Duchess Kerrol Williams Alonga
I came to the United Kingdom in early 90's to pursue a BA & MA degree in fashion designer and marketing at the American College for the Applied Arts London (ACL) (which in recent years changed its name to the American Intercontinental University AIU). After completing my studies I worked with several internationally renowned British fashion houses where I gained a vast amount of experience in the industry to aid the development of my own label. However, Fashion is not my only passion...
Following the birth of my first son I took a well-earned break from the fashion industry to focus on family life. During this period I got involved in the local parents groups... One thing led to another and before I realised it, I became actively involved in Community Development work. I enjoy meeting people and working with diverse communities. So in addition to building by fashion label this new found passion led me to do further training and study in Community Development.
I have over 15 years’ experience of working with diverse communities in the London Borough of Camden. On Projects ranging from Community research projects, including refugees and homelessness. Over the years I have participated in several Camden projects consulting with residents on a wide variety of issues. These were both Paid and unpaid opportunities. Projects range from facilities for under 5’s, safeguarding, homelessness, NHS/health services, Education and volunteering for the Local Authority.
As a Parent Consultant I support local families of children from 0 - 19 years and up to 25 years for those with disabilities or additional needs. I coordinate and facilitate meetings and since 2006 chair the CCPE (Camden Celebrating Parents Event) I am a representative and board member for many services linked to education in Camden:
Camden Education Admission Forum. (The role of the admission forum is to Monitor and review admission arrangements to Camden schools.)Camden Education Commission (Jointly established by the Council, in partnership with schools, Parents, voluntaryand business sector to help develop a medium to longer term vision for education in the borough and to ensure that our education system is able to maximise all opportunities for improving the outcomes for children and young people !by 2020.)
Camden School Improvement Service The role of this Advisory board is to ensure that the support to schools around health & wellbeing and achieving healthy school status is as good as it can be)
Camden Partnership for Education Excellence (CPEE) from 2012-2014 CPEE commissioned a series of innovation projects to support improvement in educational outcomes for Camden children and young people in response to the Camden’s Education Commission final report.
As President of Bahama Host Association (BHA) I organize and facilitate a range of activities and events for the Bahamian Diaspora here in the UK. I am an avid supporter and an Executive Committee Member of the Commonwealth Countries League (CCL) As an ExCom events coordinator; I help to organize fundraising events for the (CCLEF) and soon to be a Member of the Rotary Club of London.
I am a an Ambassador for Rwanda Sisterhood and working on raising the profile of the organisation by linking in with other African and Commonwealth Countries. There are so many other Charities and local community groups that I have supported over the years including the Sudan Women's Association just to name a few.