Gilane Tawadros is the Chief Executive of DACS, a not-for-profit visual artists rights management organisation. She is a curator and writer and was the founding Director of the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) which Stuart Hall chaired for over a decade. She is currently working on an anthology of Stuart Hall’s writings on the visual arts and culture. In the autumn, she takes up a new role as the tenth Director of the Whitechapel Gallery.
Claire AlexanderClaire Alexander is Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Manchester. She has researched, written and published on issues of race, ethnicity, youth and migration in Britain for over 25 years. She is the author of The Art of Being black (1996), The Asian Gang (2000) and The Bengal Diaspora: Rethinking Muslim Migration (with Joya Chatterj and Annu Jalais, 2016).
Maria is a visual artist and producer of social projects. She has developed work at several organisations including at the Houses of Parliament, Turner Contemporary and PEER. She is also a programmer and writer for learning, and developed the Autograph ABP Archive Learning Resource and the National Maritime Museum’s Citizen Resource . Maria became a close colleague and friend of Stuart whilst working with him on the development of Rivington Place and the film The Unfinished Conversation (2012).
Peter Greig is an accountant. He studied sociology at the Open University in the 70s and 80s and was profoundly influenced by Stuart Halls courses. He is now retired following a career in the voluntary and public sectors which included Centrepoint, the Arts Council and the GLA. He has extensive Trustee experience including several Law Centres, Cultural Co-operation and Survivors Poetry. Currently he is a Trustee of the Global Legal Action Network and the European Network on Statelessness.
Becky Hall is Stuart’s daughter. She studied literature before training as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist at the Tavistock Clinic and subsequently qualified as a Psychoanalyst. She currently works in the NHS and in private practice.
Catherine Hall is Stuart’s widow. She is a historian and works on questions of race and empire in Britain and Jamaica. She led the Legacies of British Slave-ownership project at University College London for ten years, exploring Britain’s long history in relation to the slavery business. She is now the Emerita Chair of the Centre for the Study of the Legacies of British Slavery at UCL. Catherine has published extensively on questions of race, gender and empire.
Julian Henriques is a film writer-director, sound artist and Professor in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London. Stuart was a close friend of the Henriques family over many years.
Paula Kahn worked with Stuart as a Trustee of Iniva eventually becoming Acting Chair. She then became Chair of Camden Arts Centre. She was Chief Executive of Longman, the international education publisher and subsequently MD of Phaidon Press. Currently Chair of the Advisory Board of the Wellcome Collection she was formerly chair of NCL NHS and MTVH Housing Trust, a trustee of Cripplegate Foundation and Treasurer of Association of Charitable Foundations.
Farzana (she/her) is a writer, director, cultural producer and award-winning arts educator. She is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Healing Justice London (HJL). Her practice works on building community health, repair and self-transformation rooted in disability justice, survivor work and trauma-informed practice working with communities of colour and other marginalised and underrepresented groups. Farzana has a background of over 10 years in youth and community work, particularly focused on arts-based education projects both in the UK and internationally.
Gregor McLennan is Professor of Sociology at the University of Bristol. A graduate student in the 1970s at the Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham, he was also a close colleague of Stuart Hall’s at the Open University through the 1980s and early 90s. Gregor is the author of several books on Marxism, pluralism, and social theory and has edited, with extensive commentary, the new Duke University Press selection of Hall’s writings on Marxism.
Nasar Meer is Professor of Sociology at the University of Edinburgh and founding Director of RACE.ED – a network spanning the sciences, humanities and social sciences to platform work on race, racialization and decolonial studies. He has served as a Trustee of educational and civic charities including UK Social Policy Association (SPA), the British Sociological Association (BSA), and RSE Young Academy of Scotland (YAS) to support the pubic function of research and education more broadly. He is part of the Scottish Government’s Governance Group to Develop National Anti-Racist Infrastructure, and was a Commissioner on the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s (RSE) (2020–21) Post-COVID-19 Futures Inquiry, and a Member of the Scottish Government COVID-19 and Ethnicity Expert Reference Group. His most recent book is The Cruel Optimism of Racial Justice (2020-Policy Press).
Michael Rustin is Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, and a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock Clinic. He first met Stuart at the Universities and Left Review Club in 1957 and worked with him on political projects over many years. Stuart, Doreen Massey and he were founding editors of Soundings in 1995 and edited the Kilburn Manifesto together in 2013-4. Michael is Stuart’s brother-in-law.
Susanna Rustin is a journalist at the Guardian. Currently on the Opinion desk, she has also been a feature writer and deputy editor of the Saturday Review. She helped set up London’s only parish council in Queen’s Park, where she lives with her husband and daughters. Susanna is Catherine and Stuart’s niece.
Nick Beech is an architectural historian and teaches cultural studies in architecture in the School of Architecture and Cities at the University of Westminster. He worked for Stuart Hall, transcribing Stuart’s drafts and notes that became Familiar Stranger (edited by Bill Schwarz), and prepared the Stuart Hall bibliography hosted on the Foundation website.
Kennetta Hammond Perry
Kennetta Hammond Perry serves as Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University where she is also a Reader in History. Her research interests include Black British history, transnational race politics, Black women’s history and histories of statecrafted racial violence. She is the author of London Is the Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford, 2016) and currently working on a new book, David Oluwale’s Britain which uses imperilled Black life as a lens to rethink the contours of contemporary British history.
Roshini Kempadoo is an international photographer, media artist and scholar with the School of Arts, University of Westminster. She has worked for over 30 years as a cultural activist and advocate, having been instrumental to the development of Autograph (ABP) and Ten.8 Photographic Magazine. As an artist she re-imagines everyday experiences and womens’ perspectives relating to Caribbean legacies and memories. Central to this is her book Creole in the Archive: Imagery, Presence and Location of the Caribbean Figure (2016). Her ongoing research develops creative methodologies on issues of race and extraction in relation to ecological futures.
Sarah works for Bar Council as a Communications Manager and previously ran the Campaigns and Communications Department for the NUJ in the UK and Ireland. Sarah is a sociology graduate, studying her BA at Goldsmiths and MA at Ruskin College. In 2021 she authored a chapter of a book published by Routledge, entitled: Investigative Journalism (third edition), it explains her campaigning work on journalistic ethics and sets out some of the legal threats to investigative journalism in the UK.
Aasiya lectures in Media at the University of Westminster and is a former BBC Radio producer. She is currently writing a book on colonial ideologies and mid-twentieth century media which explores Stuart Hall’s earliest engagements with BBC Radio. Aasiya also joined sound artist Trevor Mathison at Highgate Cemetery to discuss his SHF commissioned artwork ‘The Conversation Continues: We Are Still Listening’.
Ruth Ramsden-Karelse is a Research Fellow at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry and an Associate of the University of Manchester’s Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE) and the Stuart Hall Foundation. In January, Ruth completed her DPhil in English at the University of Oxford, with the support of the inaugural Stuart Hall Doctoral Studentship. Centring on South African communities that were legally classified ‘Coloured’ under apartheid, her research maps the worldmaking work of self-described gays and girls, from 1950 to the present, with a focus on depictions of Cape Town’s lost District Six. Ruth’s writing has appeared in publications including GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies.
Derron Wallace is an assistant professor of sociology and education at Brandeis University and research fellow at the Centre on the Dynamics of Ethnicity at the University of Manchester. He is a sociologist of race, ethnicity and education who specializes in cross-national studies of academic and police profiling, focusing specifically on the experiences of Black youth. He is the author of the forthcoming book,The Culture Trap: Ethnic Expectations and Unequal Schooling for Black Youth (Oxford, 2023). His research has been supported by the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the National Academy of Education, the Spencer Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research. Prior to joining the Brandeis faculty, he served as a professional community organizer in London, working on youth safety, living wage, fair housing and immigrant rights campaigns.