Co-directors of the project
David Bryan MBA works with senior managers and boards in the public, voluntary sector and arts sector, as a coach, facilitator, trainer or adviser. His work experience includes: arts and cultural industries, academia, voluntary and public sector, grant making and management consultancy.
Keri Facer is Professor of Educational and Social Futures at the University of Bristol, UK. Her work is concerned with understanding the future role of universities and schools in the context of environmental, economic and technological disruptions.
Charles Forsdick is James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool and Arts and Humanities Research Council Theme Leadership Fellow for ‘Translating Cultures’. He has published on travel writing, colonial history, postcolonial literature and the cultures of slavery.
Omar Khan is Runnymede’s Director. Prior to this he was Runnymede’s Head of Policy and led the financial inclusion programme. Omar sits on the Department for Work and Pensions’ Ethnic Minority Employment Stakeholder Group, is a Governor at the University of East London and a 2012 Clore Social Leadership Fellow.
Karen Salt is an Assistant Professor (with tenure) at the University of Nottingham where she co-directs of the Centre for Research in Race and Rights and also proudly leads Europe’s first-ever Black studies PhD programme. Years of considering the impact of racial and political discourses in the Atlantic world has led to a broader interest in the ways global minority communities marshal their collective power and participate in local, national and international governance structures.
Katherine Dunleavy is the Project Coordinator for the Connected Communities Programme at the University of Bristol providing administrative support for projects and events. She is the primary coordinator for the Common Cause Project and can be contacted with queries about events, media and communications.
Hannah Payne is the administrator for the AHRC Translating Cultures theme and is based at the University of Liverpool. She provides administrative support for the Common Cause Project and Charles Forsdick.
Kristy Warren is a postdoctoral follow on the Common Cause project. She is assisting Dr Karen Salt to map past and present partnerships between UK university researchers engaged in arts and humanities work with and alongside Black and minority ethnic community groups’.Kristy’s research has centred on the place of ‘race’ and class in colonial governance as practiced in the British Overseas Territory of Bermuda. More broadly she is also interested in the socio-political histories of Caribbean islands that were once colonised by the British, and the lingering legacies of this past both in the Caribbean and the wider diaspora.She brings extensive database experience to Common Cause; most notably, her recent position as a postdoctoral research associate on the second phase of the AHRC and ESRC funded Legacies of British Slave-ownership project.
Mhemooda Malek is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Bristol for the Common Cause Research project. She is working with Professor Keri Facer and is responsible for the development and delivery of specific project components including literature search and review, interviews with collaborators and works with the team to deliver a range of other outputs such as workshops. Mhemooda has undertaken significant research, policy and development work in the field of health and social care provision for marginalised communities; a specific area of interest and focus for her previous work is the mental health of Black and minority ethnic communities. She has worked across public, voluntary and community sectors at national, regional and local levels. Mhemooda has a keen interest in the potential of the arts to support health, wellbeing, intercultural exchange and has contributed to several programmes and initiatives aimed at progressing such work in the UK and India.