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)
Programme and Partnership Manager (Employment)
Employment Project Officer
Prior to joining Black Thrive, Natalie worked in local government and the third sector. She has a keen interest in approaches that tackle the root causes of inequality and push conventional boundaries. Over the years she has worked on a range of cross-sector partnerships that work with communities to address health inequality.
Natalie has also spent some time in academia; lecturing on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Public Health and Health & Social Care. She is currently working on a research project which explores the impact of the social determinants of health (e.g. housing, employment, education) on the health experiences of Black and Mixed communities. Her research shares the health narratives of communities; paying particular attention to how race, age, class, gender and sexuality intersect to shape their lived experience of health and wellbeing.
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 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 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 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.