Our Board of Directors
Anthony Folami has worked in children’s social care for over 18 years, having trained at the Faculty of Social & Political Sciences at University College, Bangor. He is a Personal Education Planning Coordinator for Looked After Children in London and works with unaccompanied child refugees, children with disabilities and terminal illness. Prior to this he was a Medical Physicist at the Royal Free Hospital in London and part of a small multi-disciplinary medical unit in the Department of Medical Physics & Nuclear Medicine.
He was an honorary lecturer in applied radiological physics and assisted teaching on diagnostic & therapeutic radiography. He later worked as a Senior Medical Physicist in the Radiotherapy Division of the Oncology Department at Hammersmith Hospital undertaking treatment of various types of carcinoma and assisted in training physicians and radiography students. He joined Amnesty International, became chairperson running one the most active London groups and undertook voluntary tutoring of adults with learning difficulties with Elfrida Rathbone Organisation.
Anthony has a long standing interest and involvement in community based performing arts as participant, both amateur and professional in collaborative productions.
Hassan Mahamdallie, After completing an MA in theatre studies at Leeds University Hassan progressed as an actor in theatre-in-education and community theatre. He has subsequently worked as a radical journalist and Arts Council England senior diversity officer, responsible for developing the Arts Council’s unique approach to diversity and equality in the arts–the Creative Case.
Hassan writes and lectures regularly on issues of art and culture, race, religion and the history of black people in the West. Hassan contributed to the book *Tell It Like It Is: How Our Schools Fail Black Children* (2005). His 2008 biography of radical artist *William Morris, Crossing the River of Fire*, has just been republished. He edited the book *Defending Multiculturalism- a Guide For The Movement* (2011). His latest work is *Black British Rebels–Figures from Working Class History*. He is the directorial lead on a performance project, *Loyal Enemy*, based on the life of the translator of the Qu’ran, Marmaduke Pickthall. He is presently writing a one woman play looking at the life of Somali nationalist leader and poet Sayyid Maxumud Cabdille Xassan. Hassan is a founder member of the campaigning organisation Unite Against Fascism and a Co-Director of the Muslim Institute.
Donna McDonald is the Chair of 30 Bird. She has raised funds for and managed arts and heritage projects for over 25 years. She has also worked as a consultant on charity governance, specialising in the creation and application of governing documents and in the management of arts organisations. She is a Trustee of the Landmark Arts Centre in Teddington where she serves on the building and finance committees. She is the author of several books, including a biography of Lord Strathcona, a history of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble and a book about the watercolours of a Victorian children's writer.
Baqer Moin is a journalist and media consultant. He is Director of Jadidonline.com, a multimedia cultural website reflecting trends in the Persian speaking societies. He joined the BBC in 1976 and was head of the BBC Persian and Pashto Service (1990-2004) and Deputy Chair of UN Media Commission for Afghan elections in 2005. Moin was born in Nishabour, Iran and lives in London. He studied Arabic, Persian and Islamic Jurisprudence. He has written, translated and contributed to a number of books on religious, cultural and social issues including Khomeini: Life of the Ayatollah, on the Iranian revolution, published in London and New York. In 2002 the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association awarded him the Elizabeth R Award for his contribution towards public service broadcasting.