Our team consists of a diverse group of dedicated individuals who contribute their knowledge, experience and world view to make sure our values are reflected in the work that we deliver.  

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Sado Jirde


Sado is the Director of BSWN.

Born to parents of Somali origin, Sado Jirde moved to the UK in 1999. After obtaining a BA in financial management and business information technology at Gloucestershire University, Sado started working at BSWN in 2007.

Just five years later, Sado took over as the Director of the organisation and has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of racial inequality at strategic and policy levels regionally and nationally, as well locally in Bristol. Sado has over 10 experience working in the Civil Society sector in the UK & Internal. She was awarded The African Achievers Award in 2015. Sado has also been leading on the discussion around inclusive growth and the role social investment could play in addressing economic inequality in Bristol.

Sado sits on a number of Boards of local and national charitable organisations; Ashley Community Housing, Voice4Change England, Babbasa and Somali Resource Centre. She is also a member of a number of partnerships/networks; member of Coalition of Race Equality Organisations (CORE) .


Dr. Nicole Truesdell

Policy & Research

Nicole’s general interests are in radical pedagogy, academic hustling, and social justice. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, racism, gender, class, citizenship and belonging, nationalism and the nation-state, community organising and activism, social movements, and radical black thought. She has worked with BSWN since 2009 and helped develop and write 3 of the 4 Heritage Lottery Funded projects BSWN has completed, including the current project.


Martina (Mina) Drobná

Operations Coordinator

Originally from Slovakia, Mina moved to the UK in 2009 for an exchange year during her A Levels and decided to stay in the country to finish her studies.

Mina started as a volunteer with BSWN in 2014, and following the conclusion of her Masters studies in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire in 2016 joined BSWN part time as a Project Coordinator. Since April 2019, Mina has taken on the role of Operations Coordinator, assisting the Director in delivery of BSWN operations, projects and events.

As the LGBTQ+ champion of the team, Mina believes in the necessity of intersectional thinking and consideration when implementing policies and practices within the organisation and in BSWN’s work.

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Mark Hitchins

Finance Manager

Co-founder and Director of Co-opportunity Limited incorporated April 1997 to provide business advice and a wide range of accounting and professional services to charities, commercial businesses, social economy, and voluntary sector organisations.


Chiara Lodi

Policy & Research Officer

In 2018, after completing a MSc in International Relations at the University of Bristol, Chiara started interning at BSWN in the areas of research and policy.

Her work focused on identifying barriers hindering inclusive economic growth and collating evidence for the development of policy recommendations to reduce racial and socio-economic inequality.

Chiara became our Policy & Research Officer in April 2019, when she started expanding her contribution to other key community-based research projects in the city; namely Everyday Integration in Bristol and Bristol Digital Futures.

Chiara has a genuine passion for linguistics and writing systems, and a bachelor in Asian Languages, Market and Cultures.


Vincent Baidoo

Head of Technology and Innovation

Vince is of Jamaican heritage born in London, lived in Corsica and subsequently Bristol for 21 years (13 of which in Stapleton Road).

Since the age of 13, Vince has worked in the community with disaffected groups on creative and technology projects. Initially starting by mentoring hard to manage boys through the medium of dance. In 2009 Vince started his community and media company South Blessed; which includes video production, filmmaking, music and sound, the use of new media in community work, mentoring, internships and running workshops.

He was one of the Founding Directors of Bristol cable, Co-chair of The Independent Advisory Group to the Avon and Somerset Constabulary, and has worked with, researched for and been researched by UWE and South West Creative Technology Network. Vince is also a Pervasive Media Studios Resident.

Vince has always been interested in new technology and is passionate and currently learning about cyber-security.

Angelique Retief, Research Associate
Khalil Abdi, Research Associate
Sibusiso Tshabalala, Research Associate
Kuba Jablonowski, Research Associate
Jendayi Serwah, Sector Development Associate