Membership Team Biographies #1

 

 

 

Ann Allcock
Manager, Workplace Memberships 

Ann has worked on the Business in the Community gender and race campaigns since 2012.  Prior to that she ran her own Diversity, Equality and Inclusion consultancy and training company for some years, supporting a range of corporate and public sector clients, but focussing her expertise in higher education and health. 
Ann has experience of delivering a varied portfolio of diversity policy and strategy development projects, of diversity ‘health-check’ and audit work, of inclusive engagement and consultation, and of equality compliance advice.  Ann has also designed and delivered a wide spectrum of diversity-related learning and training events and resources.  She was formerly a diversity practitioner at the Universities of Kent and Brighton, at the London Fire Service and in London local government.

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Ekaete Assiak 
Diversity Adviser
 

Ekaete has worked on the Business in the Community gender and race campaigns for the past 16 years.
Prior to that she was the campaign manager for race canpaign in the North West.  Before joining BITC, Ekaete worked with the Public Transport Information Unit as Unit Co-ordinator where she was one of a handful of women working in the transport field at the time.
Ekaete also worked as a policy officer with the Manchester City Council for three years.

Born in Horsforth (Yorkshire) to mixed race parents, Ekaete moved to Nigeria when she was two years old. She lived through the harrowing Biafran war and moved back to the UK in 1974.

Ekaete has a depth and breadth of regional expertise, in addition to her cross sector knowledge.  She has experience of delivering a varied portfolio of diversity policy and strategy development projects, of diversity ‘health-check’ and audit work and of inclusive engagement and consultation.  

Ekaete has a BSc Honours degree in Psychology& Educational Reseach from the University of Lancaster and for many years, raised her two children as a single parent.

Ekaete served as a director on the Black Health Agency board from 2005 – 2009

Sabrina Bushe
Diversity Adviser

Before joining Business in the Community, Sabrina worked as a Research and Communications Officer at a London-based social and economic research institute. Here she managed communications for the institute and conducted quantitative and qualitative research for a range of clients including the Low Pay Commission, Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Welsh Assembly Government. She has co-authored 10 published reports focused on the relationship between deprivation and life chances such as access to childcare, educational attainment and prospects around work and pay.

Sabrina also has previous experience of human rights campaigning, having worked in campaigns and communications functions at Freedom from Torture – the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment and rehabilitation of survivors of torture – and the Women’s Foundation Nepal – a grassroots organisation working to eliminate gender-based violence in Nepal. Sabrina holds a first degree in Sociology and English (National University of Ireland, Cork) and a MSc in Political Science (University College London).

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Diversity Adviser 
 
Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Patricia enjoyed living in a multi-cultural and faith family.  After graduating with a BSc Hons degree in Psychology from the Open University her love of working with people led Patricia to study for an MA in Human Resources and Employment with the London Metropolitan University. 
Patricia has worked with Tesco Retail delivering diversity training across Metro Stores in London as well as Learning and Development programmes.  Previously Patricia worked with London Citizens charity supporting refugee professionals by managing the Internship scheme that recruited and placed interns within member organisations in London.
Patricia is an Associate CIPD member.
Patricia works  with several charities and is a political and human rights activist , holding the position of Secretary for the Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change political party - London Branch. She has also served as a Commissioner on the Independent Commission for Enforced Removals for Citizens UK – People’s Diaspora. 
Patricia has a passion for travelling and dress making.
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