The Board Yvonne Thompson CBE Personal Website / Panoma Press
A dynamic, entrepreneurial business leader with a proven record for building high performing teams. Since starting her own PR Company over 30 years ago Ms Thompson has acquired an exceptional range of transferable skills that can complement high performing companies and organisations. Originally from Guyana, South America, Ms Thompson has always shown an entrepreneurial flair. Not taking the usual channel to the small business arena, she evolved from freelance writing for many music industry papers including Music Week the industry bible, and IPC weekly and monthly titles. She also has been involved in many successful firsts in the UK including, being Music Editor for the UK’s first Black Monthly glossy magazine – Root, and also being a founder and director of the UK’s first Black Music radio station Choice FM, now owned by the Global Radio Group. Other firsts include, starting the first Black Owned PR company (according to PR Week), now known as ASAP Communications; running the first in depth research of the lifestyle of the Black community across the UK – The Black Consumer Survey and starting the UK’s first Black Women Business Network – The European Federation of Black Women Business Owners.
Professor Gus John
Professor Gus John delivered the following speech at the temporary unveiling ceremony of the Memorial in Brixton, London, on Armistice Day 11 November 2014
“Before I pour Libation and acknowledge the spirit of all those Africans who gave their lives in the first and second world wars, let me make a few brief comments. We are gathered here today, not to glorify war. The monument we are about to unveil is not to glorify war. War remains forever inglorious, whether you are victor or vanquished! Nor does this monument represent jingoistic, or even pious, adulation of the bravery, selflessness and sacrifice of the Africans who served in the British Armed Forces. Rather, it is to ensure that Britain does not succeed in erasing from history the brutal fact that despite theenslavement of Africans, despite the fact that only 60 years after the end of enslavement of Africans on plantations in the West Indies, some 16,000 West Indians were persuaded to join the British West Indies Regiment and risk life and limb in the killing fields of Europe. Theirs was an experience of racism and of betrayal, both during active service and after they had been discharged as invalid or unfit and made to return to the West Indies to face penury and misery, without compensation, without pension, without medical care and prostheses, and above all without jobs, having left their employment to come to Europe and join the War effort.

Margaret Busby OBE PAWA Article / Interview
Margaret Busby is the co-founder of Allison and Busby publishers, which began in 1967. It is still operates as an independent publishers today. Margaret is one of the most eminent people in the UK’s publishing community. She is a now a publisher, broadcaster and reviewer.
Kwaku BBM Personal Website / Linkedin

Martin Spafford Guardian Article
An Oxford-educated teacher who taught in South Africa during apartheid has retired. Martin Spafford, 60, has said goodbye to pupils after 24 years at George Mitchell School in Leyton. However, the former history teacher has no plans to take it easy and has already lined up a number of community education projects to keep him busy.
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