"Black Voices Cornwall exist to enable Cornwall to become an actively anti-racist County.
We will bring increased awareness and empowerment through Communication,
Education and Unification."
Beresford Lee brings a wealth of knowledge and vision to Black Voices Cornwall and is the current Strategic Director of the organisation with over 30 years experience in business and project management. Beresford dedicates much of his time behind the scenes ensuring the organisation remains streamlined. Beresford is one of the lead facilitators and delivers many of the training and development projects. During time off Beresford enjoys spending time with his boys and cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Abi Hutchinson is a fashion design graduate from University of Arts London. Abi is the Cultural Lead for Black Voices Cornwall and also heads up the events team. Abi is a positive role model for young women of colour in Cornwall as one of the youngest Company Directors in the Country. Abi also has a passion for showcasing and celebrating a varity of cultures and is a champion for Race Equality. Abi is the genious behind the BVC initiatives 'Colourful Conversations' and 'Playing the Race Card'. In her spare time Abi enjoys reading and spending time with family.
Retired Royal Navy Medic - Marcus Alleyne now dedicates his time to music and education. Marcus moved to Cornwall in 1995 and is the the current Director of Communications for BVC. He also leads on challenging Legal and Judicial system here in Cornwall. Marcus sits on a number of EDI Panels across the region giving a clear and balanced view of racism and its effects here in the Duchy. In his spare time Marcus enjoys engaging on the Hockey Pitch as an England Hockey Umpire. He is also a 'dab hand' in the kitchen. He enjoys spending time with his family, who continue to be the motivation behind his work with Black Voices Cornwall.
Joyte Brown is the Community Engagement Director for Black Voices Cornwall. Her role is to ensure that Black Voices Cornwall are responding to local voices and to engage organisations in new partnership projects. Increasing organisational awareness to potential service users is also a key role. Joyte is a marketing manager for a corporate events company by day and has several years working in education as a teacher and facilitator, both here in Cornwall and in London. Joyte is passionate about empowering people and believes that education and empathy are key to creating a healthy and happy society.
Helen Hutchinson is one of the founding Directors of Black Vocies Cornwall and sits as the current Director of Education. Helen was responsible for the first major BVC project which saw Bitesized Black History Curriculum Resources delivered to over 170 Cornish Primary Schools. Helen is the Training and Development Lead for Black Voices Cornwall and oversees all of the Education, Training and Delivery projects. Helen is the proud mother of two dual heritige children and brings a unique perspective to the the organisation. Helen also offers specialist private tuition and in her spare time enjoys walking the costal paths of Cornwall.
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Laura Drummond Smith
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To see a Race Equality Council or equivalent returned to Cornwall.
Promote and provide the education of Black History and raise awareness in education, for the community and throughout the workplace.
To upskill governors, managers and the work force to increase awareness in equality, diversity, inclusion and anti-racsim.
To help embed a culture of zero tolerance to racism in Cornwall.
Support and encourage the celebration of ethnically diverse culture in Cornwall.
To work in partnership with key organisations ensuring a visible, fair and appropriate representation of the ethnically diverse communities throughout Cornwall.
To challenge the strategic direction of the local authority, regarding racial inequalities and in-activity.
To challenge injustice and racial bias within the criminal justice system.
To support Health and Social Care within community and wellbeing projects.
Developing SME business, employment and enterprise within our ethnically diverse community in Cornwall.
Safeguarding within Black Vocies Cornwall is our number one priority and is the responsibility of everyone. It is the policy of Black Voices Cornwall that all those working on behalf of BVC undergoes an enhanced DBS. More information can be found within our safeguarding policy.
Following the global rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020 members from the Black and Ethnically Diverse communities in Cornwall felt empowered enough to begin raising their voices to bring a much needed change. Our vision is to enable Cornwall to become Actively Anti - Racist. We continue to challenge authorities, institutes and organisations across all sectors - Holding them to account is a vital step towards achieving our Key Aims. Developing effective partnerships and reviving the Race Equalities Council are also crutial initiatives we look to achieve.