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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

As former director to the board of a financial cooperative and current Advisory board member for an organisation tacking social exclusion, Lin holds over 15 years’ experience specialising in strategic/project/programme/portfolio/operational/continuous improvement/organisational development/HRM, contract management and consultancy for the commercial and third sector. Alongside her ability and desire to effect change through effective leadership and management, Lin possesses a high level of key business functions proficiency inclusive of risk management, quality management, income generation, and monitoring and evaluation, a by- product of her experience supporting the growth and development of people, projects and organisations. As a MBA Alumni & PRINCE2 qualified management professional, 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 as a technician at the National Freight Cooperation, and as a Training Officer at Wandsworth Training Agency. He also developed and delivered accredited vocational training programmes at the New Cross Computer Project. He is a holder of a full City & Guilds technological certificate, and a Certificate in Education. Desmond has planned, developed and delivered training programs while working 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.

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