I am a Creative Producer, Social Entrepreneur and Consultant with experience in marketing, fundraising, youth engagement, training and development, project management and strategic planning. Over the last six years I have created work with and for young people and diverse communities at organisations such as The Bush Theatre, The Lyric Hammersmith Theatre, Ogilvy and Mather and the Barbican Centre. In 2016 I founded Sour Lemons, a charity that addresses the lack of social mobility and diversity in leadership roles across the creative industries.
I started at the Bush Theatre in 2010 as the Community Arts Apprentice, before progressing to Assistant Producer. Following this I was asked to join the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre to create a new emerging artist strand that supported young adults from diverse backgrounds to enter the creative industries. Next Generation grew rapidly and became a training ground for actors, writers, directors, musicians and designers. I then took a side step into advertising to work for Ogilvy & Mather developing fundraising appeals for the youth homeless charity, Centrepoint.
In 2015 I joined the Barbican Centre in a new role as Community Engagement Manager and developed a strategy for reaching diverse communities across east London. Highlights in this role include establishing The Ideas Kitchen, supporting the deliverry of the Walthamstow Garden Party and initiating Barbican Blocks, the first ever under 5’s play space at the Barbican.
I am a founding member of the Centrepoint Youth Parliament, an alumni of the Uprising Leadership Programme and an award winner of the UnLtd Do It Award. I am a passionate advocate for young people, social mobility and diversity in the arts and have spoken publicly at a wide range of engagements including the House of Commons, City Hall, the Southbank Centre, What Next? and on behalf of the Stephen Lawrence Foundation and A New Direction. In 2017 I will also speak at the annual Teach First conference and the British Youth Parliament Conference.
I previously served as a trustee for the National Student Drama Festival and the Tri-Borough Alternative Provision Trust (which includes The Bridge Academy pupil referral unit that I used to attend). In 2015 I received an achievement award from Prince William on behalf of Centrepoint in recognition for my dedication to turning my life around and using my story to inspire the next generation.