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Mediorite Board

Updated: Mar 17


Mediorite is supported and steered by an Advisory Board. We're proud and thankful to have the following individuals lend their support and expertise to the business.

Welcome to our newest board member Lauren Pleydell -Pearce! Lauren has nearly 20 years experience as a design leader in some of the world’s leading digital and creative agencies. She now co-leads Experience Consulting UK and is responsible for the design of new products and services for PwC clients. Listed by Campaign as one of 30 Female Creative Trailblazers in the UK, she judges for D&AD, Effie UK, DMA and Creative Circle, drives the UK Creative Industry through BIMA Creative Council, and her role as D&AD Jury President. For the last few years, she has also sponsored, and mentored the next generation of untapped creative talent through the D&AD New Blood Shift Programme, and mentored creatives through Who’s Your Momma, Mentor Black Business, and the Mega Mentor programme.

Tanya Weekes, Mediorite Chair. In her role as Power Originator at BP, Tanya originates, structures and negotiates power and renewable energy transactions across Europe. She has over fifteen years of experience in energy and commodities markets as a trader, investor and originator. She was previously Head of Portfolio Management at Climate Change Capital in London where she managed a private equity fund investing in renewable energy and low carbon assets. She went on to be a Derivatives Trader at major global commodity house Bunge, based in New York, where she managed a portfolio of structured products across several agricultural commodities.

Born in Trinidad, Tanya grew up in the eastern Caribbean before moving to the US and subsequently the UK. She is passionate about representation of diverse voices and identities in the workplace. She brings significant strategic and business development skills to the board as well as a deep love of East London.

Fay Cannings, Community investment, regeneration and startup support, current Executive Director, Start Up Kitchen

Fay has more than 15 years’ experience of delivering social change in communities with a specialism in skills development, supporting SME growth and helping the next generation of talent succeed. Fay’s career has seen her lead high profile major projects such as managing the local jobs and business strategy on the Athletes Village for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, project director on local regeneration partnerships to now leading the work of the Startup Kitchen - an innovative enterprise charity supporting young and diverse startups gain access to mentoring and contacts through top entrepreneurs and business advisors.

She holds a BA honours degree from the University or Warwick and a Post Graduate Diploma in Management Studies as well as being a qualified business adviser and is a long term trustee for the Newham New Deal Partnership a for a charity in Newham.

Ellis Croft, Global Commercial Academy Lead, The FT

Ellis has over 20 years commercial experience in both sales and publishing, from some of the best known and most loved consumer titles in the UK (including Country Life, The Week and Woman’s Weekly) as well as national press (Times Newspapers) and B2B brands (CIO, CFO Australia and Fairfax Business). He has worked in Australia and Singapore as well as London, and joined the FT in February 2013 after completing a contract publishing NME and Uncut. Ellis heads up the Global Commercial Academy at the FT, working with teams across sales, marketing, syndication, content sales and advertising and leading development at all levels for those teams.

Dominy Roe,TransformShoreditch Project Manager at TransformUK

Following having the role of Head of Key Stage 4 at City Gateway, an Ofsted Outsanding Alternative Provision Free School for 14-19 year olds in East London, Dominy is now involved in establishing a new charity - TransformUK.

TransformShoreditch is the first location of the charity's and will deliver Social Enterprise projects, Alternative Education and Community Programmes to build community cohesion, raise aspirations and skills and support some of the most disadvantaged members of society to be successful despite their obstacles.

Dominy is passionate about creative approaches to education - particularly a pedagogy known more widely in US - Hip Hop Education. In 2011 Dominy was awarded a fellowship with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and spent 3 months in the USA visiting various youth and community projects and organisations. Inspired by her trip and those she had met, she founded WordForward, a spoken word project in Hackney, now supported by Art Against Knives.

She brings a keen and practical insight into supporting the needs of disengaged young people and their families, as well as a love of Hip Hop culture and the Creative Arts.

Anders Henrikson, Financial Markets Professional ( CHAIR )

Anders has held senior Financial Markets positions in international banks and corporate treasury. Most recently, Anders was Head of FX Product, Lloyds Bank, a position he had held since 2013. His responsibilities included management of business units, board level strategic projects and cross-functional regulatory programmes. Prior to joining Lloyds, Anders was Head of FX Options Trading at Citigroup London.

Previous experience includes roles at Nokia, where Anders was General Manager at Nokia Finance International in Geneva, a treasury centre within Nokia, and Citigroup New York, where Anders was Head of FX Options Trading North America.

Anders brings extensive banking and corporate business insight, strategic vision, analytical skills together with a global perspective and proven track record of inspirational leadership.”

Henry Wilson ( Treasurer )

Henry is a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) and member of UK Association of Corporate Treasurers but found his way to accountancy via chemistry! Beginning his working life as a laboratory assistant for Scottish & Newcastle Breweries in Edinburgh he studied Chemistry on a day release basis up to degree level, before going to Oxford for three year’s full time research. He then trained as an accountant with EY, before joining BP in 1989 where I have worked in a number of roles: as an internal auditor covering West Africa; as financial controller for BP France and then Group Tax; and in BP Treasury, first as a financial accountant, then in Debt Capital Markets and Group Finance, and now in Structured Finance, with responsibility for the evaluation of leasing and shipping projects across the group.

As well as acting as Treasurer for Mediorite, Henry is a Number Partner: weekly 1:1 maths coaching for year 5 pupils at local school.

Arit Eminue, Founder and Director of DiVA

Arit's role is to guide the business into the future with planned growth ensuring all company objectives, aims and targets are met. Arit works closely with clients in the development of creative apprenticeships as well as strategic partners in the development and design of new projects. Her clients include Universal Music, UK Music, Southbank Centre, Sadlers Wells, the CBI, Domino Records, Coda and many others.

Penny Munday Talent Match project co-ordinator at Skyway Charity ( SECRETARY )

Talent Match supports young people in Hackney to access employment and training. Penny has relationships across the borough to help match young people with employers and training. She also managed the Reparations Programme for Hackney Council, helping youth offenders complete their Referral orders which is how she met Lucy. Penny has an honours degree in Journalism and is currently completing her MA in Criminal Law at Birkbeck.

Support and advice from Barney Worfolk-Smith , Danni Davies from Peggy Pictures & Jake Cassels from The Connected Set.

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