Gilda Levy was born in London the daughter of Jewish immigrant parents who came to Britain from Vienna to escape Nazi persecution. She qualified as a teacher of English and drama and spent many years as a governor of a local primary school and teaching children with moderate learning problems. Gilda also worked in a residential home for younger physically handicapped people running a literary and drama discussion group, in a voluntary capacity. My family history had a deep impact on me and I have always felt that bigotry and prejudice are the greatest evil. WIN is my way of trying to combat these and by bringing communities together make a more respectful and humane society.
Barrister, Matrimonial Finance Practitioner, Children's Advocate and Family Law.
Pinky Lilani OBE DL is a food guru, author, motivational speaker and internationally acclaimed champion for women. She is the force behind the annual Women of the Future Awards, the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, The Ambassadors programme, The Inspirational Women's Network and the Women of the Future summit.
CEO of Spice Magic, she runs team building days around the theme of Indian cookery for some of the major corporate.
She is an associate fellow of the Said Business School, Oxford. A Patron of DIL, the Westminster Society and Frank Water. She is an Ambassador for The Tiffany Circle of the British Red Cross and Girl Guiding UK. A member of the board of Global Diversity Practice and on the Court of Brunel University. Pinky makes regular media appearances and is a keynote speaker at international conferences and at educational institutions. Winner of several awards she is listed as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour and was named by GQ magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women networkers in the UK
Founder of Asian Women’s Achievement Awards, International Women’s Network and Women of the Future Award.
Mrs Guilda Navidi-Walker has been described as 'The architect of Diplomatic work' for WWF by Francis Sullivan, Advisor for the Environment at global bank HSBC, and a former Director of Conservation at WWF. In October 2008 Guilda received the prestigious WWF 'Leaders for a Living Planet' award. A practicing Baha'i, she was invited to join the Alliance of Religion and Conservation (ARC) and worked closely with HRH the Duke of Edinburgh. As a Trustee at WIN and is passionate about respecting all faiths.
Ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund and architect of their Diplomatic Work.
Neda Salmanpour is a Kuwaiti national, a UK qualified barrister with more than 20 years of corporate transaction experience in the energy sector. She served as General Counsel and as senior management in both public and private multinational corporations.
Neda seeks to apply her corporate expertise and experience to the non-profit world supporting projects that promote gender equality, economic empowerment and justice. She co-founded the Forum for Progression of Society, a non-profit organization that addresses social problems by hosting conferences and engaging experts from around the world. She is Trustee of the National Alliance of Women’s Organisations, an umbrella organization of over 100 women NGOs in UK that seeks to ensure women's rights are mainstreamed in policy and implementation. She is Trustee and Chair of ADVANCE, a non-profit organization that is focused on promoting women's education, justice and entrepreneurship. She is member of the UK NGO CSW Alliance that interfaces with the UK Government to ensure implementation of international legal instruments for women and girls and attends UN's annual Commission on the Status of Women conference in New York.
Polly Harrar is the Founder of The Sharan Project: a national charity that supports women who have been disowned in the UK, she is a leading expert on forced marriage and honour related abuse and is passionate about effecting change at all levels. Her previous roles include working at Refuge UK (National Domestic Violence Helpline), The Stroke Association, The Kaleidoscope Trust, The London Development Agency and the Commission for Racial Equality. Polly has been involved with WIN since 2008.
Committee member of the EKTA Foundation to help educate children in South East Asia.
Nasreen Nurmohamed I sincerely believe that serving God's creation is one of the highest forms of worship, and I have sought to adopt this as my life's motto. Since moving to Britain in the 1960s, I have worked to build bridges between peoples of different backgrounds. As the Muslim Shia community grew in Peterborough, I helped found an Islamic centre for worshippers, and serve as Ladies President. Presently, I am a committee member for Education and Knowledge Towards Awareness (EKTA), a charity supporting the education of street children in South Asia. For the last decade or so it has been a privilege to be on the Advisory Board of WIN.
Committee member of EKTA.
Parm Sandhu Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). One of the highest-ranking Asian females in policing. A proud mother of 2 sons and member of a large extended family. I am a role model and a mentor. I have through work met the Queen and the Pope when he visited Britain. I have been the recipient of awards throughout my career.
I have always been interested in supporting women and was invited to an event organised by WIN from that moment I was impressed by the professional attitude and warmth of this group chaired By Lady Gilda Levy. I volunteered and was accepted onto the Executive committee and have been involved in various events over the past few years. The group concentrates on empowering women of many different faiths extending the hand of friendship across culture background and nationality. I am honoured to be a part of this group and feel that it is changing the life of many women across many faiths.
Highest ranking Asian woman in the Met Police and former deputy Borough Commander for Bromley.
I am an observant Jew. After graduating from night school, I taught for 40 years, ending as Principal of the Jews' Free School and was then honoured in being elected as the first female President of the Jewish community. I subsequently joined WIN because I wanted to meet women of all faiths to find mutual respect and be part of creating a positive future.
Former head teacher of a large comprehensive school and first woman to become the President of the Jewish Board of Deputies.
Vivienne Woolf was born and raised in South Africa during the Apartheid era. She has a degree in philosophy and English Literature from The University of the Witwatersrand. Since moving to London in 1972 Vivienne has been a published journalist and has co-written a published book about Jewish life in London's East End before the Second World War. Vivienne has also written a work of fiction which was published in 2015.
Vivienne has run many creative writing courses for the charity, Jewish Care. The most recent was at the Holocaust Survivors'Centre and the book 'Beyond Trauma', which was published by Jewish Care, was written by the members of the writing group there. Vivienne collaborated with Lady Gilda Levy in a creative writing and interfaith project at Holloway Women's Prison in London.
Vivienne has two sons and lives in London.
Jackie has been involved in interfaith dialogue for 12 years and with WIN for eight years, having been asked by Lady Levy to form Barnet WIN which she chaired for three years. She then transferred her energies to Head Office where she became Director responsible for the development of groups as well as External Relations, both of which roles she finds enriching and fulfilling