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Mandip Sahota, Stefanie Stead & Norah McWilliam | TEDxBradford 11111

Mandip Sahota, Stefanie Stead & Norah McWilliam

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Mandip Sahota

Mandip is Director of Strategies & Stories, a strategic planning & communications agency for innovators, disruptors and social change makers. Following two decades in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Mandip believes social change starts with deeper cross-sector collaboration. She advises and connects clients to the people, places and platforms needed to shape, scale or fund their vision. Before starting her own company, Mandip advised Ministers on international strategies for gender, faith, and human rights at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, and until last year, was the Chief Executive of the Baroness Warsi Foundation, a grant-making charity helping to create more inclusive communities. She is a Trustee of the Virgin Money Foundation, and Honorary Fellow at the University of Birmingham. You can follow Mandip on Twitter at @mandipksahota, find her on LinkedIn at

Norah McWilliam has had a life-long career in education, latterly as Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education at Bradford College and tutor in University of Bradford Disability Service. She has a keen interest in Bradford children’s ownership of their local heritage and landscape, currently leading QCHAP (Queensbury Community Heritage & Action Partnership) which promotes regard for Bradford’s inter-cultural industrial heritage. Norah also leads the Queensbury Tunnel Society which is campaigning to preserve a unique feature of Yorkshire’s landscape for use as a cycle/walkway.

Stefanie Stead is a Chartered Architect and has worked across Yorkshire on a range of urban design, heritage, residential, retail and educational schemes. She is the Chair of the Construction Industry Council Yorkshire and Humber and also sits on the RIBA Yorkshire Council. She is a Regional Design Review Panelist for Yorkshire and Humber. Her interests lie in architecture as a wider profession – exploring the possibilities of what ‘architecture’ is, and what it could be. She is particularly interested in the narratives of a place, whether historical, political, socio-economic or folklore. She is a judge for a number of industry awards including the RICS, Constructing Excellence and the CIOB Committed to Construction Awards.

At TEDxBradford 2019, Mandip, Stefanie and Norah is will be presenting…

Powering Innovation – Mills of the North
Social action, social enterprise and social innovation cannot flow of their own accord: they rely upon social infrastructure – the places and buildings that connect us. We want the audience to explore…

  1. Social Infrastructure as a driver of social cohesion and innovation
  2. The potential of Textile Mills to power social innovation
  3. Building social spaces – what we’ve learnt in Queensbury (people, places, funding)