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 Skills Trainer,
Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator
Southampton-born broadcast journalist turned social entrepreneur, Veronica Gordon, has 15 years’ experience across radio, TV news and digital media, including BBC local radio, Unity 101 community radio and ITV regional news. Alongside this, the community activist has worked and volunteered in Southampton’s ethnically diverse communities for 15 years.
Veronica has been amplifying black and marginalised voices since 2005 when she founded Vibrant Vibes, Unity 101’s radio show for the city’s black communities. Today Vibrant Vibes is a team of six presenters, roving reporters and producers. Veronica also presents Power To Change’s community business podcast, Then One Day.
Veronica has specialised in equity, diversity & inclusion since training as a D&I facilitator in 2010. She has led a Staff Equality & Diversity Consultative Group, led on diversity and representation in public sector marketing and communications, and held the role of regional Black Members Officer for the Unison union. She is a former panel member for the UK’s Journalism Diversity Fund, and was part of ITV’s regional news diversity group.
Siontai Gordon, Community Partnerships Manager
Business Enterprise Development graduate, Siontai (pronounced Shon-tay) Gordon is a community partnerships professional, 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 Community Partnerships Manager, Siontai develops and maintains partnerships and co-creates projects between Our Version Media, external organisations, and Southampton’s African, Caribbean and black British communities.