The David Oluwale Memorial Assocation (DOMA) starts with the story of David Oluwale’s origins in Nigeria and his migration to the UK as a stowaway. We set out his experience in the Leeds, in the north of England (1949 to 1969) of exclusion and police persecution, culminating in what we believe to be his murder by two policemen.  We acknowledge that Leeds has made great strides since then. We aim to educate the city of Leeds in coming to terms with its past, improving its care for those who remain marginalised, and to promote equality, diversity and racial harmony for our people. (Lots of writing about David Oluwale is listed in the BACKGROUND page of this site.)

DOMA is a charity registered with the UK Charities Commission.  (Registered Charity Number 1151426 DAVID OLUWALE MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION.) DOMA is also a company limited by guarantee registered at Companies House (England and Wales) (company number: 8107693). We meet all requirements of company legislation, and relevant documentation may be inspected at the Companies House web-site under our name.

The David Oluwale Memorial Association’s Articles of Association may be downloaded here

The objects of our Charity are:

To promote equality, diversity and racial harmony for the public benefit in Leeds specifically and the UK in general, in particular but not exclusively by any or all of the following means:

1) educating the public about the life and death of David Oluwale;

2) educating the public on the progress the City of Leeds has made towards justice for ethnic minorities and humane treatment of the homeless and destitute, and  combating the stigma of individuals experiencing mental ill health.

3) educating the public on what more needs to be done to achieve full racial justice and humane treatment of the homeless and destitute in Leeds, and to combat the stigma of individuals experiencing mental ill health.


Founding Patron:

Caryl Phillips is a world-renowned writer born in St Kitts and brought up in Leeds. One of his many books, Foreigners (2007), includes the story of David Oluwale. He originally proposed the idea of a memorial to David in Leeds.


Ruth Bundey came to work in Leeds in October 1969, six months after David Oluwale’s death, for the then Race Relations Board. She settled in Chapeltown and helped produce Chapeltown News from 1972 to 1976. Frustrated by the inability of the Race Relations Board to achieve anything for black people, she retrained in law, and has worked as a solicitor in Chapeltown, since 1980.

Board Members:

John Battle  is a retired Member of Parliament for Leeds West (1987-2010) and is now an active volunteer for a number of organisations in Leeds. John is the chair of the Board.

Emma Bimpson worked in a large housing association before embarking on research for her PhD at the University of Leeds on housing policy and practice, concentrating on support provision for homeless people in Leeds.

Dr Max Farrar has been involved in social movements and campaigns in Leeds since 1968. He has a PhD in sociology, and is an emeritus professor at Leeds Beckett (formerly Metropolitan) University. He is a Board member and Trustee of the UK Friends of Abraham’s Path and a committee member of Leeds Taking Soundings. Max is secretary to the Board.

Peter Hindle-Marsh is an internationally qualified accountant and investment professional and is Managing Director of Spadina Capital where he advises ambitious companies of all sizes on business strategy, fund raising and acquisition and disposal transactions. Peter is the charity’s treasurer.

Dr Emily Zobel Marshall is Course Leader for English Literature and Senior Lecturer in Postcolonial Literature at the School of Cultural Studies at Leeds Beckett UniversityShe teaches courses on African-American, Caribbean, African and Black British literature. Emily is particularly interested in race and identity politics, migration and forms of cultural resistance and cross-cultural fertilisation in the face of colonialism, with a particular focus on the Caribbean carnival.  Her books are Anansi’s Journey: A Story of Jamaican Cultural Resistance (2012) was published by the University of the West Indies Press and American Tricksters: Trauma, Tradition and Brer Rabbit (Rowman and Littlefield 2019) 

Isobel Kamiya has worked in a variety of social justice NGOs including The Monitoring Group and Equality Leeds. She currently works in the private sector in property development.

Duncan Milwain is a is the Charities and Social Economy solicitor at Wrigley’s in Leeds. Duncan advises the Board on legal matters.

Sai Murray  is a poet, writer, facilitator and graphic artist at Liquorice Fish. Sai devised the original graphics and web-site for DOMA.

Yosola Olajoye worked for Refugee Youth and is now the co-ordinator for Leeds DynaMix, a group of young people with refugee origins.


Sue Ball MAAP Sue directed and produced the launch event for DOMA held in January 2013 on the site for David’s Kitchen Garden.  A review of the event appeared on the Culture Vulture web-site here.

Pippa Hale is an artist who co-founded The Tetley Centre for Contemporary Art and Learning in Leeds. She is advising the Board on the commissioning of world-class public art for the David Oluwale Memorial Garden, and on the design of the garden.

Melanie Abrahams FRSA is a curator and producer who has channelled a love of words and books into art and escapades. She’s founder of independent organisations Renaissance One and Tilt, which make regular use of live events, tours and commissions to highlight the diverse canons of British and international literature. Artists and organisations she’s worked with include Miami Book Fair, Chris Ofili, The Space, Leeds Beckett University and the BBC. Melanie’s contributions have been recognised through a ‘Women To Watch’ Award, curatorships and speaker posts. 2018 projects include a Guest Curator role with the Brontë Parsonage, a long-term mentoring and wellbeing programme for artists and practitioners, and a Caribbean Festival of Literature and Liming at the British Library. She is advising the Board on the events in April 2019 that will mark 50 years since David Oluwale was killed in Leeds

Advisory Committee:

Max Dunbar lives and works in Leeds and has been involved as a grants advisor in community campaigns, most recently Hyde Park Unity Day.

Ian Duhig is a former homelessness worker who still works with socially excluded groups alongside his other artistic projects as a writer and editor. A Cholmondeley Award recipient and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Duhig has written seven collections of poetry which include several elegies for David Oluwale, as well as mixed-media publications, site-specific commissions and interventions which frequently reflect issues related to David’s fate and DOMA’s work.

Arthur France, MBE is a retired engineer.  He was a member of the original David Oluwale Memorial committee (from 2008 until it became a charity in 2012). Arthur is a founder of the United Caribbean Association (in 1964); founder and Chair of the Leeds West Indian Carnival (since 1967); a founder Leeds West Indian Supplementary School (1970s); Chair (since 1985) of the Leeds West Indian Centre (founded 1982); chair of the  Chapeltown and Harehills Computer Assisted Learning School. He was a recipient of the BBC Black Children in Education National Award (1996). For these and many other achievements he was awarded the MBE in 1997 and an honorary doctorate at Leeds University in 2015.

Mahalia France-Mir was a Regional Fundraiser for a major charity, and now works in a school. She supports other organisations to access funds to raise aspirations and increase social mobility. She also contributes to interfaith work and community development.

Lorna Gledhill currently works for the Regional Asylum Activism Project in Yorkshire and Humberside, campaigning for the rights of refugees and people seeking asylum in the UK. She has previously supported DOMA with some early scoping research on the Water Lane site.

Remi Joseph-Salisbury has a sociology PhD from the University of Leeds and works in childhood studies at Leeds Beckett University. He has broad interests in race and ethnicity studies, and is a founding member of the Critical Race and Ethnicities Network.

Sam Kapasa is an Artist and Architect who works at the intersection where architecture, art, music and technology meet; through built spaces, temporary interventions and speculative ideas. His art practice is unified by an aim to promote intrigue and interaction between strangers in cities. His work celebrates existing communities and sparks opportunities and spaces for new ones to form. Sam is part of Group Ginger in Leeds. Group ginger is a practice of architects. Their name derives from the political term, a ginger group. Ginger groups work to identify alternative ideas for the benefit of their host. Group Ginger:  Artwork :

Mike Love co-founded and works with Together for Peace, a local charity that brings together diverse people to generate cooperative projects that tackle local or global issues. A former solicitor, he is vice-chair of the Stronger Communities partnership board of the Leeds Initiative, chair of Leeds Christian Community Trust, and trustee of Left Bank Leeds.

Ellie Montgomery is doing a Masters degree in the School of English at the University of Leeds. A former president of the English Society, she is keen to raise student engagement in cultural events around Leeds which focus on issues of race and ethnicity. Ellie organises the DOMA monthly Newsletter.

Chijioke John Ojukwu works for the Students’ Union at Leeds University and is an active member of the Nigerian Community Leeds.

Martin Patterson is a director of St George’s Crypt, serving the homeless in Leeds. He was the founding chairperson of DOMA.

Michelle ScallyClarke grew up in Leeds and is now a poet, playwright, writing and creative workshop leader and performer. Her books include  I am and  She is.  Her work has appeared in anthologies such as Out of bounds, Next Stop Hope, Tangled Roots, The Identity Papers and Trading Roots. Find Michelle on Facebook or on Linked In

Policy documents

DOMA has adopted policies on Safeguarding, Volunteers and Data Protection, as advised by the Board’s solicitor, Duncan Milwain. They may inspected here

Volunteer policy Safeguarding policy GDPR (Data) policy