International Women’s Day: Judging panel for Modern-Day Lady Godiva call-out revealed

 

Today, on International Women’s Day, Coventry City of Culture Trust has revealed the all-female judging panel for the Modern-Day Lady Godiva call-out which Trust announced in February.

The judging panel of incredible Coventry women includes; Charlotte Moore, Fleur Sexton, Jane Hytch, Nyasha Pitt, Reem Doukmak, Sebbie Mudhai, and Trish Adudu.

Over 100 people were nominated for the call-out, and the panel now has the unenviable job of deciding which 12 women will be chosen as modern-day Lady Godivas, and feature in a key moment of the Coventry UK City of Culture 2021 programme.

The Trust will be announcing the 12 modern-day Godivas soon, so watch this space for more updates.

Charlotte Moore

Charlotte is a Team GB wheelchair basketball player and studies Human Biology at university.  Charlotte was born with Neuroblastoma, which was diagnosed when she was 12 weeks old and this left her in a wheelchair.

Ever since she was young Charlotte has loved participating in sports. When she was younger, she competed in wheelchair tennis and wheelchair racing, but in 2013, she made her debut for the Team GB women’s wheelchair basketball team and chose to focus on this as her main sport.

Since then, Charlotte has competed in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, won 2 European bronze medals, a gold at the Under 25 World Championships, and more recently a silver medal at the senior World Championships and European Championships, in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Even though the last year has changed a lot for so many people, her goal remains the same, to represent Team GB at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2021.

Fleur Sexton

Fleur Sexton is Deputy Lieutenant, representing Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Businesswoman of the Year and CEO and co-founder of multi-award-winning PET-Xi Training, one of the most hard-hitting and dynamic training providers in the UK with a reputation for success with the hardest to reach.

Deeply committed to changing lives through education and employment, since 1995 she and her team have delivered impact, inspiration and value to 200,000 learners in a wide range of communities across the UK, making social mobility a reality by finding and breaking barriers, improving life chances and making communities stronger.

Fleur invests much of her time and 10% of company profits into these activities, to which both she and PET-Xi bring enthusiastic engagement and active hands-on participation.

Fleur is a board member of C&W Chamber of Commerce, The CW LEP Skills Board, C&W Champions, Historic Coventry Trust and Chair of the Coventry Music Trust. She founded and runs the PET-Xi Foundation, which raises money to directly break barriers for individual young people nationwide, is an active member of The BCU Business School Advisory Board, Coventry City of Culture Development board and the Commonwealth 2022 Legacy & Benefits Committee.

Jane Hytch

Jane is the Founder Director of Imagineer and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. Imagineer won the ATL Arts Council England Award for Godiva Awakes which was part of the celebrations for London 2012. Jane is currently leading the capital restoration of the Daimler Powerhouse as a Creation Centre dedicated to the production of outdoor and site-specific work, and innovative community and education projects for Coventry and the West Midlands region. The Daimler Powerhouse is scheduled to open in August 2021 as part of Coventry UK City of Culture 2021.

She is also Founder and Director of Worcester Arts Workshop, a community arts centre and producer of The Life and Times of Woodbine Willie (1985), one of Britain’s first community plays. She received the Worcestershire Woman of the Year Award (1986) for her work in community arts development, as well as being a foster and adoptive parent. She also worked at the Belgrade Theatre from 1990-2007, becoming Joint Artistic Director.

She has a passion for creating large-scale, outdoor work which lasts in the memories of audiences forever. She is dedicated to including communities and people who are often left out of creative opportunities in her work and loves seeing the young people who have worked with Imagineer become confident and successful in the creative industries.

Nyasha Pitt

Nyasha Pitt is a communications specialist, with more than 15 years’ experience at senior and C-Suite level, both in-agency and in-house supporting B2B, B2C and public-sector brands including The Assay Office Birmingham, Butlins, National Express, English Heritage, Land Securities, The London Taxi Company (now LEVC), Marston’s and West Midlands Combined Authority.

Nyasha also provides Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) consultancy, focusing on using and deconstructing language to effect lasting systemic change. In February 2019, with the support of West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, Nyasha launched iDNetwork - a business network for Black professionals. That year she was acknowledged as one of 50 Inspiring Individuals working in UK EDI sector by PriceWaterhouseCoopers and appointed as Chair of the Communications sub-committee for the Mayor’s Inclusive Leaders initiative.

In 2020, Nyasha was selected as one of 15 Cultural Leaders by the Coventry City of Culture Trust, acknowledging her work producing iDENT, an annual arts festival that celebrates Black artists and allowing her space to explore her own personal practice of poetry and spoken word. She is Vice-Chair of Coventry Pride and sits on the Arts Policy Committee at the Belgrade Theatre. Nyasha is also a qualified executive coach and an accredited Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner.

Reem Doukmak

Reem is a Syrian refugee who completed a PhD in English Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics from Warwick University. She is currently an Early Career Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies at Warwick University and works as a team leader at Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre.

Currently, Reem is working on two research projects. For Coventry Creates, she is collaborating with Paul O'Donnell, founder of Shoot Festival, on using drama to explore the re-integration experiences of refugees and host community into the social ‘normalities’ under Covid-19. Reem is also leading on the Hayat Jamila project as part of International Changemakers with the British Council and Coventry City of Culture Trust. The project aims to build cultural connections between Coventry and Gaziantep by exploring who we are and who we want to become through music and cooking initiatives.

Sebbie Mudhai

Sebbie is the Directing and Producing Associate for Coventry Moves, and before that was part of the Young Creatives initiative. She is a recent Digital Media graduate, with a background in directing, producing, and facilitating work with young people. She is the founder of YAP Collective, a platform that delivers workshops to empower Gen Z and Millennials and creates safe spaces for them to network and connect.

Trish Adudu

Trish Adudu is a journalist, TV and radio presenter.

She is an original member of the Loose Women panel appearing from 1999 to 2002.

She presents the Cov Show on BBC Coventry and Warwickshire Radio every weekday afternoon. She talks about everything going on in Coventry and how local people can get involved and celebrate Coventry and the great place it is.

Trish also contributes to BBC Midlands Today and has appeared on stage, most recently in the Belgrade’s first online pantomime, Jack and Beanstalk (2020).