Penelope has been on our board since 2017. She is passionate about empowering women, especially women from Black & Ethnic Minority backgrounds, Quality standards, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She has experience of living in a developing country and domestic violence. This lived experience makes her a nurturing leader.
She has 17 years’ experience in the Private and Social sectors working with organisations like Accenture IT Infrastructure Outsourcing (Asia Pacific Quality Supervisor), ADT Fire & Security UK&I (Quality & Complaints Manager) and Lancashire Women (Impact Director). She recently started her own company, Stimulus Limited, with the aim of stimulating change and growth in individuals and organisations.
She is a Clore Social Leadership fellow, an Animas accredited Transformational coach, a PRINCE2 Practitioner and member of The Chartered Quality Institute.
Maira Butt has worked in the third sector with women for the majority of her career. She completed her Law degree at the LSE and her BPS accredited Masters in Psychology of Education at the University of Manchester. She is currently Coaching Lead at Lancashire Mind leading multiple projects for disadvantaged communities funded by the ESF and National Lottery. She has a particular passion for supporting young working-class Pakistani communities in the UK and an interest in the rights of migrant people, asylum seekers, and those with NRPF. She believes we benefit from the disadvantages imposed on men and women in the Global South and it is our duty to use our relative privilege and platform to raise awareness of and rectify this disparity. She has a passion for writing and has been featured in Tiny Buddha, Thought Catalog, and British Muslims TV. She was selected to be on Harper Collin’s first-ever Author Academy for BME writers in 2021. She is an award-winning salesperson and nominated Enterprising Woman of the Year at the 2019 Hyndburn Business Awards
Ankita Mishra is a PhD researcher in the Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield. Her research is focused on exploring the barriers faced by domestic abuse survivors from the minority ethnic communities during COVID-19 in the UK. Prior to starting her PhD, she worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, SRCASW, University of Delhi, India from July 2018 till September 2020. Ankita is a recipient of the Junior Research Fellowship from University Grants Commission in India. Ankita has been actively engaged in social research with acid violence survivors and transgender women in India. Her research interests are continually developing but she is broadly interested in social psychology with an emphasis on gender based violence, intergroup relations, power and status, sexist attitudes and behaviour change. She is also interested in understanding the impact of trauma on mental health and well being of survivors of abuse. To explore her varied research interests, she uses a range of methods, qualitative methods primarily, but also quantitative means. She is an advocate for intersectional feminism and social justice and tries to embed this into her research and teaching. She strongly believes in public engagement of academic research and has been actively working towards that. Ankita completed her M.A in Psychology and B.A (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Delhi, India.