After attending Imperial College, where she read Applied Biology, Palma found her passion for social
justice as a founder-member of the Anti-Racist Alliance (ARA). The ARA succeeded in making
racial harassment and violence criminal offences and supported many families of race murder victims.
Palma was instrumental in the establishment of the Stephen Lawrence Family Campaign in 1993.
Palma has strong and steady history of working in and with communities in London and the
southeast. She was head of community regeneration in a large G15 housing association for nearly 10
years and simultaneously worked as a Local Trust Consultant - Big Local Rep in Westminster and
Islington – so she could ‘connect with communities and what matters to them’.
In 2019, Palma founded Soul Purpose 360 CIC; a community interest company that offers coaching,
mentoring, and training for Black women engaged in community development. Soul Purpose 360
hosts the national Black Women’s Networking and Empowerment Circle and a growing network of
local groups across the country.
Palma is an Associate Director at Atkins Ltd. ‘Head of Engagement’ for EDAROTH (Everyone
Deserves A Roof Over Their Head), addressing the social and affordable housing challenge using
under-utilised land assets and engineering construction.
At Palma Black Consulting Ltd., she specialises in community and resident engagement and is an
Associate Consultant for Communities First Ltd, providing support on estate regeneration schemes.
Palma is a Grant Panel Board Member of the Football Foundation; the premier league, the FA and
Government’s charity, that helps communities improve their local football facilities through football
Palma has always been a single parent and has successfully raised two daughters. They live in
Surrey and in her spare time – she engages in DIY build projects.