COLLABORATIONS

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KEVYN GAMMOND

As a musician Kevyn Gammond started in the Jimmy Cliff band on Island Records – worked with Robert Plant and John Bonham in the Band of Joy, which spawned Led Zeppelin and a host of other names in the music world. His experience includes spells of working for the Netherlands Hollandia Theatre Group alongside the Veenfabriek theatre director Paul Koek. He has written and lectured extensively in the performing arts, consulted on the UK music courses bringing about change in education including setting up the MAS Records Artist Development Programme with Robert Plant and Karl Hyde (Underworld) as patrons at Kidderminster College. He continues his vision with the MAS Lab – Interactions – Collaborations – Art Friction.

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DAVE SHUCK

David Shuck spent over thirty-five years supplying surface coating technology to the world’s leading Automotive OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers, and Vehicle Repair and Refinishing After Markets during which time he helped design and facilitate Best Practice management system training for repair networks and team building exercises for charity volunteers.  Dave’s focused on developing collaborative relationships with likeminded organizations and designing and developing innovative programmes, training, and workshops through co-operation.  Mas Lab signed the Care Covenant in 2018 and is actively engaged seeking to make a difference through collaborative effort.  Believing wholeheartedly that Peace should be high on everyone’s agenda he will continue to promote the Bruxelles Peace Pledge countrywide.

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MARI & HETTY RANDLE

Mari and Hetty Randle are probably best known as musicians with collaboration at the very heart of everything they do.

Celebrating the spirit of activism through different genres of music and art performance, their band V.O.E. is testament to that love affair – seeing how various styles can come together. They have the power of critical thinking artists to address social issues which they recently investigated while setting up MAS Lab design team, bringing the Migrant X project to fruition by drawing from their graduate degrees in visual communications, fine art, photography and Hispanic and French studies.

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JONN PENNEY

Jonn Penney aspired to acting but got distracted when he formed Stourbridge indie-rock band Ned’s Atomic Dustbin as frontman and lyricist. The band released three studio albums, produced 100+ t-shirt designs and filled multitudinous sweaty venues from 1990-1994 during their hectic and extensive worldwide touring schedule before ‘resting’ in 1995.

The band are now part-time since reforming with all five original members in 2007. They still play large rooms and sell 1000’s of t-shirts. Having worked promotions and publicity for Wolverhampton Civic Hall for 14 years, Jonn  joined Kidderminster College as a mentor/lecturer in Music Performance and MAS Lab as an advocate for peace but not necessarily quiet.

BILLA NANRA

Billa Nanra is in the vanguard of those looking to effect positive change wherever the insight gained from his life experiences of alcohol abuse, drug addiction, homelessness, prison, and probation can be put to productive use.

He joins the MAS Lab family to share knowledge gained from working as a mentor in prisons with the Shannon Trust, Giving Time and Get Creative with Peace GCWP workshops with young adults on the Marcus Rashford FAV initiative (Families Against Violence) in Manchester, broadcasting a host of shows on National Prison Radio and delivering workshops in PRU schools in Leicestershire for Juniper Training.

He has recently featured in a remarkable documentary film Slaying The Dragon, sharing his story of incarceration and how the Peace Education Program empowered him to kick a 22-year heroin addiction and get his life back on track.

The documentary was broadcast to thousands globally. Billa is currently focused on training facilitators to deliver the tprf.org (The Prem Rawat Foundation) programme of Peace Education in the North.

He will be helping MAS Lab to plan and deliver events next year alongside Midlands Peacemakers locally and, hopefully (CLE) Celebrate Life Events, through our colleges in Southwark and Lewisham in addition to delivering regular Virtual PEP Workshops aimed at ex-offenders, BAME, and other groups and individuals at risk.

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JORDAN THOMAS

Jordan Thomas is one of the worlds shining stars in martial arts, a former World Karate Champion with a history of establishing numerous fitness and karate clubs for 5–18-year-olds in England. Currently he supports young people and adults to become the best version of themselves. Jordon has tenacity, determination, and a world class work ethic common to all elite athletes, which allied to a calm but enthusiastic and measured authority that wins the hearts and minds of those who are fortunate to receive his guidance.  His experience of martial arts and NLP training combined with his tremendous desire to succeed augurs well for the Mas Lab partners’ workshop design, delivery, and development programme.  

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MERVYN ETEINNE

Mervyn Etienne is a Cognitive Performance Coach and Consultant, specialising in the use of neurotechnology to improve focus, resilience, and emotional regulation. He collaborates with Captains of industry and Elite performers across domains and young people to fuse conventual mental training methods with neurofeedback technology for measurable outcomes. Mervyn is also a former systems developer in the corporate world and a multiple World Championship Gold Medallist and assistant national karate coach; and has developed stable and well-tested training protocols. Mervyn is an ambassador for the Inspire You Vision charity and also provides consultancy for social enterprises, educational organisations, and business’ in relation to mindfulness, wellbeing, and peak performance.

LESLIE FAIRCLOUGH

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Leslie Fairclough will forge the links between partners and help to develop and integrate their best practice to create flexible, bespoke courses and workshops capable of increasing self-awareness concentration, confidence, and resilience. Before the age of 18 Leslie had an accolade littered background in a multitude of sports; and whilst preparing for International Karate Competition on the World Stage was, in the earliest days of its UK introduction, trained in and positively influenced by the use of performance-based NLP.  By the time he retired from elite sport Leslie had won English, British, Dutch Open, European and Olympic Cup titles; and then went on to set up and develop the Higher-Level World Success Coaching and Care Company and Inspire You Centre in Wolverhampton; from where his charity Inspire You provides his unique Martial Arts and NLP blended workshops. After being head hunted by the Government's Department of Trade & Industry (DTI) and formally invited to take up a Public Appointment in 2001 by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry and was later (2005) asked to Chair the UK Ethnic Minority Business Forum (EMBF) Leadership and Workforce subcommittee. When asked for the recipe for his success, he said “because I think and truly believe I will be successful, eventually, and I don’t give up”. Although  I exchanged Karate Clothes for Business Suits I kept my focus, drive and determination for my Charity, Business and Community activities’.

ALISON COPE

Alison Cope is the mother of Joshua Ribera who was murdered in 2013. Alison works tirelessly to help prevent youth violence by sharing her sons unique life and death story to help educate young people on the realities and consequences of youth violence. Her powerful presentations convey: the importance of prevention, emotive realization of how choices effect loved ones and how young people retain hope for the future. She joins us to advise and lead on best practice.

NATHANIEL PEAT

Nathaniel Peat is a Multi-Award Winning Entrepreneur, International Speaker (inc TEDx), Business Coach, Engineer, Pilot and man of many talents & achievements. He is listed on the 2017 Black Power List, 2018 & 17 EMPower Financial Times List and 2016 saw an entry onto the Financial Times Upstanding 100 BME Executive List. Nathaniel is co-founder of Gennex Solar which provides innovative renewable energy products in Africa. He also founded The Safety Box; a company whose training and development programmes assist with reducing youth violence & help young people develop important skills such as leadership, communication and conflict resolution. In 2015 Peat was the only UK entrepreneur selected by Virgin Unite to attend a week long leadership gathering on Necker Island with Sir Richard Branson. Nat is a Honorary Fellow of Brunel University and his work has featured in publications such as Forbes & Huffington Post. Nathaniel was also a former Trustee and co-founder of EY (Ernst & Young) Foundation since 2014 and now acts as a Patron to the charity. In 2020 he was elected to the board of the Global Jamaica Diaspora Council for the South UK becoming a consultative advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Jamaica on investment, trade, and sustainable development. In 2021 he became the Chairman of Brunel Business School and was invited by Lloyds Banking Group to sit on their Black Advisory Board.

ANDY PRIVETT

Andy Privett provides the ideas and structure behind StreetWise365. The StreetWise programmes and workshops are a result of Andy's teaching, work and life experiences. He has worked extensively in children's homes and adolescent units as a residential social worker. As a teacher, he helped lead the behaviour at a school that catered for young people with emotional and behavioral difficulties. More recently. with his wife Haley, he has become a foster parent, catering for children on emergency placement and respite care. 

StreetWise has has developed personal safety, programmes that support young people and parents in making quality decisions with respect to their personal safety. More recently, the focus has been on the de-escalation training for both foster parents and social workers.

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ANTONIO MEITIN

Antonio graduated in 2001 with a degree in Digital Media.  After landing a few acting roles in films such as Gladiator (2000), he went on to become an editor on popular shows for the BBC. Over the years has evolved into an award-winning Filmmaker and 3D artist. 

At the helm of video/Art/Photography at Kidderminster College and MAS Lab, his innovative approach integrates various disciplines within a single project.