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.

Jonathan Akwue

Jonathan is Managing Partner of DigitasLBI, the global marketing and digital technology agency.  Prior to this he was CEO UK of Lost Boys, the social and digital content agency that is part of the DigitasLB family.  Prior to this, he spent 9 years with Engine was he was responsible for launching and establishing Engine’s content marketing and production studio Moment Studio in the UK. He has been a Trustee of BCA since 2008 and provides strategic guidance on brand development, digital and marketing strategy, commercial partnerships and income generation.

Errol Donald

Errol is an artist, designer and creative wellbeing practitioner. He is a director of Mindspray, a creative platform for cultural learning and creative wellbeing. Prior to this, he led the in-house design teams at leading professional services firms such as Hogan Lovells and Herbert Smith.  He has been a Trustee of BCA since 2012 and provides strategic guidance and support on brand development, design and marketing strategy.

Patricia Hamzahee

A US citizen living and working in the UK for almost 30 years, Patricia spent over 20 years in investment banking and financial communications. Today, as founder of Integriti Capital, she is focused on helping social enterprises attract private capital. A philanthropist and mentor, she supports young entrepreneurs creating social change solutions and campaigns for social mobility.

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.

Conrad Peters

Prior to setting up his training and development consultancy and now pursuing his interest in acting, Conrad had a lengthy career working for a major UK bank in the City where he held senior roles within the Corporate, International, and Training and Development functions. On taking voluntary retirement in 1999, he also held 12 months interim roles as Head of Operations at the Windsor Fellowship and Head of Learning and Access at the Archives, Libraries and Museums agency.  Conrad has been a Trustee of BCA since 2000, serving as treasurer from 2001- 2003 and again from 2007- 2016. He served as Chair from 2003 – 2006 following the death of the co-founder Len Garrison.

Stafford Geohagen

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.

Novelette-Aldoni Stewart

Novelette-Aldoni Stewart is an arts – cultural heritage professional who holds an M.A. in Arts Administration (New York University), an MSc in Object Conservation (University College London), and an M.A.L.D  (Masters of International Law and Diplomacy, from the Fletcher School. Within the United Kingdom, she has worked– as a curator, historical researcher, and/or conservator—in a variety of organisations, amongst these: the Horniman Museum, the Powell-Cotton Museum and Quex House, and  Pitt-Rivers, the British Museum, the Maidstone Museum and Bentilf Collection, and the Black Cultural Archives.  Abroad, she has worked and trained at organisations such as the Musee Royal de  l’afrique Centrale (Belgium). Earlier in her career, she trained as worked as an education docent at The Cloisters: The Metropolitan Museum of Arts, worked as a researcher for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (United States), and as a co-curator and in exhibition administration at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Arts; Sailor Snug Harbour.

Ms. Stewart sits on the Fabric Advisory Committee on Chelmsford Cathedral where she advises on the care of their collection.  She also sits as a Trustee for the Japanese Animal Welfare Society, a registered UK charity, where along with environmentalists, businessmen, and retired animal welfare experts, she awards funds to organisations who are working within government guidelines to build more humane infrastructures.