Barry Gardiner MP is the MP for Brent North, he was the Former UK’s Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade and Shadow Minister for International Climate Change. Barry was first appointed to Labour's shadow cabinet in June 2016, leading on energy and climate change. Prior to these positions, Barry served on Labour's front bench as the Shadow Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries from 2013 and then Shadow Minister for Energy and Climate Change from September 2015. Under previous Labour governments, he served as the Minister for Biodiversity and as the Minister for Competitiveness in the Department of Trade & Industry, as well as a Direct Rule Minister in the Northern Ireland Office. He is the Vice-President for Europe on the board of the Global Legislators Organisation for a Balanced Environment. The Chartered Institute of Water and Environment Managers named him as the Environmental Parliamentarian of the Year in 2013 describing him as “One of the most influential environmental thinkers in politics today”.
Dawn Butler MP was elected as the Member of Parliament for Brent South on 5 May 2005 and became the first elected African-Caribbean woman to become a Government Minister in the UK. Dawn continues to commit her time in parliament to representing groups and people in society that are often underrepresented. In 2017, Dawn became the first MP in its history to sign a question in the House of Commons using British Sign Language, highlighting the need to give the language full legal status. Dawn for the last two years has been awarded two Patchwork Foundation awards, having been voted People's Choice 2016 Labour MP of the Year and next receiving the Overall MP of the Year award 2017. Dawn served as the Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities from 2017 to 2020.
Lord Simon Woolley is Director and Founder of Operation Black Vote. An organisation that tackles persistent race inequality through Black and Minority Ethnic democratic engagement. In May 2008, the Government Equalities Office released his publication on ‘How to achieve better BME political representation’ and in 2012, he received an honorary Doctorate for his work in Equality and Human Rights by the University of Westminster. More recently, he has taken up the position as Chair of the government’s Race Disparity Unit. Lord Woolley was knighted in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for services to race equality. He was made a life peer in October 2019.
Professor Barnie Choudhury has been a broadcaster for more than 35 years. He was a BBC trainee and worked there for 24 years, winning several radio and television industry awards. Barnie joined academia in 1999 and is the University of Buckingham's first professor of professional practice in communications. He's the honorary secretary of the Royal Television Society Midlands. Barnie is the chair of a Black Asian Minority Ethnic mental health charity in Nottingham, a member of Ofcom's Advisory Committee for England and former director of media and PR for the Commonwealth Secretariat. Currently, he is Eastern Eye's editor-at-large.
Shailesh is Executive Editor of Asian Media Group. He has 30 years’ experience in journalism, overseeing a raft of titles, including Eastern Eye, GG2, Asian Trader, Pharmacy Business, Asian Hospitality as well as the Asian Rich List and GG2 Power List. An economics graduate, Shailesh has chronicled the Asian community in the UK and US for nearly three decades.
Kalpesh is Group Managing Editor of Asian Media Group (AMG). He graduated with a law degree (LLB Hons) from Queen Mary University of London, and qualified as a barrister from the Inner Temple. Kalpesh is responsible for the strategy and growth of AMG operations over three countries: Britain, India and America.
Amit Roy is one of the most experienced journalists to have covered the Asian community and writes an influential column in Eastern Eye. He has also worked as a foreign correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, The Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph.
Amit has covered wars all over the world, as well as the Iranian revolution. He has also written economic reports on India for the Daily Telegraph.