(ah Ree keh / ore keh)
Arike is the Managing Director for Black Cultural Archives (BCA), the home of Black British history. She’s worked in heritage for over 15 years, from the seminal Connecting Histories project in Birmingham, to building Wellcome Collection’s archive, and co-convening Hull’s first Black History Month. She is a board member for the National Archives’ strategic Unlocking Archives initiative, and is a fellow of the Arts Council’s Museums and Resilient Leadership programme.
She is a published author of academic articles and a keynote speaker on heritage practice, a noted cultural leader and a passionate advocate for centring community and people at the heart of debates, policy and practice.
Arike’s pronouns are she/her.