Meet the Facilitation Team  

The work of the partnership is guided by the Collect Impact model as described by FSG. This model includes a facilitation team which supports the work of the partnership by: 

  • guiding the partnerships vision and strategy 
  • supporting members of the partnership to align their activities  
  • establishing a shared data system which guides the partnerships priorities 
  • engaging communities and supporting them to take action on the Black Thrive’s priorities  
  • Influencing policy and practice to improve outcomes for African and Caribbean communities in Lambeth  
  •  identifying resources which will enable the partnership to make progress and sustain the improvements that have been made  

 

To conserve resource, we are hosted by Healthwatch Lambeth (Registered Charity No 1153444/Registered Company No 8430436) 

Natalie Creary

Natalie Creary

Director

Victoria Cabral

Victoria Cabral

Programs Manager

Sadiki Harris

Sadiki Harris

Communications Lead

Lela Kogbara

Lela Kogbara

Volunteer Lead

Shola Apena Rogers

Shola Apena Rogers

Interim Programme & Partnerships Manager (Adult Mental Health)

Celestin Okoroji

Celestin Okoroji

Programme and Partnership Manager (Employment)

Yasmin Ibison

Yasmin Ibison

Employment Project Officer

Keisha Swaby

Keisha Swaby

Interim Programme & Partnerships Manager (Adult Mental Health)

Victoria Cabral

Victoria Cabral has over 10 years of experience working on social and economic justice policy, advocacy and community engagement. Victoria graduated from Nottingham University with a BA in Law and went on to undertake a Masters level degree in Human Rights at University College London (UCL).  

Victoria’s roles and employment history has centred around managing and implementing programs of work that advance the agency and voice of traditionally marginalised groups. At Black Thrive, Victoria is responsible for working with local communities and statutory services to facilitate a platform whereby communities and service providers can tackle and address deeply entrenched racial inequalities by driving organisational and systems level change across both statutory and voluntary organizations in Lambeth 

Sadiki Harris

Sadiki Harris joined the Black Thrive movement after meeting Cllr Jacqui Dyer at a Mental Health conference in 2016. Initially joining as a volunteer Sadiki helped to make decisions on the website and the logo and designed a range of marketing materials. Sadiki now works as Black Thrive’s Communication Lead, helping them to achieve their visual goals through design and videography.  

 Since graduating Sadiki has predominately worked in the third sector. Between 2010 and 2014 he was vice chairman of the Lewisham Stop and Search group and in doing so created a website and marketing materials that ensured the likes of Sky News, the BBC and the Home Office would get in contact for information.  

A son of Lambeth, an unpublished writer, avid videographer and somewhat decent graphic designer, Sadiki considers himself to be a creative and extremely lucky to be given a chance to change the “look” and “feel” of mental health within the black community of Lambeth.  

Sadiki holds a B.A (Hons) in Marketing and Advertising from University of Arts London. 

Lela Kogbara

Lela is a qualified accountant and has over 20 years’ experience as a senior manager in the public sector. She was Assistant Chief Executive at Islington Council until September 2016 where she was responsible for a range of services including corporate policy and performance, equalities, communications, adult and community learning, business engagement and voluntary sector grants. 

She also led on the Islington Fairness and Employment Commissions, which included engaging communities in new models of delivery and resource allocation. She worked part time as Director of Employment Programmes for NHS England until July 2018, which included increasing the number of people with learning disabilities employed within the NHS and setting up the first Individual Placement and Support (IPS) trial to extend employment support beyond mental health to other health conditions. She was adviser to the Department for Education on improving access to apprenticeships for disabled and BAME people.  

Lela currently chairs Health and Employment Partnerships, which is a social purpose company within Social Finance that helps people with health conditions and disabilities secure, sustain and retain fulfilling work. She is also a trustee of Action for Southern Africa, Ballet Black, Bernie Grant Arts Centre, DFN Project Search and Global Generation. 

Yasmin Ibision

Yasmin joins Black Thrive after launching and running her own social enterprise for the past two years. She was the Founder and Director of Critics’ Club, a cultural programme helping young people to engage with cultural spaces as critics. She is passionate about finding innovative solutions to complex issues, whilst ensuring that the community voice and perspective is embedded into any decision-making processes. 

 

Alongside her running her own enterprise Yasmin has spent the past few years working across socially impactful organisations. From developing a strategy to launch a creative youth programme to leading a community engagement and research project, she has experience working across diverse communities and projects. 

 

Yasmin holds a First Class degree in French and Spanish from the University of Birmingham. She specialised in Hispanic and Francophone politics, history, and literature.

Keisha Swaby

Keisha is a multi-disciplinary Social Design and Innovation Consultant with 15 years of experience within the private and third sector. She has undertaken a number of CSR, fundraising, strategic partnership management and community engagement roles; working with organisations such as HSBC, The Prince’s Trust, Deutsche Bank, Meningitis Research Foundation, FareShare, Credit Suisse, Macmillan Cancer Support and Pavement 2 Catwalk.

Keisha is also a trustee of youth charity MAC-UK.

 

Keisha holds a Masters of Design in Social Innovation from Ravensbourne University London. She is deeply passionate about harnessing the power of research, design and innovation to create equitable, liberatory and abundant futures.

 

At Black Thrive, Keisha is responsible for leading on the co-design process to develop a culturally appropriate peer support and advocacy offer for Black people in Lambeth.

Shola Apena Rogers

Shola is a qualified Forensic Psychologist and Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, with over 20 years of frontline working with communities with a focus on social justice and transforming lives. Shola has worked as a practitioner and researcher within various contexts, including the criminal justice system, Children’s Social Care, NHS and voluntary sector to achieve impact and positive outcomes. She is also a Consultant delivering Motivational Interviewing, Adolescent Mental Health and Trauma Informed Practice training programmes.

Being Lambeth born, Shola is enthused by working to support and address the inequalities across mental health, education and the criminal justice system for the Black community in Lambeth.

Shola is the Founder and Director of the African Caribbean Education Network (ACEN), an organisation that provides support to Black children and parents to increase schooling success and impact the number of Black people in decision-making positions in society, over the next generation.

Shola is also currently a Trustee for StreetDoctors.