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Charity Board Leadership Programme Director

Anj Handa has 17 years’ experience of board participation, including three years as the Chair of an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, Freedom Studios. She has also served for six years as an independent governor of specialist arts university, Leeds Arts University, where she is also the Equality & Safeguarding lead Governor, Chair of the Search & Selection Committee and an ex officio member of the Renumeration Committee.


Having completed the Institute of Directors’ Certificate in Company Direction and with training in charity Governance and the Nolan Principles, Anj brings a wealth of experience, contacts and tried and tested models and resources to support your organisation in its next phase of growth.


Anj specialises in guiding boards and senior leadership teams though periods of change. She has first-hand experience of leading Freedom Studios through significant change and challenging circumstances to a strong financial position and brand profile.


As a Governor of Leeds Arts University, along with the rest of the Board, Anj provided strategic direction to the University’s Senior Leadership Team with respect to the £22 million new build project at Blenheim Walk. Anj is also the Equality Lead Governor for Leeds Arts University.


As a former member of the Leeds City Region ESIF Board and as a freelance lead appraiser for the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, she has had oversight of multiple capital and revenue projects, large and small.

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