HMT Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury docks on 21 June 1948, bringing more than 800 passengers from the Caribbean. This was a historic moment that saw mass migration redefine and shape modern Britain. On 2nd July we will celebrate its 76th anniversary, where communities come together to celebrate the contributions of the Windrush Generation and their families in the UK.

Join us in person for a Windrush 76 conversation at Bloomberg’s London office. The conversation will be an inspiring and interactive panel, featuring Kareen Cox, designer of the Windrush Stamp; Patrick Vernon OBE – Social commentator & Windrush Campaigner; Lisa Anderson – Managing Director of Black Cultural Archives; Marie Garrison, Patron of Black Cultural Archives, and moderated by Sonia Meggie, Bloomberg D&I Business Partner for News & Media.

We will close the evening with refreshments and networking.



18:00 – 18:30

Opening Remarks

18:30 – 18:35

Panel Discussion

18:35 – 19:25

Speakers: Kareen Cox, Lisa Anderson, Patrick Vernon OBE, Marie Garrison

Moderator: Sonia Meggie


19:25 – 19:40

Closing Remarks

19:40 – 19:45


19:45 – 20:30


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Kareen Cox

Graphic designer, illustrator, photographer
Absolutely Kareen

Kareen Cox, has run her freelance business, Absolutely Kareen, for over ten years and is a muti-disciplinary creative. Her skillset covers graphic design, illustration and photography. Her biggest artwork to date was a temporary public art mural that wrapped around the exterior three floors of the Dugdale Arts Centre in Enfield.

She loves to design with bright colours and finds portraiture, typography and geometrics are her favourite genres in design. As a digital artist, most of her works take shape on her tablet first. One of her highlights last year was the illustration of two Royal Mail stamps.

Her creative background lies in graphic design, and she has over two decades of experience in working alongside organisations, creating advertising campaigns, corporate branding and marketing material.

Her parents originate from St Lucia and Barbados, and travelled to the UK in the early sixties. Kareen grew up in central London and from an early age, has always enjoyed drawing but didn’t realise this could be a career choice until much later on in life. She says, “I count myself extremely lucky that I do what I love. When I have some rare downtime, I pick up my tablet and just doodle.”

Kareen holds a BA Hons in Design and Media and resides in London.

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Lisa Anderson

Managing Director
Black Cultural Archives
Lisa Anderson is a leader in the culture and heritage sector, driven by a deep passion for visual arts and dance. With an academic background in human rights, she strategically employs culture to champion social justice and racial equity.
Since 2021, she has held the role of Managing Director at the Black Cultural Archives, a pivotal national institution preserving and championing Black British history. As an independent curator and consultant, she tirelessly advocates for African Diaspora art, especially in the UK. Her recent projects include curating the acclaimed Soulscapes exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, and she founded @blackbritishart in 2016 to elevate the visibility of Black British artists.
In 2019, Lisa launched her art advisory service, further cementing her influence in the sector. Her contributions to cultural discourse at Bristol and Goldsmiths universities have enriched academic dialogue, while she continues to offer her expertise on the advisory boards of Addis Fine Art and Uchenna Dance.
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Marie Garrison

Patron of Black Cultural Archives

Marie Garrison has had a career in banking, teaching and the civil service that spans over 20 years. She came to the UK in the 1980’s from Jamaica, where like many others before her, joined family members and continued her professional career. She is an active volunteer for the Black Culture Archives (BCA) and in that role has Chaired the BCA Friend’s Committee and is a life Patron.

Marie Garrison is the widow of Len Garrison, the late Co- Founder of BCA.

She is very passionate about arts, culture, mentoring young people and music. In her spare time, she sings at various public events, church and had sung with ‘The London Philharmonic Choir’, ‘The London Adventist Chorale’ and ‘Nottingham University Singers’. She also plays the Flute.
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Professor Patrick Vernon OBE

NHS Birmingham & Solihull ICB
Patrick is Chair of Birmingham and Solihull NHS ICB and Independent ,Chair of Walsall Together Health Partnership Board and Honorary Professor for Community leadership and heritage at Wolverhampton University. Patrick is a sought-after broadcaster, public speaker, EDI adviser and writes blogs and articles for the national and international media on healthcare, cultural heritage and race.


Patrick led the campaign for a national Windrush Day since 2013 and helping to expose the Windrush Scandal in 2018 in one of the first growing online petitions calling for an amnesty for the Windrush Generation. In 2020 Patrick was selected by British Vogue as of Britain’s top twenty campaigners and since he has been included in the Powelist list of 100 influential Black People in Britain. In 2020 Patrick co-authored 100 Great Black Britons based on his campaign.in autumn his latest co authored book on Black Grief will be published.
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Sonia Meggie

D&I Partner
Bloomberg News, Media and Research Business

Sonia is a D&I Partner at Bloomberg. She was previously employed within the Inclusion team at Business in The Community (BITC). She is a Rising Star alumni and runs two social enterprises focused on the empowerment of women and the Black community.

She has led on Race Equality training, gender pay gap, diverse recruitment, mentoring, awards and diversity policies and strategies. She’s supported organisations such as Sky, Deloitte, Hachette, Michael Page, Tate and Pearson and sport England to name a few; helping them to understand their D&I strengths and identify business improvements, enabling them to re-prioritise activities and rationalise their priorities

When & Where

Tuesday 2nd July 2024
6:00pm – 8:30pm BST

Bloomberg London



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