One of the moments that changed her life and outlook came in 2008 when, aged 29 and a community worker, she was encouraged to put herself forward as a magistrate through the Operation Black Vote
programme, which aims to get more black and ethnic minority representation in public institutions.
Simon Woolley, from Operation Black Vote
, said the system "disproportionately excludes BME individuals", adding: "This new data shows why the top is virtually all white.
Mrs May also announced the creation of a new advisory group called the Race Disparity Audit Advisory Group, chaired by Simon Woolley, a commissioner for race on the Equality and Human Rights Commission and director and one of the founders of Operation Black Vote
, the organisation which campaigns to get more people from ethnic minorities voting.
He made the speech at a reception on Thursday for Operation Black Vote
in the House of Commons, where he warned that there are "threats to representative democracy that should concern us".
Simon Woolley, director of pressure group Operation Black Vote
, said: "The findings from the Race Disparity Audit presents us with a real opportunity to make transformative change in tackling persistent race inequality.
That's been the hope throughout, as Operation Black Vote
, the Guardian and Green Park recruitment have worked on the groundbreaking research project, The Colour of Power.
Its promoters, Operation Black Vote
( OBV), claimed the campaign highlights the " demonisation of foreigners and people of colour" in the referendum campaign.
Nicholas " Cllr Nicholas, a nurse at Royal Liverpool University Hospital, became a councillor herself in 2012 after a friend encouraged her to sign up to a councillor-shadoing scheme run by charity Operation Black Vote
The anti-racist group Operation Black Vote
said: "It is almost impossible to police by consent without an inclusive and representative police force."
Operation Black Vote
(OBV) has unveiled a hard-hitting billboard sign to encourage black and minority ethnic (BME) voters to head to the polls in the borough.
It has been organised by campaign group Operation Black Vote
, with adverts produced by Saatchi and Saatchi.