MEET THE JUDGES

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 post or email in most cases. This robust process ensures the award is meaningful and well-deserved.

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.

Abdi Omar

ABDI OMAR

Motivational Coach

Abdi Omar

Motivational Coach

Abdi Omar is 26 years old and was born in Somalia, but moved to the UK when he was 4-years-old. He has cerebral palsy, and England gave him the opportunity to receive medical care that would allow him to get the most from life.  Even so, the change came with its own set of difficulties. At school, he was the only disabled person in his class. 

Althea Smith - Former Mayor of Southwark

ALTHEA SMITH

Former Mayor of Southwark

Althea Smith

Former Mayor of Southwark

Althea’s desire to come into politics was borne out of growing up in a high crime area. She was a trusted member of the community known for her ability to negotiate between the police and members of the community. Having initially chosen a nursing career, in 2006 having been a proactive community activist, Althea decided to translate the years of grassroots activism into elected office.

JORDAN JAMES

Youth Worker

Jordan James

Youth Worker

Jordan is a youth worker and spoken word artist based in south London. He is passionate about youth work and sharing his experiences to help young people develop. Jordan currently works as a teaching assistant and plans to set up his own youth club and mentoring programme one day. Jordan is also a volunteer on the Raw Sounds mental health project at Raw Material, a south London based music education charity, supporting young people with mental health needs to progress with their music

Jaqui Dyer

DR JACQUI DYER MBE

Lambeth Labour Councillor

Dr Jacqui Dyer MBE

Lambeth Labour Councillor

Jacqui Dyer was educated at London and Brunel universities, where she completed postgraduate research in decision-making within children’s social care services. She has a background in adult mental health commissioning as well as community and family social work and has recently worked as an independent health and social care consultant.

Chantelle Oliver-Nwachukwu

Young Charity Worker

Chantelle Oliver-Nwachukwu

Young Charity Worker

18 year old Chantelle Oliver hails from Wood Green in North London and has a strong pasion in music and has her hopes set on becoming a music composer and is currently working towards a career in the gaming industry by combining her love of music and gaming in the strong hope that she will one day develop her career making Japanese-inspired music.

Nana Marfo - Enablement Employment Support Officer

Nana Marfo

Enablement Employment Support Officer

Nana Marfo

Enablement Employment Support Officer

Nana is a ground-breaking miracle who has dedicated his life to giving others with disabilities a voice within employment. With his enterprise, Unique Abilities Ltd’, he vigorously works on raising awareness about the huge asset that those that live with a disability are to both society and employment whilst helping to break those barriers that prevent them being treated unfairly.

Shelby Bootle - Bridge The Gap Studios

Shelby Bootle

Theatre Mentor, Bridge The Gap Studios

Shelby Bootle

Theatre Mentor, Bridge The Gap Studios

18 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.