Board Members

If you have an enquiry for any of our Board members, please call the Sampad office on 0121 446 3260.

Ranjit Sondhi CBE Chair

Ranjit is currently a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission, Vice Chairman of the Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group, a member of the Equality and Diversity Committee of the Bar Standards Board and a Commissioner at the Judicial Appointments Commission.

He is also a lay member of the University of Birmingham’s Council, a Trustee of the Cole Trust, a Board member of the Nishkam Healthcare Trust and a Trustee of Hope Projects for destitute asylum seekers.

Previously, he was founder Director of the Asian Resource Centre, Birmingham, deputy chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Chairman of the Refugee Training, Employment and Education Forum, senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham Westhill, a Governor of the BBC, a Trustee of the National Gallery, Chairman of the Heart of England Primary Care Trust, Board Member of the Tenant Services Authority and a Civil Service Commissioner.

Nasheima Sheikh Vice Chair and Secretary

Nasheima has worked in the public and voluntary sector since 1985. In her professional life she has worked in many fields from supporting voluntary organisations, race relations, community development to training and human resource management.

She has worked as Assistant Chief Executive of Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid – a charity that addresses Violence against Women & Girls issues – for fifteen years. Currently she is Safeguarding Coordinator for Islamic Relief Worldwide. Nasheima has a passionate interest in the voluntary sector and has led an active voluntary career alongside her professional career. She has been on the Board of the Digbeth Trust, on the Aekta committee, and is a Governor at Clifton Primary School. She is also active locally in the Sparkhill Community Neighbourhood Forum.

Due to this experience, Nasheima is well versed in the pressures on and work of the voluntary and community sector, such as fundraising, monitoring and the policy climate. She has good insight into organisation development and is keen to impart this knowledge as Vice Chair of Sampad

Barry Matthews Treasurer and Company Secretary

Barry is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (qualified in 1971), a past President of the Birmingham & West Midlands Society of Chartered Accountants (2003-2004) and an ICAEW National Council member (2007 to 2015).

He also chaired the ICAEW West Midlands Regional (Economic) Strategy Board and through that has attended various local economic groups.

He is Chair of Governors at KE VI Camp Hill School for Boys, and Board member of the charities, KE VI Schools in Birmingham, and KEVI Academy Trust Birmingham.

In the 1970s Barry was the Hon Treasurer and Company Secretary of Birmingham Arts Laboratory, and after a career break in the early 1980s worked as the Administrator for that organisation and Birmingham Arts Shop. He returned to professional practice as a chartered accountant, but with a growing specialism in the accounting, taxation and audits of arts & media companies, most of which were limited by guarantee/ charitable trusts.

He retired from audits in 2009 and a couple of years later joined the Board of Sampad, previously an audit client for 10 or so years. He still deals with the accounts of a number of arts & community companies, usually in the Independent Reporting Accountant role.

Jon Coane

Jon is a partner at Anthony Collins Solicitors LLP and has expertise in funding, particularly project finance and debt finance for housing associations.

He advises housing associations, financial institutions, social enterprises, local authorities and infrastructure companies. He has expertise in the financing of property development, infrastructure projects and social housing projects.

He is also an author of articles on finance and a conference speaker.

Emma Margetson

Dr Emma Margetson (1993) is an award-winning acousmatic composer and sound artist based in the Midlands, UK. Her work is recognised nationally and internationally, and was recently featured on the British Music Collection’s #AComposerADay series, which showcased the profiles of 31 female composers and their unique contributions to composition in the UK.

Emma’s compositional work is focused on developing novel compositional approaches that are actively geared towards increasing engagement with electroacoustic composition in order to reach wider audiences, in particular disadvantaged segments of the community, and younger people. Furthermore, Emma has collaborated with a variety of arts organisations across the West Midlands and beyond, and has extensive experience in multichannel composition, sound diffusion and interpretation for 2D and 3D audio.

Emma is currently a Lecturer in Sound Design at the University of Greenwich and also a Research Fellow for the AHRC Leadership Fellowship project, Audiovisual Space: Recontextualising Sound-Image Media. She is also a Visiting Lecturer for the Music Technology programmes at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Her work has been published with Urban Arts Berlin, Sonos Localia and obs акусма AUDIOR 068.

Beyond composition, Emma has considerable experience in the administration and coordination of events and projects within the arts sector, including working for many years as an administrator for BEAST (Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre).

Emma’s first association with Sampad was through the SEPP: Digital programme in March 2015 where she worked on the STRP Festival in Eindhoven, Netherlands. After receiving training from the Young People on Arts Boards Scheme with Birmingham City Council, Emma relished the opportunity to join the board of Sampad and is currently chair of the Arts and Education subcommittee.

Redwan Begh

Redwan has over 17 years of experience as a management consultant, having spent 13 years working for ‘Big 4’ accounting firms and operated at Director level within a FTSE 100 company. He has worked with clients from across a range of industries, in order to shape and to deliver complex change programmes which enable businesses to improve performance and to reduce cost.

Through this experience he has developed a sound understanding of the commercial challenges which organisations face and brings this expertise to Sampad at Board Level.

Ian Grosvenor

Ian Grosvenor is Professor of Urban Educational History at the University of Birmingham. After reading History and Politics at the University of Hull he trained as a school teacher. He has taught in the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors in Wolverhampton and Sandwell. After fourteen years as a teacher he moved to Newman College as a primary teacher trainer.

He became Head of History at the College in 1994. He then became Director of Educational Research in the School of Education at Nene College [now the University of Northampton]. In 1998 he joined the School of Education, at the University of Birmingham as a PGCE Secondary History tutor. He has held several roles in the School, including Head of School 2006-8.

He was awarded a personal chair in 2004. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for Cultural Engagement at the University and is currently responsible for city and cultural partnerships. Ian has a longstanding interest in history having also worked as a local history tutor for the WEA and the School of Extramural Studies at Birmingham.

He has been actively involved in local history projects, most notably Making Connections (2002), Connecting Histories (2005-07) and Birmingham Stories (2007-09). He curated the exhibition Children’s Lives at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2012 as part of the Cultural Olympiad. He s currently director of the AHRC funded First World War Engagement Centre Voices of War and Peace: the legacy of the Great War.

He has been involved in anti-racist politics and curriculum activity around Birmingham since the early 1980s and was co-convenor of Black Pasts, Birmingham Futures 1999-2008. Publications Assimilating Identities. Racism and Education in Post 1945 Britain (1997), Silences and Images. The Social History of the Classroom (1999) with Martin Lawn and Kate Rousmaniere, The School I’d Like (2003) and School (2008) both with Catherine Burke, Materialities of Schooling (2005) with Martin Lawn and Children and Youth at Risk (2009) with Christine Mayer and Ingrid Lohmann.

Gurdip Bhangoo

Gurdip is part of the BBC Academy’s senior team heading up Future Skills and Events. Under his portfolio he looks after the roll-out of training for digital skills; major Pan BBC strategic projects and external partnerships with Creative Skillset, National Film and Television School and the Arts Council.
Before working with the Academy, Gurdip forged a successful production career as a Executive Producer in BBC Factual; CBBC and BBC Worldwide.
As Head of Asian Programmes at the BBC, Gurdip was responsible for a number of network and international series including the award winning Arts and Culture show ‘Desi DNA’; landmark documentaries such as ‘Partition: The Day India Burned’; ‘Lost World of the Raj’ and BBC Two’s ‘Indian Food Made Easy’.
In addition to his career at the BBC, Gurdip was Senior Vice President & Head of Programmes for Sony Pictures based in Mumbai and led the creative renewal of Sony Entertainment India commissioning and adapting global entertainment formats such as ‘Dancing With The Stars’, X Factor and ‘I’m A Celebrity’.

Dr Delia Garratt

Delia has worked in the museum and heritage sector for over 15 years. She has worked at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust since 2010. In her role as Director of Cultural Engagement she oversees collections, learning, research, digital and cultural events.

She is responsible for the Trust’s cultural programme onsite in Stratford upon Avon, online, nationally and internationally, in particular leading the development of the Trust’s internationally significant and Designated collections. She has recently co-edited ‘Shakespeare and the Stuff of Life.

Treasures from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’ published in February 2016. She also oversees the development and delivery of outstanding education and research programmes, including Shakespeare Week a national annual celebration which aims to give every primary school child a great first encounter with Shakespeare.

Previous roles include Museums and Communities Manager at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council and Collections Development Officer (later Head of Collections) at the National Waterways Museums with responsibility for their nationally Designated collection across three museum sites. Her work in museums has focused on making collections more widely accessible. Delia is Non-Executive Director and chair of the board at The Other Way Works.

The Other Way Works uses real world spaces and emerging technologies to create playful theatre that immerses audiences in the story. She has a BA in Economic and Social History from the University of Leicester and received her doctorate from the Centre for English Local History at the same university in 2002.

Abhishek Gupta

Abhishek is a final year medical student at the University of Birmingham, with a degree in Human Neuroscience. This degree has allowed him to explore emotions and the human psychology of relationships, a field which he thoroughly enjoys reading around.

Alongside this, he sits on various committees at University. He has previously devoted time to an organisation working to improve awareness and access to healthcare for undocumented migrants in Birmingham and currently works to support international medical graduates in settling in the UK as doctors and healthcare staff. Alongside this, Abhishek is keen to explore how social and medical interventions can be made diversity friendly.

Abhishek has continued to play a part in education, assisting students in their own applications to higher education. Part of his clinical placement introduced him to the many stories of the diverse people that he met in City and Sandwell hospitals, which has brought him to Sampad.

He has always been inspired by those stories, of people who migrated to the West, bringing their heritage and culture, which over time has become so prominent in and around Birmingham. He is especially keen to develop projects around mental health and ethnic health, which has been a key part of his education.

Prof. Upkar Pardesi OBE

Upkar is Emeritus Professor of Enterprise Development and was formerly the Director of Corporate Social Responsibility (2008 to 2010) and the Dean of Birmingham City Business School (1996 to 2008). He is co-founder and CEO of – a comprehensive resource for parents and students to make informed education choices.

He has extensive senior management experience of UK education in general and of the higher education sector in particular. Upkar worked in Ethiopia for four years where he directed the development of the country’s first international Business School at Addis Ababa University and managed €20m budget.

He is the former Vice Chairman of the Nishkam Schools Trust (a multiple Academy) with 3 Primary Schools and 2 Secondary Schools) and has extensive knowledge and experience of governance, leadership and management of nurseries, primary and secondary schools in England.

Upkar has been supporting local communities in Birmingham and West Midlands for 30 years and plays an active role in several social enterprises and faith-based organisations.

He was the Chairman of The Drum (one of UK’s leading Art Centres for Asian and African-Caribbean performing arts) for 13 years. He is also Vice Chair of Nishkam Civic Association (The Nishkam Centre) and Trustee of Kyra Education and Training. In 2006, Upkar was awarded the OBE for services to higher education.

In 2005 and 2007, Upkar was selected to be included in Asian Power 100 list, which recognises 100 most influential Asian men and women in the UK.

Roma Saimbi

Roma has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 10 years. With a solution sales and marketing background, Roma is currently a Business Development Manager at BSI, a global business improvement partner where she helps organisations to embed excellence, build competence and capability for sustainable growth.
She has extensive experience in building partnerships, stakeholder and volunteer management and leveraging relationships to achieve mutual goals with a range of clients across multiple sectors.
Roma’s academic background includes a Postgraduate Degree from the University of Warwick on International Cultural Policy and Management which focused on ‘arts, culture and heritage’ in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Through her experiences, Roma has developed a good understanding of the challenges that face not-for-profit organisations/charities and she brings experience of product launches, marketing campaigns and sales and partnerships to help maximise Sampad’s reach.

Satnam Rana-Grindley

Satnam Rana-Grindley was born and brought up in Wolverhampton. She graduated in 1999 and started her career at BBC Radio 5Live as a researcher before joining the Midlands Today team as a trainee journalist in 2002. She presented weekly radio show BBC WM ‘Midlands Masala’ and has also presented BBC Asian Network. Satnam has worked in several roles; as a producer, director and presenter on regional news and the current affairs programme ‘Inside Out’ in the West Midlands.

Satnam loves to share her passion for media with young people, talking to them about all of the possible careers available to them and inspiring them to follow their dreams. She has worked with the National Council of Journalists (NCTJ) to recruit future journalists onto the Journalism Diversity Fund and she has been a judge for their annual awards.

Satnam is on a career break from the BBC and is now the Head of Communications at Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership where their mission is to drive inclusive economic growth. Satnam says she is getting used to a career change that brings personal growth with a sprinkling of familiarity.

Away from work, Satnam does what she can to raise awareness of breast cancer following a diagnosis 3 years ago. She is vocal on social media about ‘self-checking’ and has done numerous talks about her experience. Crucially, she uses her recorded video diaries to campaign at a grass-roots level in south asian communities where the subject of breast cancer still remains ‘hushed’.