Conference Committee

Professor Richard Hall

Richard Hall is Professor of Education and Technology at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Richard is a UK National Teaching Fellow, a Trustee of the Open Library of Humanities and a member of the Management Committee for the Leicester Primary Pupil Referral Unit. Recent work includes an edited collection on Mass Intellectuality and Democratic Leadership in HE for Bloomsbury Academic, and a monograph on academic alienation for Palgrave Macmillan. He writes about life in higher education at: and tweets at @hallymk1

Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry

Dr. Kennetta Hammond Perry serves as Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre at De Montfort University where she is also a Reader in History. Prior to her appointment at De Montfort, she was an Associate Professor of History and Co-Director of the African & African American Studies Program at East Carolina University in the USA.  Her research interests include Black British history, transnational race politics, Black women’s history, archives of Black Europe, and anti-racist movements for citizenship, recognition and social justice throughout the African Diaspora. She has published widely, including a book-length study on African Caribbean migration to Britain following World War II titled London Is The Place For Me: Black Britons, Citizenship and the Politics of Race (Oxford Press, 2016).  Currently she is researching histories of state-crafted racial violence in the UK. Kennetta tweets at @KennettaPerry

Dr Melanie Crofts

A Senior Lecturer in Law at De Montfort University (DMU).  Lecturing since 2001. 

Awarded her doctorate in 2014 which focused on the implementation of the Public Sector Equality Duties within higher education, with a particular emphasis on race and disability.   The research also considered a number of broad policy implications in relation to the implementation of equality legislation in higher education. 

Melanie has taken an active role in furthering the equality agenda and influencing strategy within higher education locally and nationally.  Currently Fair Outcomes Champion for the Faculty of Business and Law at DMU, part of the Freedom to Achieve Project to address the BAME attainment gap.

Member of the Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network. Principle Investigator for a HEFCE funded project considering sexual violence on campuses. Report published 2019: New Spaces: Protecting Students from Violence and Hate.

Director and Chair of the Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council.  Member of the Athena SWAN panel, judging applications for the Equality Challenge Unit/Advance HE.  Former member of Northamptonshire Police Independent Advisory Committee and the Stop Search Working Group. 

Currently consultant equality and diversity trainer for the Football Association, training their Disciplinary Commission members and Chairs, Anti-Discrimination Panel members and Anti-Discrimination Commission Chairs. Melanie tweets at @melaniecrofts

Dr Lucy Ansley

Lucy Ansley is the Freedom to Achieve Research Assistant at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. Lucy recently completed her PhD in Education and Technology, investigating digital literacy and professional learning. Her previous research work includes the internationally recognised DigiLit Leicester Project. She reflects on her academic work at and tweets at @LucyJCA

Mohamed Yaseen Kassam

Mohamed Yaseen Kassam is a Learning and Development Technologist at De Montfort University.  As a learning technology practitioner, Mohamed is primarily focussed on driving effective online and blended learning solutions across the institution in an ever changing and complex sector.  Having education spanning across various disciplines of  Software Engineering, Multimedia Engineering and Education, Mohamed continues to happily juggle with life, work, duties as a School Governor at a leading city school, and shuttling 4 kids, to and fro, in and around the city (sometimes on a bike)! Mohamed tweets at @MohamedKassam

Monica Barrett

Monica Barrett joined De Montfort University in Autumn 2018 to work for the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre as PA to the Director, Kennetta Hammond Perry. Her role has rapidly expanded as the centre has grown and evolved successfully throughout its launch year. Monica has a variety of experience, holding a BSc in Psychology with a focus on cultural identity, having worked as a Research Assistant, Administration Manager, and a Data Analyst finding unexploded ordnance off the coast of Iraq… yes you read that right. When she is not exuding passion for race, identity and social justice, she is exploring the world through travel and always wondering, “where next?”

Sherilyn Pereira

Sherilyn Pereira has had a long-standing career in communications, marketing and public relations that has spanned both the private and public sectors, nationally and internationally.

After five years working in De Montfort University’s Communications Team, Sherilyn joined the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre in January 2019 with a focus on developing the public face and professional profile of the centre, through delivery of an exciting public engagement programme.  She is also co-chair of DMU’s BAME Network.

Sherilyn juggles her full-time role while studying for an MSc in Advertising and Public Relations Management and organising a hectic household. She says that PR and engagement are a natural part of who she is, as being the only female in a house of seven, living with her ‘boys’ is a constant process of stakeholder relationship management!

Her work is enhanced by her passion for race, identity and social justice issues that are debated on a nightly basis with her team at home.  

Sherilyn tweets @Sherilyn51

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