Watch: Our founder, Veronica Gordon, publicly introduces Our Version Media for the first time. [October 2019]

Video credit: Claudia Murg, We Make Southampton

Veronica Gordon, Media Skills Trainer

The VER in Our VERsion Media

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, she has been working and volunteering with the city’s ethnically diverse communities for 15 years.

Veronica combined her broadcast journalism expertise and community activism to create Our Version Media. Its mission: to equip black, marginalised – and other communities demonised by the press – with media skills to tell their own stories.

Veronica has been amplifying under-represented 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 is also the presenter of Power To Change’s community business podcast, Then One Day.

Siontai Gordon, former Community Partnerships Manager

The SION in Our VerSION Media

Business Enterprise Development graduate, Siontai (pronounced Shon-tay) Gordon is a community partnerships professional, radio presenter and community volunteer.

She is a Programming and Community Engagement Manager (part-time) for the Southampton 2025 Trust and is also Solent NHS Trust’s first Community Engagement Communications Officer (also part-time).

Siontai formerly held the role of Our Version Media’s Community Partnerships Manager, developing partnerships and co-creating projects between Our Version Media, local organisations and Southampton’s African, Caribbean and black British communities.

Her other community partnership roles include Community Partnership Lead for Southampton for the UK’s Tour De Moon festival.

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 ethnically diverse communities.