20 Burners Lane, Kiln Farm MK11 3HB 01908 477136 info@friendsofthecaribbean.co.uk
Meet The Team

FOTC is run by a team of volunteers devoted to making a difference in our community

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Rose Hudson-Wilkin
Our Patron - Bishop of Dover

I am sure that you will agree with me that we are punching way above our weight as an organization with very little financial resources. The work we do give real expression to the term “mi likkle but mi talawa”. One thing I am certain, we have in abundance is hope and expectation. This has become part of our spring-board which as enabled us to launch a number of significant pieces of work.

FOTC congratulates Rev’d Rose on becoming the Church of England’s first Black Female Bishop and wishes her good luck in her new post as Bishop of Dover.
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Wain McIntosh
Chairman -MBE, BSc, MSc

As chairman and founding member of FOTC, I am extremely proud of our achievements, especially our supplementary education and mentoring programs, since inception over 12 years ago. With four of my five children benefitting from tertiary study and the youngest still in high school, education has always been important to us. Today we can claim a graduate from LSE at Master's Level, a child at Medical school with the other two at Drama and Vet schools. I work tirelessly to ensure they understand and appreciate their Caribbean heritage.

“My aim is that we continue with the vision of a society where the Caribbean Community is fully included and our well being is a priority and where justice is promoted. ”
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Steve Stephenson
Equalities Officer -MBE, BA. CQSW. DM.

Steve is one of the few Individuals to have the distinction of being honoured by both the British and Jamaican Governments.
Steve is a veteran Community Activist who is quite a remarkable individual; he is a pioneer in community development in the UK. Whilst most people excel in one area, Steve has been a social worker, youth and community worker, lecturer and sports and charity promoter. In addition, Steve has worked in local government for the past 40 years. In various roles he has supported the Jamaican and Caribbean communities in Bristol, Bedford, Luton, Birmingham, Northampton, Swindon and Milton Keynes as well as people in the Caribbean. He has been married for 41 years with two daughters who are Graduates.​

The Voice Newspaper’s list of the 100 most influential Black people in Britain.
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Shirley Palmer-Hopkins
Vice Chair

One of the founders of FOTC and proud of our existence, resilience and relevance to continue serving the local and wider communities; its doors are open to everyone. Our schools, workplaces and country increasingly consists of various cultural, racial and ethnic groups, so we need to have a level of understanding about each other in order to work together. There’s value when we can help a child to attend their chosen school, mentor disadvantaged children and the elderly to access services. I care too much to sit back and do nothing.

“Unity is strength “
Ivan Palmer ( My father)
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Bertram Reid
Head of the Mentoring Program

Lay minister, College Lecturer, Radio presenter and Neuro linguistic practitioner; Bertram Reid has always found himself in the business of personal change and transformation; whether in Church, education, or in his personal life. 15 years’ experience as a mentor and ran mentoring programmes, in schools, churches, prisons, youth offending services as well as running programmes targeting young people at risk of serious youth crime.

At his first FOTC meeting, he became impressed with the passion, commitment and good old-fashioned hard work being demonstrated by the group.
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Pauline Miller
Head of Governance

Volunteered with Friends of the Caribbean for the past two years. I joined because the aims and objectives subscribe to my philosophical values and beliefs of helping a wide range of people. Sits on the Membership Committee and work with a group of committed individuals who are passionate about shaping the organisation through a strong community base connection. I am also involved in governance.

"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others".
-Mahatma Gandhi
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Anthony Young
Project Manager

I am a MK based photographer, with a love of people, community and stories we all have to tell. This being reflected in my photography and the projects I undertake. For me FOTC is more than just an organisation, it is a family membership focused on the successful outcomes for its members, local community and Milton Keynes.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
― Maya Angelou
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Anita Williams

I am Full of energy, passion and positivity. Also, a people person who sees the best in others and enjoy helping them seeing the best in themselves. Diversity in the community is important to me, therefore FOTC and the work it does in the Milton Keynes community formed my decision in supporting the charity.

“Bystanders Don’t Change the World”
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Anthony Russell
Board Member & Founding Administrator of EMS Tutoring

Mr. Russell is an experienced Science and Mathematics teacher who serves several secondary schools in the Milton Keynes and surrounding area.

Dedicated to pushing the vision of better academics through personalised tutoring for children of all abilities, in order to fully realise their academic potential.
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Claudette Murrell
Community Affairs

I am one of the founding members of FOTC and it is an honor to be part of a strong and vibrant association. As a mother of 4 children and a grandmother of 5 grandchildren, I strongly believe in Education, Health, Community and Diversity. FOTC has this passion and desire. Developing our Supplementary School, Mentoring Team and reaching out to the community

"Education - is the passport to the Future for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for them"
"Health - Is a state fo complete harmony of the body, mind, and spirit
"Community - Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much
"Diversity - The Art of thinking independently together.
Marion Forbes
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Maureen Smith
Office Administrator

A confident, well-balanced individual with extensive administrative and secretarial experience at senior management level; showing enthusiasm and initiative in all aspects of work. Being positive and outgoing allows her to communicate her knowledge clearly and precisely.

"Maureen enjoys working with fellow volunteers at events to achieve the success of the common goal."
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Yvonne Russell
Committee Member / Administrator

An exciting visionary that undertakes a variety of Administrative tasks that supports the charity activities and events to facilitate their success.

Dedicated to the educational and personal success of young under-achievers of Afro - Caribbean descent and other ethnic groups.
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