It is with a heavy heart that I write to you today, following the news of the passing of a core member of our community, Wayne Brown.
Wayne's departure has left many of us speechless, and it is with both sadness and gratitude that we remember the extraordinary impact he made.
Wayne's journey with the Black Talent Awards Community was nothing short of wonderful. In 2022, he stood among the finalists, demonstrating exceptional leadership as the Deputy Chief of the West Midlands Fire Service. His dedication and prowess caught the eyes of our judges, and Wayne was rightfully honoured with a Black Talent Award, a testament to his exemplary service and leadership.
His journey is one of a true trailblazer who left a mark on both organisations and individuals.
Wayne's commitment extended further as he joined us as a panellist for the Black Talent Conference in 2023, and was subsequently invited to judge due to his unwavering support for the growth and the mission of the BTAs.
Wayne's presence at the Black Talent Awards ceremonies in both 2022 and 2023 was unforgettable for those who experienced it. His infectious spirit uplifted the room, as he led the ‘Candy’ dance for the room.
As we reflect on his journey with us, let us remember Wayne not only for his professional accomplishments but also for the kindness, generosity, and mentorship he generously shared with those fortunate enough to interact with him.
In honour of Wayne's memory, we invite you to sign the condolences book, allowing us to reflect and express our appreciation for the impact he made on our community.
For anyone wishing to discuss grief, and how this has impacted them, we encourage you to reach out to Cruse via their helpline.
We extend our deepest condolences to Wayne's family and friends. May we find solace in cherishing the memories of a remarkable individual who played an instrumental role in shaping our community.