Introducing the BLAC Patrons 

A massive thank you to everyone who have been submitting a nomination or cast a vote…or both!

 
 

George W. Twumasi

CEO, ABN Television

George W. Twumasi

Founder & CEO, ABN Television 

George W. Twumasi is a visionary African social entrepreneur based in the United Kingdom, whose lifetime of work has 

been committed to the creation of an innovative and commercially viable pan-African public service broadcasting network and digital television ecosystem.  George has extensive knowledge of sub-Saharan Africa’s burgeoning television, social media, subscription and advertising sales markets and has thought through and authored the intellectual infrastructure and commercial formulae and basis that would underpin the development of a comprehensive TMT driven platform straddling 20 Anglophone African markets.  To realise the set vision, George has also established a useful network of industry networks.  These include the International Academy for Television Arts and Sciences; Informa Telecoms and Media – a FTSE 100 market research and events management company; IHS Markit, Analysys Mason – an emerging markets’ TMT advisory specialist and Rapid Blue – a leading digital technology-driven content publishing company.

George is the current chief executive officer (CEO) of ABN Holdings Limited (ABN) and a 2018, fall fellow of Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.

African Broadcast Network Ltd was originally established in 1998 to bring into fruition, the dream of a bonafide African Broadcast Network, which would project a powerful vision of dynamic African possibilities. However, further to its operational launch in 2000, the underlying business model showed flaws for which a rethink was required. African Broadcast Network Ltd ceased to trade in 2003 and was relaunched as ABN Holdings Ltd (ABN) in 2004 as a commercial trade body, to undertake significant pioneering research and development work, including the development of a viable proposition that could generate long-term commercial value for prospective investors.

ABN’s recast vision is to create a commercial public service television content creation and distribution hub that specializes in the aggregation, curation and origination of quality television brands “Made by Africans for Africans”. ABN has facilitated the creation of the African Public Broadcasting Foundation (APBF) to support its vision.

In partnership with APBF, ABN is ready to seek an adequate financial investment with the goal to build a globally relevant multi-billion-dollar content production system and digital television network spanning Sub-Saharan Africa. ABN and APBF will work together to develop and distribute African generated content that will motivate, inspire and revive a new generation of African thought leadership. However, a sound regulatory, civic and financial framework is required in order to ensure long-term success.

George W. Twumasi has written a number of publications in relation to broadcasting and digital media. publications and the African digital content industry.

Katy Thompson

Parent Governor

Katy Thompson

Parent Governor

Katy Thompson’s experience of being a ‘young mum’, is what has made her the person she is today.  Understanding the 

Association of Footballs Agents (AFA), the International Association of FIFA Licensed Football Match Agents (FIFMA), and Women in Football (WIF) from Zimbabwe.  She has been working in the world of football for more than 15 years.

During all those years, she has learned step by step all the aspects of the game, from grassroots and scouting to tactics, global business development and transfers. Through her drive to make a change in a male-dominated industry and ambition to promote diversity and equality in the game, she is today the only woman Football Match Agent in England and the only African woman Football Match Agent in the world.

United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean football intermediary Ellen Chiwenga who is also one of the advisors for the governing body’s Ethics and Regulations Watch, has finally decided that her wealth of experience in the administration of the sport benefits the local game.

As part of her duties, Ellen legally represents athletes by checking their contracts and negotiating their employment. She is responsible for the communication between the managers and individuals she represents to ensure that both sides are satisfied. She also arranges worldwide matches between teams belonging to different Confederations, such as friendly matches and tournaments between national teams or clubs.

She is planning to lead the football governing body in the country and in February 2020 she announced her ambitions to contest for the next ZIFA (Zimbabwe Football Association) president’s position which is expected to be held in 2023. She will become the first female candidate to contest for this position in the history of Zimbabwean football if she decides to fulfill her ambition.

Wllen was named the Best African Women making a difference in the Sports category at the African Virtuous Women Awards in 2018.

She was also appointed the brand ambassador of the Pakistan club FC Karachi in 2018 and was awarded the Personality of the Year Award under the 2017 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards.

In August 2019, Ellen Chiwenga was appointed Global Goodwill Ambassador of Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF), a charity organisation that delivers humanitarian aid and medicines to internally displaced people, refugees, and people in need around the world.

She is also a member of the ‘Right to Play’ Partnerships Committee and in January 2020 was awarded the Medal of Knight of the Order of Lafayette.

Ellen knows that football has the power to inspire and drive change in our communities; the power to make them healthier and stronger, and this is one of the many reasons why she loves football so much.

Bishop Mark Nicholson

ACTS Church, Croydon

Bishop Mark Nicholson

ACTS Church, Croydon

Bishop Mark Nicholson is a sensitive and innovative mentor for some of the most troubled teenagers in our borough.

He shows great skill in coming alongside them and speaking on their level. He has given hope and opportunity to many families who had none. He works with them on behavioural issues, schooling, employment, family relations, peer relations, drugs and crime involvement. He has faced threats and attacks and has handled them professionally. He has shown great initiative in building trust with many young people who have been abused and neglected and have subsequently shut the door on all other professional services. If there is a way to get through to them, he will usually find it.

Bishop Mark is the Senior Pastor of Acts Christian Ministry; a church that is empowered by the Boldness of the Holy Ghost. It is perhaps, the first of its kind in Croydon with two churches coming together as one, intent on Kingdom Building. This new church, as in the book of ACTS, is modelled from ACTS 2: 41-47.

He is well versed, well travelled and has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ transforming lives in several countries, notably South Africa, Nigeria, USA, Kenya and the Congo. Many opportunities have presented themselves as God continues to extend this ministry. Bishop Mark is an accomplished keyboard player and delights in playing the Hammond Organ, as well as playing the guitar and uses his musical ability to assist in taking praise and worship to a different level.

Bishop Mark serves the Community of the Borough of Croydon as a Magistrate appointed by the Lord Chancellor. He is determined to use his position to make a positive contribution to the community and encourage more people from ethnic minorities to join him as Justice of the Peace.

The Lord has raised up this visionary leader and anointed preacher and motivational speaker to speak LIFE into the body of Christ worldwide in the 21st Century and to deliver many through the power of the Holy Spirit from the shackles of bondage, poor self-worth and low expectations. God has so blessed Bishop Mark to venture into the avenue of TV Ministry…MANministries as seen on Faith TV. Bishop Mark aspires to effect change globally – empowering people on their daily journey, spiritually and economically giving new hope and encouragement to be all whom God has ordained them to be through his revealed word.

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.

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.  Emma felt strongly and passionately that communities had to be empowered to take back control of their lives and to have access to their legal rights, their dignity, their freedom to thrive, and choice as they age and may need help to live independently. This applied to all parts of the social and economic spectrum.

Her work on the injustices surrounding housing of all kinds, particularly social housing and the dangers it can bring – not just fire safety, but dangers to physical and mental health – concerned her for many years before June 2017, and will undoubtedly do so for many years to come.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is the most unequal borough in Britain which is why Emma pledged to tackle the inequalities in life expectancy, income, physical and mental health, education and life chances which she found to be shameful in a first world country.  Emma’s personal values as a socialist have developed in this context. It’s simple: people should pay the full amount of tax they owe in the country in which their income is earned, and ensure employees are paid a decent wage.  In return they should expect to receive a level of pay they can live on, the services they’ve paid for, to be educated, and to receive health and adult social care free at the point of access when needed.

Emma’s first ever vote in 1975 was to remain in the Common Market the UK had joined two years before.  In 2016 she campaigned for and voted to Remain, along with nearly 70% of Kensington voters.  However the current position of economic no man’s land is devastating to many.  The UK may ‘leave’ the EU on 31 January, but the uncertainty about the terms of the Written Agreement, how we will trade and with whom, and the future of our EU nationals will continue for some time. Many fear the uncertainty will continue past the end 2020 deadline, and Emma shares that fear and believes it’s already had a very bad effect on the economy.

During her term in Westminster, Emma worked hard to consolidate, extend and improve her links and networks with individuals, voluntary organisations, residents’ associations, religious groups, amenity groups, activists and campaigners across Kensington on their issues and struggles and hopes to maintain these links as far as possible within her remit as a Councillor sitting on Planning Applications and on Audit and Transparency Committee, and wants people to feel free to contact her if their group or campaign needs support.  As chair of the Labour Group she is able to bring their concerns to  Councillors.

Kensington is a beautiful and historic area, and very diverse, with over 50% of residents non-British born. Having been born in Chelsea and spent more than half her life in Kensington, the area is in her DNA.  This is one of many reasons why she fights against unwelcome development alongside campaigners and residents’ groups – and takes these issues  personally.  

Emma will always stand with residents in the North, South, East and West of Kensington, against developments which threaten to destroy  neighbourhoods and communities, and against the loss of local assets and services and will also use all the influence she has to protect, maintain and improve the historic and listed buildings, conservation areas, parks and public realm, for the enjoyment of all residents and visitors.

Andy George

President, National Black Police Association

Andy George

President, National Black Police Association

Andy George joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary GC (now Police Service of Northern Ireland) in 1999 and spent his 

Association of Footballs Agents (AFA), the International Association of FIFA Licensed Football Match Agents (FIFMA), and Women in Football (WIF) from Zimbabwe.  She has been working in the world of football for more than 15 years.

During all those years, she has learned step by step all the aspects of the game, from grassroots and scouting to tactics, global business development and transfers. Through her drive to make a change in a male-dominated industry and ambition to promote diversity and equality in the game, she is today the only woman Football Match Agent in England and the only African woman Football Match Agent in the world.

United Kingdom-based Zimbabwean football intermediary Ellen Chiwenga who is also one of the advisors for the governing body’s Ethics and Regulations Watch, has finally decided that her wealth of experience in the administration of the sport benefits the local game.

As part of her duties, Ellen legally represents athletes by checking their contracts and negotiating their employment. She is responsible for the communication between the managers and individuals she represents to ensure that both sides are satisfied. She also arranges worldwide matches between teams belonging to different Confederations, such as friendly matches and tournaments between national teams or clubs.

She is planning to lead the football governing body in the country and in February 2020 she announced her ambitions to contest for the next ZIFA (Zimbabwe Football Association) president’s position which is expected to be held in 2023. She will become the first female candidate to contest for this position in the history of Zimbabwean football if she decides to fulfill her ambition.

Wllen was named the Best African Women making a difference in the Sports category at the African Virtuous Women Awards in 2018.

She was also appointed the brand ambassador of the Pakistan club FC Karachi in 2018 and was awarded the Personality of the Year Award under the 2017 Zimbabwe Achievers Awards.

In August 2019, Ellen Chiwenga was appointed Global Goodwill Ambassador of Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation (BHHF), a charity organisation that delivers humanitarian aid and medicines to internally displaced people, refugees, and people in need around the world.

She is also a member of the ‘Right to Play’ Partnerships Committee and in January 2020 was awarded the Medal of Knight of the Order of Lafayette.

Ellen knows that football has the power to inspire and drive change in our communities; the power to make them healthier and stronger, and this is one of the many reasons why she loves football so much.

Bishop Mark Nicholson

ACTS Church, Croydon

Bishop Mark Nicholson

ACTS Church, Croydon

Bishop Mark Nicholson is a sensitive and innovative mentor for some of the most troubled teenagers in our borough.

He shows great skill in coming alongside them and speaking on their level. He has given hope and opportunity to many families who had none. He works with them on behavioural issues, schooling, employment, family relations, peer relations, drugs and crime involvement. He has faced threats and attacks and has handled them professionally. He has shown great initiative in building trust with many young people who have been abused and neglected and have subsequently shut the door on all other professional services. If there is a way to get through to them, he will usually find it.

Bishop Mark is the Senior Pastor of Acts Christian Ministry; a church that is empowered by the Boldness of the Holy Ghost. It is perhaps, the first of its kind in Croydon with two churches coming together as one, intent on Kingdom Building. This new church, as in the book of ACTS, is modelled from ACTS 2: 41-47.

He is well versed, well travelled and has preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ transforming lives in several countries, notably South Africa, Nigeria, USA, Kenya and the Congo. Many opportunities have presented themselves as God continues to extend this ministry. Bishop Mark is an accomplished keyboard player and delights in playing the Hammond Organ, as well as playing the guitar and uses his musical ability to assist in taking praise and worship to a different level.

Bishop Mark serves the Community of the Borough of Croydon as a Magistrate appointed by the Lord Chancellor. He is determined to use his position to make a positive contribution to the community and encourage more people from ethnic minorities to join him as Justice of the Peace.

The Lord has raised up this visionary leader and anointed preacher and motivational speaker to speak LIFE into the body of Christ worldwide in the 21st Century and to deliver many through the power of the Holy Spirit from the shackles of bondage, poor self-worth and low expectations. God has so blessed Bishop Mark to venture into the avenue of TV Ministry…MANministries as seen on Faith TV. Bishop Mark aspires to effect change globally – empowering people on their daily journey, spiritually and economically giving new hope and encouragement to be all whom God has ordained them to be through his revealed word.

Introducing The BLAC Ambassador

Meet our wonderful entertainers and host who will be keeping you entertained and informed throughout the night.

Dr. Claudine Duberry

Host

Dr. Claudine Duberry

Host

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”.

After being in the social work profession for over two decades, Claudine’s passion for working and engaging with children and young people remains as dynamic as ever. Claudine has a wealth of experience not just as a person who works with children and young people who display challenging behaviours, which has earned her an outstanding reputation for thinking outside of the box, but also as somebody who goes the extra mile to achieve positive outcomes with service users and commissioners.

The authenticity of Claudine’s dedication has earned her an exceptional reputation with the Metropolitan Police who have presented her with numerous commendations, one which was for her dedication to the community at the time of the longest siege in British Police history which took place in 2003, and lasted 15 days, and another for being proactive in the retrieval of firearms and live bullets from the community.

Claudine’s experience in social care has been underpinned by her personal and professional awareness as well as her creative approach to problem-solving. While you cannot fail to be impressed by Claudine’s expertise when handling complex and challenging cases, it is her meticulousness, drive and enthusiasm for the young people she works with that has proved most infectious and has earned her the respect that young people have for her.