Yvonne Field

Yvonne Field, Executive Director, The Ubele Initiative

Yvonne Field has spent four decades working with individuals, groups and organisations across the UK, the English-speaking Caribbean, Asia, South Africa and mainland Europe. Her work with women, young people and Black and marginalised communities has created a lifelong commitment to the promotion of social justice, equalities and anti-discriminatory practice.

After several years in the public sector, Yvonne became serial entrepreneur, firstly establishing and growing her own management consultancy and training company. Over a period of 15 years, it provided a wide range of services and interventions to formal and informal education, social care, health, the not for profit and for profit sectors.

In 2014, Yvonne established the Ubele Initiative (The Future), an African Diaspora led social enterprise which supports BAME community wealth building through sustainable community spaces, intergenerational leadership, community enterprise and social action.  It operates locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Ubele is the BAME infrastructure organisation for Greater London and has been at the forefront of the BAME community response to Covid-19 offering national and regional strategic advice; developed new national funding solutions such as the Phoenix Fund and offered practical support to grassroots organisations. Ubele has created partnerships in 23 different countries.

Between 2014-2020 Yvonne was employed as an academic at Goldsmiths, University of London teaching applied social research, leadership and management, experiential group work and global youth work. She has recently had chapters published in Community Development for Social Change, 2020 (Routledge) and Right to the City, 2020, (UCL Press).

Yvonne has advised the UK and regional governments on black and minority ethnic (BAME) and women’s enterprise and was included in the Nat West Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise (WISE) group in 2018. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Churchill Fellow

She has a 25-year-old daughter who is also a serial entrepreneur.


SessionDate and Time
Question Time – Covid-19: Civil Society lessons for the futureWednesday 10:55 AM