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.”
Stephanie is an Australian-qualified finance lawyer at a large international law firm. She has experience coordinating and running formal and informal educational programs for children from pre-school to university level. Stephanie is especially passionate about promoting and delivering educational opportunities to disadvantaged groups, especially women and children, and has experience delivering grassroots, educational community projects in Australia, India and Central America.
“WIT embodies community empowerment – it is a grassroots organisation from the community, for the community. WIT is always there for its community, and it’s role in supporting the community through COVID is an incredible testament to the tenacity, passion and dedication of the organisation, and it’s army of workers and volunteers. The work WIT undertakes in the community is priceless, and I hate to think about what things would be like without it.”
Marjolaine works for an international investment bank. She has a degree in business and has over 10 years of experience advising companies on funding via debt. She has also been volunteering in the UK and abroad.
“Through several volunteering and work experiences, it became clear to me that some communities do start with striking disadvantages. I feel very enthusiastic about helping underprivileged women and their communities achieve their real potential and get the same chances as everyone else.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Jasmine is a mother of one and currently is a senior HR professional at an international bank and financial services firm. She has a multi-disciplinary background and experience gained from different commercial settings.
“The work WIT does is important to help disadvantaged women and their families access opportunities and support to realise their potential for themselves and their communities.”