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Black Thrive

Management Team

"I had no idea that history was being made. I was just tired of giving up."

Rosa Parks


Management Team

Our facilitation team is essential to coordinating the work that we do with the Partnership board, organisations, and local communities.

"True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."

Arthur Ashe

Natalie Creary

Natalie is the Programme Delivery Director for Black Thrive Lambeth. She has a long-standing interest in approaches that tackle the root causes of inequality and push conventional boundaries. Her interest lies in working with communities and grassroots organisations to decolonise knowledge and to create opportunities for communities to have ownership of their stories and the solutions they deliver to address the social challenges they may face. Her work and research explore how race, age, class, gender and sexuality intersect to shape the health and wellbeing experiences of Black and mixed race communities. She has also completed postgraduate studies in Health Psychology and lectures on health inequality, quality improvement methodologies and health promotion for Middlesex University’s MSc Public Health.

Nathan Lewis


Nathan is the LGBTQ+ Programme and Partnerships Manager. His work involves influencing and supporting a research project with London Metropolitan University and Lambeth Council, as well as supporting Black the Thrive team to embed an intersectional approach to our work and wider community engagement.

Nathan is a University of Birmingham graduate and a community development enthusiast with a keen interest in public health, particularly around the experiences of Black LGBTQ+ people. He has worked across a number of fields, including mental health, sexual health, prisons and substance misuse. Currently a community manager for the Samaritans, he combines this alongside a number of charity board positions across London. He is a board member for the St Kitts and Nevis Young People’s Network and also serves as Chair for the Southwark LGBT Network and Vice Chair of the London LGBT Forum’s Network.

Sadiki Harris

Communities & Engagement Officer

Sadiki is Black Thrive Lambeth’s Communities & Engagement Officer.

Since graduating, Sadiki has predominantly worked in the third sector. Between 2010 and 2014 he was vice chairman of the Lewisham Stop and Search group and in doing so created a website and marketing materials that ensured the likes of Sky News, the BBC and the Home Office would get in contact for information.  

Sadiki Harris joined Black Thrive after meeting Cllr Jacqui Dyer at a Mental Health conference in 2016. Initially joining as a volunteer, he now works as Black Thrive’s Community Engagement and Communications Officer. Sadiki is responsible for engaging and involving Lambeth’s Black communities in supporting and participating in Black Thrive’s projects and programmes and becoming active leaders on various issues in Lambeth.

 A son of Lambeth, an unpublished writer, avid videographer and somewhat decent graphic designer, Sadiki considers himself to be a creative, and feels extremely lucky to be involved in changing the “look” and “feel” of mental health within Black communities in Lambeth.  

 Sadiki holds a B.A (Hons) in Marketing and Advertising from University of Arts London.

Shola Apena Rogers

Interim Programme & Partnerships Manager (Adult Mental Health)

Shola is the Interim Programme & Partnerships Manager for Adult Mental Health at Black Thrive. She is a qualified Forensic Psychologist and Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, with over 20 years of frontline working with communities with a focus on social justice and transforming lives. Shola has worked as a practitioner and researcher within various contexts, including the criminal justice system, Children’s Social Care, NHS and voluntary sector to achieve impact and positive outcomes. She is also a Consultant delivering Motivational Interviewing, Adolescent Mental Health and Trauma-Informed Practice training programmes.

Being Lambeth born, Shola is enthused by working to support and address the inequalities across mental health, education and the criminal justice system for the Black community in Lambeth.

Shola is the Founder and Director of the African Caribbean Education Network (ACEN), an organisation that provides support to Black children and parents to increase schooling success and impact the number of Black people in decision-making positions in society, over the next generation.

Shola is also currently a Trustee for StreetDoctors.

Amy Woodburn

Head of Special Projects and Legacy

Amy is the Programme and Partnerships Manager for Children, Young People and Families at Black Thrive Lambeth. Within this role, Amy is responsible for several projects which aim to improve outcomes for Black young people in Lambeth, including through community co-design of projects, and the engagement of Black young people in the development of services and strategies.

As a disabled, queer woman with ADHD, Amy understands the impact of multiple marginalisations and is passionate about finding creative solutions to historical challenges.

Following her psychology degree, Amy worked predominantly with children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions in residential schools and in mental healthcare. Seeing the discrepancy in care and access for Black people led Amy to her work in SLaM (South London and Maudsley NHS Trust) with the Corporate Psychology team where she worked with the Race Equity Leadership Group and the Diversity Forum to influence systems change within Psychology and Psychotherapy.

In her spare time, she volunteers as a Girl Guide leader in a historically underserved area and plays Tag Rugby as part of a team aiming to get more African-Caribbean representation in sport. She is a classically trained pianist and is particularly interested in ways of using sport and the arts to engage young people.

She also has a master’s degree in Occupational and Organisational Psychology.