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Our Patrons and Board of Trustees

We are grateful for the guidance, expertise and dedication of our Board of Trustees and Patrons.

Board of Trustees

  • Mike Burnham
  • Becki Wilkins
  • Selin Yurakdal

Our Patrons

  • Marigold Charisa
  • Ravi Ravindran
  • Pete McDonnell
  • Sarah Malcolm
  • Michelle Weston
  • Kirsty McNicols

Lord Ray Collins of Highbury is a Labour Life peer and Trade Unionist who was General Secretary of the Labour Party from 2008 to 2011 and prior to that he was the Assistant General Secretary of the TGWU.  He was created a peer on 24th January 2011 and currently undertakes the roles of Opposition Whip (Lords), and Shadow Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and International Development). Ray is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Groups on HIV/AIDS and Global LGBT+ Rights.  Having a keen interest in continuing education he is a member of the Governing Body of Ruskin College, Oxford.

“I am delighted to welcome Dominic Skinner and Rina Sawayama to the Positive East family joining me as Patrons of the Charity. Both of them have been supporters of the work of Positive East and are brilliant champions of the Charity. I know together we can support Positive East in realising its vision.”

Singer-Songwriter Rina Sawayama was born in Japan but raised by her single mother in North London. She released her critically-acclaimed debut album, Sawayama in the height of the global pandemic to much applause. The alternative-pop album has amassed over 100 million worldwide streams since its release and has ranked in over 50 “album of the year” lists for 2020. A Cambridge graduate and former model, it is the singer’s daring attitude that has hailed her as the “future of pop.”

I feel so honoured to become a Patron for such an important charity like Positive East. I’ve known their work and been connected to them for many years so it feels especially close to my heart for them to give me this title. The grassroots work that Positive East do is so important to their community and service users and it’s brilliant to see their small team achieve such great results and I can’t wait to be more involved with them in years to come.”

With over 20 years in the beauty business, Dominic Skinner has credited his ongoing search for makeup knowledge and strive for perfection as his reason for his unwavering passion for all things makeup. Having worked for some of the worlds greatest designers and photographers and alongside the most iconic Makeup Artists, he is full to the brim with tips, tricks, hacks and inspiration making him the go to artist for creative thinking.

Being labelled as ‘A must to follow’ by various online and printed publications, Dominic’s Instagram feed has been the go to destination for all his MAC and Backstage related work. You also may know Dominic as one of the co-hosts of the hit show Glow Up.

“It’s truly an honour to become a patron of Positive East. I have been a supporter of everything they do for over a decade and have seen single-handedly the positive change they have made in the lives of the people of east London. I’m very much looking forward to working alongside Rina, Lord Collins and the wonderful people of Positive East, helping to improve the lives and break the stigma of those living with HIV.”