Preet Gill – MP
Preet Gill is the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston and was elected in the June 2017.
Preet was elected as the first ever female Sikh MP.
As well as becoming an MP in June 2017, Preet also became a member of the Home Affairs Select Committee. Before being elected however, Preet served as a councillor for St Paul’s Ward in the Sandwell Metropolitan Borough, and was the Cabinet Member for Public Health and Protection. Preet’s passion for politics stems from her father.
Preet studied sociology and social work at the University of East London, where she attained a First Class Honours. In addition, Preet also worked in India for UNICEF and other non-governmental organizations where she conducted research into street children.
For over 20 years, Preet worked in social care within the West Midlands area and has also sat on the West Midland’s police and crime panel. As well as this, Preet also worked for the Children’s Services where she gave assistance to families of vulnerable children. On top of this, Preet is also the director of Spring Social Housing Board, whose ethos is to go back to the original aims of the housing association movement and work with those most in need of housing.
Since her election, Preet has promised to continue the fight for the NHS and local GP practices, fair funding for Birmingham’s transport and local services, and continue the fight against education cuts.
Manage the African Families Service, Trainer, consultant and a registered expert witness assessor on issues pertaining to Black African Children and Families.
Offers training for professionals working in the statutory sector including CAFCASS officers
Lead Person African Families Service academic partners group with the University of East London
Lead Person African Families Service international group.
Provision of supervision and consultancy on child care and child protection cases both as part of my employment within Tower Hamlets and with other external statutory and voluntary agencies in the United Kingdom
Chair, speak and organise local, national and international conferences and seminars.
Contribute to government report, research and offered opinion on national television, newspaper and radio broadcasters.
A member of the National Working group on Faith- based abuse in the United Kingdom
A member of the National Advisory Group on Safeguarding Migrant Children in the United Kingdom.
Dr (Mrs) Prospera Sorviel Tedam
Dr (Mrs) Prospera Sorviel Tedam was born in Nandom in the Upper West Region of Ghana on July 29th 1972 to the late Rear Admiral Chemogoh Kevin Dzang and Mrs Emelia Dzang. After primary school in Canberra, Australia, Prospera attended St Francis Girls Secondary School in Jirapa and Archbishop Porter Girls Secondary School in Takoradi for her O and A levels respectively.
She qualified with a BA (Hons) In Social Work from the University of Ghana in 1996 and MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, MA in Child Care Law and Practice from Keele University and a doctorate in social work from the University of Northampton. Dr Tedam is the Academic Lead for Social Work Practice Quality at Anglia Ruskin University and a Professional Child Safeguarding Advisor to the Minister of Immigration, Home Office, UK.
Prior to this she was a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at the University of Northampton for over 10 years. Her specialist area is the impact of culture and cultural practices on child welfare and protection. She has published extensively in this area and is currently in the process of setting up the Centre for Child Protection in Ghana where she plans to deliver a range of child protection services. Prospera is involved in a number of community and professional groups and has supported a range of charitable causes in the UK and Ghana. She is married to Joshua and has two sons, Joel and Kevin.
Dr Q. Botchway
Dr Q. Botchway is an experienced Urban Planner/Public Policy Consultant with over 20 years professional experience in policy relevant research, including over 6 years in academia, 8 years in consultancy and over 6 years in the public sector. He currently runs his own consultancy practice, QBQ Research & Consultancy Ltd and lectures at a number of universities in England. He trained as a Town Planner in England with specialist knowledge in local economic development and subsequently worked as a ‘Researcher’ for the Centre for Local Economic Development at ‘Coventry Business School’, Coventry University and also for ‘Cranfield School of Management’ at Cranfield University where he obtained his doctorate degree. Dr Botchway has worked on a wide range of consultancy and non-consultancy projects (including international ones) in the areas of regeneration, business competitiveness, technical assistance and regulation in the qualifications market. Dr Botchway has a strong multidisciplinary approach to problem solving and has developed a blend of skills which enables him to work in all areas of the policy cycle. He is a strategic thinker with a passion for ensuring that high quality research makes a difference to organisations, individuals and society at large.
Dr Botchway is also a strong activist in the Black Minority Ethnic sector, particularly, the Ghanaian community. He is the Chairman of the National Council of Ghanaian Unions UK (NCGU); President of the Ghana Union Midlands (GUM); and President of the Ghana Union Greater Birmingham (GUGB). He is also a member of the Ghana/UK Diaspora Steering Committee and Deputy Chair of the Communities Group of the Birmingham Commonwealth Association. He is currently a founding member of the newly formed BME Partnership in Coventry.
Dr Botchway is married with two children and enjoys spending time with the family, playing golf and listening to music – afro beat music is his favourite at the moment.
Dr Benjamin Appiah-Odame MBChB, MRCOG
Special interest in the Medical Care of Pregnancies and Delivery.
Extensive experience in Hospital and Clinical care especially of minority communities. Licensed hardworking and dedicated medical practitioner with the General Medical Council of UK since 1996.
Currently works in Walsall Manor Hospital.
MBChB from University of Ghana Medical School, Accra. Ghana.
Member Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
Speciality Training in Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Oxford Post Graduate Medical Deanery.