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.


Alexandra MacRae

Race Equality Manager/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.


Martina (Mina) Drobná

Project Coordinator

Mina started as a volunteer with BSWN in 2014 and following the conclusion of her Masters studies in Criminology at the University of Gloucestershire became the part-time Project Coordinator for BSWN in 2016. Her research focused on hate crime and her general interest lie in addressing domestic violence, gender-based violence, over-representation of minorities in the Criminal Justice System, human rights and social justice.

Chiara Lodi, Policy and Research
Angelique Retief, Research Associate
Dr. Malu Villela Garcia, Research Associate
Sibusiso Tshabalala, Research Associate
Kuba Jablonowski, Research Associate
Jendayi Serwah, Research Associate