Bio

Lecturer in Community Studies Goldsmiths, University of London

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November 2014-present 


Supporting the development of and teaching on three separate modules: Organisation and Management, Applied Research Methods and Group Work modules on the BA Applied Social Studies with Community and Youth Work

 (JNC Qualification);


Module leadership and curriculum development;


Supporting students in 1:1 and group tutorials as well as on fieldwork placements;


Designing and facilitation of Group Work sessions and fieldwork supervisors’ training programme.

Founder and Managing Director The Ubele Initiative

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May 2014-present

 

Establishing a new intergenerational community leadership and community enterprise initiative for African Diaspora communities in the UK;


Developing the overall vision and strategy;


Designing and delivering intergenerational community leadership interventions;


Building partnerships on local, national and international level.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travel Fellowship

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Part I 14-30th May 2013 Atlanta, USA

Part II 3rd-28th February 2014 Aotearoa, NZ


Conducting a series of learning journeys;


Meeting wih individuals and visiting socially innovative organisations involved in leadership and social change initiatives;


Comparing and contrasting models and processes used to develop leadership with communities which experience discrimination and social exclusion.



Programme Manager for Master of Management in Innovation Studies, Wits Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa

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November 2012-March 2013  

 

Revalidation of Masters degree programme – designing new courses and student support;


Contributing to the design and implementation of Wits University Innovation Studies Research Group Programme.

Partner (Oxford, Johannesburg) Reos Partners

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2010-2012 

 

Co-designing and co-delivering complex social system change projects;


Designing specific interventions, including training and facilitation;


Contributing to the global business strategy (7 offices), developing new markets, preparing proposals and recruitment, managing Associates.

Founder and Managing Director Yvonne Field Associates Ltd. Consultancy and Training

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 April 2000-March 2015  

Establishing a new consultancy and training company, its strategic direction and all business planning functions;

Undertaking delivery of a wide range of change management consultancy services and interventions to promote social inclusion, diversity, and to create dynamic partnerships.

Independent Organisational Consultant, Yvonne Field Training and Consultancy

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 January 1996-March 2000  

Youth and Play Work Training Coordinator, Centre for Public and Voluntary Sector Development at Goldsmiths, University of London

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January 1996-March 2000  

 

Developing and delivering University level accredited learning programmes for youth workers, play workers and adults mentoring and supporting young people;


Managing team of 8 associates.

Assistant Education Officer for Community Education, London Borough of Greenwich Education Department

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 February 1990-December 1995

Education policy and planning function for Adult Education and Youth Service;

Managing centralised Youth service including personnel, finances and administration.

Tutor, Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP): Guyana

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March 1986-August 1988 

 

Advising 12 Caribbean Governments on youth policy formulation;


Undertaking research projects on youth affairs;


Designing and teaching modules on a University of Guyana accredited youth development diploma programme;


Delivering regional and sub regional workshops on a range of subjects including teenage pregnancy, substance misuse and family life education.

Advisor for Work with Girls and Young Women, Inner London Education Authority (ILEA)

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1985-1986

 

Leading London wide support and development of youth and community work with girls and young women;


Establishing London wide group for black women youth workers;


Working on a wide range of other local, regional and national projects focused on children and young people, refugee groups and others living in disadvantaged communities;


Working with Health Development Agency - managing and implementing a national health network for professionals working with children and young people.

Advisory Worker for Work With Girls and Young Women in the Youth Service, Lambeth Girls Project

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 1983-1985

Establishing and managing the project from inception;

Developing and delivering the programme to:
- encourage personal development of girls and young women in Lambeth
- widen the range of opportunities open to them
- provide information and resources to other professionals;

Initiating and delivering a training programme for black women youth workers run by black women which focused on work with black girls and young women.

Education

Keele University

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October 2017-present 

PhD registration in Community Animation 

and Social Innovation 

University of Surrey

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2004-2009 

MSc degree in Change Agency Skill and Strategy (CAS) 

University of Bradford

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1988-1989

MA degree in Social and Community Work

Westhill College, Selly Oak, Birmingham

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1980-1982 

Community and Youth Work Studies

Childhood

Growing up mainly in Deptford, south London, as the youngest child of ten (yes, ten! 3 sisters and 6 brothers) of Windrush parents from Jamaica there are clearly many stories to tell. 

I was a bright, active child enjoying tap dancing, girl guides (but hating camping!), playing the tenor recorder and guitar, stamp collecting and writing to my pen-pals. To my mother's horror I had over a hundred pen-pals globally and became quite adept at writing about ‘my news’.


When I was eleven in 1971, there came an event that has strongly influenced my life and my life’s decisions. It was to be my introduction to campaigning to challenge racial injustice – and I loved it!


My application to Grammar School had been rejected. (Six applicants: five white girls accepted, one Black girl rejected. Funny that.) Ostensibly it was because my mother was not a British citizen despite having Exceptional Leave to Remain. Other schools had no places left which left me school-less, so my mother went into battle.


Supported by the, then, Race Relations Board she challenged the original decision, She also had help from a local Black Activist (Aldridge, ‘Ricky’ Cambridge) and ateam of Black students, and home-schooled me and two other Black girls in our front-room. I was eventually offered a place at Haberdashers’ Aske’s grammar school where, despite being a Black working-class girl in a predominately white middle-class school, I thrived, also learning along the way the tough lessons of navigating white culture and communities.


Attending a culturally diverse FE college in Hackney at age 16, together with the influence of the Black Power movement and Black-led feminism in the USA, felt like a real breath of fresh air and helped me develop my Black political consciousness as a young woman. 


My childhood dreams of being a teacher were stymied by a dislike of maths. At the time I had no idea about the power of informal education through youth work or adult learning through community education!

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PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND BOARD MEMBERSHIPS

Fellow, Royal Society of Arts 


Member, Chartered Institute of Management 


Member, The Royal Commonwealth Society 


Board Member, New Prowess (2005-2006)