Anti Racist Cumbria have today announced their prestigious panel for a special online event taking place on Thursday 6 May 16:00-18:00. Leroy Logan MBE and Fitzroy Andrew will join Anti Racist Cumbria’s Chair Janett Walker and dedicated Anti Racist Cumbria member Ewen Turner to discuss the difference between being not-racist and anti-racist. Places for the special event are free but limited, you can REGISTER YOUR SPACE HERE. Both Leroy and Fitzroy are part of the fantastic Standing Taller, an organisation enabling young black people to reach their full potential and be recognised as equal and valuable contributors to society.
MEET THE PANEL
LEROY LOGAN MBE
Leroy Logan is a retired Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Superintendent, who served 30 years in a very wide-range of operational and strategic roles. He was a founder member and former Chair of both the Metropolitan and the National Black Police Association (BPA), which led to giving evidence at the Macpherson Inquiry and a member of the Stephen Lawrence Steering Group. His contribution to police diversity is extensive, which included work with the Home Office in setting the national police recruitment, retention and progression targets for minority ethnic officers.
His autobiography ‘Closing Ranks’ inspired the Steve McQueen BBC1 film [Red, White & Blue] starring John Boyega who played him & won the 2020 Golden Globe, as well as the Critics award.
He has had in-depth involvement in a wide range of charities. The most prominent is VOYAGE (Voice Of the Youth And Genuine Empowerment), formerly known as the BPA Charitable Trust, since 2001. The main delivery arm is the award winning YLfSC (Young Leaders for Safer Cities) Btech level ll programme, which has been fully assessed to have a 90% success rate, UCAS points eligible and evidenced to significantly reduce offending & repeat offending.
He is a security consultant that included being a police advisor to an All Party Commission on Youth Violence (2016-20). As a seasoned speaker & opinion former on a range of socio-political issues, addressing inequalities & injustices for over 30 years, he has been recognised with a MBE & a Honorary Doctorate.
Fitzroy occupies a senior role within the Office for Institutional Equity at the University of East London, and maintains a longstanding coaching and consulting interest in leadership and organisational practice aimed at fostering cultures of inclusion and
belonging. Over a 40-year career, Fitzroy has served in a number of CEO roles for local and national third sector agencies involved in activities including community development, reuse and recycling, and graduate development. He has also gained more than twenty years’ experience in organisational consulting across sectors, advising and facilitating on strategy, change management, and leadership coaching and development.
Janett Walker has been Chair of Anti Racist Cumbria since co-founding it in July 2020. Janett has overseen the growth of the organisation from an online group of activists to a strategic and influential anti-racist body whose mission to make Cumbria the UK’s first actively anti-racist county is already changing things for the better.
Janett has never been afraid of change and has continually taken bold steps both personally and professionally. Her career path began as an overseas youth worker, before returning to university for her second degree where she graduated top of her class, becoming a successful employment law solicitor for fifteen years in both London and the Lakes. Despite her professional success racism continued to mark Janett’s career and personal life and as the glass ceiling loomed Janett took yet another bold step and left the law to co-found her own unconventional events and PR business Flock, which is recognised as one of Cumbria’s most ethical and dynamic companies.
Janett made Cumbria her forever home in 2007, and it is here where Janett has seen the stark contrast between the county’s natural beauty and its ugly racism. Her dream is to see the global anti-racism movement affect real change everywhere racism still exists, including Cumbria.
Ewen has been an active member of Anti Racist Cumbria since its inception in July 2020. He has contributed his skills to the organisation regularly and is well and truly on his anti-racist journey. Ewen’s ‘day job’ is as an expert consultant on all things outdoors, Mountaineering Instructor and mountain bike coach and guide who has been working, playing and introducing riders and mountaineers to the Lakes for over 15 years. He has worked throughout the UK and abroad, including expeditions to Greenland and is passionate about raising the voices of Black and Brown people and creating equitable opportunities in the outdoors.