Ann Melville • Chair

Ann has been a Trustee since March 2008 and is currently retired having previously worked as a senior officer in a large urban authority. Ann has 30 years’ experience as a community education worker, head of a Youth Service and latterly,  as an assistant director of Children’s Services where she was responsible for policy development, resource management and regeneration. Ann has a first degree and Masters in Business Administration from Manchester Metropolitan University.

She also contributes as a Vice Chair of the LeicesterShire Citizen’s Advice Bureau, is a governor at a primary school in Leicestershire and Vice Chair of an academy in Nuneaton. In her spare time, Ann enjoys gardening, walking and her five grandchildren.

Ann became a Trustee to try and contribute some of the experience she gained in her work to the voluntary sector and in particular to contribute to organisations which are committed to social justice and to improving the life chances of young people. Diversity Hub offered an opportunity for involvement in an organisation which is experienced and committed to offering young people from a range of backgrounds innovative ways to explore diversity and develop confidence enabling them to aspire and reach their potential.

Fatima Variava • Secretary

Fatima joined Diversity Hub as a gift worker and has since also taken on the role of Trustee, acting as secretary to the Board. Currently training to become a teacher, Fatima also fills a number of representative and advisor roles across Leicester. She is the innovator and leader for Diversity Hub’s unique Rising Asian Women programme, which is creating exciting opportunities for local women and their communities.

Hartirath Gill-Sharma

Hartirath has been a Trustee since July 2012 and is currently working as a project coordinator at Voluntary Action LeicesterShire as part of the Children’s Workforce Development Project.

She has three years’ experience as a researcher and has supported Diversity Hub with its project evaluation work. Prior to this, she worked as a research consultant in the private sector, delivering research evaluations for public and third sector projects.

Hartirath has contributed to Diversity Hub’s business development activity through a range of scoping studies aimed at informing future project development. She became a Trustee to broaden her contribution, seeing it as an opportunity to learn more about the organisation and support its future direction.

Lyvia McLaughlin

Lyvia joined Diversity Hub as a gift worker and has since progressed to co-deliver a range of Diversity Hub’s programmes, including Friends Against Bullying. Her enthusiasm for people and to making the world a better place has lead her to train and study to become a professional youth worker, as well as a Diversity Hub Trustee.

Peter Symonds

Peter has been a Trustee since July 2010 and is currently a principal at The Brookeside Group, a US-based management consultancy. He has over 30 years’ business experience having gained a degree in Organisational Behaviour at Lancaster University. Peter became a Trustee in order to make a contribution to the local community through an organisation committed to making a difference to people’s lives.

Tim Morton

Tim is Diversity Hub’s longest serving Trustee, having worked with the organisation through its various phases for more than 20 years. Tim brings his expertise and experience of positive change in social housing and neighbourhoods to the Board.  His work as a consultant facilitator and trainer with Engage Associates includes a particular interest in equality and diversity issues.

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