Yvonne Field has spent more than 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 Minoritised communities has created a lifelong commitment to the promotion of social justice, equalities and anti-discriminatory practice.
Yvonne is the founder and CEO of The Ubele Initiative, an African diaspora led, infrastructure plus organisation, empowering Black and Minoritised communities in the UK to act as catalysts for social and economic change. To achieve this, Ubele works with community leaders, groups, and organisations in the UK and beyond to strengthen their sustainability, resilience, and voice. It is also the BAME infrastructure organisation for Greater London and has been at the forefront of the Black and Minoritised community response to Covid-19.
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 and women’s enterprise and was included in the Nat West Top 100 Women in Social Enterprise (WISE) group in 2018. She has also been on the board of a number of charitable trusts and is a Fellow of the Institute for Learning (FIfL), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and a Churchill Fellow (CF).