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Kirit Patel – Chair

kirit-patelKirit is a manager and trainer with over 20 years’ experience working in the voluntary and community sector.  Kirit’s most recent post was Project Coordinator with Southern Voices.  For over ten years, Kirit managed Oxfam’s Race Equality Programme in England.  Before joining Oxfam, Kirit was the Services Manager for the Black Health Agency (now BHA) promoting sexual and wider health initiatives for disadvantaged groups; and managed the Kath Locke Centre (part of Big Life Group) a multi-agency community health resource in Manchester.

Kirit is a trustee for Breakthrough UK working for employment opportunities for disabled people; part of Steady State Manchester collective arguing for a viable city regional economy that works for people and the planet; and Chair of Can-Survive UK, a cancer support charity for ethnic minorities in Greater Manchester.

In 2018, Kirit completed a part-time MA in Creative Education at the University of Salford.

Paul Mattis – Treasurer

Paul has over 20 years experience working in a range of community-based settings based in inner city areas of Manchester. He started out as a trainee youth worker, his determination and passion for community development enabled him work through the ranks up to senior management level. His career started at the cutting edge of youth work engaging ‘hard to reach’ young men involved in the drug and gang culture, with the aim of diverting them into more positive lifestyles, in Moss Side during the 1990’s. Paul worked as part of a detached street-based project based at the Hideaway Youth Project.

Paul built on this experience with the Black Health Agency in 2009 where he developed a successful peer led BME young people’s project focused on health promotion. Paul started as a Project Development Worker moving up to the Project Co-ordinator. Paul’s next challenge was to manage Trinity House CRC in Rusholme as the Community Development Manager, where he was charged with developing services and activities to enable Trinity House to become a sustainable community resource providing a range of children, family, youth and general community services.

In 2013 Paul joined the Big Life Group and managed Kath Locke & Zion Healthy Living Centres. He joined as the Community Development Coordinator and was promoted to the Community Development Manager. A number of his responsibilities included staff and building management, community development, internal organisation support, safeguarding, training, strategic development.

Paul is very experienced in dealing with young people and adults from inner city communities at the grassroots level in a very hands-on way, and also has also taken a strategic role in developing and delivering local services. He has also participated in developing good practice on a national scale in the areas of youth development, sexual health and community cohesion. A number of the national bodies that Paul has worked with include the National Youth Agency Grants Committee, Race Equality Foundation, Office of The Deputy Prime Minister.

Paul’s skills sets straddle a wide range of areas including, asset management, staff management and development, project management, community engagement, youth engagement, mentoring, coaching and training.

Claudia McFarlane – Trustee

Claudia McFarlane has over 25 years of experience managing voluntary sector groups and charities in Bradford.  Claudia brings host of skills and core strengths in project management, recruitment, administration, IT, training, fundraising, capacity building and strategic development.

I cut my teeth in the early nineties at a drug prevention project that provided counselling and support to members of the African Caribbean community who were addicted to crack cocaine.

In 2001 I joined the Federation of African and Caribbean Elders which is a support group that provides day care and outreach services to older people in the community. Whilst with this group for 10 years, I managed the partnership team that developed the first extra care housing scheme designed specifically for African Caribbean older people, a £4.6 million pound development in the heart of the Black community in Bradford called Mary Seacole Court.

Currently I serve as Director of ACAP (African Caribbean Achievement Project), a Charity established in 1995 to work on improving the educational outcomes and welfare of people of African and Caribbean descent in West Yorkshire.

My latest venture is a project called the ‘Furniture Hackers’ which is a Social Enterprise that exists to train unemployed members of the African Caribbean community to develop the skills they need to renovate furniture and design and build other products that can be sold online for a profit.

I am very passionate about working in the African and African Caribbean community and I am extremely dedicated to contributing to the health and wellbeing of community members

On an academic level I hold a range of qualifications including a Diploma in Management Studies, a BA (Hons) degree in Social Science (Psychology, Sociology, Economics), a Certificate in Counselling and an MBA in Business. I have been self-employed for over 7 years and run my own Business Consultancy and Web Design agency in Bradford.

I believe I can bring a lot to Can-Survive UK. From the moment I met Marcella I knew that I would like to somehow take part in this ground-breaking project. I want to contribute towards the development of the Charity over the coming months and years.

Rose Thompson – Trustee

rose-thompsonRose Thompson is a radiotherapy radiographer with over 26 years clinical experience in London and the Midlands, where she gained 2 discretionary points for her pioneering work with children undergoing radiotherapy, and Black and Minority Ethnic communities. She is qualified to Superintendent 4 Grade, and HPC (Health Professional Council) registered.

Rose lost her mother (age 47), to breast cancer, in 1976, 6 months after diagnosis, and her twin sister Maureen (age 46), to the same condition in 2001. Another sister diagnosed at the age of 42, is living well 9 years after treatment for breast cancer. Rose’s personal experience of a family history of breast cancer from a BME/faith group perspective, drives her passion to reduce cancer inequalities in the UK.

From 2003 – 2007 Rose was Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Cancer Information Specialist at Europe’s leading cancer information charity, Cancerbackup, (now merged with Macmillan Cancer Support). This was a national role that contributed to a significant number of BME initiatives.
Rose was the charity’s first therapy radiographer to be employed by the organisation and paved the way for other Allied Health Professionals. Prior to accepting the job, Rose was seconded from the radiotherapy department to co – manage Cancerbackup’s drop in Centre in Nottingham.

A significant number of BME led and other leading cancer organisations consult with Rose prior to undertaking ethnicity/community related work. She is the UK’s leading BME Cancer Information Specialist and a competent engaging speaker. She receives many requests to deliver presentations and workshops throughout the UK and has gained a national profile, as a result of her professional expertise.

Rose was an expert member of the Awareness and Early Detection Work Group that contributed to the development and launch of the UK’s 2008 5 year top up Cancer Plan.

In addition to Directing BME Cancer Communities, Rose is currently a management team member for the BME charity ‘Cancer Equality’.  In 2008 Cancer Equality developed and launched Ethnic Minority Cancer Awareness Week.  Rose is also Chair of the Nottingham African Caribbean Health Network(ACHN) and a member of the Greater Nottingham Cancer Forum.

Suresh Rambaran – Trustee

suresh-rambaranSuresh is a qualified registered nurse with a background in cancer nursing and have extensive experience in cancer information through work with Cancer Backup, Cancerlink, Breast Cancer Care and Prostate Cancer UK. Now retired from full time work, He is currently working freelance as a Support and Information Specialist Nurse for Macmillan Cancer, Orchid Male Cancer and Prostate Cancer Charity. He is a founding member and trustee with Cancer Equality.

Winsome Richbell-Brown – Trustee

winsome-richbell-brownWinsome Richbell-Brown is British born and trained in human resource management at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1999. She was admitted as a Fellow member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in 2003 after gaining over 10 years’ experience in strategic HR management.

Her career has embraced the public, private and third sector and voluntary work where she was a Deputy and Acting Chair of Arawak Walton Housing Association. In 2008 Winsome set up Richbell Brown Associates and is now a successful self employed HR Consultant working with a variety of businesses and enterprises in the North West. Winsome’s career demonstrates in depth working knowledge in human resource challenges and solutions.

Winsome demonstrates a passion for life and work and is approachable and enthusiastic. Most of all she values people and their life experiences and builds good and genuine long lasting relationships quickly.

 Vikki Morgan – Financial Consultant

vikki-morganVikki Morgan has over 20 years’ experience of working within the voluntary sector, predominantly in the role of Finance Manager for BHA, (a health and social care charity focused on challenging health inequalities) and more recently in the role of Finance and Administration Manager for Ordinary Lifestyles whose work is centred on the provision of supported living services for adults with learning difficulties, acquired head injuries and/or physical disabilities in order to enable them to lead valued and independent lifestyles within their own homes and communities.