Abila Pointing has an academic background in Psychology, Sociology and Management Studies. She gained her MA in Sociology and Social Policy from the University of Liverpool, and her Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from Liverpool John Moores University. Earlier qualifications, including an MA in Psychology, were acquired in Pakistan. Abila is now retired, but her working career included employment with Liverpool Careers Service and Nacro (National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders). She has also worked at a national level with a number of criminal justice agencies on the race and diversity agenda. Abila was awarded an MBE in 2008 for her community relations work in Liverpool and Manchester prisons. She was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant in 2010 and was High Sheriff for the County of Merseyside for 2014-15. In January 2011 Abila was appointed to the Council of the University of Liverpool.
Kehinde was born in South London and raised in Nigeria before returning to the UK for his degree in Medical Biochemistry at Brunel University, Uxbridge. Kehinde obtained a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from the University of Sheffield in 2002. He then moved to Newcastle University for postdoctoral training in the Dermatology department. Kehinde joined Liverpool John Moores University in 2008 as a lecturer in Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and currently leads projects focussing on psoriasis, alopecia, non-melanoma skin cancer and drug development in co-operation with national and international collaborators.