Peninah is a Senior Policy lead for the Ministry of Justice supporting the implementation of the Lammy recommendations, she is a Finance Specialist with National and International experience of advising and supporting strategic financial decision making structures including sustainability. She has over 20 years work experience in the public sector, 10 years experience working within local government, national health services and the civil service in various financial roles.
Outside her work she supports various voluntary groups in various capacities ranging from directing to taking direction. The voluntary organisations have varying aims i.e. the African Voices Forum seeks to empower people of African descent living in Bristol, She is the Chair for Bristol Link with Beira in the development work that they do in Mozambique and their aims to improve the lives of others thus making a difference in Africa. She is a Progression Mentor for the Princes Trust, Diaspora Change-Maker which was a project that identified and brought together the UK’s most promising individuals of African origin with a desire to Support African communities in the UK and Africa – not to mention being a Board member for Bristol 2015 – the Body responsible for the delivery of the European Green Capital Agenda and being part of the Independent Residents Panel for Avon and Somerset Police.
Previously she was the Chair for St Paul’s Carnival for 4 years the organisation aims to deliver an annual carnival in Bristol every year, rejuvenating the African Caribbean Culture and providing the community with a platform to celebrate our diverse cultures. A school Governor for Brislington Enterprise College – she was one of the Founders of the African Community Network in Gloucester early in her community activism career. As a union Activist she was instrumental in leading the Black Members regional group of Unison before reverting to community impact.
She possess good organizational skills, project management, financial acumen and more importantly a passion and commitment to influence and deliver on the inclusion agenda across the board. She has received a few accolades including being the top 100 Women of the West, Inspirational Women and Top BME Powerlist in 2018.