BREAKING NEWS:  Key findings of our independent evaluation cited young people are better able to demonstrate:  significantly improved educational outcomes at year 10; raised educational attainment at key stage 3; strong, resilience and resistance to peer pressure

The Charity is managed by nine independent trustees who meet bi-monthly to discuss strategy, governance and direction.

The chief executive is Paul Anderson MBE, who manages a small team of five staff responsible for programme delivery, office management and financial and monitoring operations. Martin Nsiah is the head of finance supporting the financial and HR functions of the charitable company. Isata Jalloh is responsible for day to day management of the offices and is the main point of contact for all external clients. Ajoa and Esther are our Programme coordinators responsible for delivering, coordinating and developing our graduate programmes. Our criminal justice programme are managed by Michelle Bynoe and supported by Natasha Graham.

VOYAGE office-based team coordinates events and activities of our larger group of highly experiences tutors, trainers and mentors including volunteers and interns.

Neville Lawrence OBE

Neville Lawrence OBE

Patron

We are so proud to have Neville Lawrence as BPACTs VOYAGE Patron.

Neville was awarded the OBE in the 2003 for his services to community relations. Neville is a joint founder of the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and has formed his own charity now called the Neville Lawrence foundation. In memory of his son Stephen Lawrence, to ensure the recommendations made in the Macpherson Report to make Britain a fairer society are established for future generations.

The work of the Neville Lawrence Foundation will compliment and support the good work that the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust is doing and underpin BPACT VOYAGEs vision to create dynamic young black leaders, increase the peace in our street and stop the huge number of young people ending up in our prisons. We must also do a lot more to instil a culture of rehabilitation in our offender institutes so young offenders get a chance to contribute to society and are not left without any option but to stay involved in crime.

Paul Anderson MBE

Chief Executive Officer

Paul Anderson MBE has over 15 years executive management experience and was previously the Head of Fundraising for an international charity AfriKids based in Uk and Ghana West Afrika. Before that, for almost 10 years, Paul was CEO and founder of a national arts charity, The UK Centre for Carnival Arts. Paul is passionate about working, with and for young people in the context of education, regeneration, arts and criminal justice. Paul is a leader and has developed, shaped and led teams, managed projects, programmes and people throughout his 25+ years professional working life. Paul‘s professional career started as a lead tenant in a your Hostel, then progressed into youth and community work in Camden and Islington and became a social worker with Camden‘s youth justice team. See more on Paul’s Linked page.

Martin Nsiah BA FCCA

Finance and Operations Manager

ACCA fully qualified, with over five years post-qualification with International and UK not-for-profit and charitable organisations. Martin is passionate about finance and a skilled analyst and has been trained to oversee audits, accounting and actually enjoys spreadsheets and talking about best ways to save and of course generating incomes. Martin holds a first class degree in business administration holds a FCCA qualification.

Martin is the second in command at BPACT and brings a wealth important experience in HR, Sage software and is a dab hand with online protocols and banking. Martin prides himself on being quietly spoken, well thought out and always takes a long term view.

Dami Solebo

Fundrising and stratergy

Dami is esponsible for the preparation and timely submission of Voyage tender submissions and bids to Trusts and foundations. Dami has played a key role in the production of Corporate Social Responsibility proposals to organisations including the Lebara and Lloyds Bank Foundation, London Trust amongst others. Dami has also had a major role in the production of funding proposals to corporate Charities, Trust and Foundations including Baring Foundation, City Bridge and London Trust amongst others.

Ajoa Akuamoah

South Hackney Leadership Academy Coordinator

Ajoa and brings flair, passion and creativity into her wisdoms, works and words. A powerfully expressive communicator Ajoa wants to create a youth Alumni that helps to transform the opportunities, possibilities and progressive pathways of black young people in London and beyond.

Adetunji Adesoji

Lead YLfSC Tutor

Adetunji is VOYAGEs lead tutor and coordinator of our YLfSC programme delivered in communities. Ade an experienced and qualified teacher and a trained assessor, tutor and leader. Ade has long history with VOYAGE and is responsible for YLfSCs delivery and quality management.

Esther Talabi

South Hackney Leadership Coordinator

Esther is an under graduate of Brunel university and is committed to ensuring young people prosper in Voyage schemes and programmes. Esther love working with young people and helping to instil confidence and progression with our young leaders.

Leroy Logan MBE PhD FCMI BSc

Leroy Logan MBE PhD FCMI BSc

Chairman

Our Chairman was a founder of the Black Police Association Charitable Trust and one of the founders of the Black Police Association. Leroy now formerly retired from the Met Police was perhaps one of UK most highly decorated and most certainly the most well known black Police officers in the UK. Leroy is a highly respected and well regarded commentator on Policing in black communities and is fundamentally believes that there is still so much work to do in creating a more equitable and fair criminal justice system. This is why Leroy and his team created BPACT VOYAGE now a leading pan london social justice charity changing attitudes, influencing policy and practice in our communities.

Current

  • Director at Coltan
  • Chairman at Black Police Association Charitable Trust
  • Chairman at REALLITY

Past

  • Founder Member and Past Chair of both the National and London Black Police Associations at the Black Police Association movement
  • Superintendent at Metropolitan Police Service
  • Superintendent at Olympic Policing Co-ordination Team

Awards

  • 2000 Awarded the MBE (Member of the British Empire) medal from Queen Elizabeth ll
  • 2005 Awarded the Police Long Service Medal from the Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner
  • 2003-07 Awarded four Commissioner’s Commendations
  • 2010 Awarded the Association of Colleges National Gold award at the House of Commons
  • 2013 Presented with retirement certificate by the Deputy Commissioner for 30 years exemplary service to the people of London

Franstine Jones

VOYAGE Trustee and Vice chair

Franstine’s role as deputy chair of the National Black Police Association and is involved with Voyage to assist its ability to scale up and provide services on a national level over time.

Jonathan Fianu - VOYAGE Trustee

VOYAGE Trustee (Treasurer)

Jonathan Is a new member to the work of Voyage and has a huge amount experience and track record developing project management solutions in corporate banking and in risk management world. Jonathan is assisting with fundraising and uses his links with big business to assist Voyages fund raising campaigns, activities and commercial income generation strategies and pro bono support.

Samson Awak Essien - VOYAGE Trustee

VOYAGE Trustee (pastorial support)

Samson is an experienced and trained psychoanalyst and once led and ran his own practice. Samson is responsible for providing pastorial support to students, staff and more substantially inculcating Voyage therapeutic cognitive approach into its projects, programmes and workshops.

Brenda Fraser - VOYAGE Trustee

VOYAGE Trustee

Is a local Councilor in Merton (now acting as Mayor) and supports Voyage at a political level and assist with fund raising, bid writing and partnership development. Brenda passionately believes there is a need to engage with the young people in order to change the mindset of those who have a propensity for getting involved in antisocial behaviour.

Katrina Morris

VOYAGE Trustee

Katrina is a business owner and leadership specialist who has joined Voyage to assist with fund raising, programme development and assisting the implementation of Voyages youth led strategy. Katrina is a powerful connector and will assist in building throughput networks for Voyages young leaders assisting personal and professional development.

Paul Ramsay BA(Hons) - VOYAGE Trustee

VOYAGE Trustee

Paul is a retired police officer having served for over 30 years in the Metropolitan Police force and is now a retired as a Chief Inspector. Paul is an active speaker and motivational coach and assists with Voyages education and programme development.

Muyiwa Somefun

VOYAGE Trustee - Youth Involvement

Muyiwa is a graduate of Voyage appointed to ensure Voyage fully adopts and implements its youth led strategy. Muyiwa is a HR consultant and will use this experience to develop a supportive environment to facilitate youth progression within Voyage’s organisational structure.