The coordinating voice for Black, Asian, Mixed Race and Minority Ethnic transplant donation
Our ambassadors and champions

Kirit Modi

Hon President of NBTA
Kirit is a kidney transplant recipient. He is Hon President of the National Kidney Federation (NKF), Hon President of NBTA (National BAME Transplant Alliance), Chair of the Lister Area Kidney Patients Association (LAKPA) and Chair of the Jain and Hindu Organ Donation Alliance (JHOD). Kirit has frequently spoken at the All-Party Parliamentary Kidney Group and written two Manifestos for Change; on equality issues and on living kidney donation. He works closely with NHSBT and advises them on a range of issue, including the Community Grants Programme. Kirit received a Points of Light award from the Prime Minister for his work on organ donation in 2018 and was awarded MBE by Her Majesty the Queen in 2022.

David Harewood

NBTA Champion
David Harewood began a career in 1990 and appeared in The Hawk, Great Moments in Aviation, Harnessing Peacocks, Mad Dogs and Englishmen, Macbeth on the Estate, Strings and Ballykissangel. He is very well known for his television appearances on Homeland, The Vice and Fat Friends and his movie roles in Blood Diamond and The Merchant of Venice.

Alesha Dixon

NBTA Ambassador
Alesha Dixon is a singer and TV personality. She first found fame in the female pop group Mis-Teeq when her distinctive vocal style made her stand out from the rest of the band. Since leaving Mis-Teeq, Alesha has appeared in a number of television shows. She has presented the MOBO Awards, CD:UK and the TV coverage of the BRIT Awards. Alesha has also made guest appearances on the BBC current affairs programme, This Week, as well as winning the 2007 series of Strictly Come Dancing and is presently a judge on Britain’s Got Talent.

Beverley Knight

NBTA Champion
Beverley has performed live & collaborated with legendary artists including: Prince, Santana, Jamiroquai, Courtney Pine, Roni Size, Jools Holland, Redman, Musiq Soulchild, Wyclef Jean, Bryan Adams, Lionel Richie, Take That, Ronnie Wood, Chaka Khan. She has had several sell out headline tours of the UK including shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall, most recently in 2009. And she performed at the closing ceremony of the London Paralympics.

Colin Salmon

NBTA Champion
Colin Salmon is one of Britain’s most renowned actors. With a bold voice and posture, Colin makes his characters a favourite among audiences for every role he plays. The actor’s best-known character is M’s right-hand man, Officer Robinson, in the James Bond franchise. He’s also put in some notable appearances in Resident Evil and Match Point, while his small screen outings include Judge John Deed and Prime Suspect 2. In addition to his film work, Colin Salmon often lends his richly reverberating vocal chords to voice-over work, and he can frequently be found on the London stage.

Orin Lewis OBE

Chair of NBTA
Orin Lewis OBE is the co-founder and CEO of the 44 times award winning UK charity, the ACLT (African Caribbean Leukaemia Trust). The charity is dedicated to raising the awareness of the shortage of Black and Ethnic Minority donors on the UK stem cell (bone marrow), blood and organ registers and recruits potential donors to come forward at ACLT registration drives and be involved in the process of offering hope and a healthy future to someone whose disorder may otherwise prove fatal. Our work is driven by a belief that no one should die waiting for a donor to become available. Orin is also the Co-Chair of the National Black, Asian, Mixed Race, and Minority Ethnic Transplant Alliance (NBTA) which is a coalition of organisations (secular/community/religious) which seeks to promote positive and influential awareness of organ, blood and stem cell donation/transplantation amongst ethnic and diverse background people in order to increase the number of donors from these communities. The NBTA aims to promote influential, effective and efficient partnership working between members, encouraging a coordination of initiatives that make the most of skills, experience and infrastructure already available.