ECONOMIC GROWTH FORUM UK

 

Purpose

To provide a platform for Economic Growth Council Policy recommendations for consultation and feedback.

To promote international trade, services and supply chain collaboration aligned with the UKCaribbean Ministerial Forum “Building a Stronger Partnership for Sustainable Growth and Development”.

To work closely with local authorities, city councils and regional authorities to promote twinning and friendship agreements between UK and the Caribbean.

Events

Manchester Chamber of Commerce (Jamaica) / TSPJ UK Trade Mission, 16-19 October 2017
Advancing UK-Jamaica Relations, British High Commission, Kingston, Jamaica
Diaspora Connect Fest, Craft Market & Cultural Village, Montego Bay 
EG Forum UK / Birmingham Commonwealth Association, Birmingham
JA55 UK Launch of Bringing London and Montego Bay Together, Brixton, London
EG Forum UK launch, Jamaican High Commission

 

Members

Rudi Page, Chair
Rudi Page, Chair
Award-winning International Management Consultant
rudi@makingconnectionswork.com
Chief Executive, Making Connections Work Ltd. London
Economic Growth Council Diaspora Taskforce Member
Economic Growth Council Forum UK, Chair
Award-winning Management Consultant specialising in policy implementation for International Trade & Services Support, Healthcare Management Systems, Workforce Development (Equalities), International Development Co-operation and Corporate Social Impact.Adviser, to Ministry of Health and the Environment of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda for the Health & Wellness Sector Transformation Programme. Developer of the Caribbean Diaspora Delivery System (DDS), Trade & Services Programme UK Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora Health Advisory Group.

Rudi, has extensive experience within regeneration and local economic development and was responsible for the internationally-recognised NLTEC/Business Link Synergy Project;“International Trade as a tool for local economic Development”. He has undertaken health, enterprise and institutional development projects in Africa, Caribbean and the USA on behalf of Local Authorities, Government Departments and related Agencies, Business Link, UK Trade & Investment and USA Commercial Service.

Rudi, designed and facilitates Enhanced Leadership Insights (ELi) management model on behalf of NHS Trusts and related bodies in London and Regions across workforce development areas including midwifery, paediatrics, mental health and corporate services.He is a former Independent Pubilc Appointments Assessor and Panel member for Ministerial and Public Appointments of Senior Leaders on behalf of the Appointments Commission and Department of Health.

He was the founding CEO, of RAFFA International Development Agency, a unique church related agency that received the coveted London 2012 Olympic Inspire Mark for Passing the Baton programme: inspiring peaceful, caring and enterprising neighbourhoods. The Passing the Baton legacy programme transformed the initiative into “Inclusive Communities and Neighbourhoods Dialogues”, that aim to explore the capabilities of individuals, families and organisations to collaborate for sustainable development by transforming their approach to improving community development.

He is a former Board Director of North West London Chamber of Commerce, North West London Community Foundation, Vice-Chairman, Talawa Theatre, London.

Martin Levermore

Martin Levermore
martin.levermore@mdti.co.uk
Medical Devices Technology International Limited (MDTi)

Martin Levermore, CEO of Medical Devices Technology International Ltd (MDTi). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, having an academic background in Political Economics. He is a visionary leader and a serial entrepreneur. He was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 2013 for Services to West Midlands’ Businesses.

Martin leads a unique medical device business that is demonstrating a truly global opportunity with regards to delivering better healthcare provisions for patients and professionals using innovations emanating from within the NHS.

Martin has an inspirational, ethical and process orientated style of leadership drawn from his days in the military, as a bomb disposal officer, and international banking. After leaving banking he founded one of the UK’s first e-commerce financial marketplace that was the forerunner to the Money Supermarket.

In early 2000’s Martin took on the challenge to guide a not-for- profit organisation within community regeneration; the blue print of his engagement in social and business regeneration accumulated with him being one of the founding fathers establishing for the West Midlands its own medical Industry network in the form of Medilink West Midlands.

Martin Chair’s the Birmingham Commonwealth Association Trade and Business group along with Medilink West Midlands and Vice Chair for Nehemiah United Churches Housing Association (UCHA).

Richard Davis

Richard Davis
whatz_amazin@hotmail.co.uk
Chief Executive
Amazin’ Business Solutions (ABS) Ltd

Founder, Chief Executive and Director of Amazin’ Business Solutions (ABS) Ltd, a Consultancy & Advocacy Company specialises in helping small business, social enterprise and individuals.

Richard’s background is in performance management, policy development, business start-ups, housing management, dispute resolution and conflict management and community development.

In 2008, attended the Jamaica Diaspora Conference in Kingston as part of the UK Diaspora delegation

Prior to setting up his own company in 2010, Richard’s coordinated the Black British Business Association in the North West of England for 4 years

In 2012, Richard’s company organised a business expo to mark Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence and Her Majesty the Queen’s 60th Anniversary Jubilee. The business expo has now developed into a successful annual Business Enterprise & Health Expo event in the city of Manchester UK

Co-founder of Arawak Walton Housing Association

Director and Company Secretary of Facilitators for a Better Jamaica (FFBJ), a not for profit registered think tank and lobbying group

Set-up the first Business Enterprise Club of its kind in Manchester – to assist people to develop their own business and social enterprise ideas into genuine business start-ups

Member of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)

Professional Member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (MIoEE)

Karl Oxford

Karl Oxford
karloxford@hotmail.com

Karl works at a strategic level of policy design and programme development for communities, nationally and locally. His background has been in various aspects of community regeneration and business development – working across the sectors of business, government, and non-governmental organisations (NGO) – building key and effective partnerships of mutual interest.

He has led on Diaspora consultation responses to the draft DfID Country Assistance Plans for Jamaica, as well as providing strategic input to the evolved Caribbean Regional Assistance Plan. This work included providing recommendations to the key challenges of pro-poor strategies, public sector reforms, business and social enterprise development.. He has also inspired interests for twinning commitments between key players of mainstream business and civil society in the UK region of Yorkshire and The Humber and their counterparts in the Parish of St. Mary, Jamaica.

Karl has run his own businesses and business development agency, most recently in the area of Caribbean food services. Karl previously led a European-funded Caribbean food development strategy within the government’s Regional Innovation Strategy for food in Yorkshire and The Humber. .

He was a joint-catalyst and founder of the African Caribbean Westminster Initiative, based in London, which had strong representation from the House of Lords. This business initiative was the predecessor to the DTI’s Ethnic Minority Business Forum.

Karl was recruited to the UK Government following serious rioting in the North of England. He was the Regional Coordinator for Community Facilitation, responsible for designing and managing a strategic programme of community engagement and cohesion across the region of Yorkshire and The Humber and also bridged joint-working and conferencing activities across The North of England.

He runs the Urban Solutions International consultancy, is a governor of one of the largest further education colleges in the UK (Bradford), a member of the Jamaican Diaspora UK and board director of the national Voice 4 Change England partnership.

Marcia McLaughlin
Marcia McLaughlin
CEO / Founder / Editor-In-Chief
The Phoenix Newspaper
Birmingham, UK
marcia@thephoenixnewspaper.co
Marcia McLaughlin is the CEO, Founder, and the Editor in Chief of The Phoenix Newspaper.

Marcia has been in the publishing industry for a number of years, working with publishers like the Leisure Circle Book Club, Chamber of Commerce Publications, Thompsons Directory, What’s On Magazine and the Evening Mail, part of the Mirror Group.

She launched her first publication at the Birmingham Post and Mail, The Enterprise, in 1990 with the purpose of making a change and difference to peoples lives. With the media being the most powerful tool, it was the start of her journey to publish the positive news and highlight the best in all communities in order to break down barriers caused by ignorance.

In 2010, she started The Phoenix Newspaper on her own, rising from the ashes to continue the work that The Enterprise had started. Marcia has followed the ethos of the Jamaican Coat of Arms, ‘Out of Many, One People’ which identifies with The Phoenix Newspaper, by putting out a publication from all, for all.

In 1998 she was awarded Female Entrepreneur of the Year by Business Link, and the Inspirational Woman Of The Year Award, and more recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Publishing by Bex Live, the Community Group Inspiration Award by Word 4 Weapons, as well as a Local Heroes award from the Association of Jamaica Nationals in Birmingham.

Now in its 7th year, The Phoenix Newspaper is the first official positive non-biased news publication in the UK with an international, national, and local commonwealth readership. With a daily online presence, a weekly newsletter and a monthly publication in print, The Phoenix has all bases covered to ensure that good news from all communities is put back out there to inform everyone, boasting 40,000 copies in print every month, as well as reaching 8 million online views to date.

Leroy Logan

Leroy Logan
Retired Superintendent
MBE, PhD (Hons), BSc (Hons)
LinkedIn

Leroy Logan is a retired Superintendent who served 30 years, 1983-2013, in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). His community based career was primarily through borough level policing, focussing on cultural groups that historically have a lack of trust & confidence in the MPS.

Leroy’s last operational posting was between November ’07 – February ’13, as member of the national police team that successfully co-ordinated the safety & security of the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympics across the UK. He also contributed to the post Games Legacy security report to Government.

As founder member & past Chair of the MPS Black Police Association (BPA), as well as founder & first Chair of the National BPA, resulted in Leroy giving submission to the Macpherson Inquiry in ’98, in addition to being a member of the Home Office Lawrence Steering Group; independent oversight of the police focussed Macpherson recommendations. Leroy also had a specific role to play with the Home Office in setting the first police recruitment, retention & progression targets.

Leroy’s BPA work led him towards developing in 2001 an award winning community engagement & consultation programme in Westminster. This was also the driving force behind the formation of a thriving alumni called the YBPA (Young Black Positive Advocates), made up of graduates from the year 9 Leadership Programme, which now has BTECH level 2 accreditation equivalent to a GCSE; part of the ongoing pan London VOYAGE (Voice Of the Youth And Genuine Empowerment) brand, under the auspices of the BPA Charitable Trust that he still Chairs.

Since retiring Leroy has set his focus on maintaining safer & stronger communities, especially for young people, through REALLITY (Raising Everyone’s Awareness of Lives Lost in The Youth) his social enterprise & REALLITY Security Solutions (RSS) his security consultancy.

Through RSS Leroy is now working with Spark2Life (www.spark2life.co.uk an engagement & advocacy charity for young people) in their Custody Office Coordinator project. Offering timely, specific & practical interventions for affected people in police custody, with the intention of reducing gang related activities & to assist them in making more positive life choices.

Leroy Logan’s awards – for his contributions to policing:
1. MBE in 2000.
July 2016
2. Four Commissioner’s Commendations 2003-2007.
3. Long Service medal in 2005.
4. Queen’s Jubilee medals in 2002 & 2012.
5. Association of Colleges National Gold award in 2010.
6. Honorary PhD from the University of East London 2013.
He is an accomplished public speaker, opinion former, strategist & security consultant

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