For over 10 years Brenda has overseen the successful delivery of a youth development programme within the UK, using volunteer mentors from multinational firms to support young people from the state school sector aged 14 to 18. As a result, she has advised universities such as Cambridge and Warwick on their Widening Participation initiatives.
She has recently been invited to join a committee lead by the Mayor of London on how to improve access to research intensive universities for young Londoners. She was a member of the Third Sector Forum on Social Mobility that advised the previous Government.
Brenda has received national recognition for her pioneering work with the Afro-Caribbean communities with a MBE awarded by the Queen in 2004 and an honorary degree from her alma mater Warwick University in 2009.
Since 2002, Brenda has been a member of the European Economic and Social Committee, a consultative body that gives representatives of Europe’s civil society a formal platform to contribute to EU legislation and policy. During 2010 to 2013, she chaired the EU-ACP subcommittee that supports and facilitates the advocacy roles of Civil Society Organisations, including the local private sector, to promote the interests of their constituents or broader public interests by submitting joint recommendations to the political authorities on development co- operation and specific priorities such the EU-Africa Strategy and the EU-ACP Economic Partnership Agreements.