Trustees

Dr Nazya Fiaz

Dr Nazya Fiaz

Co-chair

Dr Nazya Fiaz is currently a Senior Policy Advisor at the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC). Dr Fiaz has substantial programme management and senior leadership experience having worked for a number of years in high-profile international donor-funded democratisation and parliamentary strengthening programmes where she managed the technical, financial, and administrative aspects of the programmes.

Previous employers have included: British Council, the European Union, Westminster Foundation for Democracy (WFD) and the Palladium Management Consultancy Group. Dr. Fiaz also has a PhD, obtained in 2010, and has designed and delivered a range of university courses as well as published widely in a range of world-leading, peer reviewed academic journals including the European Journal of international Relations and Journal on Security and Terrorism Analysis.

Paula Gardner

Paula Gardner

Co-chair / board member for Solace Housing Association

Paula is currently working as Operations Director at Barca-Leeds. Her career choices demonstrate a passion for affecting positive social change, for individuals and communities.

She is currently the strategic lead for a range of grant funded and commissioned services that provide support for adults, young people and families, who are facing adversity in their lives.

Her portfolio primarily focuses on leading services that support some of the most vulnerable people in Leeds to address and overcome the issues and barriers they face.

She has experience of managing services that provide support in relation to health and wellbeing, housing and homelessness, substance misuse and social prescribing.  Through her roles in both the public and third sector she has gained extensive knowledge of business development and commissioning processes, contract performance management, developing and implementing quality frameworks, including CQC, and managing budgets.

Before moving to the voluntary sector in 2014 Paula worked for Leeds City Council for 14 years in their Domestic Violence and Abuse Team, developing policy to improve practice in responding to people impacted by domestic abuse.  She led on the city’s strategic plan to address domestic abuse, developed the Leeds DV Quality Mark, and worked on the introduction and implementation of both MARACs and Domestic Homicide Reviews in Leeds.

Paula sits on several partnership boards and attends the Safer Leeds Executive as the voluntary sector representative and Third Sector Leeds as the representative for the Leeds Crime Reduction Network.  She also chairs the Multi-Agency Review Board for people with complex needs.

Helen Hirst

Helen Hirst

Trustee

Helen became the accountable officer for Bradford District and Craven CCG in April 2020 following the merger of Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts CCGs.

She is a well known local leader who has worked in the NHS in Bradford since 1992 and was the deputy chief executive of the former Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT.  In 2010 She took a two year secondment with the Department of Health as programme director for primary care as part of the NHS England establishment team.

Helen also has leadership roles in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (ICS) as SRO for the System Leadership and Development programme and as lead commissioner for the mental health, learning disabilities and autism programme.

Ranjit Arora

Ranjit Arora

Trustee / chair of the HR sub-committee

Ranjit started her career as a teacher, progressing to teacher training and middle management culminating in being a Head of Department in a College of Further, Higher and Adult Education. During her career, she has worked for the BBC and authored a few educational and research publications. Once retired from her fulltime paid job she built up a portfolio of paid and voluntary positions as a consultant and non-executive member.  She is well travelled and has recently published two volumes of semi-biographical memoirs entitled Travels and Travails: Mona’s Journey.

Ranjit is a woman of independent standing and personal credibility, well respected in her profession for her commitment to ensuring that issues of diversity and quality are kept firmly on the agenda in public services. Her sincere commitment to excellence and core leadership skills in the areas of strategic management, corporate governance, teaching and learning, research, diversity and inclusion have been proven through a range of national and international consultancy assignments and public appointments. Emotionally intelligent, intuitive, optimistic and resilient with a ‘can-do’ attitude, she is equally confident to work in challenging environments in both public and private sectors.

Adrian Gaughan

Adrian Gaughan

Trustee

Adrian is Director Strategy & Propositions at Experian, operating in a variety of roles for 20+ years.

Client focused, he collaborates with clients and internal teams to identify market needs and problems, designing the resultant solutions to ultimately help improve consumer experiences. A proven leader of transformational change, managing risk in a highly regulated and governance environment. Experienced in managing multifunctional matrix teams across clients, internal divisions, business units and countries; continually considerate of cultural, personal and historical sensitivities.

He is a strategic planner, reviewing immediate and longer term goals, assessing progress, re-evaluating as required. Establishing new functions and teams within the UK and offshore centres of excellence, including development centres in Malaysia and Bulgaria.

Also member of the Experian corporate responsibility steering group. He is tasked with identifying opportunities to utilise resources & people, alongside Experian’s unique information and skills supporting their day-to-day business, to identify and develop innovative and effective ways to support our communities across the world.

Adrian has held a number of volunteering roles and is a passionate fundraiser. He holds a BSC Hons degree in Business Information Systems from Leeds Beckett University

Jamil Ismail

Jamil Ismail

Trustee

Jamil Ismail is a director at Petherbridge Bassra Solicitors in Bradford, and specialises in children’s and family law. He also bring a wealth of expertise as a NED working in the charity sector.

Sally Heaton

Sally Heaton

Trustee / chair of the Quality and Safeguarding sub-group

Sally Heaton is the newest Board Member at Staying Put, having joined in September 2020.

She continues to build upon, a fruitful and expansive career which has developed and progressed leading into senior professional arenas. The field of safeguarding is an area of her expertise and one which she feels passionately about.

Sally firmly believes in supporting organisations to become the best that they can be and showcasing great practice. She is keen to embed safe culture, practices, policies and hearing the service user voice to help shape change and developments.

Sally has a wealth of operational experience working with the most marginalised groups within society and those who are hardest to reach. These experiences have been within varied sectors inclusive of (but not limited to) education, health, policing, social care, third sector.

Malcolm Hardy

Malcolm Hardy

Treasurer / board member for Solace Housing Association

Malcolm is a retired accountant who worked in industry for most of his career, in various roles. Malcolm worked at the Emerald Group Publishing Ltd – an international academic publisher, for 20 years. He was their finance director/company secretary before his retirement in 2015.

Malcolm brings many years of charity experience having been the treasurer and trustee on the board of the Brain Tumour Research and Support Charity, based in Leeds from 2005 to 2018.

Nigel Wyatt

Nigel Wyatt

Advisor

Nigel is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years’ experience in business, running a general practice with over 300 clients. Nigel has understanding of bookkeeping, systems, payroll and corporate governance, as well as general commercial experience, employing staff and managing work environments.

Nigel has exceptional communication skills, training and team-work. He is accredited to teach relevant financial subjects by the Institute of Learning and Management, as well as being a qualified coach in badminton. In addition, he has 29 years’ experience of church leadership, 14 years’ experience as a school governor and 13 years as vice chair of the governing body. He was also a director / trustee of another regional charity.

Hugo Stephens

Hugo Stephens

Independent Chair for Solace Housing Association Board

Hugo, a qualified lawyer now working as a consultant, heads up the Solace Housing Association Board and brings with him a wealth of experience of working with, and supporting charities.

Hugo has previously been the chair of his local village parochial church council for five years and has substantial experience of forming charitable housing associations including registering with the relevant authorities. He has experience of working with new boards and the skills to help bring people together and set the strategic direction for the association.

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