Patrischia Warmington – Chair
Patrischia Warmington has an arts background spanning 23 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 90s 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 Grantmaking, Philanthropy and Social Investment at Cass Business School, and also holds a Prince2 qualification in Project Management.
Tony Corbin – Vice Chair
Anthony Corbin is a former lecturer at Lewisham College where he taught English, Access Courses and Media studies. One of the longest standing board members of IRIE! Tony’s interests are Black History, Drama, Writing & Production; he is also a curator for exhibitions on the history of black people as well as equalities officer for UCU, the lecturers’ union.
Lin Benjamin is a B.A. in Social Science and a History graduate. She is also a certified Prince2 project manager, and an associate member of the Association for Project Management. For the last 7 years Lin has worked primarily within the voluntary sector, principally within the Community and youth sector, with a keen focus on the development of education /training/employment opportunities for communities. In her spare time Lin serves on a panel for the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Youth Offending Service. Her interests include literature, the Arts and participating in range of physical pursuits including distance running.
Trevor Mbatha has worked with IRIE! since its inception as a board member and an advisor. He has worked and been involved in the arts for over 29 years as a theatre production manager, arts officer, arts and cultural consultant for the Government, film and video documentary producer, and has been a member of various arts advisory boards e.g. London Arts dance adviser.
In the last ten years he has worked in the community and social regeneration sector primarily with housing associations. He is currently the Chief Executive of a community regeneration company which is based in the London Borough of Islington.
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.
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. He is a DJ and an avid collector of vinyl records. Using Stanton USB key-lock turntables to bring older material up to current club beat speeds, the vinyl collection is able to deliver over eighty thousand titles.