Power Sharing Project: Who’s involved?

‘Visual notes from our most recent Core Learning Group meeting, by Melissa Smith, Instagram: @FeelGoodInsta,Twitter: @FeelGoodMel


There are currently over 220 people in the Power Sharing Project Community of PracticeWe welcome people from all walks of civil society and their experiences. There is no expected minimum commitment for being part of the Community of Practice.  

As a member you will receive the Power Sharing Project newsletter and can choose to engage in activities as they arise. 

SMK hosts the Power Sharing Project as a conversation. We will keep sight of the big picture whilst creating spaces for the Community of Practice to discuss their experiences, ideas and ambitions. We will be are breathing in the insights from across multiple perspectives and sharing them back into civil society. 

The Core Learning Group is a smaller, more committed group of individuals who will help guide the Power Sharing Project, collaboratively co-designing all stages of the project from start to finish. 

The Power Sharing Project is part of the Cornerstone Fund, which aims to ‘support collaborations and partnership approaches  to bring about systems change to build stronger, more resilient communities’. The project is funded by Trust for London and City Bridge Trust. Collaborate are the learning partner for the Cornerstone Fund. 


The project is made up of a growing Community of Practice (COP) of over 200 campaigners, activists, and civil society leaders. COP members are involved in the project in a broad range of ways. Over the months of the project we will add interesting outputs from the project’s COP.

‘Visual notes from our On Road Media Power Sharing Workshop, by Melissa Smith, Instagram: @FeelGoodInsta,Twitter: @FeelGoodMel‘ Please note that where it reads ‘I am here unpaid’ in the Social Change Grid, this was a reflection of the conversation that very often people are unpaid for their work in all quadrants of the grid. All members of this workshop itself were paid for their time and expertise.


More bios coming soon!

Alice Smith is a transformational expert. Her unique 361 recovery programme for women empowers UK survivors with the benefits of an exceptional emotional education. Recently named in British Thoughts magazine ‘20 to watch in 2020’, Alice is developing her philosophy of emotional evolution whilst studying for an MA in Trauma Studies. She challenges current political thinking by asking society – victim, survivor, what lies beyond?   

Bushra Ahmed is businesswoman, fundraiser and community strategist, best known for establishing West Croydon Voice after her family business was burned down by rioters in the 2011 riots, taking part in media interviews in papers and on TV and lobbying at the highest levels for compensation for the Riot Victims.  Bushra is involved in relationship building between local government, police, charities, business and community. She is the Chair of the Small Charities Coalition and Vice Chair of the Asian Resource Centre Croydon. She is also on the Civic Futures leadership programme at the GLA, the steering group of the Broad Green Big Local and the IAG for Crystal Palace Football club. Bushra enjoys her voluntary work at the Mosque and is passionate about increasing diversity and changing cultures on voluntary and corporate boards. 

Dan Boyden  is a theatre practitioner, consultant, trainer and facilitator. He has built a career designing and delivering creative projects, often with marginalised groups and communities, in the UK and internationally. Dan is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow and a Global Master Facilitator for the British Council’s Active Citizens Social Leadership programme. He is Director of  the Change Collective, an organisation exploring current and emerging thinking and practice linking arts and social development in the UK and internationally. Dan did a 2017 Ted talk  about his work. 

Christopher is the co-director of Unlock, an independent award-winning charity that provides a voice and support for people who are facing stigma and obstacles because of their criminal record.

He leads the charity’s policy and advocacy work, and oversees the charity’s activities, projects and communications, including work to support and challenge employers to change their recruitment policies and practices, work to prevent unlawful criminal record checks, influencing government policy and working on other policy issues including access to higher education. He is one of the country’s foremost experts on the criminal record disclosure regime and the long-term barriers of criminal records. He is also a trustee of Clinks, the national infrastructure charity that supports, represents and campaigns for the voluntary sector working in criminal justice in England and Wales.

Lucie Russell is CEO of StreetDoctors,  a youth movement of  healthcare volunteers who teach young people affected by youth violence how to save lives and keep themselves, and others, safeLucie’s career began as a youth worker and  then a social worker, after which she co-foundeThe Big Issue and launched The Big Issue’s charity, The Big Issue Foundation, developing a range of support services to homeless people across the country.  She then started SmartJustice, a national campaign promoting community solutions to crime, and was Director of Campaigns at YoungMinds. Lucie is a trustee of Redthread 

Murshad Habib is a policymaker, currently working as a Policy Manager at Community Links, leading on making Early Action common practice, and through the learning of the programmes and advice services run from Community Links, developing research and policy interventions around Housing, Health and Mental Health, Welfare, Inequality and Diversity. He previously worked as a civil servant at DCMS on Telecoms Brexit Negotiations, and has worked with a number of NGO’s in the Middle East and South Asia, including UNHCR. Murshad has a strong interest in community development, focusing on people supporting each other to overcome problems, preventing them from occurring again and helping other to thrive and achieve their goals.

Rashid Nix is a south Londoner, a youth mentor, educator, journalist, social commentator and parent. Rashid originally worked in advertising and then spent five years at Westminster REC as a mentoring expert, designing programmes for ‘hard to reach’ young people and also serving as community representative training police officersIn 2004 he trained as a cameraman/director at the BBC and ran guerilla film making courses for young people. His 2010 film ‘Why don’t black people vote?’ explored political disengagement in BrixtonAfter Rashid’s housing estate was targeted for regeneration, thereby dividing a closely knit communityhe stood for the Green Party in local and national elections.  

Sophie joined Shelter in 2019 as Activism Officer. She is interested in exploring how large organisations can divert power and resource outwardly across the housing movement, and to provide varied and interesting campaigning opportunities with Shelter.

Previously she worked with Greenpeace, supporting Local Groups across Scotland and the North West through tailored support and training events, and with ActionAid where she worked on both domestic and international campaigns on womens’ rights and tax justice.

Tony Cealy is a drama facilitator, theatre practitioner, arts activist, agitator and creative producer who makes projects and programmes designed to engage the public in issues that are important for social and behavioural change. He is a member of the  Solution Roomand has been commissioned by Lambeth Community Foundation to work with Older Men around issues of Mental Health and Wellbeing. Tony is working across London with young people to use interactive theatre techniques for creative roundtables with the Metropolitan Police. Tony is a visiting lecturer at Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths, Bristol, Leicester, UCL and Birmingham Universities in Applied Theatre. He is working with community groups, businesses, residents and artists to design an event to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Brixton Uprising in 2020.  

Dr Wanda WyporskaFRSA, is Executive Director at The Equality Trust, the national charity that campaigns to reduce social and economic inequality. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of York, a trustee of ACEVO, Redthread Youth, Equally Ours and Governor of a primary school. She is a regular keynote speaker and sits on or has advised a range of bodies, such as the ACEVO race advisory panel, the Fight Inequality Alliance Steering Group, NUS Poverty Commission and the Sex Education Forum Advisory Group. Wanda has over a decade of experience working in the trade union movement, leading on equalities, social mobility and education policy and is an experienced campaigner.  


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