What you can expect at the Anti Racist Cumbria Summit

Equitably priced tickets are still available for the Anti Racist Cumbria Summit. What do they include and what can you expect from this, our first event? A full day of inspiration, conversation and practical actions, with national and regional leaders. Good, no great! food from Yardies, Vie’s Jamaican Rum Cakes and more, and of course an after-party to end all after-parties with K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade .

Let’s climb to the Summit together. The UK’s first anti-racist county won’t happen by itself.


From £0 – £95 open to individuals and businesses alike





If you can’t make it in person, you can join our opening sessions,

panel discussion and keynote speech ONLINE.


Book Online Tickets Here.




We are proud to present our keynote speaker, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu who will be joining us via live stream for her talk and interactive Q&A session today. There will also be a live stream which will be supported by University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and facilitated by Brewery Arts – thank you! 

Instantly recognisable for her many impactful media contributions, Dr Shola Mos-Shogbamimu is a lawyer,  impressive speaker and activist. Speaking on racial inequality, diversity, equality and inclusion, law, politics and women’s rights, she is the author of ‘This Is Why I Resist’ (January 2021).  Dr Shola is passionate about women in leadership and is the founder & editor of the Women in Leadership publication.


Pran Patel:

Pran is the founder of   The Teacherist   blog. He has 16+ years of teaching experience, working recently as an assistant principal. He currently consults with schools nationally and internationally on decolonisation of the curriculum.

Lady Phyll:

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah is the nucleus of the award-winning celebration and protest that is UK Black Pride. Widely known as Lady Phyll – partly due to her decision to reject an MBE in the New Year’s Honours’ list to protest Britain’s role in formulating anti-LGBTQI+ penal codes across its empire – she is also the executive director of Kaleidoscope Trust, an organisation working to uphold the human rights of LGBTQI+ people around the world.

Sonny Peart:

Sonny Peart is a trail and ultrarunner. This year he will run the 125km Highland Ultra and the 235 mile Deadwater six day ultramarathon. He co-founded Black Trail Runners in July 2020, aiming to increase the participation, inclusion and representation of black people in trail running.

Hannah Chandisingh:

Hannah Chandisignh is a passionate anti-racist educator and activist working to eliminate institutional racism in the NHS. Hannah currently leads the anti-racist programme at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay, following leading the Trust’s  BAME* staff network through the Covid-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter movement of 2020.

Sally Elton-Chalcraft:

Professor Sally Elton-Chalcraft is Director of the Learning Education and Development Research centre, University of Cumbria. She publishes in the areas of  Religious Education, anti-racism, special educational needs and school leadership. Throughout her career as a primary school teacher, teacher educator and academic she has been passionate about making education accessible and thought-provoking leading to a fairer world. 

Shelley Hayward:

Shelley Hayward was born and raised in Carlisle and is passionate about our county.  She works for The Cumberland as their Head of Learning & Talent and in her spare time is the Chair of Governors at a local school and sits on the Community Board for Tullie House.  Shelley believes that employers play a huge role in tackling and ending racism, this can be achieved by creating safe spaces for colleagues to talk and learn about what it takes to be actively anti-racist.

Dan Barton:

Dan is Assistant Director, Education and Skills for Cumbria County Council. Before his four year tenure here, he spent 15 years teaching languages and leading schools in Tower Hamlets, Barnet and Islington; going on to lead Education services for looked After Children in Southwark. Early on in his Anti-Racist journey, Dan is an advocate for honest, safe spaces and widening the Anti-Racist conversation in particular in communities which are mostly white.


Aneela McKenna:

Aneela’s infectious passion and quiet determination to amplify marginalised voices and assist others to understand and embrace Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) enriches industry and organisational culture whilst increasing representation in the outdoors and in public life. She is founder of Mòr Diversity, a consultancy firm that provides businesses with support and advice on developing inclusive cultures. She works across all sectors at a national and global level delivering workshops, strategy and audits on D&I. She also works part time at the Scottish Parliament as their Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing manager.

Lindsey Atkinson:

Lindsey works for Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle as a Community Engagement Producer and centres her work around people who are under-represented within museums. Lindsey has a tireless passion for nurturing talent and celebrating difference. One of the most common themes for  engagement is cultural heritage – where we’re from, how we express who we are and creative ways we can preserve our histories. Lindsey is also a member of M-Unit and Anti-racist Cumbria Arts and Culture group, working on grassroots and pilot projects that aim to celebrate the creativity and voices of Black and Brown people living and working in Cumbria. 

Zainab Houghton:

Mum of two dual heritage boys navigating our lives in Cumbria. I was born and raised in South Africa , during apartheid so have many a story to tell. I am an immigrant and have lived In England for about 17 years, I have been a member of Anti Racist Cumbria from the beginning and am proud to now be a Trustee on the board. 


Fitzroy Andrew:

Fitzroy is the Senior Institutional Equity Officer at the University of East London, and works as an independent leadership coach and organisational consultant. He has served in a number of CEO roles for local and national third sector agencies spanning a number of fields of interest

Martin Saunders:

A husband and father of four, it was a love of the outdoors and brought Martin to the Lake District 25 years ago.  Whilst working in the outdoor industry he gained valuable facilitation and leadership experience but also a passion for developing people and unlocking potential. Over the next ten years he worked in senior roles in the communications and media sector before making the transition in 2009 to work in leadership development, establishing his own consultancy in 2013. Martin now leads VA Consultants Global who work with major companies and brands around the world to develop their leadership capabilities, organisational culture and business performance.

Sukhjeen Kaur:

Sukhjeen Kaur (she/her) was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of 20, shortly after she founded Chronically Brown. Chronically Brown is an organisation that aims to decrease the stigma of disability in the South Asian community through education and support. This was founded after she realised there was hardly anyone talking about the ableism in South Asian communities. Many South Asians also contacted her explaining how they could not talk about their health conditions out of fear of “Log Kya Kahenge” (What will people say) – the biggest form of ableism in the South Asian community.

Billy Welch:

Billy Welch shera rom meaning spokesperson or representative of the Gypsy and Traveller communities. 

Nick Anderson:

Nick will be leading a session about what racism actually is! An ex-teacher of Geography now working as a freelance photographer and photography tutor here in Cumbria. Nick enjoys the outdoors and has a keen interest in wildlife and conservation.


All diets catered for in true Caribbean style with a delicious lunch from Yardie’s of Windermere. Tea, coffee and refreshments AM and PM, and snacks and treats from great local foodies too!


K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade 


“I view MUSIC as a major WEAPON in the BATTLEFIELD for PEACE of MIND in the world” – K.O.G

In partnership with Brewery Arts this special night with outrageously talented Ghanaian force of nature Kweku Sackey, aka K.O.G, and the whirlwind of energy that is Jamaican rapper Franz Von Song, the Zongo Brigade deliver infectious, high-energy West African grooves via Sheffield, drawing on afrobeat, soul, funk, rock, hip hop and reggae which has fast gained recognition in London and all over the UK. Performing on some of the biggest stages including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals and numerous clubs and venues around Europe – and now Kendal!