(Equity, Diversity and Inclusion)
Sarah Hack: Youth Engagement Specialist, Leaders Unlocked
Alongside a legal career at Knights PLC, Sarah works with Leaders Unlocked as a Youth engagement facilitator, and workshop co coordinator and researcher. As part of this role Sarah has gained specialism with engaging with underrepresented voices and young people from hard to reach backgrounds. Sarah has conducted research into offending/reoffending, mental health, race related issues, drug misuse, employment/careers and other areas. Examples of the projects Sarah has worked on are; The Student Commission for Racial Justice 2021, a member of the IOPC youth panel, Co-Ordinated the Youth Commission for Sussex and Brighton, Young Justice Advisors and many others.
Atif Bashir: Student Leader, Student Commission on Racial Justice
Atif is a full-time student at Leyton Sixth Form College. In addition, he is a Student Leader in the Student Commission on Racial Justice (SCRJ) led by Leaders Unlocked. He has brought concepts and skills to the project and has enjoyed participating in this amazing opportunity. Atif is also an Equality & Diversity Leader in the Student Council at Leyton Sixth Form College – his duties are to ensure every pupil gains equal opportunities and are treated equally as well as integrating measures to make sure equality & diversity remains at the college.
Carlos Moo Student Leader: Student Commission on Racial Justice Student Governor
Carlos is currently studying Law, Business, Financial Studies and Dance at Leyton Sixth Form College (LSC) where he is a Student Governor. Last year Carlos worked with Leaders Unlocked on the Student Commission on Racial Justice, creating an animation and a strategy and actions for colleges and other institutions to promote racial justice and address disparities effectively. Through working with Leaders Unlocked he developed life changing skills such as public speaking, team working and confidence. Carlos is passionate about acting and last year performed in a London theatre in a play which showed the reality of knife crime in London.
Ellisha Soanes: Equality, Diversity and Digital Inclusion Coordinator/Lecturer, West Suffolk College
Ellisha’s specialist area is equality and diversity and she has worked in the education sector for the last 7 years and in health and social care for over 10 years. Ellisha is an advocate for diversity and mentors in the community to support young people meet their full potential. Ellisha has been influential in creating change, pioneering the first college ever to teach black history all year round at West Suffolk College. Ellisha and her team are working on innovating through the use of student led approach training , and collaborating with communities and business on equality and diversity.
Teresa Carroll: National Head of Inclusion, The Education and Training Foundation
Teresa leads on the Education and Training Foundation’s offer to the sector on offender learning, special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and mental health. She has worked for over 20 years across the housing, health and education sectors developing community led services, providing advocacy and in social policy roles to ensure that services meet the needs of those they are for. A beneficiary and champion of the Further Education sector and its life changing impact, Teresa works with others to remove the barriers that prevent people from maximising their potential.
Kerris Boulton: WorldSkills UK Skills Champion
Kerris Boulton (She/Her) is a keen advocate for Women in STEM. With over 10 years’ experience in an engineering field Kerris now works as an Employer Engagement Manager at SETA Training & Advisory Services in Stockport, Manchester, where she assesses and trains the future engineering workforce. Kerris also studies part time for a BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University. After competing in WorldSkillsUK Industrial Electronics competition in 2018 – gaining a silver medal – Kerris became a Skills Champion where she helps to not only promote WorldSkillsUK, but apprenticeships and technical education.
Sidonie Bertrand-Shelton: Head of Education & Youth, Stonewall
Stonewall stands for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer, questioning and ace (LGBTQ+) people everywhere. They’ve spent the past 30 years working towards a world where all children and young people have access to an LGBTQ-inclusive education. Sidonie has been supporting and leading this work at Stonewall for the last six years, and comes from a background of empowering and facilitating diverse youth voices in education.