Meet The Team

 

 

We’re a small team who think big.

We are on a mission to grow the number of Black professionals on boards, capacity build Black-owned/led businesses and VCSEs to innovate and win large tenders and increase export opportunities with Africa and the Caribbean.


Meet our

The Team

Eugenia Whitby

Client Relations Manager

Eugenia Whitby

Client Relations Manager

Soifur Rahman

Office Manager

Soifur Rahman

Office Manager

Bal Uppal

Programme Manager

Bal Uppal

Programme Manager

Dionne Spence

Social Media Assistant

Dionne Spence

Social Media Assistant

Meet Our

The Founding Members

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.

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.

Dr Marilyn Comrie OBE

Director
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. 

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.

Carol Ann Whitehead

Founding Member
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. 

Otis Thomas

Founding Member
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. 

Jamaal Brathwaite

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. 

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.

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.