Meet Our Committee
Writing Our Legacy is run throughout the year thanks to the work of our voluntary committee.
They include Neil Ansell, Amy Zamarripa Solis, Bert Williams MBE, and Graham Lally.
Amy Zamarripa Solis, Founder, Chair & Programme Manager
Amy is a writer and producer. She grew up in Texas, lived in New York and has made the UK her home since 1997. She co-founded award-winning story night Grit Lit and Flash Lit Fiction. Her short stories are featured in various anthologies, and her first play launched at Brighton Fringe in 2017. Amy is Director at arts production company, This Too Is Real. She has Mexican & Italian-American heritage.
Neil Ansell, Member
Neil has a long history of working in the voluntary sector and spent several years as regional manager of the Big Issue before joining BBC TV as a community affairs specialist. He is a trustee of two BME charities. Neil is the author of Deep Country, Deer Island and other nature books. He is the father of mixed race children.
Bert Williams MBE, Member
Bert is co-founder of Brighton & Hove Black History. Born in Jamaica, Bert has lived in Brighton since 1967. He served in the RAF, then worked for the NHS. After retiring, he chaired Black & mixed parentage family charity Mosaic. Bert has also organised Chattri Memorial service to honour WW1 Indian Soldiers. In 2011, Bert was awarded a MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2017, he received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Sussex University.
Graham Lally, Treasurer
Graham is Technical Director at data-for-good company [OCSI] and mixes his 20 years of tech experience with a keen interest in writing, photography, and haiku. He has been blogging for 15 years and was winner of a Guardian’s single-issue political blog award. He is half-Asian, extending back through China into Hove on his mother’s side.