Michelle began her career as an English Teacher in a large multi cultural school in Bradford. After many years of teaching, a year spent in Africa, project managing a youth development project, encouraged her to pursue a career in International Development. She began work with Save the Children in 1999 working predominantly around children’s rights and eventually led the Education Strategy as Assistant Programme Director.
Michelle re-located to Scotland when her husband took over the family business and now runs her own small business. She has continued to work as a Director and Trustee within the charitable sector both locally and internationally and recently founded ABC Africa, a charity that supports orphaned and vulnerable children living in absolute poverty. A keen advocate for children and women’s rights, she believes strongly that charities must be transparent, accountable and above all have sound governance if they are to have significant impact on those they serve.
The realisation that the same issues raised 25 years ago in Bradford continue to impact the lives of women and children within the Sikh Sanjog community encouraged Michelle to accept the invite onto the Board of Trustees. She’s looking forward to the challenges that lay ahead and hopes that her knowledge and expertise will be of some support during the next exciting phase of Sikh Sanjog