Our Trustees

Our Patrons

Patron - Kate Ashbrook Ramblers Association

Vice-president and chair of the Ramblers Association, general secretary of the Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, founded in 1865

Dame Joanna-Lumley

Patron – Joanna Lamond Lumley

OBE, FRGS is a British actress, presenter, former model, author, television producer and activist

Patron – Clive Myrie

Mr Myrie has over 20 years experience as a broadcast Journalist and television presenter.

Myrie was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England, to Jamaican immigrant parents, who came to the United Kingdom in the 1960s. He graduated from the University of Sussex with a Bachelor of Laws degree in 1985. Clive then joined the BBC in 1987 as a trainee local radio reporter.

In 1996, he became a BBC foreign correspondent and has since reported from more than 80 countries - in 2022 he began reporting from Kyiv during the invasion of Ukraine by russian forces.

In 2019, Myrie began presenting the BBC News. On 22 March 2021, it was announced that Myrie would become the new host of the flagship BBC Two quiz show Mastermind and its BBC One spin-off show, Celebrity Mastermind, following John Humphrys' decision to leave after 18 years.

In 2021 at the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2021, Clive Myrie was awarded ‘Television Journalist of the Year’ and ‘Network Presenter of the Year’ awards.

As a Sheffield Environmental Movement patron, Clive can help raise awareness of our work across both nationally and internationally.

Trustee Board Members

SEM Trustee - Mahmood Hussain

SEM Youth & Community Engagement - Mahmood Hussain

Mahmood came to Sheffield in 1968 and has been a pillar in the Fir Vale Community and a respected member of the community.

Mahmood has also worked tirelessly over the years to put Sheffield College on the map of educational attainment and excellence, supporting and enabling especially ESOL students mostly refugees and other immigrants to achieve their goals in this country.

Mahmood is passionate about the environment and has over the years worked hard to promote access to and participation in the natural environment for the Muslim community in Sheffield.

I am a very active individual in the local community, and I have worked for the Sheffield College and am currently still working for the local youth service since 1993. I retired from the college on 31st July 2022, but I am still working part-time for Sheffield City Council’s Youth Service at Osgathorpe Park Pavilion and All Saints Youth Club. Here we organise centre-based recreational and educational programmes for the local youths aged between 13 – 18 years old. The young people are from Somali, Yemeni, Somaliland, Kashmiri, Pakistani, Slovakian/Roma backgrounds etc.

Despite retiring from the college, I still have regular contact with college and meet up with ex-work colleagues/students. To stay actively engaged with the local community I joined Jamia Ghausia Masjid’s management committee in August 2022. Here they, arrange religious, recreational and educational programmes for the local Muslim community members and this starts from young school age children to 90 plus years. At the Masjid there are 130 approx children aged between 5 – 18 years old attending after school classes. Also, during the day at least once a week they have a drop-in tea/chat session for senior citizens.
I also have regular contact with Pakistan Muslim Centre based at Woodburn Road, Sheffield. In fact, I served 3 years as the general secretary in 1998.

By being a board member on Sheffield Environmental Movement, I would like to engage with all local individuals in providing them with opportunities which allow them to lead change in their local communities through youth-led social action:

- develop their personal, social, emotional, mental and educational capabilities.
- build/improve their self-esteem and self-confidence in accessing the local countryside and open spaces.
- create positive learning and social experiences for skills development and inspiring social commitment and cohesion so they can play an active environmental role in the local area.
- develop better understanding of mental health and wellbeing, amongst young women and girls in the local area.
- create opportunities so that they can use their voices and become confident to lead change, making their own impact on society for the great good.

Our Team

Maxwell A. Ayamba, M.Sc. (SEM Freelance Project Manager)

Founder and CEO - Maxwell Apaladaga Ayamba BEM

Maxwell Apaladaga Ayamba holds a Masters' of Science Degree (MSc) in Environmental Management & Conservation for Leisure and Recreation from Sheffield Hallam University (SHU). He is a qualified Environmental Journalist by profession and an academic, and have published chapters in books, academic papers and conference abstracts in journals in relation to Black & Minority Ethnic Communities and the environment in the UK. He was one of two part-time project managers to set up the Sheffield Black & Ethnic Minority Environmental Network (SHEBEEN) in 2003. He was also formerly an Associate Lecturer/Research Associate at SHU.

Maxwell was a Porfolio Advisory Board Member of the Imperial College's Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) Explore Nature project 2009 - 2013. A member of the Regional Environment Protection Advisory Committee (REPAC) of the Environment Agency for Yorkshire & Humber 2005 - 2010. Board Member of Sheffield Groundwork Trust 2005 - 2009. Board Member of the Ramblers Association of the UK 2005 - 2009. Committee Member, Peak District National Park Equality Standard Audit Group 2004 - 2006. Board Member of the International Environment Forum (IEF) 1999 - 2000.

Maxwell is passionate about nature and a keen walker, who enjoys promoting access to and participation in the British countryside and open green spaces to people from BME communities. For over 15 years of my work in the environment, I have succeeded in initiating access to the British countryside and open green spaces for hundreds of BME people both adults and young people.

Two outstanding highlights of my work include myself and the 100 Black Men Walk for Health Group in collaboration with the Ramblers joining Grift Rhys Jones the famous BBC TV presenter on his documentary 'Mountain' which explored landscapes in the UK. We re-enacted the 75 years history of the Mass Trespass at Kinder Scout which was televised on BBC Country File in 2007. In 2009, I was nominated by the British Council to participate in its international programme 'InterAction - Trust the difference' in Johannesburg, South Africa. Upon my return to the UK, in 2010 I initiated a ground-breaking project at Losehill Hall, Peak District National Park, using realm of the natural environment to promote peace education among urban young people from diverse ethnic backgrounds, which was televised on BBC Look North. I did this project in collaboration with Sheffield City Council's Children and Young People's Directorate and South Yorkshire Police Authority.

in January 2023 Maxwell became a 'Medallist of the Order of the British Empire (BEM)' for services to the Environment and to the community in Sheffield, South Yorkshire.


Maxine Greaves MBE

Activities & Operations Manager - Maxine Greaves MBE

Maxine Greaves MBE is responsible for the delivery of activities and the business operational aspects of SEM. Through her work as a practitioner and researcher with a number of agencies she has developed projects to improve the educational experience of vulnerable and socially excluded young people in South Yorkshire.

Her expertise and skills focus on the alignment of equality, inclusion and diversity agendas into sustainable knowledge development strategies, which has resulted in her presenting a number of research papers at national and international conferences.

2016 – 2020: Lead for the Higher Education Race Advisory Group (HERAG) The lead for Yorkshire and Humber BAMEed practitioner network with a focus on intersectionality through the lens of RACE in CPD teacher training and development

2019 - 2020: Development and delivery of EDI in Practice Professional Development module for Postgraduate Mental Health Practice and more recently (2021) for the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University

2016: Key member of the award -winning team involved in the “supporting the transition from primary to secondary action research project (Sheffield)

2015: Founder of Men up North and STORM forums dedicated to the exploration of the creation of patriarchy, emotional, cultural narratives past and present relating to the societal positioning of masculinity