Training – Bios of Training Facilitators

Our expert team of training facilitators have a wide range of skills, experience, knowledge and expertise. 

Here you can read a full biography of our key trainers, to better understand their individual and combined skills, so you  get the most out of Stop Hate UK’s training programme.

Derek Sankar:

Throughout his career Derek has been committed to developing and promoting anti-racist and anti-oppressive practice, particularly with young people, teachers and education professionals, such as advisers, and ITT lecturers. He has worked with organisations such as Oxfam, Development Education Association and Stop Hate UK designing, delivering and evaluating training programs in diversity and anti-oppressive practice including anti-racism, gender issues, equality and diversity, development and sustainability issues. He has been a primary teacher working in inner city schools in Leeds, has developed innovative bilingual advocacy services engaging with some of the most excluded elements of BME and migrant communities and is now a third sector consultant developing among other things, peer management and development systems for community organisations. Derek is enhanced DBS checked.

Mike Ainsworth:

Mike is the Director of London Services for Stop Hate UK with specific responsibility for the No Hate Speech movement training volunteers to challenge and report online hate speech. Mike is currently chair of the UK government’s Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime The group includes victims, activists, lawyers and academics – its role is to advise government, police and other offices of the criminal justice system on strategies to eradicate hate crime and the harm it causes to individuals and society. After a varied career in the Prison Service from officer in HMP Lincoln to Governor in HMP Holloway Mike worked in a variety of voluntary sector organisations including Director of Offender Programmes in The Princes Trust. Recently Mike spent a number of years working with local and national criminal justice organisations looking to eradicate the underlying causes of unfair race disproportionality.

Bill Howe:

Bill has spent a large part of his career involved in the delivery and management of specialist advice services in a variety of statutory and third sector settings, including four years as Welfare Rights officer with Bradford Council, twenty years as Student Advice Centre manager, and then Non-Commercial services manager with a large Higher Education Students’ Union.

Since joining Stop Hate UK in 2015, Bill has worked extensively both as a Helpline Operator, engaged in the delivery of front-line services and, over the last two years, has also been involved in the development and delivery of a number of projects aimed at responses to manifestations of ‘hate speech’ online.

Bill is enhanced DBS checked.

Samara Michael

Samara is a Project Worker and Helpline Operator for Stop Hate UK, and has built up both vast knowledge and experience during the seven years she has been with the Organisation.

Starting her career working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees, Samara progressed to manage three Tenancy Support Services for a Local Authority in West Yorkshire.   Alongside two services supporting Young People and Care-Leavers manage their first tenancies, Samara successfully bid for and set-up a Refugee Move-On Service, assisting individual’s  fleeing war and violence to become confident and productive members of British society.  Samara has extensive understanding of the diverse needs of vulnerable people and is committed to empowerment and a person-centred approach to supporting those affected by hate and discrimination.

Samara has qualifications in Leadership and Management (ILM) and studied Sociology and Politics at Loughborough University. She holds a MA (Distinction) in Housing and Social Policy, gained in 2004.

Samara is enhanced DBS checked.