Olmec governance & trustees

Olmec Charity

The Olmec Charitable Company was formed in 2003 to champion race equality through economic and social justice. Olmec Charity operates Olmec’s funded programme and is governed by a board of Trustees (details below).

Registered Charity number: 1100007

Company registration number: 04640278

Registered Office: Unit 111B, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH

Our Trustees

The Trustees of Olmec are unpaid and donate their time, experience and skills to ensure the charity achieves its mission of “Race equality through economic and social justice”.

  • Omar KhanDr Omar Khan (Chair)

Omar brings expertise in research and policy, in particular race equality policy to Olmec and is a 2012 Clore Social Leadership Fellow.

He is head of policy research at the Runnymede Trust and leads the financial inclusion programme. Omar sits on the Department for Work and Pensions’ Ethnic Minority Advisory Group.

Omar’s other advisory positions include the 2011 Census, the Household Longitudinal Survey, the Electoral Reform Society, the Payments Council, and as the UK representative on the European Commission’s Socio-economic network of experts.

Omar is the author of Financial Inclusion and Ethnicity; Who Pays to Access Cash?; Why Do Assets Matter?; and The Costs of ‘Returning’ Home.

Omar completed his DPhil in Political Theory from the University of Oxford, a Masters in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in South Asian Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies.

  • Emma CampbellEmma Campbell

Emma brings to the team of Trustees valuable insight from her time when she was an Olmec employee.  She worked with the Solid Foundations team providing employment advice and support and understands the nature of the work Olmec delivers and the communities with whom we work.

  • Bruce NobregaBruce Nobrega

Bruce first worked with Olmec as a member of the Bronze Woman committee, and his mother Cecile, wrote the poem which first inspired the statue.


  • Yemi AladerunYemi Aladerun

Yemi is an Associate Architect and an advocate for Social Mobility, Educational Equality and Income Equality.

She brings strategic and creative thinking, strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, leadership, project management and team-working skills to the Olmec team.

Yemi is a member of the Royal Institute British Architects (RIBA) and was elected as a National Council Member & Trustee of the RIBA in September 2017, she also sits on the RIBA’s Education Committee.

She mentors for The Social Mobility Foundation, The Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and for the Fluid Diversity Mentoring Programme which was developed by RIBA’s Architects for Change Committee and the Construction Industry Council. Yemi is also an ambassador for the Architects Benevolent Society.

  • Isis AmlakIsis Amlak

Isis is a multi-skilled consultant with over 25 years’ experience working in the UK third sector. She is an accomplished, confident and self- aware leader with an extensive background in ensuring service delivery, operational and strategic management, and governance in the third sector.

Isis’ leadership experience includes successfully managing partnerships, service level agreements (contracts), building effective relationships and liaising with a range of stakeholder groups and audiences, across sectors. For example as Project Development Manager at Dalgarno Trust and at the BME Health Forum she was responsible for partnership projects between the voluntary and statutory health sectors.

At Race Equality Partnership KC (Project Manager), Kensington & Chelsea Advocacy Alliance (Director) and Voice for the Child in Care (Advocacy Manger) she was responsible for managing partnerships and contractual relationships with local authorities, including the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and other statutory agencies e.g. the police.

Isis is a trained advocate, coach and counsellor possessing excellent communication skills, verbal and written. Consequently, she is a skilled negotiator and understands the art of diplomacy. She is committed to equity and justice in all areas of her work, values a collaborative approach, and embraces diversity in ability, skills and knowledge.  She has an accomplished track record as an influential communicator at local, national and international levels and has written numerous policy documents and reports.
Isis writes and delivers training/workshops on Advocacy, Coaching, Communication, Empowerment, Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, Mental Health, Mentoring, Power & Privilege, Empowerment and Race & Ethnicity.

For over thirty years Isis has sat on Boards and/or served as a Trustee in the voluntary and community sectors. She has previously served as Chair of the North Kensington Law Centre and Vice Chair of the Community & Police Engagement Group (RBKC). She is currently the Chair of the Edge Fund, a Trustee of the Octavia Foundation, a Non-Executive Director of Olmec (CIC) and one of two UK based consultants for the European Network for People of African Descent.

Isis is studying for a MA in Black British Writing at Goldsmiths University. She works on a freelance basis as an Advocate, Community Organiser, Trainer, Presenter, Senior Public Speaker and Project & Production Manager, and she is a Poet.



  • Annetta BennettEmpress

Annetta has become particularly associated with Olmec’s annual celebration of the Bronze Woman statue in Stockwell and promoting the First Steps in Social Enterprise programmes.  She has also participated in Olmec programmes as a beneficiary and delivered on programmes such as Future Leaders as an Olmec associate.


Olmec Co-operative CIC

Olmec Co-operative CIC was formed as a Community Interest Company in September 2010, working to the goal of race equality through economic and social justice alongside the Olmec Charity.  It has a Board of Directors elected from Members and is a separate organisation.

Shared aims, sister organisations

Olmec charitable company and Olmec co-operative CIC are sister organisations working towards a shared objective.

Olmec Charity and Olmec Co-operative CIC work to a memorandum of understanding to ensure compliance with legislation and regulatory bodies, transparency with funders, beneficiaries, members, clients and customers and to operate to a clear set of working principles in order to underpin internal governance.