Arike Oke joined the Group Board in December 2020. Arike is the Managing Director for Black Cultural Archives, the home of Black British history. She’s worked in heritage for over 15 years, from the seminal Connecting Histories project in Birmingham, to building Welcome Collection’s archive, and co-convening Hull’s first Black History Month. Formerly Co-Chair of the Association of Performing Arts Collections, she is currently a member of the National Archives’ strategic Unlocking Archives board, advises BAFTA as a Heritage Board member, advises UK Government as part of the Cross Government Windrush Working Group, and is a fellow of the Arts Council’s Museums and Resilient Leadership programme.
Arike is a shared ownership resident with Notting Hill Genesis. She’s a member of the Development and Sales Committee of the Board, and of the Resident Voices Group.