing TEDx to Wolverhampton, a place James has called home for 13 years and somewhere he loves, but feels suffers from a perception problem was too good to turn down. Building the website & dealing with anything tech related on the day seemed like an obvious use of his skills.


Zoe Mason


Zoe Mason is proud to be an advocate of her home town of Wolverhampton!  Currently working at the University of Wolverhampton, she supports and develops community, school and public engagement within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) education. Zoe is also a social historian for the area, and takes pride in researching the histories of Wolverhampton and the Black Countries past residents. Looking at Wolverhampton and the Black Countries past, alongside developing and inspiring the next generations into STEM careers creates an extensive timeline for research, and thoroughly supports her passion to support and develop a sustainable and unlock a strengthened industrial future for its residents.

When she heard TEDx was coming to her home town, how could she not be involved!

Vicky Green


Vicky Green, Wolverhampton born & is the Head of Black Country Locality at Bromford, leading a team of Neighbourhood Coaches within our communities. She totally believes in connecting communities through skills, interests and passions to make them even stronger. 

Away from work she is a Director & Trustee of Codsall Village Hall and key organiser of annual community festivals like Codsall Wellfest and Food Fayre. She also is an elected member of Midcounties Cooperatives Member Strategy Committee supporting member engagement & many community projects.


Kristina Konaszczuk


Kristina is working for the leading diabetes charity in the UK – Diabetes UK, being part of the bigger picture: a world where diabetes can do no harm. Since taking part in the ERASMUS+ student exchange project at the University of Wolverhampton and the University of Alicante, Kristina has been collecting languages and now has 6 languages in her pocket. One of them is digital marketing, innovation and transformation. Over 5 years she has been encouraging local businesses to put digital at the heart of their business strategy, #buildingbridges across data, people and businesses.


Thom Bartley


Thom is a TEDx veteran having helped run TEDxBrum and TEDxSkoll since 2013. Thom mixes a freelance career in photography and videography alongside working on various projects throughout the West Midlands including Impact Hub Birmingham, CoLab Dudley and his own project, FutureJobcentre, a movement to create a better Jobcentre for the customers who use it, the employees who work in it, the third parties who work with it and it and the public at large.

Thom has seen first hand the positive impact that TEDx events can have on team members, attendees and the local community and therefore is excited to help finally bring a TEDx event to his hometown.


Arun Kapur


Arun’s main occupation being a front of house, with passions laying into film. He is experienced in a variety of media based jobs, always adapting and learning.

Creativity and growth go hand in hand for Arun. Film maker, poet, event manager, the list will continue. Arun believes highly in the greater good, and contributing towards building a better society.


Ewen Loades-Vincent


A self-help junkie addicted to podcasts, innovative talks and of course TED discussions. Knowing that Wolverhampton, his adopted home town, is hosting a TEDx event, Ewen could not pass on this opportunity to get involved. “This is an incredible opportunity for Wolverhampton and it’s a privilege to be part of the team making it happen.”

Josie Hadley


Josie Hadley is a leading authority on social media having worked in this exciting area of marketing for over seven years.  She launched her business – OMG!, Online Marketing Growth Limited –  in 2015 and is passionate about social media. By personally managing a wide portfolio of accounts, she has daily contact with each platform.

As a fully accredited trainer, Josie not only has the knowledge of social media, but also the skills and qualifications to share this with others.

She has two boys (one called Ted!) who she is very proud of and a weimaraner called Otis.




Meet our partners for TEDxWolverhampton 2019…

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Bronze Partners


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Our event is called TEDxWolverhampton, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


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