Vimla Appadoo



I’m a design thinker, international speaker and advocate for changing the way businesses think: using technology, design and culture to align profit and purpose. I work across large scale organisations, small businesses and scaling startups, bridging the gap between the public and private sector. I have worked with clients including the NHS, local and central government, Unilever and is the founder of Northern Collective: Women in Public Space, and SheSaysMCR. She travels the world representing the UK on tech missions and has been featured in The Times on Sunday, BBC Breakfast and Sky News. I’m a multiple award winner, with a spot on the Northern Power Women Awards Future List, Digital Leaders Young Leader of the Year, WeAreTheCity Rising Star and on the Top 100 Asians in UK Tech list.  Vim spends her spare time mentoring people (mainly women) about design, change and supporting students into design careers.


I’m small, brown and opinionated. I’m a proud Mauritian, which you’ll probably find out after 5 minutes of speaking to me. My family are my world and I’m passionate about designing a future that I know my 3 year old niece can thrive in. I’m powered by tea, hip hop and I have a borderline obsession with pineapples. I’m a crazy plant lady - books and plants take up the majority of surface area in my life. I love to philosophise about the world and I’m known to frequently daydream about food. I will always have snacks and I love peanut butter.

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When inclusion lives through everyone’s actions, every single day, it delivers very real benefits.

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