““Being an ally is just the first step, the simplest one, it is the space wherein the privileged began to accept the flawed dynamics that make for inequality.”


― Mikki Kendall,

Author of Hood Feminism

About us

The White Allies Network is a network of people that are committed to learn and do what it takes to be counted true allies against racism. It consists of white people who aspire to be true allies and people of colour that are willing to journey with them towards that aim. The White Allies Network is open to all.

To help the network operate, we have a Steering Group composed of Aspiring White Ally (AWA) Members. They are individuals who have committed to both privately and publicly take action on issues of racial justice, and to be known and held collectively accountable for what we do as a network. The steering group meet regularly to plan and organise meetings and other activities, responsive to the needs and requests of Network members. They help ensure the Network's aims and objectives are being met, or concrete progress is made towards them.

We also have a Council of Reference composed of Co-Mentor (COM) Members - people of colour from a variety of backgrounds that have generously agreed to support and challenge us, helping us keep perspective, avoid becoming an 'echo chamber' and falling into the dual traps of 'virtue signalling' or 'white saviourism'. They will help oversee our programme of education and action.The Council participate in some steering group meetings, but are primarily here to guide our activity and ensure we are keeping on track towards our aspiration of becoming true allies with people of colour against racial injustice.

Find out more about who is involved in both groups below:

Our Steering Group

Adrian Lock

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Network Coordinator
Founding Director,
Deeper Leaders

Adrian has overall responsibility for maintaining the website and organising meetings, of the Network, of the Steering Group and the Council of Reference.

He is a leadership developer and executive coach of 30+ years. He was profoundly disturbed by the death of George Floyd, and the shallowness of his understanding of racism and white privilege. He is determined to be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Eleanor Harrison

CEO, Impetus

Eleanor is CEO of youth charity Impetus. Before this, Eleanor was Interim Chief Executive of Safe Passage International, using strategic advocacy and litigation to open and defend safe, legal routes to sanctuary for young people seeking asylum.

 

Previously Eleanor spent six years as Chief Executive of GlobalGiving UK; an award-winning global charity challenging traditional aid dynamics; using digital to enable better access to funding and learning for local organisations everywhere.

Daniel May-Miller

Office & Comms Manager, Christians on the Left

Daniel is part of a noisy, busy, neurodiverse household, including three children under 10 and his brilliant wife who works part time as a hospital doctor. Daniel works at the intersection of faith and politics; organising events and networking with church leaders, charities, NGOs, politicians, activists, campaigners and volunteers.

 

Daniel loves to see individuals develop through strategic relationships and mentoring and sees the White Allies Network as an opportunity to encourage each other to take concrete action and improve ourselves for the benefit of others. 

James Barrick

 Missional Administrator, Streatham Baptist Church

James grew up in and around South London. He studied for a BA in History and Politics at University of London Goldsmiths. His current roles include Missional Administrator at Streatham Baptist Church and working for the charity Love Streatham. In each setting he finds himself, his technical problem-solving skills are highly sought after!

 

James feels passionately about the causes of migrants and refugees being upheld to ensure their safety and equal treatment as people.

Lydia Taylor

Mentoring Manager
(South-East),
XLP

James grew up in and around South London. He studied for a BA in History and Politics at University of London Goldsmiths. His current roles include Missional Administrator at Streatham Baptist Church and working for the charity Love Streatham. In each setting he finds himself, his technical problem-solving skills are highly sought after!

 

James feels passionately about the causes of migrants and refugees being upheld to ensure their safety and equal treatment as people.

Lydia is a youth work manager for the charity XLP, heading up their mentoring programme for young people growing up in disadvantaged areas of London.

 

She has 15 years experience in the charitable sector, including working in the substance addiction recovery sector.

 

She lives in South East London with her husband Ally.

Our Council of Reference

Prof Robert Beckford

Professor of Black Theology,
The Queen's Foundation

Professor Beckford is one of the most respected and outspoken black academics in the UK, researching the intersections of faith and racial justice in and through diverse media texts. He has written several monographs that triangulate the fields of theology, cultural studies and politics.
 

He is also a BAFTA award-winning documentary filmmaker, having written and presented over twenty films for the BBC, Channel 4 and Discovery USA. explorimg a range of themes, including political critiques of the British Empire, biblical history and popular culture.
 

Robert's current research is a practice-based theology of music, which inscribes black and womanist theologies into urban music genres.

Suzann Douglas

Integrative Counsellor
and Author

Suzanne’s book entitled: ‘Dear Piers Morgan: understanding the implicit connotations of your comments in Meghan to race’ is an open letter responding to the presenter’s comments about Meghan Markle. A book that may have contributed to his departure from breakfast TV.

Published in 2020, it is the passionate result of many years of observing systemic bias, and uncovers the untrue narratives told about history and race.

 

It combines her passion, counselling training insight and hours of research to demonstrate the process of building implicit racial bias, from the cradle to adulthood.

Neil Charlton

Youth Worker
Streatham Baptist Church

Neil has over 18 years of experience in youth work. He has served several schools as a sports coach, a pastoral worker, and a mentor with the Met Police. He has led events for teenagers locally, nationally and internationally and, in 2012, received a London Youth Award recognising his work among young Londoners.


Since the early 2000 he has been both professionally and personally affected by the rise of serious youth violence which he has sought to challenge and address in his work.

Neil loves to read & study and has recently completed his theological studies at Spurgeon’s College including a dissertation on ancient African Christianity and essays on healing racial trauma in church. 

 

He is married to Tatenda & has a teenage step-son, Gabriel.

Roy Clarke

Teaching & Research Fellow
Roffey Park Institute

Roy is an experienced and experiential Learning and Development Professional with knowledge of Human Resources Management, and Career Development. He has more than 20 years’ experience within Learning and Development management and facilitative roles within the UK and the UAE. He has successfully applied his ability to motivate, enthuse and build the capacity of others across a range of diverse cultures.

Roy has worked extensively with public sector organisations, charities, and community groups. He has experience of leading the Learning and Development function and designing and delivering programmes around HRM themes. He has led change management initiatives, and talent development interventions