Meet the team

Meet the people who work at the Foundation and help make a difference every day!

Jabeer Butt

Chief Executive

Jabeer Butt

Jabeer has gained an international reputation for the use of evidence in developing interventions that help overcome discrimination and disadvantage. For example, with Sukhwant Dhaliwal, he carried out the research for and wrote the award-winning guide to better practice in housing for disabled people, Different paths.

His studies have been used to inform government thinking as well as interventions such as Sure Start. He presently provides leadership for the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities programme. This has seen widespread adoption of an effective parent education programme because of its success in reaching parents from all communities.

He is also leading the work of the Foundation to increase the use of evidence in developing better health and housing support. In addition, he leads the Foundation’s work on better engagement of the third sector by the Department of Health’s Strategic Partners programme.

Jabeer has been on a number of committees and is presently a member of the NHS’s Equality and Diversity Council, Family Lives’ Instructions Not Included Stakeholder Reference Group and the National Stakeholder Forum

Jabeer continues to write and most recently produced a guide on effective engagement of parents for the Social Care Institute for Excellence. He received an OBE in 2013 for his work promoting race equality.

Leandra Box

Programme Manager

Leandra Box

Leandra is the SFSC Programme Manager at the Race Equality Foundation. She manages the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities programme and was involved in its adaptation for use with black and minority ethnic communities in the UK.

Leandra’s publications include Supportive services, effective strategies (1997, co-authored with Jabeer Butt); Family centred: A study of the use of family centres by black families (1998, co-authored with Jabeer Butt); Respect: Learning materials for social care staff working with black and minority ethnic older people (1999, co-authored with Jabeer Butt and Suzanne Lyn-Cook); and a series of policy papers on the needs of black and minority ethnic families.

Bernadette Rhoden

Senior Parent Programme and Training Officer

Bernadette Rhoden

Bernadette is a Senior Parent Programme and Training Officer for the Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities programme and is based in the Race Equality Foundation’s London office.

Bernadette is an experienced SFSC facilitator who has delivered the programme across a range of settings to universal and targeted groups of parents. She delivers the Foundation’s five day SFSC facilitator training to practitioners throughout UK and has been instrumental in devising and delivering a number of our Advanced Skills courses. She is further responsible for fulfilling QA contracts to a number of local authorities and provides ongoing support to SFSC facilitators.

Bernadette has worked in the voluntary sector for over 25 years and has developed various community projects including a support network for fathers in Croydon and the development and management of the Family Nurturing Project.

Tracey Bignall

Senior Policy and Practice Officer

Tracey Bignall

Tracey is currently the Senior Policy and Practice Officer with the Race Equality Foundation. She has undertaken research within the social care field, primarily on disability issues, and is co-author of several reports, including Between ambition and achievement: The views of young black disabled people on independent living and Something to do. Other research has explored the implementation of family group conferences and the career development of senior black managers in social services.

She is currently working on the Engage London project which provides a range of activities to support sustainability in the children, young people and families sector. In addition, she is working on a Department of Health funded programme to assist clinical commissioning groups in the commissioning of communication services for seldom heard and marginalised groups.

Tracey is also currently a member of the Risks, Trusts and Relationships, the Neighbourhood Approaches to Loneliness advisory group, National BAME Transplant Association (NBTA) , and National Institute for Health Research Satisfaction with Social Care Services amongst BME populations.

Jade Briant

Parent Programme Officer

Jade Briant

Chalice Richardson

Parent Programme Officer

Chalice Richardson

Chalice Richardson is a Parent Programme Officer at the Race Equality Foundation leading on SFSC delivery across Lambeth Lewisham and Southwark as part of the RiSE consortium to provide preventative sexual health services to Black African and Caribbean communities.

Throughout the last 15 years, he has worked extensively in community settings, providing services which directly support families with vulnerable school-aged and post 16 children. Recent roles include a post at London Borough of Southwark. Chalice’s practice is underpinned by a multi-disciplinary approach, which sees work in social care and youth services as well as the wider community.

Chalice has been an SFSC facilitator for a number of years and has provided freelance facilitation for the Foundation on a number of projects including working to support SFSC delivery in areas affected by gangs and knife crime and by radicalisation and extremism.

Joy Ohen

Parent Programme Officer

Joy Ohen

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Jubeada Begum

Parent Programme Officer

Jubeada Begum

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Angela Azubuike

Admin and Finance Manager

Angela Azubuike

Angela is the Administrator and Finance officer based at the Head Office in London. Angela operates and maintains the Foundation’s financial system and ensures the smooth running of the office. Angela also supports the Strengthening Families Strengthening Communities and Policy and Practice Teams teams by organising training, answering the order line, and ensuring that programmes are registered and receive the resources they need.

Samir Jeraj

Policy and Practice Officer

Samir Jeraj

Samir is Policy and Practice Officer at the Race Equality Foundation, assisting the policy and practice team on a number of projects, including the Department of Health Strategic Partners programme, and the National Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Transplant Alliance (NBTA).

Samir has previously worked in local government, politics, development, and as a journalist with a focus on housing and social issues.

 

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