Barclays Black History Month – The Rise of Dean Forbes

Thursday 19 October

From troubles and despair to a multimillionaire, we hear from CEO Dean Forbes, a number of special guests and welcome fellow City ERGs.


Dean is ranked Most Influential Black Man across the UK on the JP Morgan Powerlist for 2023. As CEO of Tech giant, Foreterro, we will not only hear of Dean’s intriguing story from telesales to leading a $1bn company, but we are expecting a full room of guests to join what is set to be a spectacular and memorable evening.

Not convinced?

Well here are six more reasons to join us!

1. Dean was raised on a council estate in South London. His early career actually started out in Crystal Palace FC before turning to telesales and then transforming his life by rising up to CEO. Those that already follow him will know he has an incredible story to tell and regularly shares useful gems that can really change your mindset and future career

2. Not only has Dean achieved corporate success, but he is a respected Trustee Board member for the ACLT Charity, the same ACLT Charity that Barclays has partnered with for four years, and we’ve invited founder Beverley De Gale and team to join us too

3. Linked to the agenda of social mobility, we have none other than Nazreen Visram from Barclays Inspire, who is our chosen ally to host the interview and discuss the endless initiatives Dean has led as a huge advocate for giving back to his community

4. It’s not every day you get this opportunity to hear and learn from such talented and diverse leaders, and for this event we have Ray Dempsey, Barclays Group Chief Diversity Officer over from the USA to hear our discussions and meet you all in person

5. We have also extended the invite to fellow Black Professionals across the City ERG network! This group is made up of companies such as Schroders, Blackrock, Lloyds, Bloomberg and many more – an incredible networking opportunity!

6. Colleagues can enjoy some free food and free drinks whilst they chat, and meet with other people who are passionate about striving for personal growth and excellence.

Please note that this event will be in person only so we encourage all those interested to save the date in their diaries and we will see you there!