About Us

Who We Are

We are the National Association of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Councillors (NABAEMC).

We are a National Cross-Party Association of BAME Local Councillors within the UK.

Our organisation was founded in 1996, and is currently chaired by Cllr Obajimi Adefiranye of the London Borough of Lewisham. We are led by an Executive Committee comprised of BAME Councillors from across the country. The Executive Committee is elected by an Annual General Meeting of members of the Association.

Membership of the Association is open to all BAME Councillors in the UK who have paid the annual subscription, or whose subscription has been paid by their local authority.

What We’re About

The NABAEMC seeks to:

  • Provide a focus for cross-party representation of BAME Councillors and their communities within local government.
  • Act as a representative for BAME communities by influencing local authority associations and central government.
  • Act in leadership for BAME communities through representation in local government.
  • Provide a forum for networking and exchange of information to promote race equality and share good practice within local government.
  • Provide training, organise seminars and conferences for the benefit of the Association and its members.
  • Encourage greater partnership working with BAME communities, including voluntary sector organisation and the private sector.
  • Provide regional support networks for BAME councillors to work together in neighbouring authorities.
  • Campaign to safeguard and further the interests of the BAME communities in civic and public life.
  • Encourage more BAME people to become Councillors and to be involved in the democratic process.
  • Represent and advocate for BAME communities to funding agencies for resources to support community and Council initiatives.


For more information please contact the NABAEMC Secretary

Cllr Hanif Khan, via email: admin@NABAEMC.org.uk