Future Labour Announce Steering Committee

Future Labour has announced its new steering committee, bringing volunteers from across the party together to help deliver on Future Labour’s priorities for the year ahead.

Future Labour will be led by its board, made up of:

  • Lord Jim Knight (Chair);
  • Chi Onwurah MP;
  • Theresa Griffin MEP;
  • Cllr Theo Blackwell; and
  • Zoe Cunningham.

Darren Jones will continue as the Director of Future Labour, sitting on the board and chairing the steering committee.

Day-to-day output will be co-ordinated by the steering committee, which is made up of:

  • Director – Darren Jones (@darrenpjones)
  • Editor – Kevin Hind (@krchind)
  • Local Government Lead – Cllr Helen Godwin
  • Innovation Lead – Michael O’Sullivan (@heavymossman)
  • BME Lead – Khalid Sharif (@londonkal)
  • Womens Lead – Namaa Al-Mahdi (@Namaa0009)

Here’s some more information on the Future Labour steering committee:

Editor – Kevin Hind (@krchind)

Kevin currently works for a global electronic publishing, digitisation and technology company. He is active in his local community where he is a town councillor and has also served as a school governor and Independent Custody Visitor. Kevin has been a Labour member since 2002, holding positions at branch and CLP level. He stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for his home town of Bury St Edmunds at the 2010 General Election.

Local Government Lead – Cllr Helen Godwin

Helen is a Labour councillor in Bristol and the cabinet member for children and young people on Mayor Rees’ cabinet. She’s a Director and co-owner of recruitment company Redland Search. Helen has held various Labour Party roles in Tooting and Bristol, including as Vice Chair of the Bristol Labour Party and Fundraising Officer for the Bristol North West 2015 General Election campaign.

Innovation Lead – Michael O’Sullivan (@heavymossman)

Michael is an digital campaign expert. Currently the Head of Digital at Labour Future and owner of a small digital agency Michael has worked on many national campaigns including most recently the EU Referendum, where he worked on innovative digital campaign products and techniques. Michael is currently working with Tom Watson at the Labour Party to help revolutionise their current technology offerings.

BME Lead – Khalid Sharif (@londonkal)

Khalid loves food and tech start ups. He has worked in the IT industry for 20 years and is currently focused on Business Intelligence and Analytics in CRM. He has founded several companies including Ummah foods, a Halal chocolate startup, and was also Editor of The Muslim Paper. He is currently working on and looking to raise funding for his tech startup Social Wobble and also involved in a new YouTube education channel launching this year. He has a strong interest in Blockchain, IoT, AI in Finance and big data.

Within Enterprise Khalid has sat on the Government’s Ethnic Minority Task Force (BERR), STEM Access Advisory Board for the Office of Science & Technology and was a Business Ambassador for HRH The Prince of Wales Mosaic Project. Khalid was noted for his entrepreneurial skills by the Muslim News where he was awarded the Ummul Mu’minin Khadijah award for excellence in enterprise.

Womens Lead – Namaa Al-Mahdi

Namaa is a digital campaigner, having worked on digital campaigns on the Sudan, to free political detainees, to stop the arbitrary prosecution of prisoners of war and unjust trials of journalists and students as well as raising the profile of injustices to women and political activists.

Namaa went on to work on digital engagement and currently works in digital marketing. She is also a Labour party activist, Momentum Hounslow membership officer, Heston Central’s Treasurer and a keen blogger writing in English and Arabic on issues of peace, governance, Africa and the Middle East.

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