BME Powerlist 2018

We're delighted that a number of UWE Bristol alumni have been featured in Bristol 24/7's BME Powerlist a celebration of the city's 100 most inspirational black and minority ethnic people to mark Black History Month 2018.

The project aims to celebrate excellence across a broad spectrum of fields, from activism to arts, politics to business, and provide role models for the next generation.

We're proud of our featured alumni, and to be part of the conversation championing and celebrating some of the most successful, influential and inspiring black and minority ethnic people in the city.

Meet our alumni featured on the BME Powerlist

Activism and campaigning

Mena Fombo

Described as one of Bristol’s biggest influencers on issues of equality, representation and education, Mena is the driving force behind the international campaign, ‘No. You cannot Touch My Hair’ and creator of the South West’s Black Girl Convention.

Nura Aabe

Founder of Autism Independence and TedX speaker, Nura built on her own experience of having a child with autism to help support others and raise awareness of autism in the Somali community.

Arts, culture and sport

Kirtis Clarke

A programme assistant at Arnolfini, Kirtis is a pioneer of today’s design community and is paving the way for BME creatives in the city.

Jasmine Thompson

A talented artist and illustrator, Jasmine draws attention to social justice issues through her work. She was recently commissioned to put together a mural at the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Rayan Wilson

The founder and owner of Back 2 Action sports and rehabilitation firm, Rayan is also a successful sports agent and champion for sickle-cell sufferers around the world.

Dr Edson Burton

A writer, historian and film programmer working across Bristol’s arts, education and third sectors, Edson is committed to bringing organisations and influencers together to disrupt current narratives of race, class and aspiration.

Christelle Pellecuer

The multi-talented Christelle is a makeup artist and a creative director who has run several fashion shows celebrating the artistry of designers from diverse BME backgrounds. She has recently curated a photographic exhibition of African queens.

Miles Chambers

Bristol’s first city poet, Miles is a performance poet, social commentator and chef. He appears at important community events, helping to raise awareness of issues.

Business and technology

Melissa Toney

Described as an unsung hero, Melissa is one of the UK’s leading female black criminal defence lawyers. She routinely supports and mentors budding law students.

Silas Adekunle

While still an undergraduate student at UWE Bristol, Silas took robotics classes into schools, before setting up Reach Robotics. He became the youngest recipient of an Arts Council REACT Grant and featured in 2018’s Forbes’ 30 under-30 in Europe list.

Community leaders, charity and volunteering

Anndeloris Chacon

The driving force behind Bristol Black Carers charity, Anndeloris is an experienced nurse who provides important support for young people who face enormous challenges as young carers.

Orville Lynch

A maths teacher who works as one of two behaviour managers at St Mary Redcliffe & Temple School, Orville has also helped run the Going for Gold programme for year ten BME students at the school, to help them celebrate their heritage and develop different skills.

Local government and public sector

Amanda Chappell

Amanda works in public health and champions the rights and needs of those most affected by health inequalities.

Saida Bello

A housing law solicitor and currently chair of Bristol City Council’s BME employees group, Saida is an ambassador for the council and participant on the mayor’s Stepping Up Programme.

Cleo Lake

Appointed lord mayor of Bristol in 2018, Cleo is a Green councillor for Cotham, campaigner and community activist. She also organised the first BME Green Party gathering.

Media and journalism

Shawn Sobers

Co-founder of TV production company Firstborn Creatives, Shawn is also an associate professor at UWE Bristol and the convener of the Bristol Photography Research Group

Music and nightlife

Laura Lewis-Paul

Founder and creative director of alternative record label, Saffron Records, which focuses specifically on female musicians and creates a platform for new talent to be heard.

Bentleigh Burgess

Co-owner of Lakota, Bentleigh was a driving force behind making the club the institution it has become.

Yewande Adeniran

A talented DJ and also an activist against sexism, rape culture, mental health stigma, racism and gender-based violence, Yewande started Intervention, a project aimed at bringing together self-defining women who want to learn how to DJ.

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