Staff Team

Dr Omar Khan

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Omar is Runnymede's Director. Prior to this he was Runnymede's Head of Policy and led the financial inclusion programme. Omar is a Governor at the University of East London and a 2012 Clore Social Leadership Fellow.

Omar's other advisory positions include chair of Olmec, chair of the Ethnicity Strand Advisory Group to Understanding Society, chair of the advisory group of the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester, Commissioner on the Financial Inclusion Commission and a member of the 2014 REF assessment, the 2011 Census, and the UK representative (2009-2013) on the European Commission’s Socio-economic network of experts.

Omar is the author of Financial Inclusion and Ethnicity; Caring and Earning Among Low-income Caribbean, Pakistani and Somali People; Who Pays to Access Cash?; Why Do Assets Matter?; A Sense of Place; and The Costs of ‘Returning’ Home.

Omar has also published many articles and reports on political theory and British political history for Runnymede over the past eight years and has spoken on topics including multiculturalism, integration, socio-economic disadvantage, and positive action. These include giving evidence to the United Nations in Geneva, the European Parliament in Strasbourg, on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, academic conferences in Manchester, Oxford, Paris, and Warsaw, the CRE Race Convention, the Lithuanian Centre for Human Rights, a Treasury/DFID conference on remittances, St George’s House (Windsor Castle), Wilton Park, and many other engagements in the UK and Europe.

Omar completed his DPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford, a Masters in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.



Lester Holloway

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Lester is Communications Coordinator at Runnymede.

He has worked in communications and journalism for 8 years. He is a also consultant for Operation Black Vote, and previously worked for IPPR.

His journalism includes serving as Editor of the African and Caribbean weekly newspaper New Nation; News Editor of their rival The Voice; News Editor of The Asian and News Reporter at Eastern Eye. He is a regular contributor to The Guardian and has freelanced for BBC London.

Lester’s public relations experience includes working at the National Association of College and University Entrepreneurs (NACUE), and the interfaith charity the Coexistence Trust, where he was Communications Manager. Other PR work includes a star-studded red carpet Leicester Square premiere of an anti-gun film.

Lester was New Media Manager for Operation Black Vote and also authored the OBV report 'Power of the Black Vote' in 2013, as well as NACUE's Student Enterprise Manifesto this year.His anti-racist activism includes the Anti Racist Alliance and as online manager at The 1990 Trust think-tank.

Lester has been served as an elected local councillor twice and was a member of two party policy forums on equalities. In his spare time he follows Manchester City FC and is a keen birdwatcher! 


Nina Kelly

Nina is Online Editor for Runnymede and manages the Race Matters blog

Beginning her career in journalism, Nina has written for Time Out, the Guardian and the Independent among others. 

For many years now she has focused her energy on providing strategic communications for non-profits, with a particular focus on equalities and human rights issues. 

Nina worked extensively in the UK women's sector, providing communications leadership for the Women's Resource Centre and the Million Women Rise campaign, as well as being the author of ActionAid UK's 2014 communications strategy focused on violence against women and girls.

She then ran the communications for international LGBT human rights org the Human Dignity Trust for several years.

Nina holds a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature and Italian from the University of Manchester and professional NCTJ qualifications in Media Law, News Writing and Shorthand.


Carol Sidney

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Carol is Runnymede's Office Administrator.

She has had a long and varied career working in administration in a variety of different employment sectors including transport, housing and the creative industries. In her last role, Carol worked for a commercial bus operator, and before that, a theatre management charity.

As a very active person, Carol has freelanced for the Arts Council, organised a community film production and screening at the Tricycle Cinema and volunteered on the management board of a housing co-op for more than 10 years. She has a Masters from University of Westminster, but has also returned to academic study this year, and is completing an MRes in Media and Communications.


Kimberly McIntosh

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Kimberly is the Policy Officer at the Runnymede Trust and Race on the Agenda (ROTA). 

Previously Kimberly worked for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) as their Trainee Policy and Public Services Officer. Here, she worked on their Freedom of Information response and managed the ‘Day in the Life’ scheme with the Civil Service.

Kimberly holds a Master’s degree in International Migration and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and a First Class Honours Degree in History from the University of Manchester. For her Master’s thesis, Kimberly explored the relationship between integration and identity of the Jamaican diaspora in the UK and Jamaica’s development policy.


Dr Zubaida Haque

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Zubaida is Research Associate and Consultant at the Runnymede Trust.

She has a strong research and policy background in educational attainments, ethnic minorities and employment, equality within prisons, integration and extremism. Zubaida is currently working on projects with teaching unions and the EHRC on barriers for BME teachers in their career progression, and identifying what works with tackling prejudice and unlawful behavior.

Zubaida has worked for several government departments, Think Tanks and Universities including the former Department for Education and Skills, the Department of Communities and Local Government, the Ministry of Justice, the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Westminster University, Greenwich University, Demos and more recently NOMS. Zubaida has published widely and recent reports include ‘Improving outcomes for BME prisoners to improve equality, safety and decency in prison’ (NOMS), ‘Understanding and addressing self-inflicted deaths in prison amongst those aged 18-24’ (IAP Deaths in Custody) and ‘What works with integrating new migrants’(DCLG) and ‘The changing landscape of equalities, cohesion and public services (Commission on 2020 PST).

Zubaida has also directly been involved in several panels and commissions including The Commission on Multi-Ethnic Britain (2000), Oldham Independent Review (2001), Community Cohesion Independent Review (2001) and the Commission on 2020 Public Services Trust.

Zubaida has a BA Hons (Economics) from Manchester University, an MSc in Educational Research from Oxford University and a PhD in Education from Cambridge University.


Dhelia Snoussi

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Dhelia is Research Analyst at Runnymede Trust and CLASS, working on the upcoming Race and Class project.

Dhelia’s background is in youth work and community organising around issues of public space. She is a film facilitator at Voices That Shake!, delivering arts and activism courses for young people.

Dhelia holds a First Class Honours Degree in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

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