Kirit Patel – Chair
Kirit 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.
Claudia McFarlane – Trustee
Claudia McFarlane has over 28 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. Claudia is the 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. Claudia also runs 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.
Claudia is passionate about working in the African and African Caribbean community and is dedicated to contributing to the health and wellbeing of community members.
Suresh Rambaran – Trustee
Suresh 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-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.
Yvonne Prendergast – Trustee
As an independent consultant since 2002 Yvonne’s focus is on promoting equality, diversity and social inclusion through undertaking community research, evaluation and capacity building within the statutory, private and third sectors.
Prior to working independently, Yvonne delivered a women’s rights policy and advocacy service for Salford Law Centre, managed and delivered domestic abuse projects, was Training Officer for the Big Life Company and had unpaid roles in a night shelter and teaching English in Sudan. This was preceded by an early career as a chemical engineer, which, along with Yvonne’s experience in community sectors has informed her drive to enable people of all backgrounds to develop their potential, access their rights and contribute to society.
Alongside Yvonne’s work experience, she brings postgraduate study in Women’s Studies and in Social Work. Significantly, she also has personal experience of cancer. This underlies her commitment and tenacity as a trustee with CSUK to ensure that everyone affected by cancer, particularly Black African and Caribbean people facing health inequalities, access vital support.
Amal Cowan – Trustee
Amal Cowan is the founder of Aurelia Private Wealth and has over 15 years’ experience in financial advisory and wealth management. She is passionate about making the complex simple when it comes to financial advice, helping individuals and companies manage their finances in a thoughtful, sustainable, and tax-efficient way. Having been a quarter-finalist on Masterchef UK, her passion for finance is matched only by her love of cooking and sharing flavoursome dishes and in her spare time she continues to indulge this passion, as well as nurturing her very active young children.
Adesewa Adebisi – Trustee
Details to come.
Vikki Morgan – Financial Consultant
Vikki 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.