Beverley Mason

Senior Independent Director

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. Together with barrister, Angela Francis and Lorraine Deschamps, she co-founded the not-for-profit organisation, Sporting Equals in 2005, having previously served as a member of the management committee whilst it was hosted by Sport England and the Commission for Racial Equality. Her late father, a former WI forces boxing champion in the Caribbean and her mother a budding pianist provide the bedrock to her values, becoming an activist and diversity ambassador to ensure that doors remain open to communities who face hidden barriers.

A radical cultural activist, Beverley is one of the team developing Britain’s first Black History portal in her role as the chief executive of the FHALMA Foundation, the charity that looks after the Huntley Archives, first major African Caribbean collection deposited at the City of London’s London Metropolitan Archives – one of the largest collections of its kind.

With a special focus on diversity and leadership excellence, Beverley has expertise in strategy, marketing, communications, research, business development and she is currently the chair of CoolBrands UK.

Her early career was in publishing, journalism and broadcast media, with Newsweek, rising to becoming Time Warner’s first Black senior Executive Director (EMEA), charged with oversight on brands such as Time, Fortune and CNN – 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 successful consultation team for London’s 2012 Olympic bid. She was appointed cultural diversity strategist at Art & Business (2002-2005) founding GAIN, a leadership and governance programme to diversify the boards of the UK’s major arts and cultural organisations. As a partner to Arts Council England’s national Cultural Leadership Programme (2006-2012), she was one of the architects and programme directors for the Powerbrokers initiative which invested in global majority leaders in the creative industries. During 2005-2011 she became the programme director for CNBC European Business Leaders Awards – (with Wall Street Journal, Financial Times and IMD Business school).

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. She co-founded Ballet Soul, a contemporary Black ballet company, has held trusteeships at Adzido Dance, Southwark Arts Forum, National Youth Jazz Collective, and continues to develop opportunities for young musical talent where she first served as chair and is currently a Trustee and Chair of EDI at Young Sounds UK.