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:
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.
Trishna Singh OBE – Director
Trishna Singh OBE
Trishna is the Founder/Director of Sikh Sanjog the only Sikh Family Support charity in Scotland and Punjabi Junction Social Enterprise the first Sikh women’s Social Enterprise in Scotland. She has over 30 years’ experience working in the Voluntary sector. Graduated from Glasgow University with a degree in Community Learning and Development in 2007, in recognition of her services to the community, she is the first Sikh woman in Scotland to have received an OBE in 2014. Her work is centred on the thematic areas of Community Development Gender- Social Justice, Civic Engagement, Race Equality and Human Rights.
She was appointed first Honorary Sikh Chaplain to Edinburgh University in 2012 and is currently part of the Chaplaincy team. She has extensive knowledge and understanding of the Sikh religion and culture from the lived experience of women.
Her wealth of experience together with knowledge of ethnic communities in particular the women of the Bhatra Sikh Community in Scotland and their needs has resulted in her being asked to represent the Sikh Community in a variety of arenas both statutory and voluntary.
She is keen to continue to build links that can create pathways for women of all communities to participate in civic life. 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. She would like to see the inequalities gap closed, especially in terms of disadvantage and exclusion relating to education, skills and training at all levels.
Sharon Ritchie – Trustee
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.
Carrie Ho– Trustee
Davina Nandhra – Trustee
Kulwinder Kusbia – Trustee