Board of Trustees
Jas Athwal DL
As a sport-loving entrepreneur, Jas, has over the years put his many connections to good use as an ambassador for Bradford Chamber of Commerce, and as a self-confessed golf enthusiast.
Along the way, he’s enjoyed the honour of being the UK’s first Sikh golf club captain and for more than a decade has organised the annual UK Asian Open, held at Hawksworth in Bradford. Over and above those honours however, he takes particular pride in a community programme he initiated which takes golf to young children in inner-city schools.
A keen rugby league player with Bradford Northern’s Academy team back in the 1970s, when racism on the pitch was rife, he sees sport as ‘the ultimate leveller’ – where barriers such as race and class don’t matter. It’s a message that he wants to give to today’s young people – whether in sport or in business, believe in yourself, work hard, help others where you can, and you’ll get there on your own merit.
The Group Chief Executive of Aspire-Igen since July 2012. Since her takeover, the company has grown from its small Bradford roots to become an internationally recognised centre of excellence, in the development and delivery of careers guidance and vocational training. From a staff of 60, the company now employs 250 people in 18 offices across the Yorkshire & Humber region. She currently serves as a director of both Careers Yorkshire & the Humber, and Careers England. Previously, she has extensive experience as a Finance Director, and worked in the arts as Finance Director at West Yorkshire Playhouse from 2001 to 2009.
Jenny has always been a fan of the arts and developed this passion further while achieving a degree in Dance and Culture. Upon graduating, Jenny has worked within councils providing arts workshops, classes, projects and festivals for communities, young people and hard to engage groups.
More recently, Jenny was a childminder and a pre-school manager. She has also worked for Phoenix Dance Company, Ludus Dance Company, The National Resource Centre for Dance and Thurrock Youth Music Action Zone.
Born and bred in Bradford – Jenny is keen to spread her love of the arts to others.
Paul Nash is a Managing Partner in the property department at Wrigley’s Solicitors in Leeds.
Paul has wide experience of both commercial and rural property markets, dealing with acquisitions, management, landlord and tenant work and disposals. He has acted for a variety of different clients from large public companies to individual landowners, charities and pension funds.
Marie is a Marketing Manager at Accord Mortgages, part of Yorkshire Building Society. With a primary focus on communications and brand development, Marie works with colleagues across the YBS group on tactical and strategic projects. Marie is a strong believer in the value that arts can add to both business and communities.
Rashmi Sudhir is a Commissioning Officer for Bradford District and Craven CCGs and a Trustee at Bradford Women’s Aid.
Rashmi is a dance practitioner, trained in the South Indian classical dance styles – Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam. She also runs the dance company, RSK Dance.