The Team

Advisory Panel – Collaborators – Project Team

This is a collaborative project with Sheffield Hallam University and Migrant Media who are working with a range of individuals and community organisations with an interest, knowledge and expertise  in the subject. The Project Team is supported and guided by the Advisory Panel who bring a wealth of experience to the project.

Advisory Panel

Shahnaz Ali OBE

Shahnaz Ali OBE is former Director of Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights NHSNW. Now a freelance consultant Making Equality Work. Also Lay Council member for University of Bradford. A nationally recognised, innovative, strategic executive level leader in equality, diversity and human rights management with an exceptional track record of transforming strategy into results. Shahnaz has over 30 years experience of working in both statutory and voluntary sectors at local, regional and national levels in the North and South of England achieving a track record of formulating and implementing policies /strategies which have ensured performance through inclusion.  As a result gained a national reputation for being an experienced professional with excellent leadership skills in the field of health, diversity and inclusion.

Michelle Cox

Michelle Cox is a senior nurse and a Regional Lead (North – West) for the Chief Nursing Officer’s Black and Minority Ethnic Strategic Advisory Group. The group provides a specific focus on race equality from a BME perspective for the Chief Nursing Officer at a strategic level to meet their priorities. The group is proactive in influencing, supporting and advising on the implementation and, delivery of policies and practice that impact on BME communities and staff. It is the main point of contact for stakeholders, regional networks in relation to workforce development, diversity and inclusion.

Susan Cueva

Susan Cueva is a Trustee at Kanlungan Filipino Consortium which is a consortium of different small grassroots based community and voluntary organisations. She is also a Trustee at the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI). Susan worked for 15 years as National Development Officer in UNISON’s Strategic Organising Unit with lead responsibility in organising migrant workers in health and social care sector and organising in private companies delivering public services. Before this, she worked as the Deputy Director at Voluntary Action Camden (VAC) and managed VAC’s European funded projects around issues of poverty. She served as a Trustee for almost 10 years at Refugee Action, after working with them as one of the Regional Team Leaders. Susan completed a post graduate degree in Political Science from the University of the Philippines and in Development Economics from the London School of Economics.

Aneez Esmail

Aneez Esmail is Professor of General Practice at the University of Manchester and a practicing GP. Until April 2017, he was Director of the NIHR Manchester Patients Safety Translational Research Centre. He was Associate Vice-President for Equality & Diversity and Social Responsibility from 2005-2014.  He has worked for decades to highlight racism in the National Health Service. In 2014 he headed the GMC’s review of bias in postgraduate exams and exposed unconscious bias in the system.

Steve Ford

Steve Ford is a journalist who has spent his career specialising in the health sector. He is currently editor of Nursing Times, which combines a monthly print magazine and the largest nursing website outside the US. He has been in the role since 2018, having joined the publication in 2007 as news editor. He has also previously written for Health Service Journal and Doctor among others. He specialises in writing about health policy, especially workforce, education and regulation, but has also written regularly about clinical issues. He has overseen coverage of major stories such as the Francis report, swine flu, MMR, and now Covid-19, and is regularly asked by the wider media to comment on nursing stories.  

Charles Kwaku-Odoi

Charles Kwaku-Odoi is Chief Officer of the Caribbean & African Health Network Greater Manchester. He sits on a number of local and national governance boards including Greater Manchester Voluntary Community & Social Enterprise Leadership Group and Manchester Foundation Trust. Charles works to bring equity and fairness across a range of important health and wellbeing issues for people of the Caribbean and African Diaspora. He is involved in work that influences the research, policy and practice agenda. Charles is a member of the NHS England Clinical Reference Group for HIV and also a member of the HIV Prevention England Steering Group.


Kanlungan Filipino Consortium is an umbrella of grassroots Filipino organisations which aims to address the welfare, social, economic concerns and migration issues of the Filipino migrant community in the UK. It also works with other migrant groups, especially other southeast and east asian communities who are experiencing similar marginalisation and destitution. It has 25 years experience of supporting and enabling migrants with precarious working and living conditions. We provide advice, welfare support, co-learning activities and advocacy on different issues affecting our community. Kanlungan is run by and for Filipino migrants. We believe that our community must organise, campaign and develop itself through supporting each other and learning together. We have few staff resources but a very active community involvement. 

CAHN GM is a Registered Non-Profit Organisatation whose purpose is to empower, enable and equip faith and community organisations with the Infrastructure to deliver and shape health and wellbeing services. They work collaboratively with commissioners, statutory organisations and voluntary sector organisations with a particular emphasis on sustaining health and wellbeing provision within the Caribbean and African community. Their vision is to transform the way the Caribbean and African Community access appropriate information, tailored resources and shape healthcare systems that enable fair and equitable distribution of resources to improve the holistic health and well-being of the Black Community.

Project Team

Anandi Ramamurthy – Principle Investigator

Anandi Ramamurthy is Professor in Media and Culture at Sheffield Hallam University. Her research has been concerned with challenging racism in media and culture as well as collecting and narrating marginalised histories. She is the author of Imperial Persuaders: Images of Africa and Asian in British Advertising (2003 MUP) and Black Star: Britain’s Asian Youth Movements (Pluto 2013).  She is the founder of the Tandana digital archive relating to the Asian Youth Movements She was Co-investigator for Creative Interruptions (2016-2019) (AHRC) and lead a strand on Palestinian Cinema.

Sadiq Bhanbhro – Co Investigator

Sadiq Bhanbhro is a Senior Research Fellow at the college of Health, Wellbeing and Life Sciences, Sheffield Hallam University. He leads the ‘Identity, Difference and Marginalisation’ research cluster within the university and is a lead coordinator (research) for Hallam Guild Group – Migration, Refuge, and the University. Sadiq is a trained social anthropologist, public health professional, and an experienced interdisciplinary researcher with a proven track record of success within research and development. He consciously considers the social, political, cultural, religious, and economic dimensions and dynamics of whatever problems he works on or studies.

Faye Bruce – Co Investigator

Faye Bruce has several years’ experience of frontline nurse practitioner roles within acute and community settings. She has a particular expertise and passion within the area of cardiovascular disease and related conditions. Her work in higher education commenced over a decade ago and her achievements largely lend themselves to setting up and delivering on programmes allied to postgraduate Public health and nursing.  Faye’s MSc In Health Care Management at the University of Birmingham provided her with expert knowledge and practice in health literacy, commissioning and procurement and the opportunity to tailor this knowledge to develop her work in the Caribbean and African Community. Faye is a doctoral researcher in Cardiovascular Caribbean and African health and focuses on the historical factors that impact upon health outcomes which include race and racism. Faye is currently PPV lead North West for Maternity Transformation Programme, Co-Chair for the GMEC BME Maternity Workstream, Associate NED for Northern Care Alliance, Member of GMCA Race Panel. Faye is involved in several pieces of research around race, nursing and also maternity research with RCOG and This Institute on maternity related developments to reduce risk in maternity service.

Ken Fero

Ken Fero is a filmmaker, activist and educator. He is a founding member of Migrant Media which produced a number of hard-hitting documentaries examining community responses to issues of racism and resistance including Sweet France (1992) winner of Mentione Speciale at the Images du Monde Arabe, Paris and the Milano Province Prize 5th Festival of African Cinema.  He has campaigned on issues of policing and human rights abuses in Europe and the resistance to them and directed and produced the radical and controversial cinema documentary Injustice (2001) which won many awards. His current feature film Ultraviolence (2020) is included in the BFI London Film Festival.

Freya Collier-Sewell

Freya Collier-Sewell, MA, RMN, PGDip, is a doctoralresearcher with the Centre for Culture, Media and Society at Sheffield Hallam University. Her work examines how pre-registration mental health nurse education in Scotland engages with questions of race, racism and whiteness. Freya is interested in critical qualitative inquiry and interdisciplinarity, bringing together her educational background in the arts, humanities, and health sciences. She has received awards for academic excellence from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh Napier University. Freya is a registered mental health nurse and Non-Executive Director for Scottish charity, Carr Gomm. Through her research, Freya seeks to agitate the status quo and reorient nurse education towards developing capacity for critical thought and social justice activism.

Migrant Media

Migrant Media is a collective of radical film makers embedded with communities of social and political interest and from black and migrant backgrounds. Our work has a focus on race and class with a central narrative of resistance. The lead workers on this project will be Meera Darji and Souleyman Garcia working with director Ken Fero.

Souleyman Garcia

Souleyman Garcia is a cinematographer who has worked with Migrant Media since 1991 on a range of productions including Justice Denied (1995) about the death during deportation of Joy Gardner and Injustice (2001). He has extensive experience as camera operator across cinema, television and community practice. He runs his own studio suppling content and footage for international news networks and continues to develop a range of factual and drama based films. Souleyman has a strong interest in serial content and documentary strands for emerging media markets and has a keen focus in Digital cinematography.

Meera Darji

Meera Darji is a documentary filmmaker and professor at Coventry University, United Kingdom. She has a passion for telling stories of voiceless communities and people living on the margins of society. Her filmmaking aims to create an impact on society by portraying communities through the lens of cinema vérité and combining this with an ethno-sensory approach in hope to capture the pure truth. Her independent Documentary films have been awarded at international Film Festivals including Transindia the story of India’s Hijras which won the Royal Television Society Award for Best Factual in the Midlands. She was nominated for the Sky Atlantic Grierson Award.

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University’s vision is to become the world’s leading applied university, transforming lives and creating opportunities for people from all backgrounds.

Named University of the Year for Teaching Quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020, Sheffield Hallam is one of the UK’s largest higher education providers, with over 30,500 students.

The University is committed to the Sheffield City Region, providing leadership to drive improvements in social mobility, health and the economy. By improving productivity, narrowing skills gaps and supporting business through innovation and enterprise, Sheffield Hallam University is driving future economies.  

From ground-breaking research to extensive and pioneering training programmes, Sheffield Hallam University is a national leader in creating innovative solutions that enable healthier lives.

Sheffield Hallam offers a comprehensive range of courses and is one of the country’s largest providers of health and teacher training. Its industrial partnerships ensure that the knowledge students develop is relevant, addresses the skills gap and helps business grow. The University’s research is characterised by a focus on real world impact – addressing the cultural, economic and social challenges facing society today.

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