Evelyn Asante-Mensah


What attracted you to being a trustee at Lankelly Chase?

The majority of my working life has been with people who face severe and multiple disadvantage and tackling inequalities faced by individuals and communities.  My passion is for making change that is sustainable and driven by the communities and individuals themselves.  When the opportunity came up to be involved with Lankelly Chase as a trustee I found it too exciting a prospect to resist.

Lankelly Chase is a truly independent organisation, willing to use its unique position as a funder to take risks and support projects and initiatives that are truly innovative, different and make real change.  I bring to Lankelly Chase my experience of running voluntary and community groups and organisations, from health (I chaired one of the largest Primary Care Trusts in the Country) and housing (I currently chair Arawak Housing Association, the only independent BME led association in the North West), as well as my role as a Commissioner on the Equality and Human Rights Commission and previous and current board experience.  I am so excited to have been appointed as a trustee to the board, I can’t wait to get stuck in…….can you tell?

Outside work, I am involved in a lot of community work through my church, where I help run a foodbank in my local area, I am an associate school governor, sit on the board of Partners of Prisoners and I am a life coach through Coaching in and Out with women involved in the criminal justice system.  Outside of all that I have 4 children, 2 still at home aged 12 and nearly 14 and two glorious grandchildren that I spend time with every weekend and an allotment which I cultivate with the help of my partner Yoni and friend Alison.