Meet the board
Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE
A dynamic, entrepreneurial business leader with a proven record for building high performing teams. Since starting her own PR Company over 30 years ago Ms Thompson has acquired an exceptional range of transferable skills that can complement high performing companies and organisations.
Originally from Guyana, South America, Ms Thompson has always shown an entrepreneurial flair. Not taking the usual channel to the small business arena, she evolved from freelance writing for many music industry papers including Music Week the industry bible, and IPC weekly and monthly titles. She also has been involved in many successful firsts in the UK including, being Music Editor for the UK’s first Black Monthly glossy magazine – Root, and also being a founder and director of the UK’s first Black Music radio station Choice FM, now owned by the Global Radio Group. Other firsts include, starting the first Black Owned PR company (according to PR Week), now known as ASAP Communications; running the first in depth research of the lifestyle of the Black community across the UK – The Black Consumer Survey and starting the UK’s first Black Women Business Network – The European Federation of Black Women Business Owners.
Margaret Busby OBE
Margaret Busby is the co-founder of Allison and Busby publishers, which began in 1967. It is still operates as an independent publishers today. Margaret is one of the most eminent people in the UK’s publishing community.
She is a now a publisher, broadcaster and reviewer.
An Oxford-educated teacher who taught in South Africa during apartheid has retired.
Martin Spafford, 60, has said goodbye to pupils after 24 years at George Mitchell School in Leyton.
However, the former history teacher has no plans to take it easy and has already lined up a number of community education projects to keep him busy.
Professor Gus John
“Before I pour Libation and acknowledge the spirit of all those Africans who gave their lives in the first and second world wars, let me make a few brief comments.
We are gathered here today, not to glorify war. The monument we are about to unveil is not to glorify war. War remains forever inglorious, whether you are victor or vanquished!
Nor does this monument represent jingoistic, or even pious, adulation of the bravery, selflessness and sacrifice of the Africans who served in the British Armed Forces.
Rather, it is to ensure that Britain does not succeed in erasing from history the brutal fact that despite the enslavement of Africans, despite the fact that only 60 years after the end of enslavement of Africans on plantations in the West Indies, some 16,000 West Indians were persuaded to join the British West Indies Regiment and risk life and limb in the killing fields of Europe.
Theirs was an experience of racism and of betrayal, both during active service and after they had been discharged as invalid or unfit and made to return to the West Indies to face penury and misery, without compensation, without pension, without medical care and prostheses, and above all without jobs, having left their employment to come to Europe and join the War effort.
Jay has over 25 years of experience in running service oriented businesses. He has cleared security for providing services to Buckingham Palace, BBC, NHS and the Palace of Westminster as well as the corporate sector. He was a beneficiary of the prestigious BT mentoring scheme for 4 years and through this relationship went on to win a large contract with Computacenter. Jay successfully won the contract to write the IT Strategy for the London Development Agency (LDA) under Ken Livingston. Jay has known Jak for many (pre school) years and provides financial backing and hands on support. In Jay’s recent role with the Trust he now sits as a Board Member and gives up time to organising functions as the Business Development Manager.
Dr Doirean Wilson
Dr Doirean Wilson is a HRM Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University Business School London. She specialises in Community Engagement and Diversity Practice, and is a member of the university’s Management & Organisations Academic department. Doirean holds a doctorate in Professional Practice (D.Prof Practice), a Master Degree in HRM and a Post Graduate Certificate in Further Education (PG Cert Ed FE). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures & Commerce (FRSA), Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a Fellow of the European Institute of Spirituality in Economics and Society (Fellow SPES), and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (Chartered FCIPD). Doirean has published works in her area of specialism and is a former Programme Leader of the Executive MBA Programme at Middlesex. She is also Chair of the university’s Race Religion and Beliefs Forum (MURRB).