Watch: Our founder, Veronica Gordon, publicly – and nervously – introduces Our Version Media for the first time. [October 2019]
Video credit: Claudia Murg, We Make Southampton
Veronica Gordon, Founder, Media Trainer,
Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator
Southampton-born broadcast journalist turned social entrepreneur, Veronica Gordon, has 15 years’ experience across radio, TV news, digital and print media, including BBC Radio Solent, Unity 101 Community Radio and ITV News Meridian. Alongside this, community activist, Veronica has been volunteering and working in Southampton’s diverse communities for 15 years.
Veronica has been amplifying black and marginalised voices since 2005 when she founded Unity 101’s Vibrant Vibes, a radio programme for the city’s black communities. Today Vibrant Vibes is a team of seven presenters, roving reporters and producers. Veronica is also the host of Power To Change’s community business podcast, Then One Day.
Veronica also specialises in equity, diversity & inclusion facilitation. She has led a Staff Equality & Diversity Consultative Group, led on diversity and representation in marketing and communications, held the role of a regional Black Members Officer for the Unison public sector union, been a panel member on the UK’s Journalism Diversity Fund, and been part of a regional news diversity group.
Siontai Gordon, Community Manager
Business Enterprise Development graduate, Siontai (pronounced Shon-tay) Gordon is a radio presenter and community volunteer.
In 2020, Siontai was selected for the national Blueprint For All (formerly the Stephen Lawrence Trust) Community Leadership Academy, a year-long programme for leaders of community organisations that serve black and ethnic communities.
As Our Version Media’s Community Manager, Siontai works directly with Southampton’s diverse communities and the city’s black business owners.