We are delighted to announce the appointment of five new Trustees to our Board. Each brings an incredible track record of integrating and activating their learned, lived and practice experience to tackle systems of injustice and oppression.
Asif Afridi is Deputy CEO at brap (Birmingham Race Action Partnership), a Trustee and former Chair of Equally Ours and a panel member of the Independent Inquiry into the future of Civil Society where he led its report Let’s Talk about Race.
Amanda Hailles is part of a group of 12 women who came together to form the collective An Untold Story – Voices, to change attitudes to people involved in street sex work in Hull. Amanda is also a peer-researcher for Ava and Agenda.
James (Jay) Keenan is a Mutual Aid Support Worker at Transforming Choice, supporting people through its Peer Mentor training process. Jay is a graduate of Transforming Choice’s residential detox and rehabilitation service.
Marai Larasi is an advocate, community organiser and consultant whose social justice work has centred Black / Global Majority women and girls. Marai has been Executive Director of Imkaan, and Co-Chair of the End Violence Against Women Coalition.
Baljeet Sandhu MBE is a human rights lawyer, educator and pioneer of the global ‘knowledge equity’ movement. Baljeet was the founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) and co-founder of the LEx Movement.
Their appointment marks an important transition for Lankelly Chase. We previously acknowledged that we didn’t know what effective governance of our systemic approach should look like. This new Board has been formed explicitly to support a process of transformation in which we will aim to put our current wealth, privilege and status at the service of fundamental change.
Our new trustees join Hil Berg, Morag Burnett, Darren Murinas, Myron Rogers (Chair), Simon Tucker and Robin Tuddenham.
We are also saying goodbye to two outstanding Trustees, Jake Hayman and Professor Jane Millar, who have contributed an enormous amount to the direction in which we are now travelling. We would thank them for their leadership, encouragement and expertise.
Our new Board is committed to sharing its learning, and we will post more about our governance as it evolves. To explain some of the thinking behind the changes, our CEO Julian Corner has written this blog.