Trustees

Priyanka Patel

Trustee Lead in Health

M.A. in Biological Anthropology, Girton College, University of Cambridge 1999
Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBchir), School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge 2002
Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (DRCOG) 2005
MRCGP (Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners) 2006
Diploma in Child Health (DCH) 2006
Diploma in Practical Dermatology (DPD) 2008
Diploma of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (DFSRH) 2008
Letters of Competence in Intrauterine & Subdermal Contraceptive Implant Techniques 2008

From February 2006 until October 2012, Priyanka was a General Practitioner at a Medical Practice in Greenwich, London. Priyanka’s main interest is now women’s health and she is currently undergoing a six year consultant grade training programme in Sexual and Reproductive Health (Community Gynaecology) which she hopes will also allow her to build a skill set to help improve family planning and women’s health in developing countries. She has always been actively involved in charity activities from schooling to university. In 1999, she was the placement organiser and Team Leader of a group of university students who worked during the summer in DRI’s 500 Villages Development Project at Chitrakoot, India. She has also held the position of Chairperson of an Indian Cultural Show Committee at the University of Cambridge that was responsible for raising significant funds for charitable initiatives in India.

Artika Datta

Treasurer and Trustee Lead in Well Being

M.Sc. in Dietetics, King’s College, London 2006
B.Sc. Honours in Nutrition, King’s College, London 2004

Artika is a Specialist Dietitian at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. She specialises in Motor Neuron Disease and Home Enteral Nutrition. Artika has a particular interest in Palliative care and is actively involved in this field representing her Department as a palliative care champion. She has gained 5 years of experience in Head and Neck cancer. She is the departmental lead for Addenbrookes Abroad (AA), a registered charity for Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust supporting global health activity. As a Trustee of Rama Foundation and working closely with AA, Artika is actively involved in recruitment of Specialists Dietitians from Addenbrooke’s hospital and Student Dietitians from the University of Hertfordshire to undertake nutrition related projects in Rishikesh (India). These projects focus on the assessment and improvement of nutrition of children from disadvantaged communities. Artika is now looking into making a valuable contribution to help improve the nutritional status and quality of life of terminally ill cancer patients.

Komilla Marwaha

Chair and Trustee Lead in Education

Post Graduate Certificate in Education, KS2/3 Science (P.G.C.E) from University of Cambridge 2004
B.Sc. Dual Honours in Biology and Psychology from Keele University, Staffordshire 2003

Komilla joined Monkfield Park Primary School (Cambourne near Cambridge) as a class room teacher in September 2004 and from September 2007 she headed Science at Fulbrook Middle School (Woburn Sands near Milton Keynes) till December 2010 before taking a year out to travel around the world. This included visits in April 2011 to the Indian Projects to co-ordinate Placements of Newly Qualified Teachers from Cambridge University. On returning to the UK in January 2011, she took up teaching assignments before becoming in Sept. 2011 the Head of Science for the Academy Federation of North Bedfordshire Schools based at the Harrold Priory Middle School in Bedford and since September 2014 she is an Assistant Head at Gorsehill Primary School, Swindon. She also leads Science, Gifted & Talented across the school. Komilla and a Team of other teachers have now moved the focus of Charity’s efforts to the much neglected Foundation Stage Education and training of local teachers.

Peter Westlake

Trustee Lead in Information Technology

BSc (Hons) Computational Science, University of Hull

Peter has worked in the software industry for over 30 years, mostly in Cambridge. His experience ranges from the development of fourth generation languages to work in build systems and test automation. He did IT support for the Shelter Centre, an NGO advising on settlement and reconstruction after disasters, when it was based in Cambridge. He has been a group leader with the Woodcraft Folk (a movement for children and young people, rather like the Scouts) and is currently an active Greenpeace volunteer.

Munish Datta

Treasurer & Trustee Lead for Property and Investments

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
Sustainability Leadership in the Built Environment Programme
MA International Trade & Modern Languages from IAE Savoie Mont Blanc, France 1997
B.Sc. Food Marketing, University College of Wales, Aberystwyth 1996

Munish is passionate about the pivotal roles government, business and civic society must play to create a truly sustainable world. For over 10y, he led the strategy and delivery of Marks & Spencer’s multi award winning, globally renowned sustainability strategy (Plan A) for its £4bn, 1000+ buildings property portfolio. He is a Senior Associate and member of faculty at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership empowering business leaders & organisations to tackle critical global challenges. Senior consultant with UK Green Building Council leading the development & delivery of its strategy to create a radically more sustainable built environment. Member of the UK government BEIS ‘Green Construction Board’, providing leadership & action to enable the property industry to become more environmentally sustainable & economically productive. Sustainability advisor to tech startups recognised for their strong focus on solving major global or societal challenges. Member of the advisory council of the National Energy Foundation, visiting lecturer & advisory board member at the University of Oxford Masters in Sustainable Urban Development.

Nikin Patel

Trustee Lead in Policy and Strategy

M.Eng. and B.A. in Chemical Engineering, from Downing College, University of Cambridge 2000

Nikin is Director of Pricing and Monetisation for Ebay in the UK. Previous he was a Director at Sky UK and Virgin Media and a Senior Engagement Manager with Spectrum Strategy Consultants. He has gained professional experience in the UK, Germany, Brazil, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. His experience of dealing and leading teams from diverse backgrounds with stakeholder persuasion skills are very valuable in executing the responsibilities of the Charity. His frequent visits with Priyanka to the Indian Projects provide the Charity with strategic direction for future developments. Nikin has been always an active participant in many voluntary community activities and major fundraising appeals.

Kate Parkinson

Trustee Lead in Legal Affairs and Relationship Manager

LLB (Hons), Law and Politics, University of Cardiff 2007
LPC with merit, the University of Law (formally the College of Law) 2009
Member of the Lawyers in Charities Group
Member of the Institute of Legacy Management (ILM)

Kate is a solicitor working in-house at the charity Dogs Trust. Dogs Trust works both nationally and internationally and Kate is gaining significant experience in a variety of legal disciplines. Prior to joining Dogs Trust, Kate was a solicitor at the commercial law firm Tucker Turner Kingsley Wood LLP, London. During her career she has gained experience in various high profile institutions, including government departments, the most notable being the Treasury Solicitor’s Department where Kate represented the Ministry of Justice as well as working on numerous government enquiries. Kate has also gained experience under the guidance of the Attorney General, attending parliament on many occasions. She has been actively interested in charity and development throughout her life, and first volunteering with Rama Foundation in India in 2008. She takes a particular interest in the work of UN and UNICEF and witnessed their efforts first hand in the Middle East in October 2012. Kate was the Chair of the Staff Student Panel at Cardiff Law School, as well as Secretary of the Staff Student committee at the College of Law.

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