Rose Cartwright

Rose is a creative director, screenwriter and the author of Pure, as seen on Channel 4 and Netflix. Her grounded sci-fi pilot Supercut was a Brit List 2019 winner and she is currently developing an original comedy-drama. Rose has spoken about storytelling at South By Southwest and Wired Live, and has written for the Guardian, The Face and Vice. She’s a guest tutor on the creative writing MA at City University.

Quincy The Comedian

Award-winning Comedian Quincy, also known as the Cockney Prince, is a stand-up comic and radio talk show host. A regular on the British stand up circuit since 2005, Quincy has performed all over the world, including New York, Singapore, Dubai, India and Europe. He has supported the likes of an early Kevin Hart, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and other top comics from the USA.

In 2010 Quincy set up Quincy’s Comedy Lounge, enabling him to share his love of comedy by showcasing up and coming comedians from the mainstream and the black comedy scene. Beginning with a small audience in a Wine Bar in East London to the sold-out Theatre shows across Central London.

Taking his talent to radio, with a successful breakfast show on Supreme FM, where he combined the art of stand up and addressing topical issues, continuing to build his brand. Regular radio shows came to an end in 2014, but he still makes guest appearances on the station from time to time. He has appeared on Comedy Central’s Comedy Blue, MTV’s Comedy Funhouse and BBC Radio 4 Extra’s Comedy On The Boat.

Jermain Jackman

Jermain Jackman, 24, born and raised in Hackney, East London, combines his musical talent with pursuing his role as a political activist. Jackman first caught the nation’s attention after winning BBC talent show The Voice in 2014.

Jermain is now actively using his voice to make political interventions which seek to create a fairer future for the children and young people in Hackney and beyond.

Through his work as the Chair of the Young Futures Commission and advising capacity with the National Citizens Service, Jermain is raising awareness of how the youth of London are feeling disenfranchised and left without opportunities. Too often, young people’s voices are ignored. Jermain’s work focuses on enacting change, doing so by going into youth clubs, schools and estates, not simply to talk to young people, but, crucially, to listen to them.

Jermain’s approach is finding out what the issues are in the lives of young people, as the first step towards finding and delivering solutions. As someone who has come far at a young age himself, Jermain is a strong believer in the power of change: “I have always wanted to change the world…No dream is too big and no role is too far.”

Jermain has recently been accepted into SOAS University to complete his Politics degree and is determined to use his voice as a tool for social change, named in the list of Top 10 Black Students in the country by Rare Rising Stars.

Check out his TEDTalk here: My success my responsibility | Jermain Jackman | TEDxEastEnd

Mahamed Hashi

Mahamed co-founded the Brixton Soup Kitchen in January 2013 with his co-founder Solomon Smith, both Lambeth youth workers of 19 years, and lifelong Brixtonians. Realising the desperate need for such an organisation, they help homeless people and Londoners in need by providing free food, support and company. Their aim is to empower people in a warm and friendly environment, helping them to gain the confidence and self-worth needed to get back on their feet.

Mahamed is also heavily involved in the community and is a representative of several community groups. These groups include: the Lambeth Community Police Consultative Group, the Lambeth Stop & Search Monitoring Group (former chair), Pan London Community May Monitoring Network for Stop and Search (former chair), London Probation Trust Forum, Territorial Support Group Community reference group (TSG CRG), the Trident Independent Advisory Group (Vice Chair) and the Black Mental Health Commission in Lambeth.

He has also been recognised for his work by South London Press, who awarded him with the ‘Our Hero’s Award’, has been featured in the Independent on Sunday’s Happy 100 list, as well as in the Evening Standards top 1000 influential Londoners in 2015, 2016 and 2019. In 2016 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy by London Metropolitan University in recognition for “outstanding work with young people and the wider local community”.

Most recently, Mahamed became the first Elected Somali Councillor in Lambeth, representing Stockwell Ward and won the national LGIU Councillors Achievement Awards just 6 months into his new role.

Reggie Nelson

Reggie Nelson is most recognised by the media, as the innovative young man who went ‘from East London to the City’. Achieving this by knocking on the doors of people in wealthy area’s and asking for life advice. On his journey, Reggie has completed five internships at various asset managers and a hedge fund in the city, the most notable being BlackRock and Aberdeen Standard Investments.

Reggie is currently an analyst for an investment management firm in London, Group Chair of the ACCA Emerging Talent Advisory Group and a Youth Mentor for one of the largest youth networks in the U.K.

Reggie has previously worked with the Cabinet Office, as they continue to address ethnic disparities in higher education and the workplace. He has also been described by former Prime Minister, Theresa May, as a “persistent and inspiring young person”.