INFORMATION ABOUT STAFF AND BOARD OF TRUSTEES
The PATH Yorkshire Team
An inspiring, innovative and experienced Third Sector Director with a proven track record of achievements and leading multi-cultural teams within the not-for-profit sector in UK and other countries. Passionate about his work and always eager to raise the bar; he is an expert in turning big ideas into reality. Daniel has a keen interest in political and social issues, enjoys walking in the Yorkshire Dales and an enthusiastic cook of Mediterranean food.
A message from our CEO
Welcome to PATH Yorkshire!
For over 30 years, we have worked to inspire and empower Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Migrant individuals through projects and programmes to develop their skills and enhance their chances in life.
PATH Yorkshire promotes inclusion and community cohesion, addresses under-representation and disadvantages in the labour market, and collaboratively work with employers from all sectors to improve their workforce diversity.
As an organisation, we have a team of diverse talents and specialist skills working together to provide our services to local communities in Leeds and some parts of the Yorkshire region.
Business & Project Manager
A Marketer, Bid Writer and Innovative Project Manager. With years of experience in Creative Business Solutions, Value Management and Community Engagement. An Advocate for Lifelong Learning.
Responsible for day-to-day accounting and finance management for over a decade at PATH; effectively manages multiple administrative responsibilities in a busy environment and works with the monitoring and quality assurance team. Enjoys reading, cooking and spending time with family.
Educated at Leeds Metropolitan and Huddersfield University in ICT and Education, with 20 years of dedicated passion on enabling people to achieve their goals; has excellent track record of engaging with employers and stakeholders, ICT skills in networking and desktop applications. Loves to play and watch basketball when time permits.
An organised and highly motivated person with years of experience in empowering and enabling people facing multiple barriers into employment; a dedicated and effective mentor who is generous with her time in helping people to develop their skills and potentials.
Passionate about empowering vulnerable people, Megan is a motivated language graduate with a lifetime of involvement in community development. She is fascinated by languages and cultures and has worked for several years in the third sector with people from all walks of life, both in the UK and abroad.
A highly motivated and driven Roma woman educated to Masters Level in Ethnicity and Policy Making, committed to anti-discriminatory practice and equal opportunities. Has always been involved in community development and organizing and is experienced in supporting policies and programs that ensure the integration of marginalised groups into society.
Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Diploma in Childcare Level 3. An ambitious Egyptian woman who has substantial experience and excellent skills in socialising and communication with people from different backgrounds. Involved in the local community to help and support migrants find their feet in their local community and build a bright future. Enjoys driving, cooking and the outdoors.
Vanessa Ann Langford
A qualified teacher and has over twenty years experience of Community Development . Vanessa specialises in engagement with vulnerable people. She has worked in a wide range of roles in the Public and Voluntary sectors and has run her own non profit community arts organisation benefiting adults with mental health issues.
A Political Science Graduate with keen interest on policies and social development. Experienced in challenging and inspiring diverse community groups towards self-development and fulfilment. Enjoys discussions and debates on key social issues and the need for change.
Employment Support Worker
A passionate and engaging employability tutor with experience of delivering workshops in job centres and a variety of local community settings. With years of experience offering 1-2-1 support, training and IAG to vulnerable groups ranging from youth work through to adult ex-offenders. Andy’s endeavour is to empower clients to achieve their desired goals.
An experienced ESOL teacher with a background in community learning, and a Masters in Education, Gender and Citizenship. Recently helped develop a new ‘Steps to Settlement’ ESOL programme for refugees and asylum seekers, and taught pre-entry literacy. Previously worked in social policy, research and project management. Enjoys the outdoors, and voluntary youth work with Woodcraft, an educational charity.
A passionate educator with extensive experience of teaching, training, coaching and mentoring in colleges and community settings; committed to working in flexible, responsive and sensitive ways that take account of individual needs and learning styles, enabling learners to take responsibility for their progress and learning.
A multilingual Law graduate, qualified in Education and Training. Languages, Arts and Culture are his forte. He aims to help others with the opportunity to live in the community and be valued for their uniqueness and abilities, like everyone else.
A qualified English (ESOL) Teacher with many years of experience in teaching adult learners in colleges and language schools. Passionate about Linguistics and helping migrants develop their English language skills.
Admin & Finance Assistant
Started as a Volunteer at PATH Yorkshire and now a full time staff working in an administrative role. A proactive member of the team and always keen to learn new things.
A Biochemistry and Chemistry graduate and a valued member on various statutory boards, passionate on empowering communities to make positive changes in local people’s lives, strategic thinker with strong links in local communities and organisations. Interests include various sports and arts, enjoys spending time with family.
Digital Tutor & Project Support
Started through the Talent Match job creation scheme and now works on admin, project support and the Digital Skills project as a tutor. Someone hard working and always keen to help.
Board of Trustees
John worked for Yorkshire Bank for 25 years in a wide variety of roles and is a former Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. In 1999 he moved to work in Further Education at Park Lane and Leeds City College in Leeds. His work there involved the development and implementation of a Development and Training Strategy for the College and subsequently leading the development of the College’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategies.
In her current position within Yorkshire Ambulance, she has been championing and supporting people development with a focus on increasing equality of opportunity for learning. With a natural ability to think laterally and creatively to provide the most appropriate and engaging development methods, colleagues described her as having an ‘infectious positive energy and supportive leadership style’.
Caroline has over thirty years management experience within both the statutory and third sector. Her experience includes project management of equality-focused demand-led recruitment initiatives working with a variety of employers and championing the development of strategies to improve the diversity of the workforce within NHS. Caroline is passionate about addressing inequalities related to employment, health and wellbeing.
Noushin is founder and CEO at “Moonlight Trust” and has successfully designed and delivered Intentional Humanitarian Relief Projects in Turkey, Greece, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Palestine and Israel. From managing boat rescue missions at the Greek Island of Lesvos for Syrian refugees to working in official and unofficial refugee camps she is someone who likes to get her hands dirty! This contribution was recognised at the highest level from local communities to members of Parliament House and mainstream media (BBC)! Noushin is also Trustee at White Ribbon UK which is world’s largest campaign against domestic abuse towards Women and has played an integral part in policy making and providing strategic leadership to redevelop the strategy. In her current role at Leeds Beckett University working as part of Graduate Future team she has supported students and graduates to achieve their career prospects and professional development providing guidance and advice on daily basis. She loves technology and is fascinated by Social Media and has successfully progressed with her Social Media Business from delivering workshops for students/graduates to helping business ranging from range of industries including food and retail!
Dr. Razaq Raj is an internationally renowned academic with over sixteen years higher education experience of teaching and research in UK, Malta, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Germany and China and South Korea. He is Principal Lecturer in Strategic and Financial Management and is a Visiting Professor at the Kedge Business School, France and University of Vitez, Bosnia.
Bev worked at Leeds City Council for 30 years in a variety of roles. She has extensive management experience and has worked directly with clients/service users. Bev’s experiences include leading on performance management, equality and diversity, Human Resource Management (all at directorate level) and providing executive support to a range of council wide projects which specifically focussed on improving the quality of life for disadvantaged communities in Leeds. Following a decision to change careers, Bev is now on a journey to becoming a counselling psychologist and is currently working, as an office manager, for a mental health charity which aims to empower individuals who are experiencing mental ill health to start on the pathway to recovery.