Board of Trustees

The Trustees of the Board are responsible for:

  • Recruiting and Managing staff and volunteers
  • Providing annual accounts and reports
  • Finance and fund-raising
  • Ensuring the organisation works within policies, guidelines, budget and law
  • Submitting Annual Accounts to an independent Auditor

Members of the Management Committee consist of Sikh women who use the service and representatives from professional bodies with an interest in our organisation. Office bearers are Chairperson, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary who are elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

The quorum for meetings is two office bearers and three other members.

Our Board of Trustees are:

Kirndeep Kaur

A graduate of Law, Kirndeep is now currently studying for a masters in Human Rights Law. She has previously worked at Human rights organisations, furthering her passion for human rights. In particular, Kirndeep has a strong passion for women’s rights and ensuring that they are upheld across communities and cultures. As a Scottish Sikh, Kirndeep is very proud of her heritage and regularly campaigns on human rights issues affecting the Sikh community within Scotland.

Kirndeep first joined Sikh Sanjog after witnessing the outstanding work that the charity achieves. The right of women to live full and meaningful lives of their choice and ensuring that they are given the equal opportunities as their male counterparts has been an issue very close her heart. Kirndeep hopes that her work at Sikh Sanjog will allow her to contribute to narrowing the gap in her community.

Kirndeep Kaur

A graduate of Law, Kirndeep is now currently studying for a masters in Human Rights Law. She has previously worked at Human rights organisations, furthering her passion for human rights. In particular, Kirndeep has a strong passion for women’s rights and ensuring that they are upheld across communities and cultures. As a Scottish Sikh, Kirndeep is very proud of her heritage and regularly campaigns on human rights issues affecting the Sikh community within Scotland.

Kirndeep first joined Sikh Sanjog after witnessing the outstanding work that the charity achieves. The right of women to live full and meaningful lives of their choice and ensuring that they are given the equal opportunities as their male counterparts has been an issue very close her heart. Kirndeep hopes that her work at Sikh Sanjog will allow her to contribute to narrowing the gap in her community.

Hilary Jones – Chair of the Board

A graduate from University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Microbiology. Hilary was in Senior Management with Edinburgh-based drinks company Scottish & Newcastle (now part of Heineken) for 27 years .She brings a breadth of experience to the Board including business and financial skills, regulatory and risk control including Health, Safety and Environment, and operations/people management.

Hilary first became involved with Sikh Sanjog in late 2008, helping to manage some organisational change, and to obtain funding to acquire and fit out premises for the Social Enterprise café. She was subsequently invited to join the Board. She also contributes to the running of the Board’s Café sub-group through an in depth knowledge of food hygiene and its regulations. She works closely with Trishna on fundraising for Sikh Sanjog through application for grants and the processes involved with reporting back to funders Hilary became a full Board member in early 2010.

Mary McKenna – Trustee

Mary McKenna has worked as a social worker in Children and Families for over 40 years. She has worked in Local Authorities but spent most of her career in the Voluntary Sector, latterly as Assistant Director for Barnardo’s in Scotland. Her professional expertise is in working with troubled children, fostering, adoption and children with disabilities. In the last ten years she has worked as an independent consultant, which has involved her in a much wider range of work in research, training and inspection of Children’s Services across Scotland. One of the most challenging experiences was in working in Russia in helping the government develop services for children with disabilities.

Mary has lived in Leith for 35 years but it was only in coming on to the Board of Sikh Sanjog in 2010 that Mary began to appreciate the challenges for Sikh women and young people growing up in Edinburgh. While some of the constraints on the Sikh girls reminded her of the old fashioned attitudes she experienced in the 1960’s, the ongoing constraints and limitations on Sikh women today are significant and do not reflect expectations and norms in the UK in the 21st Century.

Trishna Singh OBE – Director

Trishna Singh is a first generation Scottish Sikh. Born in Glasgow in the 1950’s, her education was limited due to cultural barriers she left school at the age of 13. She married and moved to Edinburgh in 1974. She re-entered the world of Education in 2004 and in 2007, at the age of 54, successfully obtained a Degree in Community Learning & Development from Glasgow University.

She founded Sikh Sanjog in 1989 and has almost 30 years’ experience in the community and voluntary sector delivering outreach services, securing funding, providing training, supporting personal development and managing the organisation. In 2007 she was involved in successfully setting up the first Sikh Women’s Social Enterprise in Scotland (probably the UK) – Punjabi Junction, our Social Enterprise Community Cafe.

Her aim is to continue to break down barriers to learning, reducing the obstacles that get in the way of people receiving a service and improving communication between professions about the needs of the Sikh and other BME women. Having studied Community Learning and Development, Trishna is passionate about the ability of the voluntary sector to engage with communities in helping the people and the environment around them; and firmly believes that the flexibility, creativity and tenacity of the voluntary sector will be crucial in tackling the problems emerging as a result of tough economic times.

Her wealth of experience together with her knowledge of ethnic communities and their needs has resulted in her being asked to represent the Sikh Community in a variety of arenas both statutory and voluntary. She has recently been appointed as Sikh Chaplain to Edinburgh University. This year she was awarded the OBE for her services to the Community.

 

Sharon Ritchie – Trustee

Sharon Ritchie 

Sharon Ritchie has spent the last 13 years working with Chambers of Commerce helping businesses to connect and achieve their goals.

She previously managed and ran several hospitality venues including the Cruise ship formerly the Guiness family’s private yacht.

Presently, she helps businesses claim money back from HMRC for Research, Development and Innovation as well as helping people reduce and consolidate their household bills.

Sharon joined the board as her Grandfather was a Brahmin part of the Sikh religion and wanted to know more about her heritage and how she could use her skills and knowledge to help and mentor young Sikh girls.

Sheena Ramsay – Trustee

Sheena worked for over 30 years in Human Resources for Edinburgh based drinks company Scottish & Newcastle (now part of Heineken). She was the HR Business Partner for a range of Senior Management teams before moving into the specialist area of Remuneration. She has experience in many HR disciplines including recruitment, training, development, HR systems, Organisational Design and Reward.

Following a call from Hilary to provide HR advice she first became involved in Sikh Sanjog in late 2011. A three month project to look at some of the HR practices led to an invite to join the Board and she was voted onto the Board at the 2012 AGM. She provides advice and guidance to the Board and the organisation on a wide variety of HR issues and is a member of the Board’s Cafe Sub-group.

Helen Campbell – Social Enterprise Business Development Advisor

Having gained a BA Hons in Hospitality and Food Management and an HND in Professional Culinary Arts, Helen has pursued a broad and varied career within the food and drink sector for 17years. This has included product and food development, marketing, procurement, operational management and work within the third sector.  Subsequently Helen completed a Post Graduate degree in Food Technology Education and has delivered food and business education up to FE and advanced level in England and Scotland.

Helen is currently studying an MSc in Gastronomy at Queen Margret University which examines food systems, culture, politics and communications. She also teaches as well as delivering consultancy projects in the food and drink sector. It is during the MSc that Helen became involved with Sikh Sanjog having met Trishna during a visit looking a migrant food culture and local and traditional food systems. Trishna initially contacted Helen to discuss Punjabi Junction and the development of the offer and the operation. Having met Trishna and heard her talk of the achievements and ongoing aspirations for Sikh Sanjog, Helen was delighted when she was subsequently invited to be the Business Development Advisor for the Punjabi Junction