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Patrice HindsName: Patrice Hinds
Profession: Managing Director Inspirational Ideas
Region: London
Interests: Fashion – Pat has always loved fashion and clothing which is why he went into the fashion business. Music - Pat was brought up on music and has fond early memories of being in the front room with his father playing Jazz, Funk, Soul, and Reggae.  From his early years of going to NYC he has a passion for Hip Hop and Dance music and anything with a heavy Baseline!! Art – He loves the creativity of Art and believes you can do anything you want to express yourself through Art. Cooking – Is his passion and relaxes him. He also loves seeing people smile when they feel contented. Keeping fit – Healthy Mind Healthy Soul!

 

Gifford SutherlandName: Gifford Sutherland
Profession: Founder / Director Foundation4life
Region: London
Interests: Gifford’s passion for improving the lives of young people is at the forefront of his work and personal life. His community based organisation F4L specialise in working with young people living high risk lifestyles including individuals affected by gangs and serious youth violence. Gifford Is also Vice-Chairman of Race On The Agenda (ROTA) one of Britain's leading social policy think-tanks focusing on issues that affect Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

 

Adrian RollinsName: Adrian Rollins
Profession: Assistant Head Teacher 
Region: East Midlands
Interests: Adrian enjoys sport, particularly cricket, although he also loves basketball and combat sports. He enjoys spending time with his family, spending time with his children and dog. Adrian takes an interest in personal development, particularly Life Coaching and Neuro-linguistic programming (NLP)

 

 Name: Tony Henry
 Profession: Director Elevation7
 Region: London

Interests: Tony’s life is driven by his faith in God, his passion is to enable others to succeed and he has a spirit of creativity in everything does. Whether you know him as wealth consultant, coach (boxing, life, education) mentor,     motivational speaker, salsa dancer or friend he wants you to walk away from him with a can do mentality.

 

 

Jason ArdayName: Jason Arday
Profession: Senior Lecturer of Physical Education and Sociology 
Region: London
Interests: Jason's social interests revolve around his charity work in fundraising and consultancy capacities. He has been fortunate to work with over 72 charities nationally over the last 10 years, in the process being involved in several significant fundraising drives and initiatives. Additionally, he is a huge fan of live music, fashion and obviously Sport!

 

Michael OhajuruName: Michael Ohajuru
Profession: Retired (Sales and Marketing Director)
Region: London
Interests: In addition to supporting young people, Michael has a passion for Art and Art History especially the Image of the Black in Renaissance Art; He regularly writes and speaks about these subjects. Along with these interests Michael also has a keen interest in container gardening, photography, volunteering and keeping mind and body fit for purpose.

 

Hepburn Harrison GrahamName: Hepburn Harrison Graham
Profession: Actor/Broadcaster/Teacher
Region: London
Interests: Hepburn’s main social interest is sport, particularly football.  Manchester United is his team and has been ever since 1968, when the 'holy trinity' of Bobby Charlton, George Best and Denis Law were in their pomp. Thanks to the all conquering West Indian teams of the seventies and eighties, he also has a fondness for international cricket.   Away from sport Hepburn likes to read about black history, watch movies and visit the theatre.  When money and time allows he likes to travel, his ambition is to visit every Island in the Caribbean and the entire continent of Africa.

 

David NunesName: David Nunes
Profession: Portfolio Implementer
Region: London
Interests: David is a keen player and follower of Football (soccer). He really enjoys reading, could be as diverse as a heavy classical novel or could be gossip on the latest Football transfers. Further interests of David’s are that he likes to watch films and enjoys going to the Cinema. He also really likes to catch up with his friends and socialise with them.

 

Daniel BaileyName: Daniel Bailey
Profession: Director/Youth Participation leader/Playwright
Region: London
Interests: The potential of a generation interests Daniel along with theatres and football. He enjoys reading and writing plays as well as cooking and travelling. As long as it has something to do with a story Daniel is involved!

 

Lee PinkertonName: Lee Pinkerton
Profession: Communications Officer (Writer)
Region: London
Interests: Lee’s interests influence his journalistic/writing/career choices.  He couldn't have been an arts journalist without being passionate about Black music, movies, theatre and comedy.
Favourite artist - James Brown
favourite Rap group - Public Enemy
Favourite movie - Scarface
Favourite film director - Spike Lee
Favourite comedian - Chris Rock
He is also passionately interested in the state of the African diaspora, particularly Black Britons - hence being moved to write his book The Problem with Black Men

 

Name: Marcus Francis
Profession: Senior Partner, Sthree PLC (Global Recruitment Company)
Region: Birmingham
Interests: Travel - Marcus loves travelling to experience different cultures and environments. His favourite places include Jamaica, Las Vegas and New York. Sports - Marcus has a love of many sports.  His biggest sporting passion is football and he is a die hard Spurs fan! Music - Marcus loves music and chills out listening to Hip Hop, RnB and Soul. The artists he listens to the most are Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Floetry and Biggie Smalls. Movies - Watching films is one Marcus most enjoyable past times, his most liked films are Shawshank Redemption, Lord of the rings (e1), Boyz in the hood and The Sixth Sense. Food - The way to Marcus's heart is definitely through food and he loves going out to eat, with his favourite food including curry goat and rice, steak frites and pasta.

 

Leon MarshallName: Leon Marshall
Profession: Portfolio Manager
Region: London
Interests: Leon has recently lived in both Switzerland and Germany and enjoys traveling around Europe on weekend breaks. In his spare time after work he enjoys cookery and attending language classes as he finds them fun, social and really useful. He is also an avid follower of current affairs and politics (in particular U.S. politics). He listens to a fair few American podcasts and keeps abreast of what is current over there. He’s a big fan of house music - in particular a fan of German producer Henrik Schwarz. He also loves music festivals and is looking forward to going to some this summer both in and outside of London.

 

DD ArmstrongName: DD Armstrong
Profession: Author/Screenwriter/Playwright
Region: London
Interests: DD has a love for film, football, food and literature. He is co-founder of Square Yard Theatre and Production company and is passionate about inspiring young people through creative arts. DD enjoys debating literature and encouraging others to share their opinions on social issues through a mixture of role play and creative writing. He also believes luck is being well prepared for the unexpected opportunity.

 

Bola AbisogunName: Bola Abisogun FRICS
Profession: Founder and Executive Director of Urbanis, a construction led support services company.
Region: London
Interests: Bola’s focus has always revolved around being the best that he can possibly be (still a work in progress!) and ensuring that others around him do the same. The words ‘can’t’ and ‘impossible’ do not exist in his vocabulary. He believes that there is a solution to every challenge in life; you just need to take a step back and work it out! He is passionate about young black men learning and embracing this worthwhile ‘life-lesson’, as early as possible in their lives. He absolutely worships his family; they are his rock and his greatest motivator to achieve true greatness in his lifetime. Socially, he’s a huge fan of technology and loves working with young people on new ideas that can [eventually] be monetised.

 

Marcus MillerName: Marcus Miller
Profession: Director, reyeurope.org
Region: London
Interests: Since 2003 Marcus has been working with young people across 10 London boroughs, to support them into the labour market. He has assisted young people through the delivery of employability focused workshops, providing 1:1 mentoring by facilitating work experience opportunities in the UK as well as across continental Europe (Spain, Italy, France and the Czech Republic), to enhance their practical and interpersonal skills. In his free time, Marcus loves to spend time with his two sons, enjoys athletics training and is a big fan of both House and Reggae music.

 

Valentine OgunbaName: Valentine Ogunba
Profession: Account Manager
Region: London
Interests: Valentine is passionate about writing, reading and music. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, volunteering with young people and visiting galleries.

 

Hughbon CondorName: Hughbon Condor
Profession: Carnival Costume Consultant
Region: West Yorkshire
Interests: Hughbon is passionate about creating innovative structural carnival costumes and inspiring others by sharing his knowledge in this area of combined arts. Hughbon is also passionate about reading and practicing self-improvement methods which encourage a  healthy physical, mental and spiritual life, as well as learning to trade currencies. In his spare time, Hughbon enjoys contributing to the life of church and practicing the greatest commandment. He also enjoys cooking, baking and catching up with family and friends.

 

 

Name: Dr Marcia Thomas
Profession: Design and Delivery Manager
Region: London / East Sussex

Interests: Marcia is passionate about supporting others to experience and realise the enjoyment in continuous learning and developing new skills.  She has developed a blog to support black women in higher education and is currently mentoring several black women in employment and higher education.  She also volunteers at her church lunch club for homeless people throughout the year.

Marcia enjoys reading black romantic novels and motivational books which focuses on gender and racial themes.  She also writes poetry and enjoys baking cakes.  She has taken part in three marathons and three half marathons and enjoys cross country running, especially in the South downs and enjoys circuit training.   

 

Name: Olivia Ayorinde John
Profession: Business Management Consultant | Empowerment Speaker (Speaking2Empower)
Region: Greater London | Kent

Interests: Africa - Olivia has recently returned to university to complete an MA in Africa Studies - economic development. She is passionate about understanding history and building for the future. Sports - Olivia enjoys running and cycling.  She regularly runs to raise funds for various charities. Family - Olivia is a dedicated to her family.  She is passionate about supporting her children in their development and growth.

 

Name: Cherron Inko-Tarriah
Profession: Founder, Consultant, Coach
Region: Islington
 
Interests: Cherron is passionate about staff networks and the positive impact these can have on the individual and the organisation. An accomplished Chair of a number of staff networks (one to award-winning status), Cherron has facilitated bespoke training to educate employees on the benefits of proactive development. During her career, she has achieved a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management, and a Masters in Employment Studies and Human Resource Management. 
In 2011, Cherron received an MBE for her services to HM Government and, also for her work in the faith community with young people.
She enjoys walking, baking and is a huge fan of the Flash!
 
 
 
Name: Selina Vernal
Profession: Senior Manager, Structure Finance Credit, Santander plc.
Region: London
 

Interests: Outside of developing others, Selina has a passion for Sport, Spanish, Travel and Family Fun.  She enjoys spending time with her two young children, helping them flourish and grow personally, as well as teaching them to respect the world and the diversity that exists within it.  To aide this, travel is a big part of her life, with India, Thailand, Costa Rica, and America among some of the places visited.  Expanding on this journey is the desire to communicate fluently in a second language, Spanish, for which Selina is learning alongside her kids.  

When not embarking on family fun, Selina will most likely be found training for some kind of adventure race.  Hoping to complete a 70.3 triathlon one day, the 70.3 representing the number of miles covered across the swim, bike, run disciplines all in one go!   Dream beyond limits, and live to achieve your dream

 
Name: Sonya Rahaman
Region: London
 
Interests: Having gained experience in organisations that are at the cutting edge of human rights, such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Sonya has had a unique exposure to different aspects of implementing and promoting human rights best practice. She is passionate about the rights of women and indigenous peoples, and is currently pursuing a PhD in this field at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. 
 
In her spare time, Sonya loves to travel as much as possible!  She also enjoys attending art and fashion exhibitions/shows and is passionate about music and dance.
 
 
 
Name: Jennifer Crook
Profession: Head of Diversity and Inclusion at the House of Commons

Region: London

Interests: Jennifer loves the theatre and written word whether it is reading or writing, in the past she has had short stories published and is currently working on a novel. She likes to challenge herself by reading the short listed books for the main literary prizes like the Man Booker prize. This keeps her reading fresh and outside of the box. She also has two daughters, aged 11 and 15, and tries to engage in their activities and passions, as she believes  it is wonderful to learn from them.

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