Black Cultural Archives’ Vice-Chair Miranda Brawn steps up to become a Patron of the UK’s Black heritage centre. Miranda Brawn is currently Vice-Chair on the Board of Black Cultural Archives and will continue to support the sustainability of the national organisation.
Miranda will join the other Patrons of the Black Cultural Archives namely Dame Jocelyn Barrow DBE, Lord Paul Boateng, Sir Willard White OM OBE, Chuka Ummuna MP, Colin Jackson CBE, Benjamin Zephaniah, Marie Garrison, Kwame Kwei-Armah and Idris Elba.
Black Cultural Archives’ has a strong commitment to promoting diversity and equality and as Vice-Chair Miranda has played a key role in raising awareness about the organisation’s mission. Her influence in driving Black Cultural Archives forward over the last two years have included her brainchild initiatives such as “BCA in the City” sponsored by Fasken Martineau LLP in 2015 and Hogan Lovells in 2016, bridging the gap between the corporate and heritage sector, whilst engaging corporates in conversations to help increase race equality within corporate sector.
Her work has also extended to developing partnerships with the University of Law who hosted the Miranda Brawn Diversity Annual Lecture and Hogan Lovells who were one of the sponsors for the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Scholarships being offered to future leaders from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background across all sectors of the UK workforce as part of the Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation. Black Cultural Archives played a role in providing access to young people across the country. She has recently been highly commended in the UK Diversity Legal Award 2016 “Diversity Champion” category and one of the 100 Most Influential Women in European Finance 2016 where the Financial News newspaper has stated that Miranda is fast becoming the go-to-person for race diversity in the City of London.
During the time in which Miranda served as Vice-Chair, Black Cultural Archives has been recognised for its commitment and work to diversity and equality through various initiatives and has recently been awarded the National Diversity Award for Community Organisation for Race, Faith and Religion 2016. The national Award recognises our dedication to tackling issues in today’s society, and commitment to championing diversity.
Miranda Brawn says “After nearly two and half years, I am thrilled to become Patron of the Black Cultural Archives commencing on 1st January 2017. I am looking forward to continuing to support this amazing organisation while helping to increase diversity within the UK.”
Dawn Hill, Chair of Black Cultural Archives says, “We look forward to welcoming Miranda as Patron to Black Cultural Archives. Her commitment to supporting BCA is tremendous and her work has been incredible support in helping us to realise our vision. Miranda herself has been recognised as an award-winning diversity leader and we are pleased to announce Miranda will become a long-standing Patron of Black Cultural Archives.’
About Miranda Brawn
Miranda Brawn is a multi-award winning legal, business, technology & diversity leader who is hailed as a trailblazer. A regular business and diversity expert on television and radio, she has been named one of Top 100 Women in European Finance by the Financial News, one of the most Powerful Women in London by City AM and was selected by the Financial Times as one of the world’s Top 100 BAME business executives striving to make the world a more equal and diverse place. She has also been named one of the Top 30 most inspirational Women in the City of London who are Champions of Diversity in the Brummel Magazine, listed as one of Britain’s most influential Black Business People in BE Mogul and a UK Diversity Legal Awards recipient for the Highly Commended Diversity Champion Category.
She sits on the board of several organisations as a senior advisor, is active in philanthropic and diversity issues where she has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for her outstanding contribution. Miranda is also the Patron for a few organisations like the Black British Academics and Vice Chair of the Black Cultural Archives. In addition, a board member of the Cancer Research UK Women of Influence, City Women Network, Equality Commission, Race Equality Advisory Group and Thomson Reuters Business Law Consultation Advisory Board. Co-founder of Color In Tech which is the UK’s first race diversity technology company helping to increase race and gender diversity within the technology sector. In addition, Miranda has founded the ‘Miranda Brawn Diversity Leadership Foundation’ where Dame Jocelyn Barrow and Dame Fiona Woolf are Patrons, while supporting the Black Cultural Archives and the Prince’s Trust to help increase race diversity and equality within the UK workforce.
Recent press have stated that “Brawn is fast becoming the go-to person for race diversity in the City” and she is “one of the country’s leading diversity experts”.
With a background as an investment banker and barrister, Miranda is also responsible for the derivatives, regulations and securities financing business within Legal and Transaction Management for Europe at an investment bank. She has spent her career at some of the most prestigious global financial institutions such as Goldman Sachs & JPMorgan.