Beverley has seen first hand how heritage, sports and the arts are vital engines that inspire, fuel and sustain individuals to be their very best, transforming lives and communities. Her father, a former WI forces boxing champion in the Caribbean and her mother a budding pianist provide the bedrock to her values. She became an activist diversity ambassador to ensure that doors remain open to communities who are denied access. Beverley is one of founding Trustees of the charity, Sporting Equals, with a portfolio to support business development and communications.
With expertise in strategy, marketing, communications, research, business development consultancy with a special focus on diversity, leadership excellence, Beverley has senior executive level experience working in the private sector with a range of global companies including CNBC (European Business Leaders Awards), Newsweek and Time Warner where she was responsible for Time magazine's Olympic Games sponsorship from the Winter Games in Albertville to the Summer Games in Sydney. With significant experience in the arts and cultural sectors, she was invited to be part of the consultation team for London's 2012 Olympic bid.
Under medar pysden International, Beverley has been a strategic consultant with Arts & Business helping to found GAIN, a programme to diversify the boards of the UK's major arts and cultural organisations, and, as a partner to the national Cultural Leadership Programme, she was one of the architects and programme directors for the Powerbrokers initiative which empowered black and ethnic-minority leaders in the arts, museums and library sector. She is a facilitator, mentor, and coach including supporting the Museums Association Transformers programme and is an alumna and guest speaker for Common Purpose. Beverley currently works on research projects and policy development for music education and the music business for ethnic minorities in the UK and recently has been invited as a guest speaker at the House of Lords, House of Commons, the Mayor of London's City Hall and Kings College London.
In addition to Sporting Equals, she supports several cultural organisations including Ballet Soul (co-founder), Tomorrow's Warriors, and at Board level for Awards for Young Musicians, Southwark Arts Forum, and was the former chair of Adzido Dance. Supporting cross sector empowerment initiatives as a member of Business Fights Poverty, a former member of Media 19 and APEX African Asian Partnership for Excellence, Beverley was also a corporate member of the Prince of Wales International Business Leaders Forum. As an independent producer, Beverley is co-creating and co-developing a small slate of experiential digital productions and one of her current projects is the art and archive exhibition and programme - No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 based on the important and historically significant materials and objects found in the Huntley Archives.
Shaheen Bi - Head of Research and Projects
Shaheen graduated from Sunderland University in 2000 with a Business Studies Degree, and began her career in the housing sector working for the National Housing Federation and the Birmingham Social Housing Partnership supporting housing policy in the midlands region.
Lorraine Deschamps - Trustee
Lorraine was educated in three different continents giving her a unique perspective on cross-cultural matters. Born in Kenya, she spent her early childhood in East Africa, her teenage years in Brazil and pursued her college and university education in the UK, where she still lives.