WHO WE ARE

JAMES JP DRAKE

In 2015, James established The Drake Calleja Trust as part of his long term philanthropy programme. The Drake Calleja Trust came into operation on 1st September 2015 under the management of Vicky Yannoula, Head of Scholarships & Artistic Planning. Since then the Trust has completed three application calls (2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18) and has awarded fifty-nine scholarships in total to exceptionally talented students of undergraduate, postgraduate and research level. 

 

In addition. James is the Founder and Chairman of The Future Science publishing group and also launched The Drake Foundation in 2014. The Future Science Group focuses on breakthrough medical, biotechnological and scientific research and The Drake Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation committed to improving evidence-based measures for the understanding of concussion injuries in sport, based on scientific research. 

 

www.jamesdrake.com

YOLANDA BROWN

For some, world-wide touring and a hit album would be satisfaction enough. Not for YolanDa Brown. This award-winning musician has garnered praise for her delicious fusion of reggae, jazz and soul. YolanDa has toured with The Temptations, Diana Krall, Courtney Pine, Billy Ocean and collaborated with artists such as Mica Paris, Reggae Legend Bob Marley’s son Julian Marley and as part of Jools Holland’s Rhythm & Blues Orchestra.

YolanDa is a celebrity ambassador for many charities including the Prince’s Trust, Children and the Arts, World Child Cancer and in January 2018 she was appointed Chair of Youth Music. She graduated with a first class degree in Operations management from the University of Kent and had been studying a PhD for four years at the University of Kent, before taking a hiatus from her thesis to pursue her music career. Brown was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Arts by the University of East London and also invited to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace.


YolanDa's children's TV series commissioned for CBeebies “YolanDa’s Band Jam” second series set for early 2020 and she is also a co presenter on BBC Radio 4 Loose Ends with Clive Anderson.

 www.yolandabrown.co.uk