From St Matthew's to Homerton: OBV CEO Lord Woolley to become the first Black man to head an Oxbridge College

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It's official: OBV CEO Lord Woolley has been announced as the incoming principal at Cambridge’s Homerton College.

In taking the role, he becomes the first Black man to be elected as head of an Oxbridge college. He follows the path of Sonita Alleyne and Baroness Amos becoming only the third black person to hold such a position.

It also marks another step in a well-known leadership journey. Those familiar with OBV’s work will be well aware of both Lord Woolley’s and indeed the organisation's passion for guiding leadership from minority backgrounds to positions of influence at both local and national level. 

This news is very much an extension of that remit.

It ties a college with reformist roots in East London to a veteran political activist carrying strong personal and professional links in the same part of the world. 

The beginnings of the organisations through which he has built his work are equally rooted in reformist ideals. From Chater88 and The 1990 Trust to Operation Black Vote, their goals have prioritised voter registration, highlighting persistent race inequalities and broadening the UK’s power structures so that they too may look like the people they aim to serve. 

An immense congratulations to Lord Woolley, from the entire OBV team and family.

 

OBV

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For nearly 25 years OBV have fought to ensure black and minority ethnic participation and representation in civic society. Efforts in continuing to do so though, relies on your help. That way we can continue this fight for greater race equality. What would give us a tremendous boost is if today, you made that small donation yourselves, but even more importantly if you encouraged others to do likewise.

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