Runnymede Trustees

 

Sir Clive Jones CBE (Chair)

As well as his role as chair of Runnymede's board of trustees, Sir Clive Jones CBE chairs both the ITV DB Pension Scheme and its DC Pension Plan.

After graduating from the LSE he worked as a newspaper journalist before joining ITV in 1976. He was CEO of Central Television and then the Carlton Television Group, before taking Carlton into the merger with Granada to create ITV plc. During his broadcasting career he was also Managing Director of the ITV Network and Chairman of GMTV. He now chairs Sightsavers, the leading international disability organisation, which is UK’s third biggest charity and National Theatre Wales. He is also a trustee of the Thomson Foundation.

In 2018 he completed an eight-year term as Chairman of the Disasters Emergency Committee raising £500 million in ten appeals.

In 2,000 he founded and was the first chair of the Creative Diversity Network , a cross-industry body which campaigns for greater diversity in British television.

He was awarded a knighthood for services to humanitarian causes in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2019.

 

Jason Arday

Jason is a Senior Lecturer in Physical Education and Sociology at St Mary’s University College, London, and has held the same role at Liverpool John Moores University. Within his role he teaches about Physical Education, Inclusion, Gender and Sexuality and Race in Education. Jason holds Master’s Degrees in Physical Education and Teaching and Learning in Education. Jason is currently completing his Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in Education at Liverpool John Moores University.

Jason is also a Mentor on the Mayor’s Mentoring Programme, and is presently a Role model for the Black Enterprise and Training Group (BTEG).

Having been involved with and raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for over 70 charities nationwide over a 10 year period, Jason also has experience working for charity organisations in a consultancy and directive capacity with regards to fundraising ideas and initiatives.  His voluntary and relief work and fundraising endeavours have seen him gain recognition nationally for his charity work. For his charity work and fundraising, Jason was selected to be an Olympic Torchbearer in July 2012.

 

Hepburn Harrison-Graham

Hepburn worked as a professional actor 1979-1991 and appeared in a variety of films and TV programmes, including Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Cry Freedom, The Firm and Eastenders. His stage work included a season at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

In 1992 Hepburn began working for BBC radio sport. He began as a junior broadcaster before becoming an assistant producer. During the formative years of BBC Radio 5 live Hepburn produced a wide range of sports shows including Hoops, an original programme about English basketball.  Sports America, an insight into American sport, and Sunday Sport.

During this period he also devised and produced a number of documentaries, most notably Across the White Line a four part series that charted the history of black footballers in England.

In 1996 he worked as a  producer at  the Olympic Games in Atlanta  where, among other duties, he produced a critically acclaimed documentary on Martin Luther King. Later that year he became boxing producer, working on many world title fights including Lennox Lewis v Mike Tyson.

Hepburn eventually became a programme editor, before being made editor in chief of BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra. He now works as a freelance tutor in sports media, hoping to inspire  the next generation of journalist the art of radio production.

 

 

Faraz Tasnim

Faraz Tasnim (ACMA) is a Chartered Management Accountant joining the trust in early 2015 as Treasurer to further enhance the financial rigour and transparency that is expected of our prestigious trust.  He brings a wealth of financial experience gained across both the financial services and manufacturing industries with large British Brands such as Rolls-Royce, Lloyds Banking Group and Directline Group.

Faraz, a proud Welsh man continues to live with his family in South Wales with his wife and two children. 

 

 

Dr Maya Goodfellow

Maya Goodfellow is a writer and researcher. Her work spans a range of issues including UK politics, gender, migration and race. She has written for a range of publications including the Guardian, the New Statesman, The Independent and Prospect.

She recently completed her PhD at SOAS, researching the role race and racism in British international development discourse between 1997 and 2016.

She is also a graduate teaching assistant at SOAS working on courses focussed on historical and contemporary understanding of decolonial politics and the political economy of violence, conflict and development.

 

Farah Elahi


Farah Elahi is a Senior Civil Society Policy Officer at the Greater London Authority. Farah’s previous roles include Research and Policy Analyst at the Runnymede Trust, and the Family and Childcare Trust. Her research has focused on ethnic inequality in London, employment and education. 

Published reports include a number of local Race Equality Scorecards and policy briefings, Islamophobia: Still a challenge for us all, Nations Divided: How to Teach the History of Partition and Ethnic Inequalities in London: Capital for All. Farah completed a Masters in the Philosophy of Education at UCL Institute of Education, and a BA in Economics and Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies

 

Hossein Zahir QC

Hossein Zahir specialises in criminal defence work. He has represented defendants charged with murder, drug trafficking, fraud, money laundering and other serious crimes. He has a particular interest in terrorism and public order and protest cases.

Hossein is ranked for criminal law in Chambers UK 2019.

In the early 1990s Hossein spent a number of years working for the Newham Monitoring Project, an anti-racist campaigning organisation that provides legal advice and practical support to victims of racial violence and harassment in east London.

He qualified as a solicitor in 1998 having completed his training at Bindman and Partners solicitors. He then moved to Hickman and Rose solicitors where he qualified as a court and police station duty solicitor. In 2000 he moved to Birnberg Peirce and Partners solicitors where he qualified as a Higher Courts Advocate in 2003. He transferred to the Bar in 2005.

 

 

Professor Iyiola Solanke

Iyiola Solanke is a Professor of EU Law and Social Justice in the School of Law at the University of Leeds, where she researches and teaches on EU Law, Discrimination Law, Race and Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR). Her research is socio-legal, historical and comparative. She graduated from the London School of Economics with a PhD in Law. and an MSc in European Social Policy. 

She is an Academic Bencher at Inner Temple and sits on the Valuation Tribunal for England. Iyiola co-founded with Taryn Lee QC Temple Women’s Forum North in 2013 to extend the outreach work of Inner and Middle Temples to legal professionals in the North and North East. In 2017, she created the Black Female Professors Forum to promote the visibility of Black women in all levels of academia.  

Iyiola is a Visiting Professor at Wake Forest University Law School and has been a Visiting Professor at Science Po, Grenoble in France. She has held Fellowships at the University of Michigan Law School(Ann Arbor, USA), the University of Sydney Law School (Sydney, Australia), McGill University Law School (Montreal, Canada) and at New Hall, Cambridge University. In 2018 she was a Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy and a Visiting Professor at Harvard School of Public Health, working with STRIPED on weight stigma.

In addition to numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals, my published work includes a textbook on EU Law (Pearson 2015) as well as two monographs: ‘Making Anti-Racial Discrimination Law (Routledge 2011) and ‘Discrimination as Stigma – A Theory of Anti-Discrimination Law’ (Hart 2017). She is also an Editor on ‘Eutopialaw’ run by Matrix Chambers.

Iyiola chairs the Inquiry into the History of Eugenics at UCL

 
 

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