Simon Woolley Is the Pride of Britain

January 28th, 2014

Simon-Woolley-GG2Congratulations to this year’s recipient of the Pride of Britain Award. Simon Woolley is Director and a founding member of Operation Black Vote (OBV), whose West Midlands Civic Leadership Programme we featured in our Good Ideas in Integration series.

Simon Woolley, Director of Operation Black Vote (OBV) in Britain, has been awarded the GG2 Pride of Britain leadership award.

Mr. Woolley is one of the founders of OBV, which launched the West Midlands Civic Leadership Programme in April 2013 that we featured as a Good Idea.

Founded in 1996, OBV has long-standing experience of running projects to support democratic participation among ethnic minorities. Its recent work builds on the past work of running shadowing and mentoring schemes to include practical skills training aimed at giving participants an even better chance of success.

For OBV Deputy Director Francine Fernandes, the Civic Leadership Programme tackles an important set of issues: “The UK population is set to be increasingly diverse, and we have to make sure that our civic leadership reflects that. There have been so many barriers in the past, but OBV’s work shows that when minorities are supported to step forward in public life they can really challenge the gap in representation.”

The success of OBV’s civic leadership programs has attracted numerous awards in Britain including the Local Government Chronicle Award, the Channel 4 Political Award and the Ebony Business Recognition Award.

Speaking after winning the latest accolade at an event in London, England on November 27, Mr Woolley said it is essential for communities to have racial and social justice.

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