Who we are

Dino Myers-Lamptey, Founder, Diverse Boards

Dino Myers-Lamptey is the Founder of consultancy and agency, The Barber Shop, a strategy-led creative company, he is also Co-Chair of The Alliance of Independent Agencies, and is also a board member of the UK Effies and a NED for the Brixton Finishing School and a member of the UK Snap Creative Council. In 2020 Dino was recognised as a Top 10 Media Planner by Campaign.  Dino is also a founding member of MEFA (Media For All), and the founder of Diverse Speakers.


Maria McDowell, Partner, Diverse Boards

Maria started her career as a delivery consultant working with a vast array of digital agencies and brands spanning the past 20 years.  Working hands on as well as operationally in senior roles, Maria has spent her career building and nurturing teams which deliver exceptional results. 

Cultivating teams over the years led Maria to develop a deep passion for mentoring and coaching. As well as being a partner at Diverse Boards she is a member of the BIMA mentoring council and is also Head of mentorship and NED at Brixton Finishing School where she is responsible for mentoring students, recruiting and developing the mentoring schedule.


David McQueen, Founder of Q Squared limited

David McQueen is an Executive Coach and inspirational speaker. His clients are spread globally across banking, technology, advertising and the non-profit sector.

Board Ready is the programme that he created to elevate his clients who were looking at the board as their next step.


Alex Smith, Board Riser Coach

Alex Smith is a qualified coach who specialises in career transitions and change. Whether private clients, business coaching or coaching through charities, Alex seeks and enjoys a rich variety of work, all of which is focused on empowering individuals to grow their unique talent and realise their full potential.

Board Riser is a programme led by Alex, designed to give guidance and confidence to overcome the barriers en route to the board.