The Soroptimist International Great Britain and Ireland Programme Team consists of the Programme Director, and six Assistant Programme Directors (APDs), each assigned to one of the Programme Areas.
Details of the post holders are given below, and information about the projects each area covers can be found by following the “Read my Page” links.
Kay has been a Soroptimist since 1999 and is a Member of SI Cardiff and District. She has served as Programme Action Officer at Club and Region level, and was UKPAC and Wales Programme Action Chairman before taking on the role of SIGBI Programme Director.
Kay has worked as a physician at home and abroad, and her time as Chairman of UKPAC has increased her enthusiasm for the work SIGBI does and the influence we can bring to bear. This has been illustrated by UKPAC’s work with governments across the UK, the Prison Reform Trust, the Modern Slavery Training Delivery Group as well as other bodies local to all our clubs.
Margaret Clark joined SI Stockton on Tees in 1995 and transferred to SI Middlesbrough in 2012. She has always had a keen interest in the Programme Work of SI and has been Programme Action Officer at Club and Region level several times, as well as President at both levels. Margaret has been to CSW in New York as an active participant for several years now, helping to shape the agreements that are reached each year. She is looking forward to improving SIGBI’s status as an Advocate of Human Rights, particularly regarding women and girls over the next few years.
APD Economic Empowerment
Carol has been a Soroptimist since 2010 and is a member of SI Maidstone. She has held various roles at Club and Region level, including President, Communications Officer and Membership Officer. She also looks after the Club’s website.
Carol worked for 19 years in local government, working on strategic planning and took early retirement in April 2018 to concentrate on her Soroptimist work. Her training and experience as a Home Economist has given her the skills to take on the role of APD Economic Empowerment. Home economics encompasses all aspects of daily living; human development and relationships, consumerism, financial and resource management, housing and shelter, clothing and textiles. Home economists research all of these areas to help people improve their lives.
Yvonne has been a Soroptimist since 2009 and is a Member of SI Widnes. She has been Club President and Membership Officer, as well as Programme Action Officer for both Club and Region. She currently teaches English at a range of levels from adult beginner readers, all levels of Functional Skills English and GCSE English.
Being a teacher, she firmly believes that education has to be at the core of what we do and believes that men and boys must be educated too on women’s rights and why violence against women and girls is wrong. Yvonne hopes to be able to support and encourage clubs and regions to undertake Programme Action work that educates or enables the education of women and girls and men and boys to make the world a better place for everyone for if we improve the life and life chances for women and girls then the lives of men and boys will be improved as a direct consequence.
APD Environmental Sustainability
Naina has been a Member of Soroptimist International of Chennai Downtown since 2008. Her heart has always been in Programme Action and she has been Programme Action Officer at Club, National Association and Federation level. She has been one of Soroptimist International’s delegation at the Commission on the Status of Women on more than one occasion. She is passionate about the Environment and looks forward to working with Clubs to help achieve the SDGs in this area. She has served as a President, Secretary, PAC, and PAC of National Association of India. She was responsible for starting two clubs in India, SI Madurai and SI Kodaikanal. She has been very passionate about the environment and has two decades of experience at National and International level. She attended CSW 59 in New York and had an opportunity to speak at the side event. In the post of APD Environment Sustainability, she will be able to use her knowledge, experience and passion to work with clubs.
APD Food Security and Health Care
Rita has been a Member of SI Bedford since 1997, and has been President, Programme Action Officer AND Secretary at both Club and Region level.
Rita is a qualified nurse who spent many years working in a range of settings, working as a clinical nurse, clinical manager and health educator. She has extensive experience in promoting high standards of care for the elderly and those at the end of their life. Whilst working as a university Head of Department she spent time developing and providing a Masters Degree in Healthcare Management with a partner college in South Africa. She is a trustee of Age UK Bedfordshire and a Campaign Champion of the Moror Neurone Association.
She was the Conference Secretary for the successful Glasgow 2015 Conference, and is now looking forward to her new role as APD for Food Security and Health Care.
APD Violence and Conflict Resolution
Nisha Ghosh joined SI Poona in 2002 and moved to form SI Pune Metro East in 2010. As founder president of the new club she brought her experience of 8 years to the table as did 5 others and has since worked around the clock to make it a force of good standing.
As a writer and former journalist, she has used her writing skills for doing almost all the content to showcase what the club does and achieves. She contributes regularly to blogs for SI Global Voice as well as the SIGBI website. Nisha has had the fortune of doing a presentation for the UN Advocacy Officer at the UNODC office in Geneva. As the first Indian on the Soroptimist CSW delegation in 2015, Nisha made a presentation on Domestic Violence – at one of the parallel events. She was the first Indian on the Federation team as Friendship Link Coordinator and now one of the first Indians on the Programme team as APD.
At club level, she has served as PAC, Communications Officer and now Membership Officer. For this role she made a video film for ‘Ask me why I’m a Soroptimist’ competition.