Rob joined the Consortium Team in February 2021 as part of a new partnership with a range of our Members, to explore the future of intersectional focused funding.
Award-winning busybody, recovering academic, civic tech geek and community policy nerd, Dr Rob Berkeley is founding editor of BLKOUT_UK, a digital community anchor, social network, and cultural production agency, for and by Black bi, gay and/or trans men.
Impatient with injustice, and exasperated by wasted potential, his academic work focused on education and social cohesion; he volunteers as trustee of independent, social justice grant makers, the Baring Foundation, documentary film charity, Doc Society, and arts centre, Riverside Studios, in Hammersmith. He has previously served on the boards of LGBT rights charity Stonewall, the Equality and Diversity Forum, and been Chair of Naz Project (NPL). He was Director of the racial justice think-tank Runnymede Trust 2009-14.
Alongside his academic writing on education, social justice and community organizing, 2019 Simon Industrial Fellow in Sociology at the University of Manchester, he has lectured across the UK and beyond, and written for The Guardian and The Independent on social justice and movement-building. In 2020 he was a member of the Independent HIV Commission, and in 2021, completes a five-year term as a judge for the national Charity Governance Awards. He is an adviser to the anti-racist mental health advocacy group, Synergi Collaborative Centre.
No longer a club DJ, Rob’s long-standing commitment to soulful house music has, during lockdown, reaffirmed his interest in transgressive cultures, system disruption, forms of collaborative ownership, civility, and Afrofuturism. Dr Berkeley was awarded an MBE in 2015 for services to equality.