2021 – Ctrl + Alt + Delete returns


After the chaos of 2020 and still managing to deliver an online-only event, TEDxWolverhampton 2021 was going to be simple, right?

Hi, Delta variant!

With the pandemic still affecting our daily lives and the planning of any physical event, the team was still determined to hold a 2021 event.

Fortunately, the easing of Covid and associated restrictions during the summer of 2021 meant we could go ‘hybrid’ like everything else and we returned to the Arena Theatre, this time with a live audience (be it strictly limited) and an online stream.

Some of the speakers who couldn’t make the online event in 2020 took part and we had some new faces join us. Thanks to the dedication of the folks at The Arena Theatre and a tenacious TEDx team, we were able to hold what turned out to be a fantastic summer event.

Meet the Hosts


Meet our hosts for TEDxWolverhampton 2021…

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 2021…


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.

Anrav Paul Kapur

Enigmatic.Charismatic. Passionate. Lover of life and all truth that binds us together.

Arun Kapur is a mental health advocate that uses the medium of the arts to raise awareness of stigmas and well-being.Through art, he creates for earth.



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!

Lindsay Baker


Lindsay is the founder and owner of graphic design studio Sister Minor, specialising in visual identity, print and digital design and brand strategy, working with a range clients from both the public and private sectors along with independent brands and creative start-ups.

Lindsay also runs the independent fashion brand True Reverie with her husband Tim, designing limited edition clothing and art inspired by life and culture in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands.

Passionate about being part of the resurgence of the city and its cultural offer, Lindsay is excited to be involved with developing the brand and marketing materials for TEDxWolverhampton 2020.

sisterminor.co.uk  / truereverie.co.uk / @sister_minor

Ayola Beckford


Ayola is creative marketing and communications professional, who has supported private and not-for-profit organisations with pr, digital and direct marketing campaigns within the Black Country. Passionate about people and serving her local community, the Wolverhampton-born is determined to give back, build communities  and provide a sense of hope in the city.

‘I’m really excited to be joining the TEDxWolverhampton team. I think the event will not only make a difference, but will also have a positive impact on the city’.

In addition to her marcomm’s skills, this self-proclaimed hair chameleon and fashion fanatic, can be found ‘pitch-side’, encouraging her son’s local football team.

Rebecca Merchant


Rebecca is a Digital MarComms Officer, with eight years of experience within Marketing and Communications in the higher education sector. From writing and implementing comms plans to shooting and editing videos and images, Rebecca has a wide range of skills she can bring to the team. The content she has created content for both digital and print.

TEDx Wolverhampton provides Rebecca the chance to use her skills to give back to the community.

At home Rebecca is a is a proud dog owner and spends a lot of time with her partner walking their Sheltie, along with mountain biking in Cannock Chase. She reads lots of books and also writes on her blog www.becbec.uk.

Karamveer Saini


Karamveer is a chartered accountant working for Deloitte, a professional services firm, and specialises in public sector & non-profit clients. Joining straight after school has provided years of experience in dealing with accounts & finances, putting him in a great position to take on the role of Finance Manager at TEDxWolverhampton.

Outside the logical day job, being a qualified personal trainer, a keen photographer/digital editor, and a (self-proclaimed) poet allows Karamveer to express his more creative side to the world.

Karamveer jumped at the chance to be a part of TEDxWolverhampton and to contribute his skills to help create an amazing space where people can open their minds, discover new ideas and allow themselves to be inspired.



Meet our partners for TEDxWolverhampton 2021…


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What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

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.


Sat 20th July 2024, Arena Theatre

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