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Patrice HindsName: Patrice Hinds
Profession
: Managing Director Inspirational Ideas                                                                                                                                                                                                      Region: Londonn
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.

 

 

 

 Name: Tony Henry
 Profession: Director Elevation7
 Region: Lo
ndon                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         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.

 

 

 

 

Michael Ohajuru

Name: 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.

 

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

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Valentine Ogunba

Name: Abel Okello
Profession: Telecommunications professional
Region: London
Interests: Having worked extensively across Africa for most of his career, Abel has a keen interest in the development of nations and people. His passion for seeing youth succeed and becoming valuable contributors to society has seen him work with youth groups in different areas, including sport, agriculture and technology. Abel’s list of interests is travelling, which enables him to experience and enjoy further interests that include food, music and culture. Having recently run a full marathon in 2018, Abel now has his eyes set on participating competitively in a Triathlon and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in the coming years.

 

 

Name: Greg Kojo Bonsu
Profession: Business Analyst in the Investment Management industry/ Personal Train
Region: Greater London
Interests: Greg has worked in the Investment Management industry most of his career, progressing from entry level analyst through to managerial level. He believes that by taking a moment to think and assess your options, there is always a way and a practical solution to everything. 
Greg’s main passion is sport and fitness. Having played rugby from the age of 11 representing Middlesex County and South East England, he has learnt some of the best life skills, e,g, communication/interpersonal, resilience, teamwork, problem-solving, assertiveness and empathy through sport.

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Name: Lamarr Williams
Profession: Mortgage broker
Region: London
Interests: Lamarr is a hardworking professional who gives 110% in everything he does, he is keen to give back to young people who he feels really need as much guidance, support, and encouragement as possible. He enjoys watching and taking part in sports (football, basketball, athletics) and has a strong love for music and if he could attain a skill of his choice, it would be to know how to mix on the DJ decks (well). A family man, he enjoys quiet, calm weekends socialising, resting, or watching documentaries on the history of countries around the world.
 
 
Name: SunHee Park 
Profession: Solicitor (finance & capital markets)l
Region: London
Interests: SunHee loves to travel and discover new places.  She is increasingly concerned about climate change and is determined to ensure everyone contributes to keeping our lovely planet alive.  The sharin
g economy is the way forward.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
 
 
Name: Dianne Greyson

Profession: Director

Region: Surrey
Interests: Dianne Greyson is Director of Equilibrium Mediation Consulting and Managing Partner of Synergised Solutions.  She is a writer and author of Business Culture Review.  Dianne has worked for the Private and Public Sector for over 20 years, her HR Consultancy has a strong focus on Equality and Diversity, supporting businesses to recognise the importance  of staff wellbeing, representation and to respect and value all who work within an organisation. 

 

 

Name: Cherron Inko-Tariah
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: 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.

 

 

Name: Kemi Oyesola
Profession: Coach/Consultant; CEO, How2Think Global Consulting Group
Region: Kent
Interests:  CoachKemi, is the CEO and Founder of How2Think Consulting Group, a Personal Development business that FOCUSES on THOUGHT TRANSFORMATION. She firmly believes that ‘thinking’ is highly under-rated especially as thoughts are so much more important than mindset. 
She is very passionate about young people and seeks to introduce and train them in the Art of How2Think2Win.

She enjoys sports, aerobics, dancing, playing board games, spending time with her children and grandchildren and is very driven by her faith in God.

 

 

Name: Jacqueline A. Hinds
Profession: Emotional Intelligence Coach/Consultant 
Region: London
Interests: Jacqueline is passionate about helping people of all ages to realise, unlock and release their potential to be the best that they can be; using the concept and principles of Emotional & Cultural Intelligence (EQ & CQ).

Jacqueline is very active within her church, especially within Women's Ministries, and has been delivering her Woman of Faith programme to women of all denominations, here in London and Ipswich.  She is the Chair of the Society of Emotional Intelligence UK and Board Chair & International Liaison for Society of Emotional Intelligence USA.  She is a published author and has delivered keynote speeches internationally on Emotional Intelligence within Health and Social Care settings.

She is very supportive in her son's education and, has been inducting him into the EQ & CQ  concept and principles, which has helped him tremendously.

 
 
Name: Laura Durrant     
Profession: Solicitor
Region:  London
Interests: Laura has been working as a solicitor for 15 years in the City of London, particularly focused on representing financial institutions.  In that time, Laura has
also progressed a number of initiatives to increase the diversity of the legal profession and support young people.  Outside of work Laura balances the demands of a young family, a love of travel, fitness and reading.  
 
 
Name: Rochelle Thompson    
Profession: Teacher/ School Governor
Region:  London
Interests: Rochelle has a deep-rooted passion for improving the quality of education for all pupils in schools. Her focus has always been to ensure that underrepresented young people are thriving and reaching their full potential in education.
 

 

 
Name: Jacqueline Adusei
Profession: Executive/Personal Development Coach and Consultant 
Region:  West London 
Interests: Jacqueline is a Non-Executive Director on the Board of WISH, an organisation that focuses on championing positive and beneficial outcomes for all women, regardless of their role or experience aiming to boost women’s future in housing with a difference.  She is also a Crossing Thresholds Mentor which delivers programmes which transforms the lives of women by helping them define what they want from their career and their life, and how to achieve it.
Jacqueline enjoys travel, reading, listening to jazz instrumental music, socialising and spending quality time with her grandchildren.  She promotes a healthy lifestyle and maintains it is a key ingredient to positive well-being.
 
 
Name: Sarah Mpolo Ekanda
Profession: Architect
Region: London
Interests: After having worked for three leading developers in London, Sarah founded SMEAL which focuses on sustainable architecture. Her current aim is to design homes and centres for abused women in the Congo and orphanages, to help provide safety and comfort.
In Sarah’s spare time she enjoys painting, drawing illustrations of black icons, watching investigation movies, travelling, and spending time with family.
 
 
 
Name: Nneb Akpom-Simon
Profession: Director, Positively Digital Ltd, Director Simon Education.
Region: South East London 
Interests: Nneb is very passionate about social justice for all people and has a particular interest in black history. She has worked as an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion lead for many years creating policies to ensure fairness.  She believes that young people are amazing and has delivered motivational and employment skills programmes for them. As a School Governor and chair of curriculum, Nneb was instrumental in bring about key changes to the school.  To relax she likes to travel, listen to music, arts, keep fit, and play games.
 
Name: Angelique Vassell
Profession: Founder/Co-ordinator/Facilitator/Public Speaker - WalkwithMeUk C.I.C. 
Region: UK/National
Interests: Angelique set up her own CIC called WalkwithMeUk, where she offers support and guidance to parents, carers and guardians who have children displaying challenging behaviours or difficulties. 
Angelique is a true believer that there is a solution for everything.  She models this belief in everything she does.  In 2018 she won a Lifetime Achievement Community Award for making a difference within communities - feeling blessed. She has many qualities incorporating her love for music, dancing, singing and well-being.  She loves to spend quality time with family and friends and believes this is so special and always great.
 
Name: Layla Gobin
Profession: Layla is a student in the process of qualifying as an accountant alongside working in the finance industry and a bookkeeper.
Region: Enfield, North London.
Interests: Layla is passionate about mental health – in her generation and all the generations before and after. Especially the younger generation as she believes they are the future.
Layla is interested in educating others on the power of their minds and how they can determine their lives and futures through mastery of the mind.

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