Meet the team
Meet the people who work at the Foundation and help make a difference every day!
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 is the SFSC Programme Manager at the Race Equality Foundation and manages the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities Team. She worked jointly with Jabeer Butt in the development of the SFSC model for use with black and minority ethnic communities in the UK, and has taken forward its establishment as a widely used parenting intervention. She has led the team in developing SFSC materials for work around gang and knife crime, learning disabilities, and sexual and reproductive health; and oversees the monitoring of quality assurance and programme fidelity.
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.
Senior Parent Programme and Training Officer
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.
Senior Policy and Practice Officer
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.
Parent Programme Officer
Parent Programme Officer
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.
Parent Programme Officer
Joy Ohen 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.
Joy is a qualified NNEB and Montessori teacher and worked in this role for many years before moving into the field of Family Support. She is an Accredited Facilitator for the following groups Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities, Domestic Violence group for Women and Children, Speakeasy and Triple P.
She has worked with children, young people and their families for many years, offering support and advice with a solution focused approach; supporting families within the community and helping them to build on their strengths. She is a firm believer in multi-disciplinary working and early intervention.
Joy has been an SFSC facilitator for a number of years and has provided freelance facilitation for the Foundation before becoming a member of the team.
Admin and Finance Manager
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.
Policy and Practice Officer
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.
Donna is a Research Assistant at the Race Equality Foundation. She is currently working on a National Institute for Health Research funded Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) evaluating the effectiveness and cost effectiveness of the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities (SFSC) parenting programme.
Previously, Donna has completed an MSc degree in Social Science Research Methods and a PhD examining violence in young adults’ relationships. Her research interests centre upon advancing social policy that promotes equal rights and inclusion, as well as improving outcomes for young people.
Children and Young People's Programme Officer
Reshad is a Children and Young People’s Programme Officer; he delivers our SFSC young people’s programme and is a trained SFSC facilitator. He is currently working on a project in the youth offending sector to support young people and their families. Reshad is also currently studying applied social sciences, community development and youth work at Goldsmiths University. Reshad has worked in the youth sector for eight years specialising in reducing substance misuse and drug related activities.
Children and Young People's Programme Officer
Dilara Yigit is the Policy and Practice intern in Race Equality Foundation, giving support to the Policy and Practice team. The projects she is involved in are: Breast Cancer Screening, Musculoskeletal conditions and Blood pressure, which are aiming to find solutions to and eliminate barriers faced by minority groups living in England.
Dilara is doing her one year placement which is a part of the Politics and International
Relations course in University of Bath. Previously, she worked as an Administration intern in a Solidarity Centre aiming to increase awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse in Turkey. She has also been a volunteer teacher in schools with inadequate resources and taught classes focused on human rights, ecological systems and psychology.