Board Members

Patrischia Warmington – Chair

Patrischia has an arts background spanning 35 years, formed in youth arts and arts administration. She was an early member of the Black Mime Theatre Company and went on to write and direct touring plays for the Albany Empire Basement Youth Arts Theatre and comedy pieces. Her post as the first Black Arts Development Officer for the Greenwich Festival in the early 90’s stimulated her interest in African and Caribbean art forms and she has worked in this field in various management and development roles. She studied for her MSc in Grantmaking Management at Sir John Cass Business school, and also holds a PRINCE2 qualification in Project Management and DTTLS Teaching qualification. For the past 10 years she has worked in economic development.

Tony Corbin – Vice Chair

Tony holds an honours degree in Social Science and an MA in Media Studies. He has carried out research on social issues/problems and Black history and in an exhibition curator on the latter topic. He was most recently a Senior lecturer at Lewisham College.

Harry Beckles

Harry is a senior IT Manager with over 30 years experience within the IT industry. He has managed project teams of up to 300, specialising in staff change, training and development. His expertise in service improvement processes spans 20 years. Harry is also a volunteer mentor for young people helping them to respect themselves and others and empowering them to excel in whatever they set their minds to achieve. He is an accredited Business Analyst and has successfully managed projects large projects.

Lin Benjamin

Lin holds an honours degree in history and is a PRINCE2 and APM certified management professional, possessing over 10 years’ experience within project/programme /portfolio and operational management alongside new business development experience. She has extensive experience of leading on a range of employment/training/education programmes, advice services and young people provisions.  Currently, Lin leads on the employment and work and learning departments for St Mungos, and occupies an additional role as St Mungos BAME network HR lead. Lin has a keen interest in working to support people of colour to excel in their chosen careers and actively works to support such progression.

Desmond Clarke

Born in Jamaica, and one of the oldest Board members, Desmond worked in the motor industry for over thirty years at Fords, which is where many black men emigrated from the West Indies to work in the late 50’s. He is a holder of a full City & Guilds technological certificate, and a Certificate in Education. Desmond has planned, developed and delivered training programmes; worked in middle-management for over thirty years. He has also volunteered his skills various statutory agencies and community organisations and has served on a number of management committees, planning committees and remuneration panels.

Deborah Rose

Deborah’s Board membership has included, Derby City Challenge, Derby Consortium, East Midlands Arts Consortium, and Primary Employment, Education and Training Board (PEPT) (Chair). Deborah’s lifelong interest in the relationship between the mind and body, streamed from her own interests in Dance. This guided her to formally study the ‘spirit’ and its flow through a person, into the Arts. Deborah has facilitated hundreds of undergraduate and postgraduate students in Higher Education. In her professional academic career at the Derbyshire Business School, University of Derby.

Wayne Thompson

A child of the Windrush Generation, in 1979 Wayne Thompson became the first Black person born in Great Britain to qualify as a solicitor. Trained by West End law firms three years after qualifying he also became the first Black Lawyer to establish his own law firm the in West End, which he then ran for 17 years. Practicing as Wayne Thompson & Co from 9 Wimpole Street, London W1, the firm specialised in Community Care Law, Corporate and Commercial Property Law, particularly licensed/entertainment premises and Music and Entertainment Law. The firm set up a specialist youth culture unit called Youth Law. Since 2006, Wayne has been engaged in full time doctoral research in theology.

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