Lord Victor Adebowale
Otherwise known as Baron Adebowale CBE, Victor is the CEO of social care enterprise Turning Point, and one of the first to become a People's Peer. He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2000 New Year Honours for services to, amongst others, homeless young people. We are lucky enough to have him head up the board here at Urban Development.
Our youngest board member is no stranger to success – aged 15 she began a degree at the University of Oxford, and aged 19 she became their youngest ever graduate with a Masters. She now works at Deutsche Bank and is passionate about supporting girls and young women into careers in STEM, launching Stemettes, who run panel sessions and hackathons to further their involvement.
A commercial lawyer, with specialist experience in intellectual property law and financing, with emphasis on technology, media and telecommunications. Razwana acts for a wide range of clients from the film and TV industries, institutional and private lenders, and investors and sponsors, both domestic and international.
One of our finest UD alumni, Alex first became involved with us as a youngster on one of our programmes. Alex Boateng, otherwise known as 'Twin' (his twin brother is BBC Radio 1Xtra and Atlantic's Twin B, aka Alec Boateng), is the head of a first-of-its-kind Urban Division at Island Records. From working with pirate radio MCs to globally-acclaimed stars like Drake and The Weeknd to Tinchy Strider, KANO and most recently Michael "BIG SHAQ Dappah. Alex's success is underpinned by a genuine passion for the music he pushes.
Recently joining Centreview Partners, the M&A and private equity boutique, David is a principal in the UK investment banking business and was previously at UBS.