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Charity Board Leadership Programme Director

Anj Handa is the Founder of global changemaker community Inspiring Women Changemakers. Named in the Charity Times 2023 International Women’s Day list for the capacity-building she undertakes with grassroots organisations and for her passion to grow and develop charity trustees, she has also been recognised by Forbes as one of 10 Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazers You Need to Get Familiar With


A skilled trainer and facilitator in DEI, leadership and good governance, Anj is also Course Director for Getting on Board’s flagship Charity Board Leadership Programme and an Associate of funders Smallwood Trust and Rosa Fund.


Anj has 20 years’ experience of board participation, including six years as the Chair of an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation, Freedom Studios and eight years as an Independent Governor of Leeds Arts University, where she was also Chair of the Search & Selection Committee and an ex officio member of the Renumeration Committee.


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, including Leeds Arts University’s £22 million new build project.


Having completed the Institute of Directors’ Certificate in Company Direction and with training in charity Governance and the Nolan Principles, she brings a wealth of experience, contacts and tried and tested models and resources to support organisations.


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

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