We are devastated to learn of the passing of Jamal Edwards MBE.
Jamal studied at our Ealing Green College, completing an Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production, launching the hugely successful online platform, SBTV, in 2006. SBTV was designed to showcase emerging British talent and went onto help launch the careers of Stormzy, Dave, Rita Ora, Emeli Sandé, and Ed Sheeran. His impact extended to the fashion world, and saw him design a limited edition range of snapback caps and bucket hats for Topman, as well as being part of Kurt Geiger’s Autumn/Winter 2019 campaign.
In addition to his pioneering work in music and fashion, Jamal worked extensively to inspire others and offer opportunities, releasing a book in 2013, entitled, ‘Self Belief: The Vision: How To Be a Success on Your Own Terms.’ His philanthropic work saw him work with Prince William and Prince Harry to launch the Queen’s Young Leaders Programme in 2014, in addition to many youth projects in West London. He was an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, and in 2019 set up Jamal Edwards Delve, a project designed to refurbish and reopen youth centres. Jamal also collaborated with many charities, including CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), and worked with The Guardian to create a documentary raising awareness of men’s mental health concerns.
His work and impact were formally recognised in 2014, when he was awarded an MBE in the 2015 New Year Honours from Queen Elizabeth II, for services to music.
Jamal stayed in contact with West London College, last visiting in 2019, where he was welcomed back by his former tutor, Gareth McLennan. Jamal spoke to students, saying, “Follow your passion and don’t be afraid to try things out. Try anything, don’t be scared of failure. The only failure is not trying.”
Jamal’s passing leaves a profound loss in our community.
Karen Redhead OBE, Principal and CEO, said, “We are all deeply saddened by this devastating news. Jamal was an inspiration to the whole West London College community, and we send our support and condolences to his family, including his mum, Brenda, his friends, his teachers at college, and all those who knew him. His legacy, and the love that so many people had for him, will live on.”
If you are a current student or staff member affected by this sad news, we encourage you to talk to your teacher/manager, or student services/HR teams.