Joy Francis – Lead
Joy’s diverse career path has taken in journalism, policy development, lecturing, digital communications and PR. She was unexpectedly involved in the early onset of digital communications in the UK when she was launch editorial director of Training for Life’s first portal back in the early-noughties. As a journalist she has worked and written for the specialist, ethnic and national press, from The Voice to The Guardian to Channel 4 online, and is a social commentator, with appearances on Sky News, BBC1, BBC Radio and ITV. The politics graduate, who also studied journalism, video production, film and scriptwriting, is a former BBC script reader and judge, and a former visiting lecturer in Journalism at the London College of Communication. A longstanding campaigner for media diversity and cultural inclusion in writing industries, in 2011 Joy helped to establish the Diversity and the Media MA at the University of Westminster, the first of its kind internationally, in partnership with the Media Diversity Institute. Two years later she co-founded Digital Women UK, which she now leads. She is also executive director of creative communications agency Words of Colour Productions, co-founder of The Black Love Project, co-director of the Synergi Collaborative Centre and project manager for the Jerwood Compton Poetry Fellowships. Follow Joy on Twitter: @wordsofcolour and @MsJoyFrancis.
Dr Angela Martinez Dy – Academic Partner
Angela is a lecturer and researcher at the Glendonbrook Institute for Enterprise Development, University of Loughborough London. She received her MSc in Entrepreneurship in 2010 and PhD in 2015 from Nottingham University Business School. Originally from Seattle, she is the co-founder and former director of Youth Speaks Seattle, the city’s premier youth creative writing and performance organisation. Her research interests include entrepreneurship, the Internet, digital technologies and online environments, gender, feminism, critical race studies and philosophy. Angela uses an intersectional feminist perspective to understand social dynamics, and the ways that technology impacts society, especially the world of work. She recently won the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship Global Award for the Best Conference Paper in Paris, entitled Not as easy as it looks: Digital entrepreneurship, the great leveller? Find out more about Angela’s research and follow her on Twitter: @eldiadia
Adrianne McKenzie – Lead Photographer and Videographer
Adrianne is a photographer, videographer, an award-winning documentary filmmaker and founder of AMC Media, a London-based company specialising in studio and event photography and videography. Her love of photography was sparked while an art student at University of the Creative Arts which grew when she attended Central Saint Martins. She has since worked on a number of high profile projects, including Time to Change, the national anti stigma mental health campaign, and for Queen Mary University of London national policy initiatives around public health. One of her proudest moments was working as a camera operator for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In 2014 she worked as second camera on a short film on organ donation for the Gift of Living Foundation. As well as working with Digital Women UK and our host Words of Colour Productions, Adrianne is also a former tech head for Moo, and worked in Axure and Sketch, producing wireframes and working prototypes for the Moo (business) platform. Her critically acclaimed documentary, On the Ground at Grenfell, won the Portobello Film Festival 2017 Best Film Award. You can find out more about Adrianne at amcmedia.co.uk, and follow her on Twitter: @Adri_Mck
Heather Marks – Social Media Coordinator and Events Assistant
Heather Marks has already made an impact as our relatively new social media coordinator and events assistant. A recent graduate of the world-first Masters in Black British Writing, Heather earned her Bachelors in Drama and English at the University of Sussex. She is also a contributor to the first A-Level guide to Contemporary Black British Literature, published by Pearson Education and edited by Deidre Osborne. Heather’s first love is creative writing, and she is currently working on a historical thriller set in 18th century Bristol. Follow Heather on Twitter: @iamheathermarks
Philomena Francis – Consultant Facilitator (Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK strand)
Philomena is an art therapist based at Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, and a psychoanalyst, under the Institute of Psychoanalysis. With a 1st class BA (Hons) in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art and Design, she is also an artist who has been commissioned by galleries in London (Iniva), Leicester (The City Gallery) and Lisbon (Gulbenkian Foundation) to create public art. Her artwork explores the site of the black female body and its relationship to the contemporary socio-cultural context and colonial history. She creates mixed media installations (in situ), by piping large treacle drawings onto gallery walls, leading her to be dubbed ‘The Treacle Woman’ by art critics. You can view her work at philomenafrancis.co.uk.
Natalie Lue – Consultant Facilitator (Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK strand)
Natalie is a relationship coach, writer and social entrepreneur dedicated to helping people improve their emotional and relationship literacy. Through her world renowned blog Baggage Reclaim and books, she has been inspiring and educating people about how to improve self-esteem, engage in healthier relationships, explore why they get into shady ones, and how to break habits and patterns which are holding them back from their true selves, for over over a decade. After turning her sense of self and life around, Natalie has devoted her life to sharing her insights, observations and experiences to empower people who have gone through inner struggles. Find out more about Natalie’s work at baggagereclaim.co.uk and follow her on Twitter: @baggagereclaim
Rachel Martino – Consultant Facilitator (Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK strand)
Rachel is a registered nutritional therapist, change management expert and author who helps people discover their optimum health and performance. Her approach combines naturopathic nutrition and functional medicine, which integrates Western and complementary therapies for total body wellness. As unit manager for the Clinical Trials Unit at University College London, she has a unique insight into the challenge of enhancing individual and organisational wellbeing. Rachel says: “A lot of people know that eating better could help their performance, but they don’t know why or how.” Her engaging, inspiring workshops offer practical, science-based answers to those questions, empowering you to eat better for a better life. Find out more about Rachel’s work atbyrachelmartino.com and follow her on Twitter: @RachelMartino
Ola Agbaimoni – Consultant Facilitator (Missing in Action: Women and Digital Enterprise in the UK strand)
Ola, aka The Business Detective, is a business consultant, a personal development coach and founder of Eélan M. The M stands for Mindset, Marketing and Momentum, the three key ingredients for business success. A social media expert, she specialises in making savvy social selling online accessible to small businesses. A Sage Business Expert, Virgin Startup Mentor, certified coach, NLP practitioner, accomplished author, speaker and presenter, Ola was the host of the successful radio show Tycoon Women Moments. She is also a qualified personal trainer, aerobics instructor and has a Black Belt 2nd Dan in Tae Kwon Do. You can find out more about Ola at eelanmedia.com, and follow her on Twitter: @OlaAgbaimoni and @EelanMedia