2022 – Mirror signal manoeuvre

We’re excited to announce that TEDxWolverhampton will return for our 4th year in 2022!

Our theme for 2022 is in recognition of the journey many of us find ourselves on as we emerge into a new world post COVID’.

Mirror, signal, manoeuvre used to be one of the first rules we hear when learning to drive (now MSPSL) and is synonymous with keeping yourself and those around you safe, which has been a key message over the past few years.

At TEDxWolverhampton 2022 we’re exploring ideas that help us reflect (Mirror) on the past few years, indicate (Signal) the changes and adaptations we have to make in response to the changes around us and, more importantly, help us successfully determine the way forward (Manoeuvre).

So, make sure you’re sitting comfortably, strap yourself and get ready to mirror, signal, manoeuvre, as we take you on a journey through some ideas worth spreading!

Meet the Hosts


Meet our host for TEDxWolverhampton 2022…

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 2022…


Hit The Dhol are specialists in educational Asian Dhol drumming workshops for schools and colleges and have been delivering workshops in the community for over 10 years.

They work with young people aged from 5 – 25 years in a range of settings including Schools and Communities and promote and practise cultural heritage through Punjabi Folk Music. Their work includes education, training, consultancy and performance, enriching diversity and inclusion through various partnerships and projects.


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

They host regular shows at Birmingham Hippodrome and will be performing as part of Birmingham’s Comedy festival 2022. We’re delighted they have once again agreed to perform for us. Get ready to be entertained!


Priscilla is a singer/songwriter who shares adaptations of personal experiences in an intimate fashion. She blurs the lines of R&B, creating a sound influenced by an intoxicating blend of soul, reggae, alternative rock and electronic pop. Inspired by legendary artists including Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Prince and Aretha Franklin, her eclecticism and unique sound draws from deep roots.

Born and raised in West Bromwich, England, Priscilla has never been a stranger to the world of music, singing background vocals in her parent’s reggae band, Unit 4, at the tender age of 10; before moving on to becoming the lead singer. A stunning performance of ‘Juice’ by Lizzo on The Voice UK 2020 marked Priscilla’s debut television appearance. 


#WeArePowerful’ is an explosive mixed Boxing/Dance Youth work and Project choreographed by Flexus Dance Collective Artistic Director, Katy Sterran in partnership with BrightStar Boxing Academy. Set against an original composition by Matthew Peters and Wolverhampton-based Grime Artist TB, the work promotes the resilience and strength of our young generation.

Over the last 6 months, over 1,200 young people have engaged with #WeArePowerful through workshops and projects and we are very proud that the #WeArePowerful work was performed at Commonwealth Games Festival sites and at NEC , Birmingham as part of Birmingham 2022.


The convention is for Dave Pitt to say how he’s a performance poet, playwright, a third of the Poets, Prattlers and Pandemonialists, a fifth of Stories From the Smoke Room, Arena Theatre Associate Artist and Lively MC and then go on about winning awards and stuff.

But conventions are just there to make you feel comfortable and sometimes it’s nice to get out your comfort zone, ay it? Dave has been described as the Black Country’s answer to Stormzy and we’re delighted he is joining us again this year.



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.


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!

Anju Dhir


Anju is a passionate leader, mother, guest podcaster, school governor, guest lecturer at university, coach and mentor, and public sector worker who works in environmental health, health and wellbeing, and engagement and communications. One of Anju’s core values is growth for herself and those around her. So volunteering for TEDxWolverhampton is aligned to her passions, ensuring the event is enlightening, informative, and provides an opportunity to network with great minds in our wonderful city!

Anil Chahal


By day Anil works as an accounting advisory consultant, collaborating with vibrant businesses and the PE community to unlock growth for business owners. He believes in generating value for businesses by being a true market disruptor. These are the same values Anil is keen to bring to TEDxWolverhampton. He wants to extend our reach so everyone across Wolverhampton has the opportunity to attend, learn, grow and further strengthen Wolverhampton’s diverse community network.

On weekends, Anil spends his time DJing at private events, bars and brunches. Keep an eye out for him across bars in Wolverhampton. He’s looking forward to putting his event production knowledge to good use.

Anil loves that TEDx has partnered up with Wolverhampton and looks forward to collaborating towards a common goal of levelling up our city and building a community focused on innovation, learning and growth.



Meet our partners for TEDxWolverhampton 2022…

Our TEDx event is not organised by TED Conferences but is operated under a license from TED. It is 100% funded by collaborators/partners with funding and payment-in-kind offers and is non-profit making.

TEDxWolverhampton is powered by the vibrant individuals and businesses that make up our diverse and special city.

There are a number of ways for you or your business to get in involved with TEDxWolverhampton and be part of this special event that, through sharing great ideas, aims to change attitudes and inspire.

We are offering a variety of partnership opportunities that will support this exciting event, and place your business in front of our speakers and guests.

If you’d like to become a TEDxWolverhampton partner in the future, please email partnerships@tedxwolverhampton.com.


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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.


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