Membership Team Biographies #2

 

Thomas Colquhoun- Alberts 
Knowledge Manager

Thomas is an experienced researcher and published author. With particular interests in culture and social relations, his research experience has applied critical social theory to social justice challenges. His published writings include human rights themes, democracy, and religion in public life.

Thomas holds a PhD from SOAS, University of London. He was formerly a research associate at the Institute for Comparative Religions in Southern Africa at the University of Cape Town and at the Human Sciences Research Council (South Africa)

Thomas is an innovative and analytical researcher, with a particular interest in culture and social relations. Thomas enjoys on- going planning,  working as part of a team, data interpretation and capturing knowledge.

 

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Don Cowper
Business Development Manager 

Don has worked for Business in the Community for 19 years. He joined the organisation with over 20 years experience in finance.

Don specialises in facilitating networking opportunities between diversity experts and organisations ensuring the sharing of best practice and knowledge. Don is based in the North East and was awarded a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship in 2000 linking schools in the North East of England with schools in South Africa, Namibia and Lesotho and helping to build 7 libraries in townships.

From 1997 to May 2007 Don was the National Treasurer of the anti-racist Charity Show Racism the Red Card.  In the past 10 years, he has worked tirelessly to raise the awareness of the charity, undertaking many physically demanding challenges including climbing Mount Kilimanjaro twice, white water rafting on the Zambezi and trekking to Mount Everest Base Camp six times.

 

Haley Bennett 
Diversity Adviser

Hayley joined BITC from Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, where she delivered her expertise in diversity and inclusion to over 2000 participants nationwide annually via workshops, training, events and community initiatives. Hayley partnered with city firms including Investec and Financial Ombudsman Service.

 
During her four-and-a-half years at Kick It Out, Hayley created several pioneering projects for the organisation, including the successful launch of the Education Programme in 2015 and The Equality and Diversity Awareness in Football Award with Southampton Solent University. This six-week online course upskilled over 80 professionals working in the football industry including employees from Liverpool Football Club and The City Football Group.

Her work has led her to be recognised as a Rising Star in Sport at the WeAreTheCity Awards 2016, and the 2016 Football Black List Awards – an initiative celebrating influential black individuals in British football. She serves as a County Member for Surrey County Football Association where she is part of the Inclusion Advisory Group reporting directly to the Board.

Hayley volunteers with Spirit of 2012, the London 2012 legacy charity, as a youth advisory panel member. Hayley has also participated in the Commonwealth Women's Mentorship Scheme, which empowers young women globally. She was also a member of Anti-bullying Alliance’s Race and Faith Advisory Board, which combats race and faith targeted bullying in schools and communities.