Dr Thelma Okey-Adibe (PhD) is the Head of Research at Do It Now Now. She believes that policies and changes should be driven by data, which is typically lacking for Black communities across the UK.
Thelma leads Do it Now Now's forthcoming research initiative, Centre Black, and is committed to the empowerment of underserved communities.
She is passionate about the empowerment and development of communities as a means to
improving general wellbeing. Therefore, she has supported over 100 community organisations, formed strategic relationships and networks across demographics, communities as well as with funding bodies. She recently received the much coveted award- Heart of Glasgow Award, in recognition of her contribution to community development.
In addition to being a researcher, Thelma is an Associate Lecturer at Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland where she teaches research methods, equipping students with relevant skill sets. With over 15 years of banking experience and a wealth of expertise in several areas including corporate, retail, Islamic and commercial banking, Thelma has a PhD in Banking and Finance, focusing on Microfinancing and Financial Inclusion, a Master’s degree in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science as well as a Post Graduate Certificate in Research Methods, with a bias for qualitative research
Thelma is the current chairperson for the Parent Council (PC) Holyrood Secondary School, Scotland, as well as a volunteer with the Glasgow City Parents Group (GCPG). In addition, she volunteers with MCR Pathway (working in partnership with Glasgow City Council), an organisation concerned with mentoring young people across secondary schools in Scotland.