Ayo Barley

Business Development Manager, Co-Chair BAME Staff Network

Ayo studied Social Policy at the University of Birmingham, UK and completed her degree is 2006. Her dissertation research focused on Black and Minority Health Inequalities and the Mixed-Race population. She went on to working for a number of charities focused on race and gender equality across the UK before establishing New Leaders Network, a registered charity focused on developing the leadership skills of people with protected characteristics.

Ayo moved into the Higher Education sector in 2010 working for a range of specialist and Russell Group Higher Education Institutions in roles including International Alumni Relations & Development, and International Student Recruitment. She has travelled extensively to meet with students and partner organisations in regions including South East Asia, West Africa and South Asia.

Since moving to LSTM in 2018, she has been working in the Education Department focused on implementing the Education Development Plan which includes supporting the expansion of LSTM's teaching portfolio through developing robust strategic partnerships with non-governmental organisations, governments, multilateral agencies, professional bodies, industry, and Higher Education Institutions.

Ayo has successfully secured £136,400 for a range of CSC Distance Learning Scholarships which has increased participation in the online MSc Global Health programme.

Ayo is an active member of the Equality & Diversity Committee and Athena Swan Self Assessment Team. She has a strong interest in equality and founded LSTM's Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network in 2020. The network aims to support all UK and International staff that identify as BAME by raising awareness of race equality across LSTM, and to promote the creation of a working and learning environment in which all staff, students, stakeholders, and visitors feel welcome, comfortable, respected and valued.

Ayo is a full member of the Institute of Fundraising. 

Selected publications

  • Bakare, A (2007) Multiple Heritage Voices: Birmingham 1950-2006, Race Equality West Midlands Bakare, A (2017) Nigerian Voices, New Leaders Network & Nigeria Community Association Bradford