Tippa has been active in the community for almost 40 years. In 1978 shortly after leaving school, along with a group of his peers, at just 18 years old he helped to develop and lead the Negus Youth Collective, a pioneering youth-led arts and culture community project in Handsworth, Birmingham.
He went on to be involved in London-based projects and organisations over 26+ years spanning performing arts, youth projects, homelessness, HIV, food projects, mental health and counselling services.
Tippa has chaired several local and national organisations, starting his own community groups and social enterprises; and providing support to other similar organisations, social enterprises and businesses.
He is also well known across the UK and abroad for his campaigning work supporting the call for police, penal and mental health reforms, for an end to custody deaths / abuse, wrongful convictions and the brutality of torture, genocide and capital punishment.
Tippa is currently a founding member of national campaign group 4WardEver UK, The United Families & Friends Campaign, and acts in an advisory capacity to the West Midland Police Independent Advisory Group on Mental Health amongst others.
Mental health programmes involvement:
- Development of the 300 Voices Mentoring & Advocacy Hub – Birmingham
- Involvement in establishment of Mental Health Triage scheme – Birmingham
- Newham MIND (Chair) – London
- Harmony Mental Health Project (Chair) – London
- Black People’s Mental Health Association (Chair) – London