Team

 

 

 


 

Halima

Halima is Chief Executive of the Runnymede Trust. She has held senior leadership positions across policy, programmes and research with a range of organisations including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the British Council and LEGO Foundation. 
 
Halima’s experience spans education, equality, human rights, public health, the environment and post-conflict reconstruction. Her portfolio of responsibilities has included leading the Sino-British Action Plan on food insecurity, the UK effort to promote girls’ education in Pakistan, and research collaborations between higher education institutions in Britain and Asia. She began her career as a policy analyst on the Commission for a Multi-Ethnic Britain, before joining Action Aid and the LSE Centre for Civil Society.
 
As a disabled Muslim woman raised in London, Halima is a lifelong campaigner for equality and civil rights. In the early 1990s, she co-founded Women Against Racism to combat the rising incidence of racial and religious intolerance in the East End. Today, she sits on the board of various organisations including Toynbee Hall and the Labour Campaign for Human Rights.

 

 

 

 

Carol

Carol is Runnymede's Office Manager & Project Manager Common Cause Networks.

She has had a long and varied career working in administration in a variety of different employment sectors including transport, housing and the creative industries. In her last role, Carol worked for a commercial bus operator, and before that, a theatre management charity.

As a very active person, Carol has freelanced for the Arts Council, organised a community film production and screening at the Tricycle Cinema, and volunteered on the management board of a housing co-op for more than 10 years. She has a Masters from the University of Westminster, and returned to academic study this year to pursue her MRes in Media and Communications.

 

Alba

Alba is Policy Officer for both the Runnymede Trust and Race on the Agenda. Prior to this, Alba worked as a researcher for Members of Parliament in the House of Commons. Her responsibilities included providing policy research and parliamentary support for Marsha de Cordova MP in her roles as Shadow Minister for Disabled People and Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities. 

Alba has previously represented South East Labour members on the Young Labour National Committee. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Oxford in History and Politics, where her thesis focused on the politics of Asian Youth Movements in Britain. 

 

 

 

 

Ishan

Ishan is Operations and Partnerships Manager at the Runnymede Trust. He supports the organisation’s strategic partnerships and works as a technical lead for our core operations.

Ishan has practiced as a consultant for WSP, Network Rail, Buro Happold and several other engineering organisations. Prior to this he worked as a caseworker under Rushanara Ali MP, managing immigration and housing inquiries within the Bethnal Green and Bow constituency office. He has a First-Class Engineering degree from the University Bristol and a diploma in Urban Policy and Design from the University of California, Berkeley.

 

 

 

 

Ellie

Ellie is Programme Officer at Runnymede. She previously worked in the marketing and communications team of the National Trust and produced their official response to Thomas Carlyle's links to colonialism in her podcast 'Think a likkle: Lineage of thought'. She is an alumnus of the competitive YouMakeIt empowerment programme and in 2020 completed the Culture& 'New Museum School' trainee programme. 

 

 

 

Rohini

Rohini is Communications Officer at the Runnymede Trust. Rohini leads on the organisations communication channels and is the person to contact for any media enquiries. 

Prior to joining the Runnymede Trust, Rohini worked as Communications Officer for a learning trust in the London Borough of Newham, and has previously worked across the NGO, Education and Tech industries in a variety of roles. She has a First-Class degree from the University of Manchester in Politics & International Relations.

 

 

Honesty 

Honesty is Administration Officer at Runnymede. She is an alumnus of the YouMakeIt empowerment programme, and previously acted as a Stonewall young campaigner for LGBTQIAA + POC. Honesty has previously worked within youth programmes within organisations including The Wellcome Collection and the London Transport Museum. She has a level 3 qualification in Digital Marketing.

 

 

 

John

John is Public Engagement Advisor at Runnymede and supports the strategic initiatives at the Trust to maximise impact.

John’s background includes being a strategic organiser within both the trade union and community sectors. He was an Assistant General Secretary at the rail union TSSA (where he delivered an equality program that forced the biggest employer in the sector to renegotiate their pay structure to resolve unequal pay issues). He was Head of Organising at HOPE not hate where he developed their strategic response to provocative racist marches, oversaw their response to far right electoral initiatives, and developed their training offer. John was a consultant at the Jo Cox Foundation, and remains a strong advocate of their work. More recently John was a founder member of the Ella Baker School of Organising.

 

Zaahida

Zaahida is Programme Manager for Lit in Colour, working between Runnymede Trust and Penguin Random House. Lit in Colour is a campaign designed to increase the representation of authors of colour in English Literature taught in UK schools. 

Zaahida completed her doctorate at SOAS focusing on linguistic imperialism and how it affects contemporary literature production in indigenous languages. She co-founded Afrikult, a literary organisation seeking to widen access to African literatures through interactive workshops in 2014. Since then Afrikult has devised and facilitated workshops at schools, festivals and conferences in England, Wales, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. Zaahida has guest lectured at SOAS, UCL, UEA and was a Visiting Lecturer on the BA English programme at City, University of London.

 

Alvi

Alvi is Economics Research Analyst at Runnymede. 

Alvi is passionate about using quantitative and statistical techniques to understand and solve real world social issues.

 

 

Research Associates

 

 

Matt

Matthew is a Policy Professional and Doctoral Researcher in International Education and Development. He has academic expertise and real-world policy experience at a UK and International level. Previously Matthew was a lead Employment and Skills Researcher based in the Economic Intelligence Unit in the West Midlands, conducting high-level analytical quantitative research on behalf of Combined Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships. 

Matthew was recently part of a policy advisory team to the Social Mobility Commission. He was also a lead researcher in the EPSRC funded Human Data Interaction: Data and Disadvantage project, which looked at digital inequality in the West Midlands. 

His PhD focuses on youth political participation, governance and citizenship. He applies this academic and research policy experience as a Research Consultant at Runnymede.

 

Shabna

Shabna is a Research Associate at the Runnymede Trust. She provides research support and analysis on various projects.


Shabna has extensive experience in education, having taught for over twenty years in inner-city secondary and sixth form centres and been involved in leading on anti-racist education. Her most recent doctoral research has involved exploring racial inequalities in access to housing. She is particularly interested in the intersection between gender and generation with race and has pursued these interests in her academic research. 

 

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