Oyé welcome new Board members as two more opportunities are announced

Oyé welcome new Board members as two more opportunities are announced

Africa Oyé are delighted to welcome three new members on to the organisation’s Board of Trustees.

Established in 1992, Africa Oyé has constantly strived to showcase representations of Africa by shining a light on the incredible array of cultures, foods, music and arts that make the continent so vibrant and inspiring. Focusing on tolerance and multiculturalism.

Paul Sesay is the Founder/CEO of The National Diversity Awards, Inclusive CEO’s, the Inclusive Companies Awards, the Inclusive Companies Membership, and the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List. Paul’s business acumen has mainly been with a social focus.

With over fifteen years’ worth of experience within the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion sector, Paul has worked with some of the largest organisations in the world on their diversity and inclusion profiles. He has also worked within local communities to help people from various backgrounds to achieve and empower disadvantaged groups throughout the UK.

Anna Maloney, born in Liverpool and based in London, currently leads the UK cultural activity under the GREAT Britain campaign, supporting collaboration between nations and increased exporting from the UK culture & creative industries. With over 9000 organisations in the roster of culture organisations, the Culture Diary offers many avenues for partnering with the UK.

Prior to this, Anna ran the biggest DIY art festival of the UK, mobilising communities to partake in co-curated weekend extravaganza of Open Studios, called Hackney WickED, in east London.

She’s also enjoyed a range of marketing comms consultancy projects for brands including Royal Albert Hall, VisitBritain, Liverpool European Capital of Culture 2008, Morning Gloryville Conscious Clubbing, Sound City, the Royal Horticultural Society, and indeed Africa Oye, as Artist Liaison from the early days of Fete de la Musique and Oye in Liverpool.

Serge Patrick-Heselton is a Head of Sales for an award winning Managed Service Provider based in the North West UK, he holds an MBA with distinction from the University of Liverpool Management School. Serge has over ten years in management, entrepreneurial leadership, business development and board level experience.

During his career, Serge worked for Apple Inc holding various leadership positions and is highly skilled in Technology Solutions, Sales Leadership, IT consultancy and Business Performance Management. Currently in role as Head of Sales for an award winning managed service provider in the North West UK that specialises in providing IT, Communications and Utilities solutions within the B2B sector. He is responsible for overseeing all sales activities for the company, leading the sales teams, technology consultants and ensuring strong client relationships.

With the aim of promoting a positive image of Africa and making the continent and diaspora’s fantastic music and culture available for all, Africa Oyé’s popularity has seen it become not only the biggest African music festival in the UK, but also one of the largest in Europe. Our diverse and colourful event proved to be a cornerstone of Liverpool’s Capital of Culture celebrations in 2008 and it brings in an estimated £2 million to the region’s economy.

In addition to the flagship annual festival, Africa Oyé works all year round taking educational workshops across Schools and Youth Groups and travels internationally to various world music conferences and events, promoting the work of the organisation and Liverpool as a destination and hub of culture and creativity.

In 2019, Africa Oyé won the Impact Award for International Reach and the People’s Choice Award at the Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards, and was also shortlisted for Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards. This year also saw Africa Oyé featured on the Liverpool Edition of Monopoly, which is on sale now nationwide.

With Oyé’s 30th anniversary taking place in 2022, the Board are seeking trustees who will be passionate about the direction of the festival and organisation. Oyé are particularly looking for new trustees with expertise in the following areas:

* Company Secretary

* Treasurer

More details on each trustee role above can be found by clicking the links below:

Company Secretary


Oyé are looking for strategic thinkers with strong communication and we need people of integrity with a strong commitment to our aims and a collaborative approach.

Trustees act as a public advocate for the festival nationally and internationally and will be on hand to help problem solve where necessary.

In return, the successful applicants will be joining a Board with a genuine desire to make a difference.

The role is Voluntary, though travel / expenses will be covered.

Location: Liverpool City Region

Please submit your CV by email to info@africaoye.com and a letter of application of no more than 2 sides of A4, indicating why you a the best person for the role with examples of how you meet the person specification for the role.

For further information please leave a message on 0151 703 6742 or call 07974 159 802

The deadline for applcations is Friday 26th June 2020 at 5pm.

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