United in Building Legacy Consultation Paper Routes to our Future
Contents 1 Background
2 UBL Purpose
3 UBL Mission
4 How UBL Will Operate
4.1 The Eldersâ€™ Forum
4.2 UBL Principles
4.3 UBL Values
4.4 UBL Terms of Reference
5 UBL Structure and Thematic Areas
6 Thematic Areas and Strategic Objectives
7 UBL Legacy
8 Board Members Professional Profiles
9 Contact Information
2 UBL Purpose
3 UBL Mission
On the 7th October 2003, a number of individuals from various sectors came together informally to discuss how they could create a leadership group for the African and Caribbean communities. The group called itself ‘7/10’ and elected a Chair and Board of Directors representing a range of sectors and disciplines.
The purpose of UBL is to lead on the development of successful African and Caribbean communities that are connected, healthy, wealthy and safe.
The 7/10 network engaged with a wide variety of organisations (longstanding and more recent) and individuals outside of its group including Faith organisations, Black Business, Community Activism, Race Equality, Enterprise Support, Regeneration and Politics.
Our mission is to be the prime sociopolitical voice for the African and Caribbean communities in the West Midlands region, and a strategic link between the ‘state’ and our communities. We aim to be involved in the improvement or development of any issues or policies that currently affect or will impact our communities in the future.
Connected Harmonious, united, strong and supported
Spiritually, mentally and physically
Wealthy Intellectually, financially and sustainable
Safe Respect, love, integrity and wholeness
In doing this we will create a highly motivated, committed, diverse and dynamic group of ambassadors. These champions will influence, and be influenced positively by the activities, issues and developments in the wider environment, and build legacy of positive improvements to our communities.
4 How UBL Will Operate UBL is a two-fold organisation for the African and Caribbean communities consisting of a Lobbying Body and an Elders’ Forum. UBL represents these communities at all levels but has a focus at the highest levels of the political landscape in both the issues of concern and influencing the policy agenda to create the solutions. This will create a platform to channel the communities’ response to regional, national and international issues.
Elected Board of Directors
4.1 The Elders’ Forum
4.2 UBL Principles »» We will comply with relevant
The Elders’ Forum is a democratically elected group of people from the community providing strategic leadership, support and advice to the Board of Directors. Our elders come from a variety of disciplines. They have the skills and expertise to contribute and influence the debate on issues affecting the prosperity of the region and in particular our communities.
governance, financial accounting and reporting requirements.
»» The governance structure of our organisation will conform to relevant laws, be transparent, and follow the principles of best practice.
»» We will ensure that our advocacy is consistent with our mission and is influenced by the needs of the communities that we serve.
»» We are committed to making our contribution to the equity and social justice agenda within the region.
»» We will have policies and procedures that are consistent with our aims and objectives.
4.3 UBL Values Transparency The forum will maintain its integrity and authenticity by the openness and transparency of its operations and the quality of its work.
Unity We will always work as a cohesive and collective body representing, as far as possible, all aspects of the African and Caribbean communities.
Legacy Our work plan will always reflect our vision and mission to build a legacy for future generations.
Spirituality We recognise the value and importance of faith and spirituality within our communities
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4.4 Terms of Reference »»
To research and disseminate information on issues affecting the African and Caribbean communities.
To develop a strategic long-term plan for the African and Caribbean communities.
To be a consultative body that engages and contributes to the key decision-making process made by statutory bodies and other influencers such as the Birmingham City Council.
To lobby on behalf of the African and Caribbean communities in order to ensure the specific needs of the communities are recognised, understood and represented.
To be a representative body to which members of the African and Caribbean communities can individually or as interest groups, be represented in relation to their concerns, successes and/or ideas for change.
To encourage and inspire the development of our future leaders.
To empower and strengthen the capacity and governance structures of organisations in the African and Caribbean communities, enabling the provision of better services and more effective working practices.
To safeguard African and Caribbean interests within the West Midlands region that impact upon the communities’ ability to grow and take a lead role within its own destiny.
To be the sounding board, mediators and a source of wisdom for our community and on issues affecting the community.
To fully contribute to the wider regional agenda, informing and influencing strategic decisions.
5 Structure & Thematic Areas
Criminal Justice Education, Youth and Family
United in Building Legacy is formally constituted with an elected board of directors.
Enterprise and Employment
The directors are chosen from the nominations made by the member organisations of the Forum. The member organisations may be voluntary groups, faith groups, commercial organisations, public sector agencies or individuals.
The members elect a board of directors to deliver the strategic objectives of the group.
Health and Well Being
The board is supported by seven consultation groups.
Politics and Media Regeneration, Third Sector and Housing 7
6 Thematic Strategic Objectives Sector
Inequality in Achievement. Over-representation within exclusions. Education, Youth and Family
Challenges within parental support and engagement with children and young people.
Hosting/facilitating termly forums acting as a bridge between the city and community.
Lobby for commissioned consultancy to the Local Authority on best practice and strategic level advice, support and challenge upon multiple axes.
Young people ‘at risk’ of engagement with gang culture.
Social enterprise, education and support is limited. Enterprise and Employment
Worldwide economic downturn and the uncertain business terrain that has a differential impact upon entrepreneurs The community is disproportionately affected by unemployment.
Business Forums supported and maintained.
Use UBL networks across all ‘disciplines’ to inform the community of challenges and solutions.
Objective 3 Advocate for the development of models of best Birmingham practice, based upon ‘what works’ elsewhere supported by a programme of activities. -Parental Support -Activities for Youth -Mentoring
To challenge the disproportionate unemployment rates and lobby for bespoke interventions that lead to greater employment.
Current issues Lack of faith institutions connecting with the whole community agenda.
Faith forums working together.
Develop a model of how faith groups can become part of the solutions for community challenges.
Recognition of contribution faith groups can make and have made.
Recognise and use the potential of the black church.
Support raising of awareness for the importance of voting and engagement within the political process.
Develop a UBL Obama type political strap line in influencing change, to be included as part of UBL branding.
Encouraging participation of the community in standing for local political party representation and orchestrate a campaign for election by working with multiple stakeholders.
Encourage greater take up of Health Exchange services.
Monitor the performance of the strategic health authority in term, thus bridging the gap.
Encourage the development of a strategic research group.
Black church becoming more visible.
Limited interest and engagement at all stages in the political process. No political leverage through the low number of political representatives.
Over-representation within specific illnesses. Health and Well Being
Environmental and cultural factors under explored in determining solutions. Take up of health screening opportunities are low.
Disproportionate attention and detention at all levels of the CJS. Criminal Justice
Deaths in custody. Legislation that has the potential for further disproportionality.
Support a campaign to make public the available statistics.
Lobby for victims to be made more aware of their rights, support mechanisms and remedies.
Recruitment of more strategic influencers â€“ magistrates, police authority, probation services.
Ensure representation within Community Land Trust discussions and create a community land trust.
Initiate the development of a UBL partnership with BCC Equalities and Be Birmingham to develop a programme of interventions 2009-2011.
Lobby for greater access and provision of commissioned services by the community Third sector.
The current impasse regarding Community Asset ownership arrangements.
Regeneration, The Third Sector and Housing
The shortage of houses and new developments including provision for the elderly. The under-representation of black people within formal decision making partnership structures. The failure of some organisations to acknowledge the strength and structural requirements of partnerships in the current commissioning climate.
7 UBL Legacy We expect that by going through this process of consultation, strategic planning and implementation that we will see a lasting legacy in the form of some of the areas below: »»
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Greater engagement in political and strategic leadership and decision-making within the Birmingham City Council and other strategic groups. Greater access and take-up of commissioned services by the African and Caribbean community. Genuine Community Cohesion Reduction of some of the recurring issues that the African and Caribbean communities experience. Ensuring an effective response to issues as they arise. Creating an environment where the African and Caribbean communities are no longer vulnerable. Perpetrators of injustice and inequity know they will be challenged. Closing of the achievement gap
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academically, financially and socially. A reduction in the likelihood of exclusion or movement within education. For a pioneering centre for Sickle Cell research within the West Midlands Region to be created. The recruitment of an African or Caribbean Chief Executive in the National Health Service (NHS). A regional screening campaign and increased awareness for prostate cancer. Create a prestigious award to recognise community achievements. For UBL to be the recognised voice on Housing and Regeneration in the West Midlands. Establish a national office in the West Midlands region where UBL can operate. The community is aware how best to
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use the political process to encourage change. The African and Caribbean communities are recognised as important players in the political process. Increased volumes of business, educational and social opportunities within the African and Caribbean community. Effective signposting, awareness of services available to support business and enterprise. A holistic model for improving the lives of young people and their families. Promotion of the virtue of networking consistent with our heritage ‘each one teach one’.
8 Members of the Board Professional Profiles (in alphabetical order)
Rosemary CampbellStephens Rosemary is the Director of RMC UK Ltd. She is a consultant trainer in leadership and currently one of two consultants leading on the diversity strand of the National College for School Leadershipâ€™s succession planning strategy. She has combined public speaking and community activism with a professional life supporting organisations at a strategic and operational level to address issues of equity, social justice and diversity. Rosemaryâ€™s expertise is based on her experience, as a teacher, deputy and head teacher in the secondary sector, OFSTED inspector, local authority officer, consultant and public speaker in a career spanning nearly 30 years. Rosemary is the Programme Manager for Investing in Diversity (IiD), a programme she developed for the London Centre for Leadership in Learning, Institute of Education, University of London.
Monica Coke Monica Coke is the Minority Business Development Policy Manager for Advantage West Midlands, the West Midlands Regional Development Agency. She is responsible for articulating the work that comes from the West Midlands Minority Ethnic Business Forum across Agency delivery vehicles as well as its private/public sector partners. The Forum is an independent body specifically established to serve as a strategic influencer and make recommendations on the type and nature of intervention required to ensure that minority ethnic individuals and entrepreneurs could access the support they require to help them start, develop and sustain successful businesses.
Edward Edmead Eddie has an extensive background in regeneration and research experience in Social Policy Reform and how these impact on local communities, the faith and voluntary sectors and BME communities in particular. Holding the Post Graduate Certificate & Diploma qualifications in Public Service Management (1998-2000) and a Masters in Community Cohesion & Regeneration, Edward has held portfolios on a number of strategic and cross sector partnerships and led on numerous community consultation and community engagement projects across the city. This includes the setting up of Tenant Participation & Community Involvement forums & networks with Birmingham City Councilâ€™s Housing Department; Community & Voluntary Sector Development work with Handsworth Area Regeneration Trust (HART) and Birmingham Voluntary Service Council (BVSC). He is currently the Regeneration Manager for Community Leadership for Aston Pride NDC.
Leslie Fairclough Leslie is the CEO of Higher Level Ltd that was formed in 2000. He is a former national board member of the Ethnic Minority Business Forum (EMBF) and Chair of the Leadership and Workforce Development sub-group that was launched by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to strengthen the government’s dialogue with Black Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) business communities. In 2007 he was appointed a co-Chair of Regenerating Communities for Advantage West Midlands (AWM). As a successful former Karate Champion, Leslie has over two decades of experience in both private business and sport.
Nigel Gardner Nigel is a director with the top fifty law firm ‘Cobbetts’ specialising in drafting and negotiating commercial contracts. A former President of 100 Black Men of Birmingham, Nigel has been involved in various African-Caribbean community groups and sees involvement in UBL as continuation of a drive for sustained strategic improvements in the community. Nigel is also a non-executive director of Birmingham Women’s NHS Foundation Trust.
Karl George MBE – UBL Chair Karl George is a high profile, multi-award winning businessman including Carlton TVs Young Business Midlander of the Year and Birmingham’s Young Professional of the Year, a visiting professor, accomplished professional speaker and author specialising in leadership and governance. A trained accountant, he formed his first business at the tender age of 23. His outstanding achievements, personal story and experience in creating, leading and mentoring many enterprises over the last 20 years. This includes the founding President of the first international Chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Voted in the, Power 50, most influential people in the West Midlands and recently chosen as one of the 20 national role models by the DCLG as part of the REACH campaign. He regularly gives back to the community through the boards that he sits on both locally and nationally. Karl is a committed Christian and a minister in his local church; he is married with three boys. 14
Dick Kwadwo Owusu-Darko Dick K Owusu-Darko a trained Architect is now professionally engaged in management and business administration and is the Director of Darko & Co Limited. He has an MBA from Aston Business School, joined United Churches Housing Association (UCHA) in 1998 and was appointed Chairman of the Management Committee in 1999. In 2006 he led the talks that led the successful merger of UCHA with Nehemiah Housing Association. He is currently the Chairman of Board of Directors of the merged organisation - Nehemiah United Churches Housing Association and is actively involved in setting up a number of community projects in Ghana.
Cyrille Regis MBE Cyrille is a former professional footballer who played for several top flight league teams. Now a Sports Agent, Cyrille manages the careers of many premier league players. He is an Ambassador for the national UK charity â€˜Wateraidâ€™ and holds several Patron and Directorship positions for voluntary organisations. In recognition of his contribution to football and the community Cyrille has been made Freeman of the Borough of Sandwell, an Honorary Fellow at Wolverhampton University and was awarded an MBE.
Errol Robinson Errol is a Solicitor and a Senior Partner with the McGrath Solicitors Group of Companies. Errol specialises in Judicial Reviews, Inquests and criminal defence and has regularly been involved in high profile cases for almost 30 years. During the same period he has been involved directly or indirectly with various community groups and initiatives in the capacity of Director and/or Chair. He has extensive experience and knowledge of the Criminal Justice System and was a founding member of the Society of Black Lawyers.
9 Contact Information Sector Criminal Justice
Rosemary Campbell-Stephens (Education)
Nigel Gardner (Youth and Family)
Enterprise and Employment
Karl George (Chair )
Health and Well Being
Politics and Media
Education, Youth and Family
Edward Edmead (Third Sector) Regeneration, Third Sector and Housing
Dick Owusu-Darko (Regeneration and Housing)
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