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Marti Burgess

Board Chair

Since 1999, Marti has practised as a lawyer advising SMEs on corporate and commercial law. Her particular areas of specialism are company and business sales and purchases as well as providing companies with all the commercial contracts they need to run their businesses. She joined Gregg Latchams in August 2012 and is the Head of Bristol Corporate SME which is part of the Company-Commercial team.

She is a trustee of the Bristol Music Trust which has been set up with two aims. The first is to manage all aspects of the operations and programming of Colston Hall, Bristol's flagship concert hall. The second aim is to drive forward music across the city with the aim of creating a world-class music scene in Bristol.

Marti is also a trustee of the Queen Square Association and the Company Secretary for Bristol Food Network which organises Bristol Food Connections.

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Amanda Chappell

Dip Hens (A), RN, BSc, MSc

Board Vice-Chair

Commissioning Manager at Bristol City Council

Amanda works in the Bristol City Council Adult Strategic Commissioning Team and never stops championing the rights and needs of those most affected by inequalities. Amanda was born and raised in the inner city of Bristol and as a child she went to Cabot Primary School. After having her first child during her early teens she studied at the university of the west of England, first as a registered nurse in 1997 , she then went on to completing her MSc in Leadership and Management in 2013.

Amanda has a particular interest in organisational culture and change and in using data to help us to understand more about inequalities in the city , so that we can respond to this in Bristol. Amanda is currently leading on a co-production commissioning project , ensuring that young adults (and their families) who access adult social care are equal partners throughout the commissioning process. Amanda is keen to use her knowledge of commissioning to ensure that we meet the needs of local BAME communities and that we develop a provider market that is reflective of the local community that we serve.

Amanda’s key role within BSWN is to support the chair as vice chair and to work on BSWN’s organisational development plan , she is also involved in the research and development arm of BSWN , so that we can further develop research and intelligence to influence better outcomes for local people and policy. She recently ran the London Marathon in 2018 to support much needed HIV specialist services.

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Abdi Mohamed

Board Treasurer

Director at the Bristol Cable

Abdi has been the Director of the Bristol Cable since March 2016. He is also the Company Secretary and Director at Ashley Community Housing, and Project Manager at Bristol Somali Media Group. Absi is an active member of the Bristol Somali diaspora with an interest in International Development.

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Dr. Foluke Adebisi

Dr Foluke Ifejola Adebisi is a Senior Lecturer at the Law School, University of Bristol. Her research, which is pedagogical as well as jurisprudential, examines what happens at the intersection of legal education, law, society and a history of changing ideas of what it means to be human. Foluke is particularly interested in academic concerns that arise from ensuring equality, inclusion and diversity in teaching. She co-designed and teaches on a Law and Race unit.

In October 2018, Foluke was included in the Bristol BAME Powerlist 2018 - A list of Bristol's 100 most inspiring people from BAME backgrounds. She is the founder of Forever Africa Conference and Events (FACE), a Pan-African interdisciplinary conference hosted in Bristol. The first of these conferences held in June 2018. She blogs about her research and interrelated ideas on her website ‘Foluke’s African Skies’ at https://FolukeAfrica.com

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Barbara (Tunga) Witter

Tunga’s interests are grounded in social Justice particularly issues relating to Race and Racism. She would describe herself as a Pan-Africanist working towards local and global redress.

In her working life, Tunga has been a Youth worker , Social Worker and Criminal Justice worker with a mission to address systemic changes and working practices to improve outcome for people of African heritage. She has also been involved in setting up and running and supporting groups for women of African heritage groups such as W.A.C.H , Sojounertruth women’s Group and S.P.A.N as well as being involved in the international Black re-emergence counselling community , in addition to being involved in various groups in the community and organisations.

Tunga believes that BSWN is a flagship and umbrella organisation that has started to make the embedded and lasting impact urgently required today. In addition to her role as a trustee, Tunga’s interest is to help individuals to thrive in order that the network of organisations also thrive for our communities.

Dr. Barbara Brown

Dr Barbara Brown is a diversity strategist with a strong portfolio of facilitating cultural change. With a doctorate exploring gender processes in patriarchal organisations, her experience spans the private, public, education and voluntary sectors. Barbara has spent the last 17 years working locally, regionally and nationally within the Fire Sector. A self-confessed, systems ‘agitator’ she hasa strong foundation working with hierarchical cultures. Her work includes the development of equality policy, strategy and framework practice across the British Fire Service, where she has lead national work-streams. Barbara has held wide portfolios and has strong managerial and leadership experience, and has held voluntary management board roles to support the progression of gender and race equality. Barbara is currently the Director of an organisation pursuing equality for women and girls, is an executive coach, mediator and an intuitive mentor.

A dedicated mother of two sons, she says:

Creating and sustaining legacy is at the heart of what I do. My core strength lies in influencing others; visioning and implementation; advocating and giving voice to the building blocks for change. I am committed to supporting others through change and understanding the infrastructure, which will make this possible.”

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Olumide (Lumi) Coker-Dickens

Lumi is a project management professional with over 10 years’ experience in project management and project controls. His interest and passion for military technology and has led to a long career in the defence industry where he has had the privilege of working on several multinational defence projects.

Lumi is a youth leader in his local church and is passionate about young people fulfilling and maximising their potential. He volunteers some of his time mentoring and coaching teenagers and young adults, particularly from BAME backgrounds. He also sits on the planning and strategy committee of the church which is responsible for the administration, planning and continuous improvement of the various departments of the church.

Lumi is also a trustee of the alumni association of his high school, International School Ibadan, Nigeria. In addition to various project management qualifications, he holds a BSc in Geoinformatics.

Cllr. Afzal Shah

Afzal is a Labour councillor representing the Easton ward.

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Ed Rowberry FCA, MBA, MCIOH, FRSA

Advisory Board Member

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Alexandra MacRae

Company Secretary

Alexandra was previously an immigration and discrimination lawyer but since 1999 has moved more into the area of advising on equality and diversity matters, especially in the area of race equality and cultural awareness. She has worked with BSWN since 2012 and supports our Board of Trustees as the Company Secretary since 2016.