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.

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.

Dame Claudine Duberry

Founder & CEO, Taking Positive Steps

Dame Claudine Duberry

Founder & CEO, Taking Positive Steps

The team at Taking Positive Steps is led by Claudine Duberry and committed to providing a tailored resettlement service to young people who are ostracised and excluded from society, as well as training and support to professionals and families. Claudine is a proactive, disruptive and a thought-provoking criminologist, who is not afraid to challenge the theories around working and engaging with young people who display what society deems as “challenging behaviour”.

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. .

Emily Lewis

I Found Me Counselling Service

Emily Lewis

Director, IFM Counselling Service

Emily has over 20 years’ experience working in the field of therapy and mental health.  She is a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor registered with the BACP and adhering to strict ethical standards.  Growing up she experienced domestic violence within her family home and then through her own personal relationship.  During this domestically abusive relationship, Emily didn’t realise it was abusive; she was ‘comfortable’ with the behaviour of her partner who had her  in a skewed reality of what was ‘normal’. 

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).

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.