The Yellow UK PodcastAug 08, 2023
E11. Rosemary Laryea
In this episode of The Yellow Podcast, we speak with Rosemary Laryea. Senior Creative Producer, Board Member, Arts and Culture Features Writer, and a Brent girl!
Rosemary talks us through her wealth of experience gained from her time living in Brent and working in the TV and radio industry. We have a heartfelt conversation about community and diversity.
The importance of raising children in communities that are multicultural. The positive impact that diverse environments
like Brent can have on everyone. Rosemary also talks us through the challenges of working in the podcasting industry, we speak about her struggles and triumphs.
E10. James Saunders
In this episode, we speak with James Saunders. Appointed Chief Executive Officer of Quintain in October 2019 and since then has led the company through the Pandemic, during which Quintain achieved the biggest construction completion year in its 30-year history. We speak to James about his journey, the importance of community, the value of public spaces and the legacy that is being built.
E9. Annie Ahmadi-Gestoso
In this episode with speak with Annie. Annie is the founder of Annie's Kids Club and Director of Kinsparation CIC. She talks us through her journey of how Kinsparation came about and the positive impact her workshops and classes have had on families in Brent. Annie talks from the heart about the challenges faced as a parent and the need for classes and workshops that are accessible to all.
Annie believes that at the heart of her belief is that every child - regardless of gender, ethnicity, and belief - has the right to education and opportunities to be inspired.
E8. Peter Higgin
In this episode we speak to Peter Higgin.
Artistic Director and joint CEO of Punchdrubk enrichment. Peter has been involved with Punchdrunk for his entire professional career. He was pivotal in establishing the company’s early workduring their rise to critical acclaim and global success.
We discuss how Peter co-founded Punchdrunk Enrichment and led the development of Punchdrunk’s signature practice in community and educational settings. We touch on the permanent move to Wembley Park and the positive impact that will have on the local Brent community and Brent Schools
Peter has a powerful belief in the transformative power of engaging with the arts and creativity. He believes in the power of imagination as one of our greatest tools and has witnessed how access to immersive experiences can unlock our innate creativity.
E7: Nadia Khan
In this episode, we speak with the author, historian, and PR professional Nadia Khan. Nadia talks to us about her journey growing up in Brent, explaining how she draws her love of community from the experiences she has had within it. Working across sectors including housing, youth, and central and local government.
Nadia also works with different faith communities in Brent to tackle climate change. Passionate about addressing issues of inequality and exclusion for socially deprived and minority communities, challenging racism and Islamophobia In 2020, Nadia founded Golden Threads which is a project that explores and documents shared histories across the Muslim world and beyond.
E6: Lisa Rodio
We speak with Lisa Rodio of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO) Lisa is the Strategic Partnerships and Special Projects Producer at Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Looking after the community and education work.
Lisa talks us through how the RPO helps to enrich lives through orchestral experiences that are uncompromising in their excellence and inclusive in their appeal and how music can break down barriers. Lisa also shares how the RPO will be making Wembley Park their NEW home and how that will have a positive impact on the local community making the RPO even more accessible.
E5: Josh McNorton
Canadian-born, UK-based Cultural Director for Wembley Park, Josh McNorton, talks to us about spearheading original cultural events and creative projects. Josh talks us through his natural talent for coalescing artists, venues, partners, and funders to achieve ambitious goals. We get to learn about his up-and-coming event in Wembley Park with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, WEMBAS Dream.
E4: Krupesh Hirani
In this episode, we speak with Krupesh Hirani who served on Brent Council from 2010 - 2022 and is now the London Assembly Member for Brent and Harrow. We take a deep dive into his unique perspective as someone who has spent his whole life living and working in North West London. Hear his trials, triumphs and unique take on the future of Brent and London.
E3: Jo Gordon
In this episode, we speak with Jo Gordon, who has lived in Brent for over 30 years.
A mum of 3 young adults with a love for hospitality, crafty stuff, and fun with friends and family, Jo Gordon is the founder and director of Daniel’s Den. A Yorkshire lady at heart, Jo came to London to be a primary school teacher but is now devoting her time to bringing about the vision of having a parent and toddler group within walking distance of every family in the UK. She has the vision, drive, and experience to make it happen.
Jo and the work she does has had a lasting impact on all those who attend the Daniels Dens sessions.
E2: Margaret Dillane
In this episode, we speak with Margaret Dillane. Margaret has had over 30 years of experience working in and running a Montessori Children's House called Happy Days in Wembley. We will discuss the need for alternative ways of learning and Margaret's own journey toward starting Happy Days.
From Home educating parents hoping to bring the Montessori Method into their homes to first-time Montessorians embarking on the Montessori's journey of discovery. Margaret is a true community champion and her work has had a lasting impact on the community both in Wembley (Brent) and beyond.
E1: Humera Khan
In this episode we speak with Humera Khan, we will discuss how Wembley (Brent) has changed through the years and the positive impact Humera has had on the community. A real Brent girl through and through.
Humera is a freelance consultant and researcher on Muslim Affairs. She is one of the founder members and currently a trustee of the An-Nisa Society founded in 1985. With the organisation, she has been involved in setting up many projects and working with families, providing support and counseling on a broad range of issues.
Humera is currently the coordinator for An-Nisa Society’s Supplementary School which was set up in 1986 and through the school has developed work around Islamic education and facilitated numerous youth projects. These projects have included film projects, play schemes, and various art-based projects.
As a freelance consultant, Humera has written articles for various publications including Q-News, Guardian and the Independent. She has also had various media and public appearances speaking on a wide range of issues from multiculturalism, Islamophobia, and racism to social issues such as sexual abuse, and generation conflicts.