Lorraine Wright originated and founded UGCY, after she spotted the need during her time on the Brunel University Gospel Choir. Lorraine is a graduate, who obtained a First Class Bachelors of Science Degree from Brunel University in Information Systems. Alongside UGCY, Lorraine is currently working as a Director at UBS in Swtizerland. Moreover, Lorraine is a Exec.MBA 2017 Candidate at the University of Oxford, Said Business School. Lorraine was named as the Future of Ghana’s Top 30 under 30 for 2015.
Often dubbed a “Robot” by her peers, Lorraine’s ambition, determination, faith and experiences together with her passion for Gospel music has fueled her desire to see UGCY happen.
During university, Lorraine was an active member of the Brunel community, having fulfilled various roles such as the Liaison Officer for the Brunel Entrepreneurs society and the Brunel African Caribbean Society, a Senior Student Mentor and Student Representative to name but a few. Since leaving university Lorraine has made countless trips back to Brunel in order to inspire current students, informing them on how to graduate at the top and enter into the corporate and business world. In 2010, Lorraine was named in Powerful Media’s “Future Leaders 2010” Powerlist which profiled 30 of Britain’s Brightest and most promising graduates/students of African and Afro-Caribbean origin for her academic and community achievements.
As a result of her University experiences and her experience in founding and managing a community gospel choir in South West London, Lorraine was empowered to start up an organisation alongside her day job- University Gospel Choir of the Year (UGCY) as an way of providing others with the opportunity to form communities through music, develop mutual bonds of encouragement and form lifelong relationships during, what she terms, “one of the most character defining 3-4 years of one’s life”(University).
Together with a dedicated team of 14, the organisation provides an unprecedented platform for University Gospel Choirs across the UK to develop and showcase their musical abilities.
Lorraine holds a professional qualification in Project Management (PRINCE2) and with her project management experiences in the corporate world (working for the likes of Accenture, Volkswagen and for Solex Partners in Chicago, IL USA), organisational skills, entrepreneurial flair, personable nature, drive, ambition and resourcefulness is what makes her vital to our success.Follow Lorraine on twitter @lorrainehwrightConnect with Lorraine via LinkedIn
Jehosheba "Adeife" Bamgbose
Jehosheba Bamgbose is currently in her 1st year at University studying Business Management and Human Resource Management at the University of Westminster. She currently works part time for a recruitment and procurement company where she is the PA to the CEO.
Jehosheba takes an active role in her church as a youth leader and a singer in her church choir. She enjoys grooming and helping young children discover their talents. Her main joy has always been to organise events and has been doing so for the last 4 years.
Sponsorship Funding & Events Team
Kassim Esene is a graduate with a degree in Sports Science, obtained from Brunel University. He has also completed a dual masters programme in International Sport Management, obtained whilst studying in New York and London. This experience allowed him to study marketing, management and sponsorship in two of the worlds premier cities, an attribute that has proved useful to UGCY.
He has always had a passion for gospel music and event management, which increased whilst being a part of inaugural UGCY competition. Kassim is also an avid sports fan and is currently a Development and Communications Officer at Right To play USA.
A graduate of English language and literature Elsie has a solid background in Marketing Communications and Event management. Her previous experience with Accenture and First City Group saw her working across the full marketing mix including Internal communication, Product marketing, Brand marketing and Event management.
Trained at the QC School of Event Planning London United Kingdom she has attained an IEWP (International Event and Wedding Planning Professional) certification. In the mix of it all, Elsie has also got a flair for TV as she features on a regular christian show ‘The Panel’.Elsie is very passionate about the Lord and thus plays a key role in her church as she is the head of Communication and Publications where she helps communicate the vision as well as plan events.
Elsie’s goal is to impact one soul at a time so her Enthusiasm, Energy, Assertiveness coupled with her Knowledge and Skills will be an added asset to the UGCY Team. Elsie is married with a set of twin girls.