About Us

 

We are BLACK

We are UNITED in our efforts to effect lasting change

We are demanding greater REPRESENTATION at senior leadership levels so we are no longer overlooked

We understand the power of NETWORKS and partnerships as the foundations for success

Meet Our Board

Lisa Maynard-Atem

Lisa Maynard-ATEM

Director

Accomplished Social Media Strategist and outstanding woman in retail nominee with a proven track record at the world’s most famous luxurious department store, Harrods, setting up and growing their Instagram to over One Million followers.

 

 

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Nile Henry

nile Henry

Director

Nile is a dynamic young tech leader and the founder and CEO of The Blair Project, a disruptive social enterprise that exists to inspire the next generation of green tech workforce through electric karting and digital manufacturing & design project-based activities.

 

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Otis Thomas

Otis Thomas

Director

Otis is the Business Development Director for a grassroots community organisation called The African Pot Project based in Moss Side. Otis is a freelance mentor, youth worker and support worker of 15 years and is the organisational lead for delivering Community Value. 

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Carol Ann Whitehead

Carol Ann Whitehead FRSA

Director

A Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and on the Northern PowerWomen Power List, Carol Ann is Managing Director of The Zebra Partnership based in Stockport. 

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DR Marilyn comrie obe FRSA

Adviser and Founding Member

Award-winning serial entrepreneur, international trade specialist and green tech innovator working in the field of zero emission vehicle propulsion systems who is working to widen participation of marginalised groups in the green tech revolution in order to develop the homegrown talent needed to combat climate change. 

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Jamaal Brathwaite

Jamaal Braithwaite

Founding Member

Barbadian-born serial entrepreneur residing in Manchester, UK. Passionate about: start-ups, entrepreneurship, diversity & inclusion, aviation, social enterprises, cloud technology, human capital, starting and globally scaling innovate business ideas and above all…., creating a more joyful, healthy & happy world. 

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Elsa Zekeng

Dr Elsa Zekeng

Founding Member

Elsa finished her PhD in Infectious Diseases and Global Health during which joined the Executive team for a start-up called – Jobseekrs. Jobseekrs is a careers platform mitigating unconscious bias at the sourcing and screening stage of recruitment which has raised about £200,000 in investment.

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Sharon Amesu

Sharon Amesu

Founding Member

For 16 years Sharon had a successful career as a Criminal Barrister at multi award winning sets of Chambers. For the last 5 years Sharon has used her well-honed skills of asking powerful and direct questions, to coach and mentor leaders across the private, third and education sectors.

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Aba Graham

Aba graham

Founding Member

An inspirational motivator that has spent tireless years re-educating and pushing the Equality agenda, within the Criminal Justice System and the wider community.  

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