Who we are
We are Supreme Origins a not-for-profit group whose aim is to promote lasting culture, heritage awareness and opportunities for diverse communities to come together and celebrate their differences. Supreme Origins was formed when a few friends whose lasting friendships were built on their shared involvement and experiences of previous Sheffield Carnivals, which ran throughout the 1980’s to 1990’s. The group perceive that cultural diversity is becoming more fragmented in the city, although cultural diversity is growing, and want to create and coordinate a carnival event that could bring people together, to share and celebrate the many cultures in Sheffield.
Supreme Origins has been set up as an unincorporated charitable trust and we offer our time on a voluntary basis, we are keen to recruit more volunteers to assist us in achieving our goals. You can read our mission statement here and if you think you have any skills the team could benefit from or you would like to get involved in any way, we would love to hear from you!
Most of our group have fond memories of Sheffield Carnival which took place during the 1980’s but sadly came to an end by the early 1990’s. You can find out more from the Sheffield carnival history page.
Meet The Team
Jesrine is a mother of two who currently works at the University of Sheffield as a Learning Technologist and has worked in Higher Education for over 17 years. Jesrine brings a range of IT skills to the team and has experience of project management, change management, planning and leading and developing people. Jesrine is a founding member of the team that has been instrumental in initiating and developing this project. Jesrine has fond memories of taking part in the original Sheffield Carnivals as a child and the vibrant costumes, music, atmosphere and community involvement that came with it and is keen to see the return of carnival to the city once more.
Andrea Risden – Event Coordinator and Treasurer of the Board of Trustees
Andrea has 10 years experience as a legal secretary and Personal assistant in the legal industry and currently has over 12 years experience as a project worker and team leader in substance misuse and criminal justice. Andrea is currently enhanced DBS checked and brings transferable skills in project planning and management, employee and volunteer management, recruitment, community outreach and administrative skills. Andrea is a founding member of the team who also participated in the original Sheffield carnivals in the 1980’s and remembers luscious colourful costumes, vibrant and thrilling music, cultural dance and a blended community working together that made her feel part of something exciting and special.
Steve Pascal – Executive Producer
Steve is a well connected and highly regarded Special Projects Director with a breadth of experience in Special Project Management, Events and Cultural Productions. He has a wide expertise in large scale events, conferences, national and international festivals within the creative industries. Steve has developed great skills in stakeholder management, budget management, interpersonal skills, relationship building and has an extensive understanding of health & safety and risk management. Throughout his career he has been a freelance consultant providing programming, production design and entertainment advice to local authorities, third sector organisations and private companies. Steve has also been a visiting lecturer at the Surrey University teaching International Large Scale Event Management. His work experience includes but is not limited to producing and project managing the Luton International Carnival 2013 -2017, Chief Executive Officer for London Notting Hill Carnival, Producer for Walthamstow Create Motion: Godiva Awakes London 2012, Project Manager for the Arlington Mas Project working with residents of Arlington, Camden using arts as tools to aid renewal and recovery and the Festival & Artists Network Manager for World City Music Village.
Rachael Jackson – Events Assistant and Company Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Rachael has over 20 years experience of working with children, young people and their families in both statutory and voluntary sectors including engaging with disaffected and ‘at risk’ young people as well as those children and young people who present with challenging behaviour. Rachael prides herself on having a child centred approach and her focus is in supporting, enabling and empowering children to reach their full potential. A founding member of the team, Rachael is keen for her own son and the children of the city as a whole to have opportunity to be part of the carnival experience as she was in her own youth.
Lloyd Samuels – Funding and Business Development Manager
Lloyd aka LS has a varied career ranging from youth and community work to working at all levels of music industry from engaging and inspiring children to providing platforms for musical and film expression. Lloyd’s passion for music has given him opportunities and a career way beyond his imagination. In his 25 years in music he’s been part of some cutting edge initiatives like DVTV which was the first uk online radio station. Companies/projects work on/with BBC, Sony BMG, Music In The Sun ‘Hip Hop Stage’ (Stage Manager), Founder of Musical Works, Sheffield Live Station Manager to name a few. His community career includes roles as Project Coordinator, Youth Development Manager and Community Cohesion Coordinator which has enabled him to gain experience of developing projects that bring different cultures and generations together, training volunteers, fostering community cohesion, project management and successfully applying for public funds.
Tracey Samuels – Events Assistant
Tracey Samuels Is a mother, who works in education. For many years she has work with children from 0-19 in a mixture of different child centred settings. Tracey enjoys music and books from different genres and can often be found doing one or the other, amongst enjoying day tripping and visiting family and friends. She loves to create and experiment with art and craft, which she often does with her children. Tracey also enjoys the sound and feel of carnival. And has fond memories of attending carnival with her mother when she was a little girl, in the 80s Tracey took part in the Sheffield Carnival parades, dancing and blowing her whistle as part of a troop, where she made life long friends. She also played the steel pans as part of a band in her teenaged years which she really enjoyed . She would love for that same vibe to come to sheffield once again, so an array of communities can come together to enjoy flairs of colour, music, laughter, and make new friends.
Andrew Martin – Artist Management and Business Development Manager and Trustee on the Board
Andrew has had a successful career in Project Work spanning over seventeen years. He started working as a Youth Worker for Sheffield City Council in the Burngreave area, and has since worked in Adult Mental Health and Learning Disabilities with both charitable organisations and the NHS Trust. At Community Action Halfway Home Andrew championed the Volunteers programme, he created a successful proposal for the service and fully developed the programme. He was responsible for the promotion of the service to the wider community and he successfully recruited and managed over 20 Volunteers. The programme ran successfully for a number of years and Andrew supported many of the Volunteers into paid employment with Halfway and other local charitable organisations. Andrew brings a number of transferrable skills to the team, notably he is NHS Respect Level 3 trained in restraint and deescalating difficult situations. Since 2004 Andrew has been involved with several Management Committees including Sheffield Black Drugs Project, Sheffield African Caribbean Mental Health Association (SCAMHA) and Sheffield Working Women Outreach Project (SWWOP), he has held various officer posts including Chair and Vice Treasurer. His passion for running events began in 2008 when he successfully delivered “Ballers Link Up” at SADACCA and a sold out show for Alexander O’Neal at the O2 Academy Sheffield.
Sadie Brunton – Social Media and Marketing Officer and Vice Company Secretary of the Board of Trustees
Sadie Brunton joined the team in October 2016 and is the Social Media and Marketing Officer. She currently works for the University of Sheffield Careers Service organising the Part Time Jobs and Volunteering Fairs and Careers and skills based events and also provides specialist advice to students looking for work, placements and graduate schemes. She has spent 10 years working for a small local mental health charity and 2 years as a Trustee for a specialist chronic pain charity. Her experience and strengths lie in administration and organisation, event planning and management, coordinating social media campaigns, designing and making websites and writing publicity packs. Sadie was asked to support the team by Andrew Martin and fell in love with the project, since moving to Sheffield in 2006 she has enjoyed living in such a diverse and multicultural city and would love to see an event that brings all these communities together to promote learning and understanding
Leroy Wenham – Cultural coordinator and Trustee on the Board
Leroy Wenham was the founder of the original Sheffield Carnival which ran from 1980’s through to early 1990’s. The Sheffield Caribbean formed part of “African Caribbean Fortnight” which included other community events such as a fashion show, a health day, a sports day, an Africa day, a talent show.
Leroy has also worked in Sheffield’s Youth Service for 30 years and has been an active member of Sheffield and District African Caribbean Community Association (S.A.D.A.C.C.A). Now retired, Leroy continues to play an active community role.