The judging panel will need to ratify the application before an award will be made. It’s possible in some cases that additional information may be sought and this can be supplied by email in most cases. This robust process ensures the award is meaningful and well-deserved.

Note: All listed MP’s and Presenters have kindly agreed to attend this event, however, due to Parliamentary changes and Covid complexities, changes to this line-up may be inevitable.

Nominees will be chosen from a shortlist produced by the BLAC Independent Judging team.

All nominations received will be carefully considered for the BLAC Awards 2020.

Shanwayne Stephens

Royal Air Force Regt. Lance Corporal

Shanwayne Stephens

Royal Air Force, Regiment Lance Corporal

Shanwayne Stephens was born in Port Antonio Jamaica. He emigrated to the UK aged 11 with his family.

Known to his friends as Shan, he Joined the Royal Air Force in 2011 as a Regiment Gunner. On graduation, Shan was posted to RAF Northolt and a job on the famous Royal Air Force Queen’s Colour Squadron. On this tour he specialised in drill and ceremonial duties in addition to developing further the basic skills required of a Royal Air Force Gunner. .

Emma Dent Coad

Labour Cllr, Kensington & Chelsea

Emma Dent-Coad

Labour Cllr, Kensington & Chelsea

Before entering politics full time, Emma spent 30 years working as a journalist and researcher working in design, architecture and planning.  In her 13 years as a Councillor for Golborne Ward in North Kensington, she has challenged the Conservative led Council’s spending priorities and their plans for handing over public assets to private companies, by sale or lease.  Four days after her election in 2017, the Grenfell Tower fire atrocity devastated the communities with huge loss of life.

Sayce Holmes Lewis

Founder & CEO, Mentivity

Sayce Holmes-Lewis

Founder & CEO, Mentivity

Sayce Holmes-Lewis is the Founder and CEO of Mentivity, an inspirational mentoring organisation and alternative educational provision that provides aspirational support for young people, schools, parents and carers across London, Brighton, Kenya and Uganda.  Founded in January 2016, with a proven record of expertise in coaching, mentoring and holistic support for young people, Mentivity _-change the lives of many young people through their adaptable approach. 

Emily Lewis

Founder & CEO, I Found Me Counselling

Emily Lewis

Founder & CEO, I Found Me Therapeutic Counselling

IFM Therapeutic Counselling was founded in 2018 By Emily Lewis. The idea was to ensure that counselling could be made accessible to all regardless of financial status, culture or ability.  IFM was started in East London and expanded to cover London as a whole with a view of offering a national service. IFM Therapeutic Counselling provides a safe and confidential space, where you can share and explore your thoughts, worries and feelings. In this space, you can explore the issues that feel important to you. 

Dr. Martin Glynn

Birmingham City University

Dr. Martin Glynn

Criminologist, Birmingham City University

Dr Martin Glynn is an internationally renowned criminologist, educator, theatre director, and dramatist with over 35 years’ experience of working in criminal justice, public health, and educational settings. Dr Glynn is currently a lecturer in criminology and black studies at Birmingham City University. Dr Glynn has also made significant contributions in areas such as prison masculinities, race and crime, and contemporary rehabilitative work in criminal justice.

John Skyers

Head Coach, Miguel's Boxing Gym

John Skyers

Head Coach, Miguel's Boxing Gym

John Skyers is the Head Coach at Miguel’s Boxing Gym, which was established in 1999 in the heart of the vibrant multi-cultural inner city area of Brixton, South London. They cater to men, women, and children of all skill fitness levels and their club requires all members of the training team to have experience in the ring because they believe that regardless of whether you want to just get in shape or eventually step into the ring, it’s important that you have confidence in knowing that you’re learning from those who have been through it.

DR. David Michael MBE

Ret. Detective Chief Inspector, Scotland Yard

Dr. David Michael MBE

Ret. Detective Chief Inspector, Scotland Yard

Dr. Michael joined the Met. in December 1972, and was posted to Lewisham borough in 1973 to serve at Ladywell police station. He was the first officer of African heritage to serve in Lewisham in modern history, and at the time was one of only 11 black police officers in a force of more than 22,000. Dr. Michael had a successful and productive police career retiring as a Detective Chief Inspector at Scotland Yard after 30 years of police duty. .

Tammy Palmer

Liberal Democrat Councillor

Tammy Palmer

Liberal Democrat Councillor

Tammy Palmer has lived in Tottenham for over 10 years. She plays an active role in many local initiatives and has led on the Fair Funding for Education campaign in Tottenham calling for the Government to rethink their plans to change the current funding formula which will have a serious impact on many schools in Tottenham where funding is vital to ensure that young children have every chance to succeed through high quality education.

Dr. Dwain Neil OBE

Chairman, Reach Society

Dr. Dwain Neil OBE

Chairman, Reach Society

Dr. Dwain Anthony Neil was awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2019 for services to the British African Caribbean community. He was the managing director of Leriko & Associates (founded 2002), which provided social research, project management, executive coaching, mentoring & motivation and recruitment management consultancy. Previously he was director, operations & performance management, for two years at Focus Consultancy Ltd (Oct 2000 to Sept 2002).

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah

Co-Founder, Ella Roberta Family Foundation

Rosamund Kissi-Debrah

Co-Founder, Ella Roberta Family Foundation

Rosamund is Ella Roberta’s mum and the Co-Founder of  the ‘Ella Roberta Family Foundation’ that was set up after the death of her beloved daughter in 2013 from a rare and severe form of asthma. The aim of the Foundation is to improve the lives of children affected by asthma in South East London by raising awareness of asthma, campaigning for better treatment of asthma and campaigning for clean air as it is everyone’s fundamental right to breathe clean air.

Shelby Bootle - Bridge The Gap Studios

Shelby Bootle

Theatre Mentor, Bridge The Gap Studios

Shelby Bootle

Theatre Mentor, Bridge The Gap Studios

19 year old Shelby Bootle from Peckham in South East London is currently in her last year of college , finishing studying in Performing Arts and is deeply passionate about working with young people , especially through Performing Arts , which allows them to create a safe platform for them create and express as well as a platform for their voices to be heard and listened to.