Chaired by the Council’s Leader, Cllr Lib Peck, it comprises commissioners from a range of different backgrounds and with diverse expertise (including business, local voluntary and community sector organisations and research organisations). All members are united in an interest in, and commitment to, reducing inequality, and all of them can offer expertise which will help us achieve this.
Councillor Lib Peck - Leader of Lambeth Council
Councillor Lib Peck has been the Leader of Lambeth Council since 2012, and a councillor for the Thornton ward since 2001; a seat she was returned to with a majority of over 1500 on May 22nd 2014. She leads a large majority group in Lambeth, with Labour holding 59 out of the 63 available council seats. As Leader of the Council, Lib is responsible for setting the overall political and strategic direction for Lambeth. Over the next four years, her key priorities are to bring inward jobs and investment to the borough; to make Lambeth cleaner and greener; and to help ensure the health and wellbeing of all residents.
Prior to becoming Leader, Lib served in a number of senior positions within Lambeth’s Cabinet, including holding the portfolios for Environment and Culture as well as Housing and Regeneration. Across these posts, she secured the delivery of a £450 million programme of investment into Lambeth’s housing, developed the Lambeth Homes Standard with tenants and residents, and has been instrumental in bringing new leisure facilities to the borough in Clapham, Streatham and Norwood
Miranda Brawn Vice Chair of Board of Trustees of Black Cultural Archives
Miranda Brawn is a multi-award winning legal business and diversity leader. A regular business and diversity expert on television and radio, she has been named one of the most Powerful Women in London by City AM and was selected by the Financial Times as one of the world’s top 100 BAME business executives striving to make the world a more equal and diverse place. She has also been named one of the top 30 most inspirational Women in the City who are Champions of Diversity in the Brummel Magazine 2015. She sits on the board of several organisations and is active in philanthropic and diversity issues where she has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her outstanding contribution. Miranda is a board member of the Cancer Research UK Women of Influence, City Women Network and Thomson Reuters Business Law Consultation Advisory Board. The first Patron of the Black British Academics, (which aims to increase the number of black professors in the UK) and co-founder of Color In Tech which helps increase race diversity within the technology sector.
In addition, Miranda has founded the ‘Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation’ supporting the Black Cultural Archives and the Prince’s Trust to increase race diversity and equality within the UK workforce. She is responsible for the derivatives, regulations and securities financing business within Legal and Transaction Management for Europe at an investment bank. Her staunch dedication to her academic education led her to triumphantly completing her MBA degree which is central to her interests in the business sphere and has studied political philosophy at Cambridge University. Miranda is also a barrister where she has been called to the Bar of England and Wales at The Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and is a renowned international public speaker.
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Dr. Mahamed Hashi Founder of New Beginnings Youth Provision
"In 2013 I created a youth organisation called New Beginnings Youth Provision. New Beginnings is a youth organisation that focuses primarily on helping young people exit gang life style. This is done by developing the participants key life skills so that they can progress positively and are equipped with the basic tools needed to succeed in the "real world". These programs aim to empower young people so that they feel that they have a choice in relation to their future as well as prepare them to successfully engage on the appropriate educational, vocational or work course. This means that I have had to build and maintain a fantastic relationship with a huge number of organisations locally who can provide a cascade of different provisions. Some of these relationships have led me to representing the organisation as well as the community in a number of forums both locally and nationally. This allows me to better understand the issues affecting young people as well as the practioners and organisations that support them. This also gives me the ability to be able to influence policy makers and advise them according to my experience. I am actively involved in the following community groups in varying capacities.
These groups include: The Lambeth Safer Neighbourhood Board (Deputy Chair), the Lambeth Community Police Consultative Group (CPCG), the Lambeth Stop and Search Monitoring Group (Co-Chair), Chair of the Pan-London Stop and Search Community Monitoring Network (City Hall), Stop Search Strategic Scrutiny Group (College of Policing), Deaths in custody panel, Independent Custody Visitors for Lambeth, London Probation Trust Serious Group Offending Non Governmental Organisation Forum, Community Network Forum (Chair), Territorial Support Group Community reference group (New Scotland Yard), Public Order Reference Group (New Scotland Yard), Trident Independent Advisory Group (New Scotland Yard)and the Independent Advisory Group for Lambeth police.
I am also currently involved in the Black Mental Health Commission in Lambeth as the community lead."
Reverend Rosemarie Mallett St. John the Evangelist, Angell Town
The Vicar of St. John the Evangelist, Angell Town which she has served there since December 2007. The Kingston Area Chair for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns (MEAC) and Chair of the National Board of Affirming Catholicism and a Trustee of Inclusive Church. Born in Barbados, She has travelled many routes to arrive as an urban parish priest in London, starting out as a historian of the Caribbean, Africa & black Britain, then moving on first to Africa and then home to the Caribbean to work as a development sociologist; then all change in a move to London to work as a senior medical sociologist and ethno-cultural mental health research scientist, and through community activism and church engagement somehow finding the path from academia to becoming a parish priest and mother of a teenage daughter.
She is engaged in church development locally and nationally and continues to promote issues of justice and equity for women and minority ethnic people in church and outside. As well as being a local parish priest, Rosemarie is also involved in a number of local and borough-wide initiatives that are working to build and sustain community cohesion. She is deeply interested in issues of faith in public life, church engagement with community issues at the local and national level and issues of justice and equity within the church and outside.
Dr Shaminder Takhar Associate Professor in Sociology London South Bank University
Dr Shaminder Takhar is Associate Professor in Sociology in the School of Law and Social Sciences at London South Bank University where she teaches a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses including the supervision of doctoral students. Her research interests and publications are centred around race, gender, sexualities, education, political agency and social justice. Shaminder was funded by the British Academy to conduct research on the under-representation of South Asian women in local politics which was published in the journal Women’s International Studies Forum. She is an editorial board member of the British Sociological Association’s journal Sociology and her sole authored book Gender, Ethnicity and Political Agency: South Asian women organizing published in June 2013 by Routledge, was nominated for the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association book prize in January 2014.
An edited book, Gender and Race Matter: global perspectives on being a women, was published in August 2016 by Emerald Books. The book examines inequality and gender security issues in a range of global settings. Currently, Shaminder is a member of the Local Government Commission launched by the Fawcett Society in May 2016 to gather evidence on whether local government is working well for women particularly in newly created structures.
Laura Gardner Senior Researcher & Policy Analyst, Resolution Foundation
Laura joined the Resolution Foundation in March 2014 as a Senior Research and Policy Analyst. Her work at the Foundation has focused on analysis of the labour market, including pay trends, self-employment and the social care workforce. She now specialises in intergenerational issues, and is secretary to the Intergenerational Commission. Prior to joining the Resolution Foundation Laura spent four years at the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion, where she worked on unemployment, young people, welfare reform and housing. Laura studied social and political sciences at Cambridge University before completing a master’s degree in public policy at Brown University in the USA.
Isabelle Clement Director of Wheels for Wellbeing
Isabelle Clement is the Director of Wheels for Wellbeing, a London based organisation striving for cycling equality for disabled cyclists and Guardian Charity Awards winner. A disabled cyclist herself, she leads the London Inclusive Cycling Forum, with the aim of ensuring the voice of disabled cyclists and all cyclists of non-standard cycles is heard. She frequently presents at public events and is a key stakeholder to Transport for London /London Cycling Campaign /CyclingUK. She is a member of Sustrans' London Advisory Board.
Jude Kelly Artistic Director the Southbank Centre
Jude Kelly became Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Britain's largest cultural institution, in 2005. In the course of her career she has directed numerous award-winning theatrical productions, working with Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and Dawn French, among others. She gained major recognition as the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse, which she established as an acknowledged centre of excellence.
She is an award-winning director of over 40 productions for stage and screen. In her 26-year career, Jude founded Solent People's Theatre and then Battersea Arts Centre, establishing it as a national venue. In 1985, she joined the York Festival as Artistic Director and then the Royal Shakespeare Company, before becoming the founding director of the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds. As Artistic Director and then CEO of the country’s largest regional theatre, she established the West Yorkshire Playhouse as an acknowledged centre of excellence on a local, national and international scale, developing an ever-expanding policy of access for all. In 1997, she was awarded the OBE for her services to the theatre.
Jude left the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2002 to found METAL, artistic laboratory spaces in London and Liverpool. METAL provides a platform for creative 'hunches' and ideas can be pursued. It also involves cross-art collaborations at an international level and developing strategic projects to affect the built environment, people, communities and philosophies. She led the cultural aspects of London's Olympic bid and was made a CBE in 2015.
Pedro Filipe Anes Xavier CEO PLS Consultants.com
Pedro Xavier is a trilingual language specialist that works closely with the emigrant community in Lambeth. He was awarded a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language with English Language & British Culture and Communication Studies. Apart from the work that he now privately does as CEO of PLS Consultants.com where he deals with a myriad of problems mostly relating to the language barrier.
He worked as an Executive Officer at the DWP, teacher at both the University of Middlesex and Saint Francis Xavier 6th Form College in London, a Local Education Authority Governor for Bishop Thomas Grant Secondary School and even an external consultant for the Portuguese Consulate in the United Kingdom. He also runs successful children’s Nursery (strawberry Academy in Vauxhall together with his wife.
In 2015 Pedro was nominated for the award of “Empreendorismo Inovador na Diáspora Portuguesa” that was given by the Portuguese President, where he was awarded the “Diploma de Mérito”. He has spent thousands of hours translating and interpreting English, Portuguese and Spanish assisting the minorities within the Borough of Lambeth and has worked with many solicitor firms, both national and foreign, in dealing with a range of issues that arise in the community. Whenever Pedro is not working at PLS Consultants or patrolling the streets as a Special Constabulary Sergeant at Metropolitan Police he is home spending time with his family and their 2 dogs.
Catherine Pearson Chief Executive of Healthwatch Lambeth
Catherine Pearson is the Chief Executive of Healthwatch Lambeth Her role involves developing the organisation as a robust and trusted voice, representing Lambeth residents and making the case for change to improve health and social care outcomes for local people. Catherine has lived in Lambeth for 30 years and has extensive links to communities and services across the borough. She studied fine art before completing an MBA with the Open University. She has extensive practical experience of working in health and health inequalities including work to prevent HIV infection, disability and long term condition programmes.
Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite Cabinet member for Environment & Transport
Jennifer Brathwaite has been a councillor for Gipsy Hill ward since 2010. She is a solicitor by profession specialising in Landlord and Tenant law particularly Leasehold Enfranchisement. As well as having her own law firm she was also a partner for a medium sized London firm of solicitors. She has a particular interest in helping tenants to understand their rights and obligations. Since becoming a councillor in 2010 she has been a member of the planning committee, chair of environmental and community safely scrutiny sub committee and led a commission on metal theft. She is currently cabinet member for environment and Transport responsible for streetcare, recycling, parking, waste, the promotion of cycling and sustainable transport.
Samuel Martin, Founder and Programme Leader at the charity Streamz
Streamz was founded as a result of the 2011 English Riots. The events that took place during this time compelled us to empathise, engage and enrich our community.
Our Mission is to be committed to finding innovative approaches to improve the employment prospects and wellbeing of the community, in order to counter unemployment, under-employment and inactivity.
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