Dr Antoine Rogers is the Co-Director of Evidence to Exist Research Group. His main areas of expertise are voluntary sector organisations, sexuality and qualitative research methods. Antoine is a Chicago native; a qualified social worker and a survivor of Chicago’s care system. Antoine’s research leading to his PhD was a comparative analysis of urban voluntary sector organisations in Chicago and Birmingham, UK. Initially Antoine published research related to the impact of state and private funding on voluntary sector organisations. His research also critically reflects on national and local identity and the role of personal experiences as a source of knowledge and understanding.
In recent years Antoine’s research interests include the role in which Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) organisations play in community development and individual identity formation particularly in the context of a civil society with intersectionality at the core.
An activist, mentor, ‘man-about-town’ and film buff, Marc Thompson has been involved in advocating for social justice for 25 years, with a focus on Black minority and ethnic communities, sexual health and HIV. He is particularly interested in the intersection of race, sexuality and HIV and the impact it has on individuals and society.
Marc has worked with various community based organisations including, GMFA, Big Up, Living Well and THT, where he led on the national gay men’s HIV prevention programme. He is currently coordinator of the peer mentor programme at Positively UK, training and managing volunteers to provide a range of peer support interventions to people living with HIV.
Marc is a freelance trainer and public speaker who speaks and provides training at conferences, corporate events, schools, colleges and universities on race and sexuality, sexual health and living with HIV.
Award-winning busybody, recovering academic and reformed social reformer, Rob Berkeley currently plies his trade advising the BBC on accountability. Impatient with injustice and exasperated by wasted potential, he volunteers on the boards of Baring Foundation, and Britdoc Foundation, has previously served on the boards of Stonewall, Equality and Diversity Forum and the Oxford Access Scheme, and been Chair of Naz Project (NPL) and BGMAG. He was Director of the Runnymede Trust 2009-14. Alongside his academic writing on education, social justice and community organizing, he has presented and co-produced short form documentaries, and written for The Guardian and The Independent on racial justice. His current obsession with innovations in media technology and their potential for social justice means that he watches a lot of TV/film and calls it ‘research’. Dr Berkeley was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.