Barbados Golden Jubilee Awardees for Outstanding Service in the UK for the 50th Anniversary of Independence on 30 November 2016
THE LATE JOHN R. ARCHER
John Archer was the first person of African descent to hold civic office in London and the first black mayor of a London borough. He was also the first black person to become an election agent for a constituency Labour Party.
Born on the 8th June 1863 in Liverpool, to Richard Archer, a ship’s steward from Barbados, and Mary Archer from Ireland, almost nothing is known of his early life. In his late 20s, he and his wife, a black Canadian, relocated to Battersea Park where Archer earned his living as a photographer. Successful as a photographer and winning many prizes, he turned his interest to local politics and was elected to the borough council in 1906 as a councillor for the Latchmere ward, where he topped the poll with 1,051 votes. He lost his seat in 1909 but won it again three years later. On 10th November 1913, he was elected mayor of Battersea.
The newly elected mayor told the council, “You have made history tonight… Battersea has done many things in the past, but the greatest thing it has done is to show that it has no racial prejudice, and that recognises a man for the work he has done”. He successfully defended his seat in 1919, going on to become a successful political agent and alderman. He returned to the council in 193 1, but died suddenly the following year. His record of service to the local community was deemed extraordinary.
Geoffrey Bell is President of Geoffrey Bell and Company and has acted as financial advisor to the Government of Barbados for more than twentyfive years.
The company advises a wide range of central banks and governments on their international reserve asset and liability management programmes. It also acts as a consultant to major corporations in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe providing advice on capital market transactions as well as undertaking economic, financial and country risk analysis. A specialist in bank regulation, the company has also worked closely on issues relating to the Basel Banking Committee. Geoffrey Bell was Chairman of Guinness Mahon Holdings, one of London’s oldest merchant banks, from October 1987 to April 1993and negotiated its sale-to the Bank of Yokohama in 1989.
Born in Grimsby in 1939 and educated at the London School of Economics, he joined H,M. Treasury after graduation. In 1963 he was a Visiting Scholar with the Federal Reserve System, mainly based at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. During 1964 and 1965 he lectured on monetary economics at the London School of economics and between 1966 and 1969 he was Economic Advisor to the British Embassy in Washington. In 1969 he joined one of London’s leading merchant banks, Schroders, as Assistant to the then Chairman, Gordon Richardson, who later became Governor of the Bank of England. He became a director of the company as well as an Executive Vice President of J. Henry Schroder Bank in New York, working on the international expansion of the group.
Geoffrey Bell formed his own company in 1982. He was the Founder and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Consultative Group of International Economic and Monetary Affairs, known as the Group of 30, which is chaired by Paul Volcker and Jean-ClaudeTrichet. His book “The Euro-Dollar Market and the International Financial System” has been translated into French and Japanese, and Geoffrey Bell has written often in the International Herald Tribune and in other financial journals. He was appointed a Governor of the London School of Economics in 1994.
Director of the international insurance company AXIS and the Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Geoffrey Bell is Chairman of the Guyana Americas Merchant Bank and a member of the Advisory Panel of Swiss Re. He was until 2012 Chairman of Prologis European Properties, the warehousing Company.
THE LATE A.WINSTON BEST
Winston Best, the eldest child of Lillian and Luther Best from Sugar Hill St Joseph, was born on 15 Aug 1930. He came to England in 1961 and after working for British Rail, went to teacher training college at the Sydney Webb College of Higher Education. He started his career as a teacher in 1966 and continued in education throughout his working life. Starting as a primary school teacher, Winston’s goal was always to improve teaching standards, and the educational achievements of black and Afro- Caribbean children as they struggled against low expectations.
He campaigned against bussing, banding and streaming in Haringey in the 1960s, a policy born of the fear that black students would depress overall educational performance. He was also a founding member of the Caribbean Education and Community Workers Association (CECWA) and the Caribbean Teachers Association (CTA).
In the 1980s, Winston worked for the Inner London Education Authority (ILEA) as an education officer, developing links with the Ministry of Education in Barbados and developing an exchange program that allowed Barbadian teachers to bring their expertise and experience to London schools whilst providing positive role models. Winston was also appointed Chair of Westphi Academy, an education and training consultancy that broke new ground as one of the first black national consultancy groups in the UK. In 1989, he co-founded the National Association of Supplementary Schools (NASS) and was appointed a primary schools inspector.
In the 1990s, as Inspector of Primary Schools for the London Borough of Hackney, he strived for improvements in outcomes for children in the borough. After retirement he continued his vocation, working as a consultant for Southwark Education Authority.
Winston co-founded the Caribbean Volunteers Readers & Performers Project (CVRPP) in 1999, an initiative that grew out of the work of Herbie Yearwood, former Deputy High Commissioner in the Barbados High Commission, London, who was eager that the High Commission should take an active interest in the experience of Barbadian and other Caribbean heritage children in London’s schools.
Passionate about Barbados, he shared his time in his later years between London and Barbados until he died on March 18, 2014. His legacy has been to raise expectations of Afro-Caribbean children whilst changing perceptions and mind-sets within the educational establishment. He was survived by his sons Kwame and Ian.
KAREN BLACKETT OBE
Karen has been in media for 22 years and is currently Chairwoman of MediaCom, the largest media agency in the UK with billings over £l billion. Prior to this Karen was CEO for 5 years.
Karen has been instrumental not only in the success of MediaCom, but in championing diversity throughout the advertising and media industry. In 2012 Karen launched the first ever Government backed Apprentice Scheme for the sector, where the apprentices qualify for an NVQ in Marketing and Communications.
In June 2014, Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours and in 2015 Karen was the first business woman to be named Britain’s Most Influential Black person in the Power List.
In 2015 Karen was appointed as one of four external advisors to help diversify the Civil Service, and as a DIT ( Department for International Trade) Business Ambassador for No 10. Karen is also a Non-Exec for Creative England whose’ focus is to support new and emerging talent in the Creative Industry helping grow the UK Economy. In March 2016 Karen became the President of NABS, the advertising industry charity which focuses on health and wellbeing in the workplace and presenting the business case for Diversity.
EMMERSON O. BOYCE
Emmerson Boyce is a professional footballer. Currently a free agent, he last played for Blackpool. His usual position is right back, but he can also be deployed in the centre of defence or at right wing back.
Born in Aylesbury, England, on 24 September 1979, Boyce started his career at the age of sixteen as an apprentice at Luton Town. He rose through the ranks and eventually established himself in the first team, going on to make 185 league appearances for the club and scoring eight goals.
He joined Crystal Palace on a free transfer in 2004, where he played in the Premier League for the first time. He spent two years at the club, making 69 league appearances and scoring one goal. After Crystal Palace, Boyce returned to Premier League football in 2006, this time with Wigan Athletic after completing a move for a fee of £1 million, and was a key player during his first season when the club narrowly avoided relegation. He remained an active member of the first-team throughout his spell at Wigan, and is the club’s Premier League appearance record holder.
In May 2013, he realised his biggest achievement and proudest moment by claiming his place in football history as the first ever Barbadian and Wigan Athletic FC captain to walk up the famous Wembley steps and lift the famous FA Cup Trophy, after beating the highly acclaimed Manchester City FC 1-0.
He would play at the historic stadium a total of four times, captaining and playing in two FA Cup semi-finals, one Charity Shield game and the incredible FA Cup Final.
Another great privilege has been to Captain the Barbados National team. He has been representing Barbados since 2008 and is still fit for selection. Currently he is discussing with the Barbados Football Association how he can assist the development and improvement of grass roots football through the Emmerson Boyce Foundation.
Emmerson is also an ambassador for two major charities, Street Soccer USA and Joseph’s Goal. In 2013 he received the National Sports Council Award for Senior Outstanding Sportsperson.
THE LATE CHRIS BRAITHWAITE
Chris Braithwaite was a remarkable and inspiring black socialist, trade unionist and anti-colonialist. He was active in the British working class movement between the wars but sadly little remembered today. He came to the fore as a leader of colonial seamen and dockers in inter-war Britain, a campaigner for the Scottsboro Boys, and an agitator against fascist Italy’s invasion of Ethiopia.
The black Trinidadian Marxist CLR James recalled him as “a very fine comrade. Chris would get himself into a temper and explode and make a revolution at the back of the hall…at the shortest notice, he could generate indignation at the crimes of imperialism and the betrayals of Stalinism.”
Chris was born in 1885 in Barbados. As a teenager, he enrolled as a seaman in the British merchant navy, before settling in Chicago and raising a family. During the First World War he rejoined the merchant navy alongside many other colonial seamen. After World War I, he lived in New York for a while, before moving to settle in London, working for the Shipping Federation. He married an English woman, Edna,from Stepney, and settled there.
He immersed himself in the British working class Movement through the National Union of Seamen (NUS). Black and Asian colonial seamen experienced institutional state racism as well as scapegoating encouraged by the ship-owners under the slogan “British men for British ships”. The NUS leadership openly colluded with ship – owners’ divide and rule tactics, but Chris challenged such racism, both in and out of the union. He adopted the pseudonym “Chris Jones” to avoid victimisation. In 1935, Chris founded the Colonial Seamen’s Association, for the first time effectively bringing together black and Asian colonial seamen in one organisation. He also helped form and lead militant Pan-Africanist organisations such as the International African Service Bureau, led by the outstanding black socialists George Padmore and CLR James, again using the pseudonym “Chris Jones” to avoid victimisation by his employer.
The three tirelessly and eloquently articulated the case against British imperialism at mass meetings of trade unionists and socialists across Britain. All the time Chris lived the life of a poor seaman with his family – a life he kept so separate that most fellow activists did nott know he had a wife and children. During the Depression he organised in his own street in impoverished Stepney, east London, to make sure no children went hungry. After Chris died suddenly in 1944, black seafarers insisted on carrying his coffin from his home to his grave in tribute. He was survived by his wife and six children. His legacy is documented in the book Mariner, Renegade and Castaway: Chris Braithwaite.
JAMES E. BRATHWAITE CBE
James is an internationally recognised business leader with operational experience in the media and environmental industries, public office, alongside expertise in SME business start-ups and management.
In 1996, he was Britain’s first Black CEO of a publicly quoted company, Epic Interactive Media and was awarded the CBE for services to the Sussex Economy. He was the longest serving Chairman of South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), Honorary Consul for South Africa for South East England, and a member of the FCO Caribbean Advisory Group, created to increase links with the West Indies and the Caribbean Diaspora in the UK.
Currently, he is Executive Chairman of Drenl Ltd, which focuses on developing 1-10 MW Power & Energy facilities using waste and biomass as the fuel. Jim has created Drenl to address the power generation challenge that exists globally. This will be particularly useful to island states, such as his native Barbados, which spend a large proportion of their GDP on power production. Jim is passionate about economic development and the role that power and waste can play in the circular economy. Power is needed to drive economic development and waste is a resource that should not be overlooked in our efforts to develop without destroying our planet.
His charitable work has included raising over £2million for the Rocking Horse Charity for the Children’s Hospital in Brighton, and ‘Work This Way’ which rehabilitated prisoners through training and preparation for work, the most effective way of stopping reoffending. He was Chairman of the Arundel Festival, a charity that put on one of the largest and best attended Art Festivals in England.
DR JEFFREY BRATHWAITE Q P M
Dr Jeffrey Brathwaite was born in Congo Road, St Philip, Barbados. He was a student at Princess Margaret High School until the age of 16. He came to the UK in the late 1960s and after a short stint in the Army, worked as a psychiatric nurse for four years.
Dr Brathwaite joined the Metropolitan Police Service on the 2nd December 1974 as a constable. He rose through the ranks in both Uniform and CID roles. In 1997, as Uniform Superintendent he was responsible for operational policing in the Borough of Croydon until a year later, when he was appointed Deputy Director of the Racial and Violent Crime Task Force at New Scotland Yard.
The Task Force provided leadership and vision at a time of crisis, during the high profile Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. One of his key achievements at that time was the development and coordination of the first Independent Advisory Group in UK policing. Independent advisors now bring community perspectives to policing that have proved beneficial to community-police relationships over the years while independent Advisory groups have been adopted by most of the UK Police Services.
In 2001, Dr Brathwaite was promoted to Chief Superintendent and appointed Police Borough Commander for the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. In 2003, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished Police service in the community. He was presented with the medal by Her Majesty the Queen at Buckingham Palace in April of that year.
Dr Brathwaite retired from the Metropolitan Police on the June 4th, 2004 after 30 years of service. Following that, he pursued a second career as an Organisational Management Consultant until 2015 when he finally retired from full time employment.
Alison Buchanan’s story is inspirational. When her grandparents. Donald and Nora Harding of Kendal Hill, Christ Church, Barbados. came to live in England, they had no idea that their granddaughter would become immersed in the world of classical music. Although Donald Harding was a learned man. there was no culture of classical music and no appreciation for opera in the family.
Alison’s parents, Keith and Lena Harding listened to soul music and reggae. but her father had a handful of opera albums and Johann Strauss waltzes. She would play them and developed an interest in learning to play various instruments. Excelling a t he violin and viola, which was played in the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra, but once her voice was, discovered , this became her passion and soon she was on her way to an extraordinary career and life.
After being given her first scholarship. Alison studied at the Watford School of Music and her father would drive her there and back from home every Tuesday, often a two- and-a-half hour journey for a 30-minute lesson! When still only 15 years old, she auditioned and gained admission to the very prestigious Glyndebourne Festival Opera in Sussex, the youngest singer ever to be engaged to sing in the-full-time chorus. It was also at Glyndebourne that she met Maureen Braithwaite, a soprano from Barbados who became Alison’s role model and mentor. She also met Wayne Marshall another ‘Bajan’ , who was an organist and has gone on to a great career as a conductor. Alison attended both the junior and senior departments of the Guildhall School of Music in London. winning many competitions and awards and performing in many festivals. She completed her graduate studies and began winning more competitions, such as the Washington International Competition, the Kathleen Ferrier Competition and the most memorable Pavarotti Competition. where she was the only entrant to receive a one-on- one master class with Pavarotti.
She has consequently performed operas and concerts all over the world and met a host of distinguished musicians and artistes, such as Andre Previn. Dame Joan Sutherland. Placido Domingo, Leontyne Price, Jessye Norman. Marilyn Horne, Sir Colin Davis. Sir Simon Rattle and too many more to mention. She has sung for BBC Radio 3’s Friday Night Is Music Night, performing live with the BBC Symphony Orchestra at various opera houses, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, New York City Opera, San Carlo Opera House in Naples, Italy, the San Francisco Opera and Carnegie Hall. Alison is a great ambassador and inspiration for black youths. with her involvement in the London-based multicultural Pegasus Opera Company and the Ritz Chamber Players based in Jacksonville, Florida, which is the only all-black chamber music society in the United States.
Anyone who felt that the British Parliament was the preserve of those who wield political power, now stands corrected. For one night only the control of the UK Parliament was handed over to Barbadian-British DJ Carl Cox to lead members in a disorderly session. The British Parliament invited the veteran house DJ to headline a charity bash. ” House The House” by the Last Night A DJ Saved My Life Foundation. The event, a competition focused on engaging young people to support children in conflict zones, took place on 11th May 2016 at the Westminster Palace.
The “House The House” event is open to aspiring DJs between the ages of 14 to 24, who raise funds for the charity and submit their own music mixes for the chance to open the event for the DJ legend. Other prizes include DJ equipment and the chance to see Carl Cox perform in Ibiza. Described as a musical ambassador and one of the most charming DJs in the business, few persons, including many Barbadians are aware that Carl Cox has roots in our soil.
Born in Manchester, at the age of 15 Carl bought a set of turntables and began working as a Disco DJ. By the early 80s, he had joined the ranks of other young London DJs playing , groove, hip-hop and electro, but by the late 80s had distinguished himself with his own sound ‘Phuture track’. When Cox’s 1991 debut single ‘1 Want You.’ became a hit, including a Top of the Pops appearance, his career took off.
Now the owner of 2 labels, with 4 albums to his credit and more than 900, 000 Facebook followers, this veteran of 30+ years in the music business has achieved much. He has played all over the world, including to a crowd of 1, 400, 000 in Duisburg Germany. DJ Magazine ranked him as the Number One DJ in the World in 1996 and 1997, and he is included on the top 100 list of best Glastonbury performances ever.
Now in his mid-50s. Cox is planning to take it more slowly. having announced that 2016 was his 15th and last season as resident DJ at Space. Space, an Ibiza nightclub with a capacity for 10, 000 patrons, has 13 times been awarded “Best Global Club” at the US International Dance Music Awards.
THE LATE DR C. BERTRAM CLARKE OBE
Carlos Bertram Clarke, known to his many friends as “Bertie”, was born in Barbados, in 1918. He was educated at Harrison College, where his love of cricket was born. He played for his school in 1936, Spartan Cricket Club and Barbados from 1937, before being selected for the West Indies team in 1939.This team included Learie Constantine and George Headley and came on tour to England in April 1939.The tour was interrupted by the outbreak of war. Bertie, then aged 21, was offered a place to read medicine by Guy’s Hospital in London and he returned to take up his place in October 1939. First class cricket was suspended during the war but a team, called the British Empire XI, was created. Bertie’s performance for this team was spectacular, he took over 100 wickets every season and was celebrated as their star player. He also began broadcasting for the BBC World Service covering a range of topics from sport to current affairs until 1980.
He qualified in medicine in 1946 and began a career in general practice. In 1946 he was selected to play cricket for Northamptonshire. He remained with this team for three years, declining the offer of its captaincy due to his medical responsibilities. In 1948 he married Elma Addison and they had a daughter Madeleine, in 1954. In 1960, although aged 42, he played for Essex for two seasons. He also had a long and close association with the BBC Sports Club whose cricket team he captained for nearly thirty years.
Bertie was very close to his parents and sister and he returned to visit Barbados as often as possible. He maintained many long term friendships with people of all ages and from all walks of life. He loved music and parties and attended the carnival in Trinidad whenever he could. Following the deaths of their parents, Bertie and his sister converted their former family home in Barbados into a small hotel and he often spoke of the responsibility of retiring to the island. However, he was a great man of great drive and energy and he never actually did retire, continuing to work until his last illness.
After the death of his first wife, Elma, Bertie married Glenis Kenny and they had two children: Natalie in 1982 and Juliet in 1984.
Throughout his medical career he went out of his way to offer help, support and friendship to West Indians living in England, particularly those in London. In recognition of his work he was made an OBE in 1983. He died of cancer in 1993 aged 75.
Shelley Collins was born in St. Michael, Barbados, the daughter of Norma Jackman. A graduate of Queens College, she immigrated to London in 1970 to train as a nurse. Her first night in London was her first night away from home.
She qualified as an SRN, RMN & RSCN and was a Sister at Guys Hospital on the Evelina Children’s Unit. From here, her career moved from Nursing into Administration and eventually training – culminating in the formation of her company Just Resources International.
Shelley has a 20-year track record of excellence in the provision of training and consultancy services in equality, diversity, leadership and management development. She is a dynamic, discerning and energetic trainer who provides a service that never fails to deliver.
Her clients include public, private and third sector organisations including the Joint Equality & Diversity Training Centre of the Ministry of Defence and the British Army for over 20 years. Others include the Royal Air Force, the Royal Navy the Metropolitan and Thames Valley Police services, Tesco Plc, Ealing Hospital NHS Trust and the Baptist Union. She was also on the staff of the Home Office Specialist Support Unit for Police-Community Relations for 7 years.
Just Resources was the partner training company for the Desmond Tutu Foundation, creating the course for their facilitators to conduct their “Conversations for Change”. Acknowledged as an expert in her field, Shelley has also developed ILM accredited Equality & Diversity Qualifications.
DR PAUL DASH
Paul Dash is a Barbados-born artist, educator and writer. Born in Fairfield Cross Road,St Michael in 1946, he migrated to Oxford England in 1957. He pursued studies in art and education culminating with a PhD for Goldsmiths University where he focused on Afro-Caribbean pupils in Art Education
A former art teacher, he moved into tertiary level education and for three years was co-director of Goldsmiths’ MA Artist Teacher course or (MAAT) with special responsibility for programming. He retired in 2011 as a Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths although he continues in a part-time capacity as a doctoral studies supervisor.
He has earned awards such as the Peake Award for Innovation and Excellence in University Teaching ,the Windrush Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education and is listed in Jacqui MacDonald’s Portraits of Black Achievement
He has authored a number of books and was Sub-Editor for International Journal for Art and Design Education. His autobiography ‘Foreday Morning’ “tells of growing up under the influences of two disparate cultures, a multi-faceted drama that examines the tensions of race and colour in the colonial Caribbean and modern Britain.”
A member of the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM), his artwork has been shown in number of venues including: Guildhall Gallery, The Royal Academy,Whitechapel Gallery, and Mali Galleries. He is also a trustee of the Ronald Moody Trust.
JOHN DENNY MBE
John is a philanthropist, a pillar of the local community and a political activist. He spent his earlier years working for London Underground Limited, now known as Transport for London, and became the Revenue Manager of Northern Line. John subsequently received an MBE in 1992 for his work, commitment and contribution to both transport and racial equality in the workplace.
Not content with championing the rights of others at work, John also stood for local councillor of the Vassall Ward in 1994 in the London Borough of Lambeth. After a resounding election victory and years of tireless work in service to his constituents, he became Mayor of Lambeth in 1996. During the nineties ,Johnalso had major involvement in the BBC’s documentary ‘There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack’.
In the 1970s John co-founded a medical charity called Organisation for Sickle Anaemia Research (OSCAR), which is still operating today, from this he pioneered specialised Housing Association accommodation for those suffering with Sickle Cell.
As a result of his vast experience, John was selected from numerous applicants to become Chair of the Vassall Area Regeneration Group (VARG) in 2003. He was consequently sought out as a consultant for community delivery of the regeneration of the area now known as the Oval Quarter.
John currently serves asthe Co-ordinator of the Vassal! Senior Citizens Association (VASCA) CIC ,the Chair of the Lambeth Gateway Seniors and is a Member of the Ackerman Medical Centre Steering Group. VASCA has over 15 years’ experience of providing support, care, exercise and nutritious meals to elderly residents from a BME background in Southwark and Lambeth.
Under his leadership as the chair of Lambeth Gateway Seniors there are 5 support groups that deliver to 500 elderly people in the London Borough of Lambeth per annum, ensuring that participants’ quality of life does not decrease with age, and collaborate with the NHS, GPs, Age UK, Lambeth Local Authority, Care Commission and Central Government.
PROF RICHARD DARYTON FRHistS (Fellow of the Royal Historical society)
Richard Drayton was born in Guyana in 1964, the son of Harry Drayton and Kathleen Drayton of Trinidad. His great-grandfather, the Reverend David Drayton, was a Barbadian who migrated to the island in the 1890s, his family following in 1972. From 1974to 1982, Richard attended Harrison’s College,where he was President of the Student Council and Captain of Armstrong House.
In 1982 he won a Barbados Scholarship to Harvard University. At Harvard he was the centre of the anti-apartheid movement, graduating magna cum laude in 1986, with a prize-winning thesis on the history of Sugar Cane Breeding in Barbados. He went on to Yale for graduate study in History, receiving his M.A. in 1987,then in 1988 winning the Caribbean Rhodes Scholarship which took him to Oxford. He returned to Yale in 1990 to complete his doctoral study, receiving his M.Phil in 1991, and Ph.D in 1993 for a dissertation entitled “Imperial Science and a Scientific Empire: Kew Gardens and the Uses of Nature”.
In 1992 he began his career as a Research Fellow in History of St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge. In 1994 he moved to Oxford to become Darby Fellow and Tutor in History at Lincoln College, then in 1998 to the University of Virginia, where he was Associate Professor of British History from 1998 to 2001. In 2001 he returned to Cambridge as University Lecturer in Imperial and extra- European History since 1500, and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, where he also held office as a Tutor and Director of Studies in History.
In 2001, his Nature’s Government: Science ,Imperial Britain and the ‘Improvement of the World was awarded the Forkosch Prize of the American Historical Association. In 2003 he was awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize for History. In2009, while retaining a Praelectorship at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, he moved to King’s College London to become the sixth Rhodes Professor of Imperial History. He has been Visiting Professor at Harvard, the EHESS in Paris, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences.
Drayton has maintained a close involvement with Barbados, the Caribbean and their diasporas. He was nonfiction judge for the Bocas Literary Prize, and in March 2016 gave the Distinguished Jurist’s Lecture to the Judiciary of Trinidad and Tobago. In November he will give the Sir Winston Scott Lecture of the Central Bank of Barbados. He has been a regular speaker at events of the National Council of Barbadian Associations.
Angie Greaves, ‘Daytime’ and ‘Soul Town’ presenter on Magic Radio, has one of the most soulful and distinctive female voices in UK radio today. Born in London and enjoying being ‘fabulous in her 50’s’, Angie grew up within a traditional Afro-Caribbean family setting. Even from a young age, she loved her soulful roots and she knew she had a ‘voice’ in the world – one that needed to be shared – and one that she continues to share today.
Angie’s media career started off in 1982 at BBC Television Centre and by 1986 she had moved to London’s Capital Radio where she was discovered by DJ: David ‘Kid’ Jensen. In 1990, Angie was announced as the first DJ at the launch of Spectrum Radio before joining Choice FM in 1992 for five soulful years, trebling listener figures on her Angie Greaves Breakfast Show. After this time, Angie joined the BBC, where she presented shows on BBC London, BBC Three Counties Radio and the Drive Time show on BBC 2002 in Manchester. The latter was an RSL station launched to air coverage on Wimbledon, The World Cup and The Commonwealth Games.
Whilst bringing up a young family, Angie freelanced across Jazz/Smooth FM, Radio Jackie and LBC 97.3FM until 2006. She started working with Magic in late 2006 and was the first woman to join the Magic presenter line-up. In addition to her extensive and prolific radio career, Angie has created her own Angie Greaves multi-platform brand, including a well-established book club.
Voiceover work includes the MOBO awards, numerous terrestrial and satellite television documentaries and television commercials. As a special soothing treat, if you travel long-haul on a British Airways flight, you can listen to Angie’s two-hour ‘Soul Selection’ on British Airways Radio. Angie has interviewed some of the world’s best- known musical artists and is proud to call some of them personal friends. Her recent event, called The Essence of Crop Over’ and official visit to Crop Over in Barbados, with The BTMI, has further extended Angie’s reach and appeal into the international travel sector.
This August in 2016, Angie was proud to have been asked to stand in for Clare Balding on BBC Radio 2’s‘Good Morning Sunday’ during The Olympic Games Rio 2016.
Angie is passionate about being recognised not only for her voice but also as a lauded British female spokesperson. She fully encompasses the archetypal, positive role model for 50+ women throughout the U K and farther afield. Angie supports other people’s dreams and aspirations and is the very proud mother of two teenage daughters. She is truly a woman with a big heart who continues to forge ahead in her very own ‘soul town’.
C. GORDON GREENIDGE MBE
Cuthbert Gordon Greenidge was born in Barbados and like many Caribbean families in the late 50’s and 60’s migrated to the UK to seek a better life. Educated at Speightstown Boys School and Black Bess Boys School in Barbados, he continued his education at Alfred Sutton Boys in Reading, and later Clarendon College in Nottingham, where he developed a love for cricket, a game for which he would later become world famous.
He had the opportunity to display his cricket prowess playing in Reading, Berkshire and Hampshire and the England Boys School benefitted from his cricket skills. Even though he represented Barbados and the West Indies in cricket, he was still able to make a meaningful contribution to his adopted homeland of the United Kingdom.
Whilst still an apprentice at Hampshire, he represented three different clubs playing on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. He was also privileged to play League Cricket for Leyiand in the Lancashire League, playing 19 years for one club. Not only has he been a player but he also conducted Cricket Coaching Clinics at several places, including Nottingham High School and Merchant Taylor’s School. Schools in Scotland have also benefitted from his skills when playing for the club Greenock, which he also represented at the National Level. He continues to be involved in fund raising programmes for clubs and schools throughout the UK.
But Barbados has never been forgotten. The Government of Barbados named a Primary School in his honour and the Gordon Greenidge Primary School has been the recipient of sporting equipment and books to assist with the students’ academic and extra-curricular programmes. Gordon is currently organizing a fund-raiser for September 2017 in London, which will assist in the establishment of a building for the School’s Library and a Learning Centre.
Over the years he has been influential in the area of sports tourism, including the West Indies Under-15 team tour to the UK. Some of the highlights of his life include; the births of his children, whom he loves dearly; playing in his very first test match for the West Indies vs India at Bangalore in 1974 where he scored a century; securing a Test hundred at Lord’s and being one of the elite names on the Honours Board; having a school bear his name during his lifetime; and being accorded the MBE in 1996 by the United Kingdom in recognition of his contribution to cricket. Recently he has been touring England during the summer, either playing in cricket matches or as a guest. He also uses the opportunity to enjoy the game of golf at the many attractive golf courses around the country!
Councillor EDDIE GRIFFITH FRSA
Eddie Griffith is a Councillor and Community Activist in the London Borough of Haringey, having first been elected in 1986. He entered local politics to make a positive difference to the lives of local people who were less fortunate than himself. He served two terms as Mayor, 2005-6 and 2010-11respectively, thereby earning two Past Mayor’s Certificates in the process, and as Mayor Emeritus continues to perform Civic Duties including Citizenship Ceremonies, at regular intervals.
Over the years Councillor Griffith was able to juggle his Civic Commitments with his professional role as an Educator, Mentor and Role Model to under-achieving students at a Secondary School in the London Borough of Newham, having gained a BSc (Hons) in Social Sciences from Salford 1982,Teacher Training (PGCE) in 1983, and an MA (1990) from University of London’s Institute of Education in Educational Administration. In 1995 he was elected a Life Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts (FRSA).
The achievement which filled Eddie with greatest pride was the Town Linking (Twinning) Relationship between Haringey in London and Holetown in 2009, and its ratification in Barbados in 2011.There is now a healthy ongoing relationship between the two areas, which thus far has realised two official visits to the Annual Holetown Festival and another visit pending February 2017. Young Ambassadors visited Haringey in 2015.
The Town Linking Relationship formally established exchange visits with a cultural, educational, sporting, community base, with special emphasis on Schools within the two geographical areas being the norm. His vision is that young people would meet on a regular basis across the geographical spectrums to exchange ideas, share cultures and good practises leading to a better understanding and promotion of good citizenship. To this end he created the Hartown Association as a focal point of contact.
An equally valued achievement is his 30 fruitful years as Governor of a local Secondary School (Highgate Wood), mostly as Chairman or Deputy Chairman. His passion for Education and issues around teaching and learning and the maintenance of high standards remains undiminished. He is also particularly concerned that black students do not underperform. Among his future projects is an autobiography entitled ‘A Return to Parlour’ packed with a wide range of experiences, surprises and anecdotes which is due for publication in the summer of 2017.
DR AARON HAYNES FCMI
Born on 12 March 1927, Aaron attended Combermere School after which he travelled to Trinidad to attend the Seventh Day Adventist College. He graduated from there in 1945, gaining a teaching posting at an elementary school in San Juan and Sangre Grande two years later. Two years at Port of Spain Secondary School prepared him for the post of Principal of Southern Academy. Two years later, he left to attend Long Island University in Brooklyn N.Y, where he majored in biology while working at Brooklyn Jewish Hospital as a technician in the blood laboratory.
He came to England in 1965 and at first taught biology and chemistry at Pollards Hill Secondary School before entering the field of Race and Community Relations. He served as senior community relations officer in Wolverhampton before moving on to the Community Relations Commission as Principal Development Officer. He held several posts in the Commission for Racial Equality, culminating in the post of Chief Executive.
After retiring from the Commission, he functioned as a freelance journalist and broadcaster. He is the author of The State of Black Britain. Volume One, first published in 1983, carries an analysis of the forces that governed the post-war immigration of black people into Britain. It covers the search for jobs and housing, the challenges faced in education and social services and how race became a volatile political issue. Volume Two picks up where Volume One concludes and begins with an analysis of the Thatcher years and their impact on the Black community. Together the two volumes represent a comprehensive, honest, insider’s view of the struggle for equality in Britain.
DR TREVOR HALL CBE
Born in Barbados in 1941, in his teens Trevor became an outstanding leader in the Church Lads’ Brigade, first visiting the UK on its behalf, aged 16. In the early 60s, he travelled to England to work for London Transport while maintaining his commitment to community and youth work through the church. This led to a post as Administrator for the Church of England Board of Education, and the early beginnings of his influence on national thought and practice in race relations. He moved to Rugby in Community Relations, focusing specifically on young people, where his creative methods soon brought the very diverse communities of the town together, reaching the lives of children, young people, and adults alike. Never afraid to tackle the big issues, he initiated research, developed community initiatives, and pioneered multiracial youth international exchanges. He created innovative training programmes, gaining the confidence of communities, police, and local authority, to bring people together in challenging times in terms of race equality. With significant race relations legislation just beginning to emerge, Trevor’s skills and expertise were soon noticed at the national level and he was appointed in 1982 to the Home Office as Race Equality Adviser to the Permanent Secretary. Trevor was instrumental in transforming policy and practice, whilst maintaining absolute integrity and independent thought.
As the most senior black civil servant of the time, Trevor was promoted to join the Management Board, sharing perspectives and initiatives at the very highest levels, always keeping in mind the interests of those unable easily to communicate with those in power. Trevor’s initiatives in training senior police, magistracy, senior judges and immigration service had a lasting impact, significantly changing race relations practice. Throughout, Trevor never lost track of his commitment to young people and communities, taking on the roles of Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, and Vice Chair of the National Youth Bureau. In the mid-80s, he spearheaded the establishment of the Windsor Fellowship, creating leadership development programmes for young Black and Asian undergraduates to enable them to compete positively in both public and private sectors, where they were significantly under-represented at senior level. Conventional retirement was not an option and on leaving the Home Office, Trevor was asked to continue as Race Adviser to the Lord Chancellor’s Department, and he continues even now to direct Windsor Fellowship programmes.
In recognition of his outstanding work, Trevor has been recognised both by academia, through an honorary Doctorate in Law and Letters, and by government, having been awarded both an OBE and the CBE.
Born and brought up in superlative St George, John was educated at St Giles School, then Combermere High School, representing Combermere at first team level in Barbados first division cricket competition.
!n 1964, he migrated to the UK under London Transport’s recruitment scheme to work on the Underground as a guard. The BBC invited him to play in its cricket team, where he joined two other Barbadians , Rodney Norville and the late Dr Bertie Clarke. At this stage he bowled genuinely fast and Dr Clarke recommended him to Hampshire to play county cricket.
A serious back injury brought an end to his County career, after which he moved back to Barbados briefly. An offer to return to the UK and go to Lancashire to play as professional in League cricket saw him leave Barbados for the second time. League cricket was much less stressful, playing just at weekends rather than seven days a week at County Level.
In his mid-thirties and with his playing career coming to an end, he joined the English First Class Umpires Panel, where he was employed for twenty seven years. In 1988, history was made when he was appointed to stand in his first Test match, at Lord’s. He was the first black person to stand in a Test match in England. The following year while umpiring he became part of the first neutral umpires, when he was chosen to officiate in the Test series in Pakistan with India, in total he stood in eleven Tests, twenty three ODI’s and several finals.
In 1989 he was chosen by the ECB as the English umpire to stand in the Nehru Cup in India. This was a series of ODI’s staged to commemorate the centenary of the former Prime Minister Nehru’s birth. He became a full member of MCC in 1999, going on seven tours with teams to Kenya (twice), Greece, Italy, Uganda, Namibia and the Cayman Islands. He was also a member of MCC’s Laws working Party, a panel which drafts the laws of cricket worldwide.
In 2008 the ICC appointed him as a Regional Umpires Performance Manager with responsibility for Europe, the Caribbean and the Americas, a post he held until his decision to retire at the end of 2010, due to spending so snrouch time away from home and family. After retirement he a as elected president of the Lancashire Association of Cricket Officials. This year he was elected president of the newly formed Pennine Cricket League and more recently president of the Rotary Club of Rochdale.
PAUL INCE CE
Paul Emerson Carlyle Ince born on 21 October 1967 in Ilford, London to Barbadian parents, is an ex former professional footballer who played as a midfielder from 1982 to 2007. He was capped 53 times by England, scoring two goals.
Ince spent the majority of his playing career at the highest level; after leaving West Ham United he joined Manchester United where he played in the Premier League. After two years in Serie A with Inter Milan he returned to England to play in the top flight for Liverpool, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers.
After a period as a player-coach of Swindon Town, he retired from playing while player-manager of Macclesfield Town in 2007. He went on to manage Milton Keynes Dons (twice), Blackburn Rovers, Notts County and, after an almost-two-year break, Blackpool.
As a player he won numerous honours with Manchester United, became the first black player to captain the England team and was also the first black Briton to manage a team in the highest tier of English football.
The Late WING COMMANDER AUBREY R DEL INNISS DFC
Some seventy-five years ago in 1940,Winston Churchill in the British Parliament delivered his famous tribute to the Royal Air Force pilots who keptthe Nazi at bay.’” The Few”- the RAF pilots who Churchill had in mind when he said “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” – included a Bajan.
Although many Barbadian pilots and aircrew fought during World War II, including our first Prime Minister, the RE Errol Barrow, the Battle of Britain London Monument shows only one Bajan pilot who fought duringthe summer of 1940: “P/O A R deL INNISS”.
Wing Commander, Aubrey Inniss, DFC, wartime fighter ace, was born in Barbados on November 21,1916. He joined the RAF in January 1939 on a service commission and by September when war broke out he had been trained and was posted to 236 Squadron, flying the Blenheim 4Fs on anti-shipping duties.
On September 23,1940 Inniss had his first kill when he shot down a Heinkel He 111. In 1941 he was posted to the 248 Squadron, flying the Beaufighter which wasa powerful and much faster aircraft with four 20mm cannon and six machine guns. Patrolling from St Eval in Cornwall to as far as the Bay of Biscay, he was able to shoot down two Ju 88s in January and March 1943.
In July of the same year he was awarded his DFC having added another victim to his tally. He was later promoted to Wing Commander and ended the war with seven kills.
Aubrey Inniss retired from the RAF in 1958 and along with his wife Ruth, ran a fishing pub at Sheepwash, North Devon. After his wife’s death in1975, he spent most of his time in Barbados and died there on January 30th, 2003 at the age of 86.
DR NOLA ISHMAEL OBE
Nola Ishmael left Barbados In 1963 to start her nursing career in the National Health Service (NHS) at a hospital in Bishops Stortford. She later moved to the Whittington Hospital in London to gain her State Registration Qualification. Within 18 months of qualifying as a nurse she was promoted to Unit Sister in the Neurosurgical Unit of the Maudsley Hospital in London. Later she went on to qualify as a Health visitor. In 1981, she became a Community Manager and in 1987 became Assistant Director of Nursing in Greenwich. Eighteen months later she was appointed Director of Nursing, thereby becoming the first black Nursing Director in the NHS in London.
Nola was invited in 1994 to the Department of Health for six months which evolved into a ten year tenure, where she worked closely with Ministers and Chief Nursing Officers in different roles, including Professional Private Secretary to the Chief Nursing Officer. She later added Nursing Policy responsibilities in Public Health areas and Black and Minority Ethnic issues to her portfolio.
Nola initiated programmes of mentoring, coaching and personal development, and collaborated on the establishment of the Mary Seacole Leadership Awards. She co-produced the Department’s publication Many Rivers to Cross which chronicled the contribution of Caribbean staff to the NHS. She worked closely with organisations such as Barbados Overseas Nursing Association (BONA) and the Royal College of Nursing, as well as sitting on the boards of a number of charitable organisations. She is Patron of the Sickle Cell Society and past Vice Chair of Greenwich Community College. Nola is active as a mentor and motivational speaker. She travelled across the UK and overseas including Australia, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean, including Barbados, representing the Department of Health. Nola is a member of the High Commission Health and Welfare Group.
Nola’s service was recognised in the N HS with her receiving the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2000, and an Honorary Doctorate degree for services to Nursing from Birmingham City University. She also received a Breakthrough Equality Award from the Wainwright Trust and NursingTimes Magazine’s recognition as one of top 50 Influential Nurses in the last 100years.
Nola was among 15 Health Leaders who had a Portrait displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London in 2006.
J PIERS LINNEY
Piers Linney is the current Co-CEO of cloud-based IT business Outsourcery. He is best known for being a ‘dragon’ on the BBC Two business series Dragons’ Den.
With Barbadian and English heritage, he grew up in Stoke- on-Trent before moving to Lancashire. Although Linney is usually described as an entrepreneur, he has a professional background in the City. After studying Accounting and Law at The University of Manchester, he qualified as a solicitor in the city with SJ Berwin.
He left law to join the UK investment banking team at Barclays de Zoete Wedd, where he met Simon Newton in 1997, followed by time spent working at Credit Suisse, where he specialised in mergers and acquisitions and leveraged buyouts. Linney left banking in 2000 to start an internet business and has since been involved in a number of technology , media and telecommunications businesses as a founder, director, investor and adviser.
After becoming the CEO of a corporate finance boutique, Linney became a partner in an alternative investment fund providing structured debt and equity financing to small cap public companies. In 2007, Linney led, in alliance with his friend and business partner, Simon Newton, the buyout of Genesis Communications, a mobile voice and data reseller company. In 2009 Genesis acquired Thus Mobile from Cable & Wireless and rebranded as Outsourcery to focus on the cloud IT and communications opportunity.
Linney was a founding member of the Governance Board of The UK’s Cloud Industry Forum and regularly appears in the media to discuss the benefits of cloud computing. In 2013, Linney was recognised in the JP Morgan sponsored Power List 2013 as one of the top 100 most influential black Britons.
Linney has been part of the Cabinet Office SME Pane advising on small and medium business issues. As an extension to his interest in business, Linney is a founding Trustee of the Powerlist Foundation which aims to identify and support tomorrow’s leaders irrespective of their race, gender, faith or ethnicity. He is involved in a range of other charities as a donor or patron.
DR ANDREW PHILIPS
Andrew Phillips was born in Barbados in 1977 and attended St Gabriel’s primary school. He then attended Harrison College, where he received a national award for best O-level results and was awarded a Barbados scholarship for outstanding A-level results. He studied Electronic Engineering at the National Institute of Applied Sciences in Toulouse, France and became a qualified engineer, graduating with first class honours.
He completed a postgraduate degree in Computer Science with distinction from the University of Cambridge in 2000, where he received a Churchill College scholarship for outstanding results and an award for outstanding dissertation. He then pursued a PhD in the Department of Computing at Imperial College London, under an Overseas Research Scholarship and a department scholarship, where he worked on the theory and implementation of concurrent, distributed programming languages, towards improving the reliability and security of web software.
During his studies he conducted internships at Banks Barbados Breweries, the French LAAS systems laboratory, the French Space Agency and Microsoft Research Cambridge. Following his doctorate he joined Microsoft Research Cambridge in 2005 as a postdoctoral researcher, to conduct research at the intersection of programming language theory and biological modelling. In 2010 he became the head of the Biological Computation Group at Microsoft Research, with a focus on developing theory, methods and software for understanding and programming biological systems. His work seeks to gain better understanding of how biological systems function and how to program them, to enable future applications in the detection, diagnosis and treatment of diseases at the molecular level.
In 2011 he received a Technology ReviewTR35 award for his work on software for computer-assisted genetic engineering. The award recognises the world’s leading technology innovators under the age of 35. Previous awardees include Mark Zuckerberg, the cofounder of Facebook, Jonathan Ive, the chief designer of Apple, and Larry Page and Sergey Brin, cofounders of Google. His work has been featured in the press, including Nature Nanotechnology, Science, the Guardian and the Economist.
His hobbies include snowboarding and kite-surfing, he is a black belt in Chinese kick-boxing and is a qualified ballroom dancing instructor. He was national junior chess champion by age group from 1988 -1995,and represented Barbados in two world junior chess championships.
THE REVD CANON DR ROSEMARIE MALLET
Rosemarie has lived in the United Kingdom for most of her life, after moving here from Barbados as a child. As an adult she has lived for substantial periods in West and East Africa as well as back in Barbados. In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Sussex University and a Doctorate in Sociology from Warwick University, she has a diploma in Theology from Canterbury Christ Church University. In the past, she worked as a research officer in Tanzania, a research consultant in Ethiopia, and a research fellow in the United Kingdom and in Barbados, on issues of gender, ethnicity, health and development
Before ordination as a Priest in the Church of England, she worked for over 12 years as a medical sociologist and senior research scientist for the Medical Research Council based at the Institute of Psychiatry in Camberwell, in the area of ethnicity and mental health specializing in psychiatry and psychology, as it pertained to the African-Caribbean family and community.
She is currently the Vicar of St. John’s Church, Angell Town in Brixton, London and also Head of the Southwark Diocesan Social Justice and Public Policy Department. At Diocesan level, she is an Honorary Canon of Southwark Cathedral, the Chair of the House of Clergy of Diocesan Synod, a Trustee of Together Southwark and Chair the Kingston Area Minority Ethnic Anglicans Concerns Committee.
At national level, she is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England, and one of the panel chairs of synod sessions. She also serves on a number of national church committees. She is deeply interested in issues of Faith in Public Life and in issues of ethnicity and inclusion in general. She is also interested in young people and education for life, is the Chair of Governors at St John’s Primary School,
Angell Town, Brixton, and a governor of St Martin’s int he Field High School for Girls, Tulse Hill, London.
Community activism has always been part of her life and she has been involved in this in every place she lived and worked. Brixton is no different and she has been involved in several community groups since the 1990s. She is either chair or part of a number of local and Lambeth-wide initiatives workingto build and sustain community cohesion.
Perhaps more important than all of these, she is the mother of Jane.
The Late SIRO ROY MARSHALL KT CBE
Sir (Oshely) Roy Marshall was born on October 21, 1920. He was one of 6 children who lost their father when Roy was 10 years old. His mother Korine worked tirelessly to support and allow the family to thrive.
He was educated at Harrison College, where he won the Barbados Scholarship in 1938. His further education was delayed through illness and World War 11 and it was not until 1942 that he entered Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he took a Bachelor of Arts degree with first class honours in 1945. He took a master’s in 1948 and was awarded a doctorate from University College, London in the same year. He was called to the Bar of the Inner Temple in 1947.
From 1946 until 1969, Sir Roy taught law full-time:from 1946 until 1956 as assistant lecturer and then lecturer at University College, London; from 1956 until 1963, and 1965 until 1969 as professor of law at the University of Sheffield;andfrom1963 until 1965 as professor of law at the University of Ife in Nigeria,
He was a constitutional advisor to the Government of Barbados at the Independence Talks with the United Kingdom in 1966 and one of the Law Revision commissioners responsible for the edition of laws published in 1974. In 1979, he drafted a comprehensive package of statutes on property and related matters for the island.
In 1969,he began a new career in university administration, becoming vice-chancellor of the UWI and served until 1977. He was also secretary general of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals of the United Kingdom Universities from 1974 to 1979 and Vice Chancellor of the University of Hull from 1979 to 1985.
After retirement, he entered yet another field, serving as High Commissioner for Barbados in London from 1989 to 1991. He served as Chair of the Commission for Law and Order appointed by the Government. At Cave Hill, the campus’ principal teaching facility is named the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex in his honour.
DR WAYNE MARSHALL FRCM FRCO
It is hard to say whether the multitalented Wayne Marshall is primarily an organist or pianist. Though he is a busy conductor as well, his keyboard activities have clearly dominated his career. As an organist he has developed a sizeable international following performing a broad repertory that includes works by J.S. Bach, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Franz Schmidt, Reger, Hindemith, and Copland. Many, however, know him better as a pianist: he has recorded the entire output of Gershwin and has performed works by Bernstein, Ravel, Stravinsky, and many jazz compositions. Moreover, he has acted as accompanist to several popular artists in different genres, including Broadway actress/singer Kim Criswell, opera/folksinger Williard White, violinist Tasmin Little, and trumpeter Ole Edvard Antonsen. As a conductor, Marshall has focused largely on Broadway scores, particularly those by Gershwin and Bernstein. Marshall has made numerous recordings for several labels, including EMI, Virgin, Philips, Delos, Chandos, and Collegium.
Wayne Marshall was born in Oldham, Lancashire, to Barbadian parents, on January 13,1961. He played the piano by ear at three, and began lessons at seven. He studied organ and piano at 11at Chetham’s School of Music in Manchester. Later studies were at the Royal College of Music in London and at Vienna’s Hochschule fur Musik. While much of his time has been devoted to Broadway and jazz music, Marshall began his career as a church musician, serving as organ scholar first at Manchester Cathedral, then at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. Marshall quickly developed an international reputation as an organ soloist and recitalist. He also began appearing regularly as a pianist in both roles and as accompanist.
Among Marshall’s earliest recordings are the 1994 Saint-Saens Organ Symphony with Mariss Jansons on EMI, and the 1995 album Masters of English Church Music on Collegium, containing organ works by Byrd, Stanford, and Howells. Marshall had also begun developing his career as a conductor by this time, and over the years would lead such orchestras as the Rotterdam Philharmonic, Vienna Symphony, and BBC Philharmonic. His choice of repertory with these ensembles tended to favour selections from American musicals like Wonderful Town, West Side Story, and Guys and Dolls.In2004, Marshall premiered James MacMillan’s Organ Concerto, subtitled “A Scotch Bestiary,” and recorded it for the Chandos label in 2006. He also received same year an Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Music in 2010. He is the Chief Conductor of WDR Funkhausorchester Cologne, and Organist and Associate Artist of the Bridgewater Hall.
DR NIGEL SHAUN MATTHEWS FRCS
Born on 1 May 1964, Dr. Nigel Shaun Matthews was raised in Wilcox, Christ Church and attended Mrs. Carrington’s Primary School in Belleville before moving on to Harrison College, where he spent 7 years receiving what he describes as a “world class education”. In 1982, he left Barbados for the United Kingdom to pursue his dream of becoming a surgeon. The UK became his home for 32 years.
Dr Matthews obtained his undergraduate dental degree from the University of Dundee, Scotland in 1986, his undergraduate medical degree from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London in 1995 and underwent specialist surgical training at the renowned Canniesburn Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland where he cultivated specific interests in both temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) and facial deformity surgery.
He practised as a Consultant Surgeon at King’s College Hospital, London for 11 years before being joining the faculty of the University of North Carolina in 2014 as Clinical Associate Professor. His area of clinical interest is facial reconstructive surgery in general and jaw joint reconstruction in particular. In addition to developing a national and international reputation in the surgical management of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pathology, Dr. Matthews has also undertaken major research projects. In 2009, he established the first true TMJ Multidisciplinary Team Clinic in the United Kingdom, a model which is followed worldwide.
Dr Matthews has written several book chapters and over 30 peer review articles on TMJ-related subjects, and has lectured all over the world. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and Edinburgh, and a member of the American, European and British Society of TMJ Surgeons.
Dr Matthews is dedicated to charity work, spearheading a fundraising campaign on behalf of Amanda Leon, a resident of Barbados who was severely injured in a car crash in 1991, and in need of corrective facial and jaw joint reconstructive surgery. He launched the Amanda Leon Appeal Fund in October 2013 and with the support of the Barbados High Commission in London and the National Council of Barbadian Associations (UK), raised the £18,000 required to send Amanda to London for the surgery. Dr Matthews is widely acknowledged as a “thought-leader” in his field. His Caribbean and more specifically, his Bajan roots act as the prime motivator driving him to serve the Barbados community at home and abroad… a badge of honour which he wears with pride.
DALTON McCONNEY MBE QPM
Dalton McConney is a retired Metropolitan Police Chief Inspector. He mostly served as a uniformed officer in South London and came to prominence following the second Brixton riots In the mid-eighties. He was born in Barbados and educated at Ebenezer Boys and the Modern High School. He worked as a proof reader at the Barbados Advocated newspaper and at the Government Printing Office before joining the economic migration to the UK in I960.
Aged 36, he joined the Metropolitan Police in 1976. He served as a Constable at Battersea, Sergeant at Belgravia and a Recruit Instructor at Hendon Police College. He obtained the Certificate of Education (University of London) helped to research the new Police & Criminal Evidence Act 1984. updated the Training Manual and taught the changes in the Act to instructors. He passed the Inspector’s examination in 1988 and was posted to Brixton after the second riots.
He was the first senior black officer to serve at Brixton Police Station in the Borough of Lambeth. gaining the trust of residents and helping to lower tensions. He also set up the “Brixton Summer Project” during the school holidays, engaging local unemployed youth as staff. A two-part C4 documentary, “The Brixton Beat”, highlighted Dalton’s role in the changes at Brixton. He received a Lambeth Civic Award, the Mayor’s Special Award and in 1994 was awarded the MBE for Police/Community Service.
He was promoted to Chief Inspector in 1994, was Staff Officer to the Assistant Commissioner. Personnel Manager at Walworth Police Station, set up the first Criminal Justice Unit and formulated a strategy to deal with street robbery (Operation Eagle Eye)i. He received two Assistant Commissioner’s Commendations for this work.
After serving in Bromley, he returned to Lambeth where he devised the Policing Diversity Strategy and Community/ Race Relations programme. He was awarded the Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, featured in books highlighting black achievements for the Millennium and was one of the subjects of the “Black Power” photographic exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery. On retirement, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service and later received an Assistant Commissioner’s Commendation for work on Critical Incident Management. Dalton also supports various Barbadian Organisations in London and continues to use the high profile of his career to promote Barbados.
SIR CLIFF RICHARD OBE
Celebrating his 58th anniversary in the music business this year, Cliff Richard is indisputably Britain’s all-time greatest hit-maker – the ultimate pop star! No other UK band or solo artist is even close to equalling his 101 Album Releases, 123 single hits, or can claim to have occupied a place’ in our charts for the equivalent of over 20 years! Highlights of this remarkable career are too numerous to mention, but successful films, musicals, concert tours and television shows have all contributed to the Cliff Richard legend.
Cliffs 50th anniversary as a show-business phenomenon was marked by a celebratory UK concert tour – ’Cliff Richard – The Time Machine Tour’ in 2008, plus the publication of a new autobiography – My Life. My Way – and the release by EMI of an 8-CD box set – And They Said It Wouldn’t Last! – comprising some of Cliffs well-known hits, but also featuring rarer tracks and 35 previously unreleased songs.
In 2009/10 Cliff reunited with The Shadows for an extensive sell-out tour of Britain, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. To mark his 70th birthday in October 2010. Cliff played six concerts in London’s Royal Albert Hall. Entitled Bold As Brass, they introduced a new musical genre as Cliff performed with a swing band. Cliff performed in the Queens Diamond Jubilee concert in June 2012 and was honoured to be one of the Olympic torch bearers for the opening of the London 2012 Olympics. Amidst a flurry of publicity Cliff released his 100th album The Fabulous Rock ’n’ Roll Songbook’ in 2013. This new studio album of 15 great rock ’ n ‘ roll tracks was recorded live at the Blackbird Studio and The Parlor in Nashville, Tennessee, and is Cliff’s tribute to the greats of rock ’n‘ roll who inspired and influenced him, such as Elvis Presley, Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly.
Cliff celebrated his 75th Birthday in October 2015 by performing at the Royal Albert Hall as part of a UK concert hall tour. Cliff was surprised by stars including Sir Flton John, Gary Barlow, Brian May, Paul O’Grady, Elaine Paige and Jimmy Tarbuck who had recorded personal messages played on stage at his birthday celebration concert where he was also reunited on stage with Olivia Newton-John performing the duet “Suddenly”.
Cliff’s knighthood, bestowed in the 1995 Birthday Honours for his tireless charity work, was the first such to be given to a pop star. His practical support of so many good causes reflects the reality of his deep Christian commitment. which began in the mid-1960’s, and which, despite the media critics who claimed it was a passing fad or a publicity gimmick, has been the motivating force in his life ever since.
Marva Rollins is in her 22nd year of Headship and her 17th .’ear as Headteacher of Raynham Primary in Edmonton, North London. She is also the Head of Raynham Children’s Centre Hub. Marva has focused her teaching career on giving children in inner city schools an opportunity to excel and improve their life chances. She has received a number of awards, recognising her contribution to education and the community, including an honorary degree and the Windrush Education Champion. The REACH Society has also acknowledged her contribution.
An active member of the community, she is founder member of numerous groups including The Sickle Cell Society, East London Black Women Organisation (ELBWO). She also helped secure funding for the Newham African Caribbean Centre. In 2009 Marva was named by the Evening Standard as one of the 1000 most influential people in London, and in 2011 featured in the Metro’s top 50 Black Heroes. She has featured in The Voice, The Nation, The Guardian Newspaper, The Times Education Supplement(TESS) and The Headteacher Update. She is currently featured on WeAreTheCity website – Inspirational Women.
Marva plays an active role in a number of educational organisations and was a member of the appointing panel for the first trustees of the College of Teaching (2015). She also takes part in internship programmes, giving Middle and Senior Leaders from schools nationally the opportunity to shadow her and her Middle and Senior Leaders. Each year her school hosts leaders from abroad.
Marva is a regular conference speaker, trainer and facilitator in education as well as qualified Education Mentor and Coach for newly appointed and experienced headteachers. A consultant headteacher, she is a ‘Leading Thinker’ for the National Education Trust (NET).
As well as facilitating leadership training for education leaders generally, Marva is one of the lead writers and trainers on two national programmes for BME teachers: Investingin Diversity (liD) and (2007- 2012) and Equal Access to Promotion (EAP) which is currently funded by the ” National Union of Teachers (NUT). Both these programmes have empowered many middle leaders and deputy headteachers to challenge the status quo, enhance their skills /knowledge and achieved their aims. Marva uses her interview and presentation expertise in giving BME middle and senior leaders (and others) practice sessions when applying for promotion. Marva has three adult sons and several grandchildren.
The Late LIEUTENANT WALTER TULL
Walter Tull was born in Folkestone, Kent in April 1888. His father, a carpenter and the son of a slave, arrived from Barbados in 1876, got married and started a family. But when Walter was seven his mother died and when his father died two years later, he and his brother Edward were sent to an orphanage in East London.
Both brothers found success. Edward was adopted and became the UK’s first black dentist and Walter, like a generation after him in Barbados, found success in sport. A keen footballer, he was scouted by Tottenham Hotspur in 1908 and signed to the club. He played there until 1910 before transferring to Northampton Town.
When World War 1 broke out, Walter abandoned football and joined the British Army. During his initial training, he was promoted three times and set off to France in November 1914 as Lance Sergeant Tull. His courage and abilities on the field of battle were such that his commanding officers recommended that he be trained and promoted to officer rank. Although the laws at that time forbade “any negro or person of colour’’ from becoming an officer, Walter received a commission as a lieutenant. He was the first Black officer in the British Army and the first man of colour to lead white troops into battle.
Mentioned in despatches for his ’gallantry and coolness’ under fire, he was recommended for the Military Cross but never received it for on March 25, 1918, he was killed in action. Then, after almost a century of anonymity, the tale of Walter Tull was unearthed and the Member of Parliament for Northampton South started a petition calling for Tull to posthumously receive the medal. In addition, Michael Morpurgo, author of the critically acclaimed ‘ War Horse’, has written a new novel, A Medal for Leroy, which draws heavily on Tull’s story.
Tull also took centre stage in the theatre production The Hallowed Turf which celebrates his achievements as part of Black History Month. In addition, former Premiership footballer Vinnie Jones, Oscar-nominated actor Tom Wilkinson and David Morrissey have agreed to star in a film celebrating Tull’s life.
This outstanding descendant of Barbados is also remembered on one of a special set of six coins released by the UK Royal Mint to commemorate the centenary of WWI. Phil Vasili is the author of the biography WalterTull 1888-1918, Officer and Footballer.
PHILEMON SEALY MBE JP
Born in Emmerton Lane, St. Michael on 28 June 1934; after attending Combermere School, Philemon travelled to the UK in 1956 to pursue a career in nursing. He qualified as a State Registered Nurse (SRN) and Registered Mental Nurse (RMN) and worked with the National Health Service until a career change to working with the Borough of Brent as the Principal Community Relations Officer and thereafter the Principal Race Relations Advisor. He studied Social Administration at the London School of Economics.
Philemon had a number of state appointments including Justice of Peace, Deputy Chairman of the Management Committee of Shenley Hospital and Brent Community Health Council. In addition, he was elected a Labour Councillor in Brent andserved as Chairman of Brent Labour Group. In 2009 he was awarded an MBE for public service in Brent.
ATHELSTON ‘TONY’ SEALY OBE
Athelston ‘Tony’ Sealey is Managing Director of Canefield Ltd, a company operating a number of franchised restaurants in partnership with McDonald’s Restaurants Limited. The company currently employs some 550 employees, generating annual sales revenues estimated £16 million. An exceptionally successful franchisee with McDonald’s Franchise System, Tony was elected by his franchisee colleagues to represent them at international, national, regional and local level. He is also the owner of the bodycare4u Health and Fitness Club in Barbados. His other business interests have included company directorships with SS&B Limited and Birmingham Carnival 2000 Limited.
Educated at the University of Aston in Birmingham, he gained a BA and MSc respectively in Government before starting his own business in 1987. He was previously Chair of one of the UK’s largest business support organisations, 3b, for some 20 years. He served as a member of the UK Government’s Small Business Investment Access to Finance Expert Group for 6 years and for a 7 year period from 2000 was a “market champion” for the Caribbean region. Tony has acted as business lead on many trade missions in partnership with UKTI to the Caribbean, Africa, North America and Europe and has worked for the European Union (EU) as a Specialist Adviser.
He was a board member of Advantage West Midlands (AWM), the UK Government’s Regional Development Agency (RDA) for the West Midlands, 2001-2007, covering enterprise, urban regeneration, access to finance for business. He was Chair of the West Midlands’ Regional Regeneration Centre for Excellence (Regen WM), and Director of NCB Remittances Services (UK) Limited between 2003 and 2007. He was previously Chairman of the Government’s Sandwell Family Health Services Authority 1987 – 1993, Vice-Chairman of the Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health Trust 2002 – 2006, and was named the Carlton Television Midlander of the Year in 2002.
A Trustee Board Member/Ambassador for the Prostate Cancer Charity for some 8 years, he is also a board member of Birmingham University Business School’s International Business Advisory Council. He was previously a board member of Prime Focus, oneofthe UK’s largest social housing landlords and chaired the £40m Corridors of Regeneration urban regeneration company.
In June 2007 he received an OBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to business and his support for communities in the West Midlands region. He will forever be a proud son of Canfield, St. Thomas Barbados.
Menelik Shabazz (born1954) is a Barbados-born film director, producer, educator and writer, acknowledged as a pioneer in the development of independent Black British cinema, having been at the forefront of contemporary British filmmaking for more than 30 years. Shabazz is best known for the 1981 film ‘Burning an Illusion’, his first feature. He was also co-founder in the 1980s of Kuumba film production company and Ceddo Film and Video Workshop, while as the publisher of Black Filmmakers Magazine and creator of BFM International Film Festival, he has been called the founding father of the BFM media project.
In 1984, Shabazz also founded Ceddo Film and Video Workshop, a franchised collective that produced films for Channel4. Funded by Channel 4 and the British Film Institute , Ceddo created ground-breaking film production and community training initiatives, and hosted several screenings with filmmakers including Spike Lee (School Daze). Menelik’s film credits include: Step Forward Youth and Breaking Point; Burning an Illusion. His first feature-length film, Burning an Illusion, which he wrote and directed with financial support from the British Film Institute (BFI), was released to acclaim in 1981and has been called “one of the most t important feature films ever made in Britain”, winning 1975 Grand Prix at the Amiens International “” – Festival.
In 1996, as part of the six-part BBC Education series Hidden Empire, he made the drama documentary Catch A Fire about the life of Paul Bogle and the 1865 Morant Bay rebellion. The film won the National Black Programming Consortium, Prized Pieces Award for best documentary in 1996/USA. In 2011 Shabazz’s film in the “romantic reggae” genre , The Story Of Lover’s Rock, became one of the highest grossing UK documentaries. It won the Jury Prize of Best Documentary at the Trinidad Film Festival (2012). Shabazz has also lectured and conducted workshops internationally, including in the Caribbean and throughout the UK and US at such venues and educational institutions as the National Film and Television School, University of Southampton, University of Leeds, University of North East London, University Westminster, London International Film School , British Film Institute, New York University and Howard University.
In 1998, Shabazz founded Black Filmmaker Magazine (bfm) the first black film publication aimed at the global black filmmaking industry, and over the next decade the publication was distributed in Europe and the US. In 1999 he started the bfm International Film Festival as a platform for screening black world cinema and to inspire British talent , which became the biggest of its kind in Europe.
Born January 20, 1965, Heather Small grew up on a West London council estate and from a young age religion and faith were an important aspect of her life. Growing up in 70’s Britain and not wanting to be stereotyped or treated differently, she knew she wanted to make something of herself.
Her first band Hot House released two albums in the late 80’s . As Part of M People, with hits such as ‘Moving On Up’, and ‘One Night In Heaven’ and albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success, Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s. The band won the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.
Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her ‘Proud’ album has gone on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events, including London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, the launch of Queen Mary 2, the Tsunami Relief Concert, England’s victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations, and the official ceremony marking the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.
And when Oprah Winfrey was looking for a song to sum up the work she’d been striving to achieve over her twenty- year career, she asked Heather to perform on the show – right in the middle of her last UK tour with M People.
In 2008, Heather was a contestant in Series 6 of the BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ while her trademark sense of humour has earned her appearances on TV shows including Paul O’Grady, AlanTitchmarsh , GMTV, BBC Breakfast, The Wright Stuff, Newsnight, The Weakest Link and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?
In 2009 Heather took to the road again with her band, completing two highly successful UK tours. She also continued her TV work with regular slots on music, entertainment, and politics shows before teaming up with Anastacia and Lulu for the critically acclaimed ‘Here Come The Girls’ – touring arenas across the UK and Ireland.
Heather was recently made an ambassador for Barnardo’s and is involved with fundraising and lending her valuable support to projects around the country.
SAMUEL MASSIAH SPRINGER MBE
Born in Barbados on 30 October in 1934,Sam came to the United Kingdom in the 1950s and started his working life with London Transport as a conductor and later a driver of trolley and diesel buses. He worked with London Transport until 1986,when he was retired on medical grounds.
His political and trade union activity started in 1958. He played a very active role in the 1958 bus strike and served on the Transport and General Workers Union until his retirement. He campaigned for changes to the 1968 Race Relations Act and stood on the Home Secretary’s Standing Advisory Council on Race Relations for seven years. In 1982 became the first Black Mayor of the London Borough of Hackney, having served as a Council Member of Council from 1968 to 1986, and Member of the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority.
He served as a Member of Industrial Tribunals from 1976 until 1996, and on the Employment Appeals Tribunal from 1984, only retiring on 31 March 2005 at the age of seventy years. From 1967 he served as a Member and/or Chairman of a number of Statutory and Voluntary Bodies, Schools, Colleges, Polytechnics, and the Guildhall University, as well as commercial undertakings. He was a member of the London Employment Conciliation Committee of the Race Relations Board.
He spearheaded the Twinning of Barbados with Hackney in 1982 and is a Founder Director Trustee of the Barbados UK Education Bursary Trust. In 2004 he was elected as Chairman of the Democratic Labour Party(UK),an Associate Member of the Barbados Democratic Labour Party. He is a Trustee of the Hackney/Barbados Education Bursary Trust, Caribbean Families and Friends in Crisis, and was Chairmanof the Errol Barrow Memorial Statue Fund.
In 1976 was awarded the MBE for services to Race and Community Relations and in 1984 admitted to the Freedom of the City of London. Appointed a Deputy of the Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, he served until 2010.He was thef irst recipient of the Caribbean Times Award and has played a significant role in the development of Carnival Arts and Steel Orchestra.
He came out of retirement to be a Director and develop the Southbank Enterprise and Training Agency, and has also become a Director of the Lea Valley College where he served as the Director of HR and Compliance.
SIR MICHAEL STOUTE
Born on 22 October 1945 in St George, Sir Michael’s father’s position as the Chief of Police in Barbados, provided a home backing onto the Garrison Savannah and giving him his first interest in racing.
He left the island in 1964, at the age of 19, to become an assistant to Pat Rohan,a racehorse trainer in Malton, Yorkshire. He began training horses on his own in 1972, in Newmarket. His first winner came on 28th April, 1972 when Sandal, a horse owned by his father won at Newmarket. Since then he has gone on to win races all over the world, including victories in the Dubai World Cup, Breeders Cups, the Japan Cup, the Hong Kong Vase, the Prix de I’Arc de Triomphe and the Canadian International.
Domestically, he is the only trainer in the 20th century to have won English Classics in five successive seasons (2000 Guineas 1985, Derby 1986, Oaks 1987,2000 Guineas 1988,1000 Guineas 1989). He has been Champion Trainer ten times (1981,1986,1989,1994,1997,2000,2003, 2005,2006, and 2009) and has won two 1000 Guineas, five 2000 Guineas, two Oaks, five Derbys and one St Leger, to date.
In 2009 he pulled off a rare feat when Conduit, Tartan Bearer and Ask made a clean sweep of the placings in the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ascot. In all, the trio took home nearly £900,000 in prize money in Britain’s richest horserace, helping him win his 10th Champion Trainer’s title. At present he has won this race five times, with Shergar, Opera House, Golan, Conduit and Harbinger.
Apart from the flat racing he also trained Kribensis, who is the only horse to have won the Triple Crown of Hurdling, doing so in the 1989/1990 season.
He was knighted in 1998 for services to tourism in Barbados, and in 2013 he trained Her Majesty’s horse Estimate, to win the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot His current total of Royal Ascot winners stands at 74.
The Late RALPH STRAKER OBE BSM JP
Ralph was born in Hothersal Turning, St Michael, Barbados on 16th March1936,the fifth of six children. He attended St Matthews Boys School and St Matthews’s Church, and studied at the Evening Institute while working at various jobs. He came to London in September 1956 as a bus conductor, where he worked for 9 years, as well as giving assistance to fellow Barbadians and other Caribbean people. As a member of the North London West Indian Association, Ralph, worked with people up against the ‘SUS’ laws and Police raids on parties. He also helped reverse the Educationally Sub-normal classification and the bussing across London of many black children.
After 9 years working as a bus conductor he left London transport to work at the Mount Pleasant Post Office as a Royal Mail postman. His activities as a Voluntary Community Worker increased, to the extent that he took a full time post as Deputy Senior Race Relations Officer with -Hackney Community Relations Council from 1973 to 1987.
Ralph joined the management staff of Alexandra Palace and Park in 1987 as its Race Equality Officer. His interest in black people’s history and culture led to his becoming founder Member of the Sam Uriah Morris Black History ‘Museum in Hackney. The last nine years saw Ralph work as the Race Relations Adviser to the Bishops, Clergy and Church members in the Diocese of Southwark.
Ralph served as a voluntary Verger at his local church, St Paul’s, in Finchley from April 1996, organising an annual gift of toys to the Thelma Vaughan Children’s Home in Barbados. Concerts held at St Paul’s contributed to the refurbishment of St Matthew’s Church Barbados.
Aware that young people formed the future, Ralph was at the forefront of Twinning between Hackney and Barbados. He also served as a committee member of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council, which raises funds for the promotion of exchange visits between the young people throughout the Commonwealth.
From 1982, Ralph served as a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) at the North Westminster Bench, transferring to Juvenile (Crime) in 1984 and the Family Proceedings Court in 1991. He was a Toastmaster and in 2002 was awarded an OBE for services to community relations. He received a St Mellitus Medal in 2011 in recognition of his substantial contribution to the Christian life of London.
CAROL STRAKER FRSA APTD
British born of Barbadian parents on 11th June 1961,Carol Straker is a choreographer, dancer and author. She is a member of the Council of International Dance of UNESCO, a Fellow of Royal Society Arts, and an Assonate Professional Teacher Dancing.
Ms Straker began her dance training at the Legat School of Russian Ballet and the Urdang Academy. While a student, she was invited to appear with the MAAS Movers Company to tour Britain and Switzerland. She travelled to the USA, to further her professional dance education with Dance Theatre of Harlem and Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance Inc.
From there she went on to join some of the most renowned dance companies in the world, performing extensively as an International Artist with leading companies including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Ensemble and Michael Clark & Co.
Ms Straker has appeared in the Giorgio Armani story in Club 21magazine, the movie Curtain Call by Kadokawa Film Inc., Tokyo Japan, and many other books. She featured in the 25th Anniversary edition of the Pirelli Calendar.
She established the Carol Straker Dance Foundation (CSDF), celebrated by another enterprise she helped to create, the Constellation Change Screen Dance Festival, which won the Du’pre Award France for Best Documentary. Her awards include Cosmopolitan Awards Special commendation in Performing Arts category; Woman of Substance Outstanding Contribution towards Creative Arts – Dance from PowerSis; Famous Hackney Women’s Roll Call Past; Present for International Women’s Day; Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts from the Caribbean Teachers Association; Alternative Arts London & International Open Dance Festival Commission Award, and a nomination at the ADAD Lifetime Achievement Awards 2013.
More recently, Ms Straker has delighted the world with her books such as Under the Mango Tree, a series of colouring books and Carol’s Dancing Adventures series.
DR MOIRA C.S. STUART OBE
Moira Stuart’s career in radio and television spans three decades. She started her BBC career as a production assistant in Radio’sTalks and Documentaries department in the 1970’s, before moving on to become a BBC Radio 4 announcer and newsreader, and a programme presenter. Moira moved toTelevision News in 1981 becoming the first female African-Caribbean national newsreader on British screens. She went on to present every type of BBC News bulletin, before leaving in 2007.
Moira has presented many programmes on radio and television including “Best Of Jazz” and ” Kings of Cool” on Radio 2, BBC1’s “The Holiday Programme” and “Have 1 Got News For You” in 2007. BBC One’s successful documentary series “Who Do You Think You Are?” featured Moira in 2004;she made a memorable appearance as herself in “Extras” in 2006, and her 2007documentary “In Search of Wilberforce” offers a new perspective on the abolition of the trans Atlantic slave trade.
Her career has been recognised in the industry with numerous awards including the TV and Radio Industries Club Best Newscaster award, and Women of Achievement Television Personality award. In 2001 she received an OBE for her services to broadcasting, and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2006.Shealso received Honorary Doctorates from De Montfort University in 2012, and Canterbury Christ Church University at Canterbury Cathedral in January 2013.
Moira has served on various boards and judging panels including Amnesty International, The Royal Television Society, BAFTA, United Nations Association , .the SONY Radio Awards, London Fair Play Consortium ,the Human Genetics Advisory Commission, the Orange Prize for Literature, the BUPA Communications Panel, the IVCA the Queen’s Anniversary Prize, and the Grierson Trust.
ANDREA STUART FRSL
Andrea Stuart was born and raised in the Caribbean. .She studied English at the University of East Anglia and French at the Sorbonne. Her first book, Showgirls, was published by Jonathan Cape in 1996. It was adapted into a two-part documentary for the Discovery Channel in 1998 and has since inspired a theatrical show, a contemporary dance piece and a number of burlesque performances. Her second book, The Rose of Martinique: A Biography of Napoleon’s Josephine, was published by Macmillan in 2003. It has subsequently been published in the US by Grove Press (2004), in Germany by Karl Blessing Verlag (2004), in France by Perrin (2006} and in Sweden by Prisma (2006). The Rose of Martinique won the Enid McLeod Literary Prize in 2004
Her third book Sugar in the Blood : One Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire was published in England (2012) by Portobello Books and in the US by Knopf in January (2013). It was shortlisted for the BOCAS Literary Prize, the Spears Book Award and was the Boston Globe’s non-fiction pick of 2013. Her most recent piece Tourist, a meditation on female sexuality, was published in Granta Magazine’s autumn 2014 issue.
She has been published in numerous anthologies, her articles have been published in a range of newspapers and magazines and she regularly review books for the Independent. She is currently a visiting lecturer at both the Royal College of Art and the University of Reading. She also commissions for an academic publishing list. In the past she has worked as an editor, a TV producer and a researcher.
PROFESSOR SIR KENNETH L STUART FRCP
Sir Kenneth Stuart was educated at Harrison College in Barbados and Queens University in Belfast. Sir Kenneth served as Professor and Dean of the Department of Medicine at the
University of the West Indies, Jamaica; a consultant at University Hospital, Jamaica ; and consultant adviser to the Wellcome Trust. He also served as a past medical adviser to the Commonwealth Secretariat ,London, and as the Honorary Medical and Scientific Adviser to the Barbados High Commission.
A former Chairman of the Court of Governors of the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a member of the council of Governors of Guys’, Kings and St. Thomas’s Hospitals Medical School, London, Sir Kenneth has published many articles in medical journals on hepatic and cardiovascular disorders. In a letter to ‘The Independent’ in 1996 he called for a national council to respond to emerging medical issues, issues that could not be left entirely to doctors, scientists and lawyers. “It is time that society gave Tiers attention to the processes (other than the current ‘fire- alarm approaches) by which such questions might be dealt with in the future. There is clearly a need for some form of National Ethical Council with a wide-ranging membership, whose role would not only be to review the issues that stemmed or seemed likely to stem from medical scientific advance ” he wrote,“but also to promote community understanding and discussion of them.”
Sir Kenneth Stuart is a member of the Academic Board of St. George’s University and a member of the Board of Directors
Of the UK Trust for the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation(WINDREF). He is also a patron of Doctors for Human Rights and trustee of London Lighthouse. In 1986, he received an Honorary DSc from Queen’s University in Belfast.
The Late WILLIS DARNLEY WILKIE
The London Borough of Ealing and the black education movement in London bear the imprint of Willis Darnley Wilkie’s tireless struggle for children’s education rights and social justice.
Born 3rd October 1926, Willis was one of that early group of post-War migrants recruited from Barbados to come and work on London Transport. Arriving here in 1955,he was to spend the following fifty-eight years of his life in public service; initially as a transport worker, then local government officer, social worker, teacher, community organiser, political activist and independent consultant.
Like so many others of his generation, his life was spent within the crucible of British racism, an experience that defined the trajectory of his life and his achievements against all the odds.
Willis became a social worker with Kensington & Chelsea and then in Ealing, and was highly respected among his colleagues and the entire community. Despite the demands of the job, he made time, with his late wife Edna Wilkie, to act as a one-man citizens advice bureau, law centre, housing and welfare rights service and education advocacy service. He firmly believed in collective action in pursuit of change in society and so pooled his skills and expertise with others. In 1975 he and others founded the Caribbean Parents Group which became a powerful voice and advocate for parents and students. That led in 1980 to the establishment of a Supplementary school. Willis and Edna played a major part in its creation and running over many years. He went on to run small support groups for young people, encouraging them to get training and pursue their careers.
He was not only concerned with the social and educational wellbeing of the community, but also its economic disadvantage. Thus, he led the CPG in setting up a credit union in 1990 which operated successfully until 2012.
WiIlis was twice nominated for a gong from the Queen and each time he refused, in part because he always felt his achievements were the result of collective effort. He did however, cherish the recognition of his local community. In March 2004 he was given the top prize in Ealing’s inaugural Pride in Our People Award: ‘for the massive difference he made in the lives of those around him’. Other awards, including awards in his name, and recognition have followed.
STEPHEN WILTSHIRE MBE HON FSAI HON FSSAA
For over 30 years, the name Stephen Wiltshire has been synonymous with finely-detailed, vigorous pen and ink drawings of the world’s great cities. These drawings – often drawn from memory and at a great speed -are sketched on the spot at street level ,drawn from the top of skyscrapers or sometimes made after whistle-stop helicopter rides over the city.
Stephen regularly travels all over the world on private and public commissions, the most famous of which are his ten city panoramas drawn from memory. His talent is even more incredible considering that he was diagnosed with autism when he was three years old. Born in London in 1974, Stephen was mute as a small child, and found it hard to relate to other people.
At the age of five, he was sent to Queensmill School, London, where it soon became apparent that he communicated through the language of drawing. His teachers encouraged him to speak by temporarily taking away his art materials; eventually he uttered his first words – “paper” and “pencil” Oust like Picasso) – but didn’t learn to speak fully until the age of nine. As soon as Stephen’s school started to enter his art into competitions, news of his talent began to spread. Early fans included the late Prime Minister Edward Heath, who bought his drawing of Salisbury Cathedral, made when Stephen was eight Stephen came to wider public attention when the BBC featured him in the programme, ‘The Foolish Wise Ones’ in 1987, when he was introduced by Sir Hugh as “the best child artist in Britain”.
In 2005, he was commissioned to undertake vast panoramic drawings of ten world cities and in 2006 Stephen was recognised for his services to the art world, when he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire. That year Stephen and his family opened a permanent art gallery in London’s historic Royal Opera Arcade. Variously described by the media as ‘the leading architectural artist in the world’ and ‘the living testament to what can be achieved when potential is realised and developed early on’, Stephen enjoys accolades from all over the world. But perhaps he would enjoy most the description of one journalist who also noted his enduring love of music: “He is a rock star in the art world.”
CAPTAIN KERRY A.V. WATERMAN MCMI LCGI
Detective Chief Inspector Kerry Waterman was born on the 18th October 1975 and was raised in the parish of St. Peter, Barbados. He attended Leacock’s Private School, the St. Michael School and Barbados Community College before he went on to the University of the West Indies where he successfully completed his degree.
In 2002, Kerry immigrated to the United Kingdom where he gained a place at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (RMAS). He commissioned into the British Army in 2004 where as a graduate officer he promoted to the rank of Captain within two and a half years. During this time he successfully completed his master’s degree and also qualified as an Equality and Diversity Adviser. He completed his military Short Service Commission and then joined the Metropolitan Police Service in September 2008.
Kerry is a career New Scotland Yard Detective and has investigated numerous serious and complex cases, some of which have gained national media coverage. He rose through the ranks to Detective Chief Inspector within 7 years of joining the police service, a record for a black officer and a testament to his hard work and dedication. He is a national hostage negotiatorand crisis intervention specialist and has intervened in numerous potentially life changing situations.
A member of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Black Police Association, Kerry has met with the Deputy Mayor for London in conjunction with the National Chairman to advise on improving the progression opportunities for black, minority and ethnic (BME) personnel with the police service.
In his spare time Kerry gives motivational talks to inner city students and has also worked with students on the Prince’s Trust, giving career advice and conducting mock-interviews. He also is also a mentor.
An avid sportsman, Kerry is a former kickboxer whorepresented Barbados at the national level, was the captain of the RMAS boxing team and a member of the army powerlifting team where he held the bench press record for his weight category. He then became a member of the Metropolitan Police Powerlifting Team where he held 3 powerlifting records and also placed third at the British National Powerlifting Championships.
THE RT. REV. DR WILFRED D WOOD RA
Wilfred Wood Bishop of Croydon from 1985 to 2003 and the first black bishop in the Church of England. Throughout his Ministry, Bishop Wood had a strong interest in race relations and social justice in London, as it was for this interest that he was appointed the Bishop of London Officer in race relations. He was also the moderator of the World Council of Churches Programme to Combat Racism, known for its work on South African apartheid. He holds honorary doctorates from the Open University, the University of the West Indies and the General Theological Seminary, New York, when he was described in the citation as “a wide and trusted defender of the rights of minorities”. He was second on the “100 Great Black Britons” list in 2004. He was made a Knight of St Andrew by the Government of Barbados “for his contribution to race relations in the United Kingdom and general contribution to the welfare of Barbadians living here”.
DR GARY YOUNGE
Gary Younge is an author, broadcaster and editor-at-large for The Guardian. He also writes a monthly column for the Nation magazine and is the Alfred Knobler Fellow for The Nation Institute.
He has written six books: The Speech: The Story Behind Martin Luther King’s Dream; Who Are We? And Should it Matter in the 21st century; Stranger in a Strange Land: Travels in the Disunited States and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the Deep South. Gary has made several radio and television documentaries on subjects ranging from the Tea Party to hip hop culture. His new book Another Day in the Death of America, was released in September following its predecessor A Day in the Death of America.
Born in Hertfordshire to Barbadian parents, he grew up in Stevenage until he was 17 when he went to teach English with Project Trust in Sudan. On his return, he went to Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh where he was elected Vice President (Welfare) of the Student Association, a paid sabbatical post he held for a year.
In his final year of University he was awarded a bursary from the Guardian to study journalism at City University, joining the paper in 1993. In 1996 he was awarded the prestigious Laurence Stern Fellowship, and from 2001to 2003 he won Best Newspaper Journalist in Britain’s Ethnic Minority Media Awards.
After several years of reporting from all over Europe, Africa, the US and the Caribbean Gary was appointed The Guardian’s New York correspondent in 2003. His first book, No Place Like Home, published in 1999, was shortlisted for the Guardian’s first book award. His third book, Who Are We?, published in 2010, was shortlisted for the Bristol Festival of Ideas Prize. In 2009 he won the James Cameron award for his coverage of the Obama campaign. In 2015 he was awarded Foreign Commentator of the Year by The UK Comment Awards and the David Nyhan Prize for political journalism. In 2016 he won an award from the Sandford St Martin Trust for a radio documentary about how American evangelicals were grappling with gay marriage.
In 2007 he was awarded Honorary Doctorates by Heriot Watt and London South Bank Universities. In 2009 he was appointed the Belle Zeller Visiting Professor for Public Policy and Social Administration at Brooklyn College (CUNY).
DR KURT A LAMBERT
Kurt Lambert is a distinguished citizen of Barbados and the Commonwealth, having lived and worked in Barbados, South Africa and the United Kingdom. He has an accomplished international career, including Hofstra University’s Alumnus of theYear andwas also invited to be an Honorary Consul for Barbados.
A graduate of the University of Lausanne with a PhD in Economics, Dr Lambert has over 20 years and board experience building globally active companies managing assets up to USD4 billion. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the FTSE Hedge Fund Index.
A dedicated philanthropist, ,he is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Africa Foundation UK ,and Founder and Chairman of the Forlam Foundations charity focused on providing educational and healthcare assistance to disadvantaged communities. The first Forlam project was in Barbados, the Forlam Health Clinic in Carrington Village, St. Michael, where Dr Lambert was born and raised.
He also serves as President of the Board and partner of Zegora Investment Management which specializes in Socially Responsible Investments (SRI) that develop or offer technologies, services and products directly or indirectly benefitting the natural environment by reducing environmental footprints.