Sado Omer, chair
Sado is a mother of three and has a degree in business and finance. She has 12 years’ experience as a sea-women; travelling the world and experiencing a range of cultures.
Sado now runs her family-owned logistics company as the director in London. She is passionate about the community and the wellbeing of everybody in it. She is also very family orientated.
“WIT provides women with a place to communicate and share their common experiences, while empowering them and giving them support. At WIT they receive a high-quality service which allows them to grow and thrive through the community network. By coming to WIT women find the right connections and get referrals so that they achieve their goals.”
Aminda is a mum of five living in Tower Hamlets. She is currently working as a director’s personal assistant at a local care agency. She has worked as a regeneration trainee for the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and has worked for voluntary organisations for over 15 years. She has volunteered as a community interpreter/advocate throughout her life. She is passionate about uplifting people and is at her happiest when helping others.
Zaynab is a senior emergency department assistant and qualified phlebotomist working full time in one of Barts Health NHS Trust’s busiest A&Es. She has been a frontline worker based in Tower Hamlets for six years before joining the team as a trustee team during the pandemic. She’s qualified in signposting people to help them to access mainstream health services.
“Working in this community focusing on their physical health is a huge part of my work life. WIT has made tremendous efforts to engage with the local community and help underprivileged families gain access to mainstream health services, primarily those with language barriers. Focusing on empowering BAME families, tackling the issues surrounding race, public health, language barriers, employment, women and youth support, they’ve provided a fundamental hub to bridge the gap that this vibrantly diverse community has needed.”
Richa is an international development consultant working on global projects that alleviate poverty and protect the environment. She helps governments decide how to use limited aid funding to have maximum impact both within the UK and in developing countries around the world.
“I realised that there are hidden pockets of poverty in my own neighborhood. WIT is creating systematic change to break this cycle of poverty by empowering women and enabling social mobility, I feel privileged to be a part of this solution.”
Sabaad is a mother of nine children, six of her own and three of her nieces who she’s fostered. She’s originally from Cardiff but has been living in London for the last 15 years. She loves to help women gain confidence and build skills, no matter where they are starting from.
She genuinely sees the potential in women across our community and believe all women deserve the support and training to achieve their ambitions and be the author of their own success story. Imagine a society where everyone reaches their full potential. Where the future is not defined by the past or determined by the place a person starts.
“I have witnessed the impact WIT has had on women, the highly-devoted team of staff, volunteers and trustees who collectively make the work in changing the lives of women a reality. I am honoured to be part of this fantastic organisation.”
Hannah is a senior forensic associate at a Big Four consulting firm, specialising in financial crime. She has over 10 years of experience working within a data analytics role, including within the charity sector.
“I’ve always been passionate about the development and wellbeing of women and the work WIT does embodies this.Their focus on community empowerment is inspiring and I’m proud to be able to support the priceless work they tirelessly carry out.”
After gaining a degree in politics from Newcastle University, Susannah landed in the London insurance market, focusing on financial lines, most recently as a management liability underwriter at a large international insurance company. Through her current job she has been able to get involved with a number of charitable causes including the Green Committee and the Global Day of Giving.
“I feel very passionately about promoting the rights of under supported women in the local community and want to see equal opportunities for everyone.”
Natasha is a Tower Hamlets resident with over 10 years’ experience in programme and partnership development in the communications, youth and charity sector, including work with international governments, technology companies, schools and grassroots community organisations.
“As a Tower Hamlets resident, I was blown away by the community response that WIT drove at the outset of the Covid pandemic, and I’m hugely proud to be able to directly contribute to making a difference in the lives of people in my community through WIT’s work.”
Emily Xiao-Fang Teh
Emily is a mother of one and, after 20 years in various finance roles, is currently the UK CEO of a multi-national hospitality company. Over the years, she has been involved with various not-for-profit organisations in different capacities.
“WIT engages with the local community in many ways, allowing them to be responsive to the needs of underprivileged women and their families. In doing so, WIT’s work will continue to be impactful and relevant in a changeable and unpredictable environment. I feel privileged to be able to support WIT with their mission.”
Sara is a higher education journalist who has been based in London since 2010. She is currently editor of Time Higher Education’s THE Campus platform, leading a team of editors to commission, edit and curate peer-to-peer advice for the global academic community.
“I’ve seen WIT’s grassroots and community-led work make a life-changing impact on vulnerable women of colour and their families in Tower Hamlets, from their pandemic community kitchen to helping women escape domestic violence. Their approach is responsive to individual needs and deeply empathetic. They provide vital services that improve the lives of my community and my neighbours.”