Sean Whyte was born in West London in 1980. The eldest of seven children, he went to Emanuel School in Battersea, South London before completing a Bachelors Degree in Business and IT at Brunel University.
Following his studies he decided to follow his family to Norfolk, initially intending to spend 6 months away from the hustle and bustle of London before returning to look for work. 6 months turned into 9 years, and Sean eventually decided to settle in Norwich and hasn’t regretted it for a moment. He returned to London briefly to complete a Masters’ Degree at Westminster University before finally settling permanently in Norwich in 2003, the summer of which saw him tie the knot with wife Sumiyya.
Sean worked as Community Cohesion & Diversity Officer at the Norwich & Norfolk Racial Equality Council (NNREC) for 7 years. During this time Sean established strong links throughout the County, working closely with local community groups and in particular expanding NNREC’s work with young people. Successful projects include Youth Against Racism, Young Leaders and Norfolk’s Hidden Heritage, but Sean is best known for his work as the Chair and Co-ordinator of Norfolk Black History Month.
Initially working alongside Finbarr Carter (formerly of NEAD), in the last few years Sean worked solely as the main organiser of The Month, working with the Steering Group partners, funders and stakeholders to guide Norfolk BHM to become one of the best BHM celebrations in the UK.
For several years Sean has been developing C>Media, a video training and production company, and in March of this year he decided to leave NNREC to work on this exciting initiative full-time. The first few months have been exciting and challenging in equal amounts, with successful productions completed for the likes of Norwich City Council, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and Aldeburgh Music in Suffolk.
He remains a member of the BHM Steering Group and plans to continue supporting the development of The Month without all the stress of organising it!