Jerrel Jackson FRSA

Jerrel is a neurodivergent leader working in the social, cultural, education and voluntary sector specialising in theory of change, inclusion, inequality, injustice and leadership. From a place of lived experiences, he created CAN at the age of 25 to ensure all young people aged 6-25 are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives to take the lead. As a young carer that led to the death of his mother and brother at the age of 15/16yrs, Jerrel carried on his caring responsibility to support others, who have experienced adversity or bereavement that resulted in him receiving the Princess Diana Memorial Award. Jerrel studied at the University of Chichester for his undergraduate and masters degrees in Performance, Pedagogy and Media Technology. In 2014 he was awarded the Young Educator of the Year by Royal Bank of Scotland, Trinity Mirror and BMet College for his work in the West Midlands. In 2016 Jerrel was awarded the Arts Council England Fellowship through the Clore Leadership Programme under the direction of Sue Hoyle OBE and mentorship from Andrea Stark FRSA. Over the past few years, Jerrel has toured across Hong Kong, India, France, Malta, Spain, Dubai, Greece, Croatia, Sweden and Bulgaria to strengthen his international relationships and leadership enquiry of children and young people across the sub-sectors of Cultural Education, Creative Industries, Cultural Diversity, Community Regeneration and Creative Economy. Jerrel is currently sits on several strategic board roles; West Midlands Combined Authority Cultural Leadership Board, Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust Arts Committee, Windsor Academy Trust, Sandwell Cultural Education Partnership. Black Country Dance Hub, SIPs Education Music Hub & Arts Council England Cultural Education Leadership Programme. He is also a core member of the Strategy and Innovatory group at UK Youth and Co-Creating Change Network at Battersea Arts Centre.