This year we’re inviting you to “Stop, Collaborate, and Listen.” 

In a world that moves at an ever-increasing pace, the call to “Stop” prompts us all to reflect on the significance of pausing amidst the chaos, to examine societal norms and reassess our personal and professional journeys. 

The heart of our theme lies in “Collaborate,” emphasising the strength found in unity and shared efforts. We’re stronger when we work together rather than against each other.

The final component, “Listen,” challenges us to explore the art of active listening in a world filled with noise, and how, if we all understood the importance of empathy, fostered an open-mind, and promoted meaningful and non-judgemental dialogue, the world would be a better place.

“Stop, Collaborate, and Listen” is a call to action for us to explore ideas that transcend the ordinary, challenge the status quo, and ultimately provide a renewed sense of purpose!

Meet the Hosts


Meet our hosts for TEDxWolverhampton 2024…

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.

Dee Roberts-Molloy

Dee Roberts-Molloy! Dee is originally from Birmingham, but has adopted Wolverhampton as her home. She is a highly skilled facilitator, speaker and leader, spending the last 11 years in Learning & Development and Talent Development.

She is passionate about people, inclusion and developing people to be the best they can be, by injecting passion and creativity in everything she does. She has an amazing ability to engage her audience, being creative and innovative whilst ensuring she motivates and encourages others along the way.



Meet our interviewees for in our Firside Chat sections of our  TEDxWolverhampton 2024 event.

Dr Justin Varney

Justin, and his team, are responsible for protecting and improving health of the 1.2 million citizens of Birmingham, a role that saw him on many of our screens and radio stations across the West Midlands providing advice during the Pandemic. Justin started his career training in general practice before coming into public health medicine and he has worked at local, regional, national and international levels of the public health system with previous job titles including thinker in residence in Australia and national lead for adult and older people’s health and wellbeing for England. His expertise spans topics ranging from reducing physical inactivity, preventing homelessness and domestic violence and improving workplace health to tackling health inequalities affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities and other communities of identity and experience. He is a committed advocate of community engagement and inclusion and tries to practice open authentic and compassionate leadership to tackle injustice and inequality. 

Elizabeth Gooch

Elizabeth is the award winning founder & former CEO of UK tech company, EGS plc, where she invented a software product and pioneered a new technology market.

The company was listed on AIM, traded in 50 countries and was acquired by a US software company in 2017. She then founded the Tech Growth Company to help Tech StartUps and ScaleUps grow, scale and get investment.

Elizabeth was named as one of The Telegraph’s ‘Most Disruptive Entrepreneurs’, West Midlands Woman of the Year for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Technology’ and awarded an MBE for her services to industry in 2012.

Ben Aitken

Ben Aitken was born under Thatcher, grew to 6ft then stopped, and is an Aquarius.

He is the author of five books: Dear Bill Bryson, wherein he followed Bill Bryson around the country for no good reason; A Chip Shop in Poznan, wherein he worked in a fish and chip shop in Poland; The Gran Tour, which involved six budget coach holidays with people much his senior; The Marmalade Diaries, which involved moving in with an 85-year-old widow on the eve of a national lockdown; and Here Comes The Fun, which takes a playful look at the serious business of having a laugh.

He was conceived by a nurse and a shipwright, grew up in Portsmouth (against his better judgement), studied in London and Manchester, then worked as a carer throughout his twenties, all the while scribbling on the side.



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!

Simon Gordon


Simon, a skilled creative director in social media and web design, utilizes photography, videography, and graphic design. Partnering with TEDx Wolverhampton offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with diverse industry experts, curate inspirational content, and promote career and personal growth, fostering a culture of professional and personal development.

@Simon Gordon

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!



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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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