Board of Trustees biographies


Dawn Hill

Dawn Hill, BCA Chairman since 2012, joined the Board of Trustees in 1981, working in the early years with Len Garrison, BCA founder. Dawn is an experienced management consultant with a background as a State Registered Nurse (SRN), a Diploma in Social Administration and Chartered MCIPD, working in industrial relations, organisation development and human resource management in the NHS, education and NGOs. She chaired the BCA HLF funded Archives & Museum Black Heritage (AMBH) Project in partnership with Middlesex University which established a basis for the Raleigh Hall Capital Development Project. She then chaired the Raleigh Hall Project Board from 2005 responsible for establishing this new national heritage centre, opened in 2014 in Brixton.

She has been a non-Executive Director and Governor at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, is a Governor at the Evelina Hospital School and Trustee of the Mary Seacole Memorial Statue Appeal. She led on the unveiling of the Mary Seacole Statue in June 2016. BCA is a partner organisation with the Mary Seacole Trust legacy project of which she has been made President.

Prime Minister Theresa May presented Dawn with a Points of Light award at Downing Street on 18th October 2017 in recognition of her 30 years of outstanding volunteer service with the BCA “fundamental in creating a vitally important national resource shining a light on the achievements of the African and Caribbean communities in the British society”.

Okao (Fred) Angole

Fred has been a finance executive over a long career spanning the private sector (audit and retail services) and the not-for-profit sector (the social housing regulator, housing associations, local authority and charities). A fully qualified FCCA accountant with an MSc in Finance & Investment, he has had executive responsibility for a range of corporate services functions including IT, business improvement and governance.  He has raised over £300 million in private finance and had leading roles in corporate mergers and change management.  Fred has been a BCA trustee for 3 years and assumed the role of Treasurer at the last AGM.

Prof Hakim Adi

Prof. Hakim Adi is Professor of the History of Africa and the African Diaspora at the University of Chichester. He will launch the world’s first online Masters by Research programme on the History of Africa and the African Diaspora in January 2018. Hakim is the author of West Africans in Britain 1900-60: Nationalism, Pan-Africanism and Communism (Lawrence and Wishart, 1998); (with M. Sherwood) The 1945 Manchester Pan-African Congress Revisited (New Beacon, 1995) and Pan-African History: Political Figures from Africa and the Diaspora since 1787 (Routledge, 2003. He is also (with C. Bressey) the editor of Belonging in Europe – The African Diaspora and Work (London: Routledge, 2010). His most recent book is Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939 (Africa World Press, 2013).

Hakim has appeared in many documentary films, on TV and on radio and has written widely on the history of Africa and the African Diaspora, including three history books for children. He has just completed a history of Pan-Africanism to be followed by a book on the history of African and Caribbean people in Britain to be published by Penguin.

Maureen Roberts

Maureen is Senior Development Officer at London Metropolitan Archives. She has been a Trustee of BCA since 2005 and provides strategic guidance on fundraising, collections management and best archives practice.

Stafford Geohagen

Jennie Baptiste

Stafford is owner/manager of Healthy Eaters and Jamaican Spice Bakery, both Brixton based businesses.  He became a Trustee of BCA in 2017 and provides strategic guidance on commercial and income generating opportunities, particularly for the BCA Café and use of the building overall.

Jennie Baptiste is a London born photographer of St Lucian heritage. Her work is primarily based around Youth Culture, Music, and Heritage within Portraiture. Jennie’s work has been shown at notable institutions including The National Portrait Gallery, The V & A Museum, The Museum of London, The Institute of Jamaica, Rush Arts Gallery in New York, Anti-Slavery International and The Home Office.

Adam Crymble


Katie Dash


Caroline Hussey-Bain


Sharmaine Lovegrove


Harun Morrison


Rukayah Sarumi


Olakunle Babarinde

Adam Crymble is a Senior Lecturer of History at the University of Hertfordshire. He teaches and researches migration history in Britain. He is passionate about widening participation in education, and on promoting digital skills development in the heritage sector. He is a founding editor of the Programming Historian, a free digital learning resource used by more than 1-million people per year.

Katie is a Senior Associate Director at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and is responsible for representing businesses across London and the South East and helping them navigate the political and economic landscape. Her previous experience includes Assistant Regional Director for CBI Scotland, Assistant Economist for the Scottish Government, and research roles in think-tanks based in London. Katie is also Co-Chair of CBI’s Black and Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) Network.

Caroline Hussey-Bain (b. 1984, Northampton, UK) has been an Art, and Heritage sector working with British, European and International based Major Donors for over Fifteen years. She has worked with small independent and private galleries to large national institutions including Royal Museums Greenwich and Tate. As a 2014 Winston Churchill Fellow, she worked extensively in North America including at the Brooklyn Museum, MoCADA and Mystic Seaport researching best practice in fundraising and relationship management. In 2016, she became a Museum Association Transformer for her leadership in devising new strategies to diversify the individuals who support art institutions and in 2019 became a Clore Fellow.

Sharmaine Lovegrove is the Publisher of Dialogue Books, the UK’s only inclusive imprint, part of Little Brown Book Group and Hachette UK. She is inspired by innovative storytelling, and has worked in public relations, bookselling, events management and TV scouting. She was the literary editor of ELLE and set up her own bookshop and creative agency when living in Berlin.

Harun is an artist and writer currently based in London, raised in Streatham. Alongside Helen Walker, he co-founded the collective art practice ‘They Are Here’ in 2006. Through this collaboration they continuously explore group dynamics, divisions of authorship and politics of time and space.

Rukayah is a public policy expert with over a decade of experience in the field of sustainable development with a focus on child rights and environmental sustainability. Rukayah has committed considerable time to community cohesion and has worked as a community organiser in Lambeth on issues related to security and safety. Rukayah possesses strong governance experience through her role as a non-executive director and advisory board member on national and international boards.

An international property investor, an accredited UK landlord and property developer as well as a mentor to young entrepreneurs, Olakunle has been nominated as Board Secretary and also serves as Trustee of two other charities: Making The Leap, sitting on the Property Strategy committee and St John’s Notting-Hill, representing it on the Kensington Deanery Synod. He is also founder of Talent Rising, a resource for Employee Network leaders.

Olakunle has a degree in Physics and a post Graduate diploma in Management in Industry, a foundation to his almost 30 years in financial services. Olakunle is a strategic thinker and experienced negotiator, having worked with hundreds of organisations to deliver strategic income generation and business development through periods of challenging organisational change.