Our mission is to work towards an education sector that is a reflection of our society and tackle racial inequality in education in the South West
Are you planning an education event? Are you looking for great speakers to inspire your delegates?
1. Take a look at our list of speakers below.
2. Once you've found a speaker(s) whose profile(s) seems a suitable match for your event, please contact them with the details provided to check their availability, interest, and any speaker fees they may charge. If their contact details aren't listed, please contact us with details of your event as well as the speakers you're interested in and we'll connect you.
Whilst we are keen to provide this page as a way for event organisers to easily access the wealth of BAME speakers and allies available, we do not actively endorse or promote their services. All logistical arrangements and any fees they may charge are for event organisers to discuss with the speakers.
We believe the development of educators as speakers is important and we will be offering a variety of support, coaching, and development opportunities to members of our network that are interested in speaking at education events. If you're already listed on this page and you're approached to speak at an event, please let us know.
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Deputy Mayor of Bristol
Asher Craig is the current Deputy Mayor of Bristol with responsibility for Communities, Equalities and Public Health, and an experienced Labour Councillor. She has much experience in strategic programme design and development, equality and diversity, transitional planning and change management and has led and chaired a number of major partnerships and organisations at local, regional and national level. She has over 30 years’ experience as a community activist, leader and management consultant championing the needs of the voiceless, with a particular emphasis on the social-economic development of BAME and under-represented communities working in the fields of employment and training, education and skills, recruitment, advocacy, and equality and diversity within local government and third sector. She is passionate about understanding how to create transformational change within public sector organisations.
Founder of Nourished Collective
Angie Browne is a leadership coach, an experienced leader and former Deputy CEO and Headteacher with a background in primary, secondary and special education, and delivers training on a variety of leadership programmes. She is skilled in Coaching, Executive Coaching, Inclusion leadership, CPD and training, Public Speaking, and Teacher Training. She writes and speaks about her passion for developing leaders and creating schools that nourish the children and adults within them and provides leaders with the inspiration and tools to do this. She is passionate about diversity in school leadership.
Presenter and Assistant Principal
Aisha Thomas is currently an Assistant Principal in an inner city secondary school. She has worked in a number of education roles in the last ten years and developed her expertise in diversity, youth violence, safeguarding and PSHE.
She has also founded Representation Matters Ltd following the development of her work and knowledge in Race in Education.
Check out her Tedxbristol-2019 talk here : https://youtu.be/-X-taPvKWbY
Her campaign #representationmatters is simple. We all deserve to be represented.
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Founder of Autism Independence
Nura Aabe is a TEDx speaker, current PHD candidate with the University of Bristol and founder of Autism Independence, a community organisation which aims to tackle the stigma of autism and raise awareness of it amongst the British Somali community, working with families and local authorities to help transform the lives of children with autism by eliminating stigma while mentoring parents to engage with the system to achieve the best outcome for their children. She has created a network that gives a voice to a before underrepresented ethnic community. She has also published papers and shared her story in public talks and a short play created in cooperation with other Somali women from the UK and the Netherlands. Her work was publicly recognised by former Prime Minister, Theresa May, for making positive changes in the community.
Founder of 100 Word Challenge & award-winning blog The Head's Office
Julia Skinner is an experienced educator who having retired from headship is now working in a number of areas to support leaders in schools. Among her areas of expertise are:
School governance - building capacity & expertise on boards
Coaching school leaders - providing a listening ear in a safe space together with some blue-sky thinking
Supporting early career teachers - signposting
Creative writing - 100 Word Challenge, a weekly writing project linked to blogging with contributors around the world
Julia has recently been supporting BAME educators to move to leadership positions as well as supporting the diversity of governing boards. She is happy to travel & enjoys speaking & running workshops.
Founder of Cognitive Paths, Project Lead for the One Bristol Curriculum
Sibusiso Tshabalala was never great at Maths or Science until introduced to practical philosophy in school by a black RE teacher. Having a black teacher in an otherwise white school made him look forward to the lesson and his challenges of Maths and Science came into sharp focus as he realised that he couldn’t grasp some of the concepts he was teaching like cosmology, biology and astrology. Thus, he began to enquire more into STEM subjects, indirectly improving his grades in Maths and Science. The key reason that Sibusiso was drawn to his teacher was because he was teaching about African Philosophy and Theology and this was important to him. His teacher's presence has lasted within him and shaped his attitude towards education and attainment. Therefore, as a speaker of education, Sibusiso speaks passionately about the influence of black teachers / practitioners and curriculum as a pathway to increasing student engagement and academic attainment. He uses his lived experience to engage with students and his experience of facilitating the One Bristol Curriculum to support teachers to implement a diverse learning environment.
Professor Nandini Chaterjee
Prof. Nandini Chatterjee is Associate Professor of Imperial/Colonial History at the University of Exeter. She writes and teaches about the history of the British empire in South Asia, and also about the Mughal empire. She is a published author of two books on these topics. She is also Director of the Exeter South Asia Centre bringing together academics across multiple disciplines engaging in research relating to the wider Indian subcontinent and global South Asian communities with their associated diasporas.
Shaddai Tembo is a PhD Candidate at the University of the West of Scotland, Trustee for Early Education, Independent Writer at CriticalEarlyYears.org, former Director of the Bristol Men in Early Years Network, and Steering Group Member for the GenderEYE and MITEY campaigns. Shaddai speaks on race and racisms, and gender diversity and inclusion in the early childhood context.
Lead Officer Gwynedd Council
Tayera Khan is a Lead Officer for the SVPRS at Gwynedd Council. She provides advice, support, deliver workshops and training to professionals and various organisations on forced marriages, HBV, domestic violence, and mental health within the BME community. Currently tackling issues around Islamophobia and hate crime. Welsh is her main language.
Founder of The Privilege Cafe
Mymuna Soleman is of Somali origin and was born and bred in Cardiff, Wales. She has a huge passion for equality and diversity but, most importantly, equal representation for Muslim women of colour. She is the CEO and founder of The Privilege Cafe, a virtual cafe that is a safe space where patrons discuss all things privilege. It’s an opportunity for one to feel empowered, emboldened but most importantly to learn to use their privilege for good.
Manager of Local Authority Safeguarding in Education Team
Henry Chan manages a team of School Safeguarding Advisors in Bristol who facilitate education leaders to comply with their statutory functions. The team specialises in systems leadership by developing skills, knowledge and practice to keep children and learners safe. Henry chairs the Education Reference Group of the Local Safeguarding Partnership to assist with turning strategy into practice. Key skills include development of: social leadership models; effective safeguarding cultures; inclusive practice; anti-discriminatory practice; and anti-oppressive practice on a systemic and practical basis.
Abu-Bakr Madden Al-Shabazz
Sociologist, Historian, Social Psychologist and Education Consultant
Abu-Bakr Madden Al-Shabazz is a multidisciplinary subject specialist with over 26 years of experience. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Universities of Cardiff, Bristol, Swansea, Newport, South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan and Exeter in subjects ranging from Education to Multiculturalism. He was featured in a documentary school resource called ‘Wales Untold’ as a training tool to help teachers in Wales to blend Black/African historical studies within the Welsh Curriculum. As a lecturer at Cardiff University for many years, he designed curriculum, taught modules, trained and assessed his own degree programmes in: Dyslexia & Learning Softwares, Education Psychology, Childhood Development, Race and Genetic Science, Multicultural Britain, Moorish Culture and their scientific educational development in Europe, Ancient African Civilisations and The Rise of the Civil Rights Movement in the USA & UK. He has also been a Deputy Headteacher of an independent school and a Pastoral Counsellor for KS3 & KS4. Abu-Bakr is the Director for Acap Academy C.I.C., providing education and training programmes for educators, students and parents. He is also a SEN Tutor for students with behavioural and learning difficulties for a local authority in South Wales.
Co-founder of Better Bilingual
Catherine Brennan is passionate about multilingualism and race equality, and has extensive experience of collaborating with educational settings to secure the best possible outcomes for children and young people of BAME heritage - and those with English as an Additional Language (EAL) in particular. Originally a primary school teacher in East London, Catherine then worked for Bristol’s Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) for many years, to support EAL pupils (including refugees) aged 3-18 to fulfil their potential. In 2016, Catherine co-founded Better Bilingual, an independent education consultancy based in Bristol, which champions pupils’ and families' multilingualism and empowers schools to embed inclusive EAL pedagogy to enhance academic outcomes. An avid supporter of the One Bristol Curriculum, Catherine is also an Associate for the EAL Academy and an accreditor for the EAL Quality Mark.