Patrons

Baroness Howells of St Davids Rosalind Howells was appointed to the House of Lords in 1999. A former community worker and race equality activist, she is particularly interested in community relations, international affairs (Africa/Caribbean), education and health. She has worked as Director of the Greenwich Racial Equality Council and as a Community and Equal Opportunities Worker. Howells is also a trustee of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, and served as the unofficial advisor to the Lawrence family.  Baroness Howells continues on as Patrons at present.  Read More…

Baroness Amos of Brondesbury: Baroness Valerie Amos of Brondesbury was made a life peer in 1997 and was the first black woman to serve as a Minister in the British cabinet and in the House of Lords. She has consistently sustained an interest in, and a commitment to, development issues, and to equality and human rights. Prior to her entry into the Labour government, Valerie Amos was Chief Executive of the Equal Opportunities Commission between 1989 and 1994 and an advisor to the South African government.  Baroness Amos stepped down as patrons on being accepted on to the NEC during Tony Blair’s administration.  Read More…

Oona Tamsyn King, Baroness King of Bow is a Labour politician and former Chief Diversity Officer of Channel 4. She previously had served as a Labour Party Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow from 1997 until 2005, when she was defeated by Respect candidate George Galloway. She was the second black female MP elected to the House of Commons, after Diane Abbott.  Baroness King stepped down on becoming MP For Bethnal Green.  Read More…

Herman George Ouseley, Baron Ouseley  is a British parliamentarian, who has run public authorities, including local councils and is an adviser and reviewer of public services organisations. Lord Ouseley has expertise in equality and diversity issues and is the Chairperson of several charitable organisations as well as being a Patron for dozens of organisations. He has been at the forefront of challenging institutional racism in organisations and is a advocate on behalf of individuals from disadvantaged and deprived backgrounds.  Continues to support the Federation to present.  Read More…

Cherie Blair QC known professionally as Cherie Booth QC, is a British barrister practising in England and Wales. She is married to the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair; the couple have three sons and one daughter.  Continues to support the Federation to present.  Read More…

Dame Jocelyn Anita Barrow, Mrs. Downer, DBE  is the Director for UK Development at Focus Consultancy Ltd. She was the first black woman to be a governor of the BBC and was founder and Deputy Chair of the Broadcasting Standards Council.  Dame Jocelyn was a founding member and General Secretary of Campaign Against Racial Discrimination (CARD), the organisation responsible for the Race Relations Act of 1968.   Dame Jocelyn continues to support the federation to present.  Read More…

Patrick Berry – has many firsts including being the first male Patron of EFBWBO, the founder of the first owned and run legal Black music radio station and owning the first Black glossy monthly fashion and lifestyle magazine.  The epitome of an entrepreneur he continues with his next project YouTV soon to hit our airwaves.  Patrick also continues to support the EFBWBO.  Read More…

Netherlands:

Dame Maritza Russell started ZZVN the equivalent sister organisation in Rotterdam after winning our Dutch Women In Business Awards.  ZZVN hosts their women in business awards also in Black History Month at the Stock Exchange in Rotterdam, awarding recognising and celebrating Black Women Business leaders in the Netherlands. ZZVN the only  organisation of its kind working towards more equality and diversity in Holland specifically promoting Black women in business. Maritza was recently recognised by  Dutch Royalty and government in consideration of the work she has done in this field.  Read More…

France:

Chantal Clairicia took over the running of RRFAN our French sister organisation in 2004.  Chantal has been involved with several professional networks, but come forward to meet the challenge of running a French business owners network during a time when equality and diversity was not on the French government ‘s agenda.  She has since facilitated several conferences and meeting with the Mayor’s office extolling the virtues of campaigning for equality and diversity to be recognised within the French Government structures.  Read More…

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