Board Members


Professor Cecile Wright (BA, Ph.D)

  • Professor of Sociology, University of Nottingham,
  • Chair of Derby’s Windrush Planning Group
  • Trustee of Derby Counselling Centre,
  • Board of Director, Positive Action Training Agency(PATRA)East Midlands
  • Former Non Executive Director for Kingsway Mental Health Trust.
  • Former Vice- Chair, Hadhari Women’s Refuge, Derby
  • Former Chair of Hallmark Housing Association, Derby
  • Former Secretary of Derby West Indian Cultural Association
  • Former Board of Governor for Derby College of Further Education, Woodlands Secondary School, Markeaton Primary School and Central Nursery
  • Former lay member of Derby Council For Racial Equality.
  • Former member of the Derby Community Liaison Group for Derbyshire Police , Ripley
  • Former Advisory Board member to the Jamaican Government For the Jamaica Diaspora

Rev John Augustine

Director, Vice Chair

Sophia Brown

Director, Vice Secretary
  • Director of Blackrock Recruitment Ltd
  • Children and Young Peoples Independent Sexual Violence Adviser

Dr Valerie (Val) Watson (BComb Studs, M.Ed, MSc, Dip Couns, Dip Sup, Dip RPiO, PhD)

Board member
  • Current Executive member BACP Coaching Division (from November 2020)
  • Current Racial Justice Forum Facilitator – Downing College Cambridge (from December 2020)
  • Former Head of University Counselling Service (University of Nottingham)
  • Former Executive member -BACP Heads of University Counselling Services
  • Former Chair of BME Staff Network (University of Nottingham)
  • Former Board Member Nottingham Counselling Service
  • Former Governor Long Row Primary School

Sheila Cole- (LLB Law Hons, Dip ESW)

Board Member
  • Co-Chair – Black Minority Employee Network Group- Derbyshire County Council
  • Diversity & Inclusion Lead
  • Childrens Services Practitioner
  • GMB Union Representative
  • Former Human Resources Officer
  • Former Education Welfare officer
  • Former Residential Social Worker
  • Former Youth & Community officer

Vivene McCalla


Rev Paul Gordon

Vice Treasurer