Introducing the team…

Samantha Hussain – Manager – manager@derbyopencentre.org

Sam joined the Open Centre in September 2015, after developing the desire for a new challenge, leading on from her career in education. She has already increased the capacity of the Open Centre over the last few years by recruiting more staff, increasing footfall and the number of services we provide but Sam is always searching for new innovative ways we can take our work further. Her most recent project was to develop a range of online services and resource boxes for clients to use during the pandemic and afterwards. Sam will be on maternity leave from April 2022 to May 2023. Sabina will therefore become the Office Manager in Sam's absence.

Sabina Yasmin – Office Manager – admin@derbyopencentre.org

Sabina joined the Open Centre in 2019, when the Open Centre started to reach capacity with how much administrative work we could fit in within one day! She is the first person you will speak to when you call us and she will ensure all your booking information is in hand, with her efficient office skills. Sabina will take over as Office Manager from April 2022 until May 2023 whilst Sam is on maternity leave.

Eve Sacker

Eve Sacker – Service Development Officer and Jewish Sessional Worker - project@derbyopencentre.org

“I am a member of the Jewish community. I am secondary RE teacher by training and have been working with the Open Centre since 2013.” Eve started out at the Open Centre as a sessional worker but now helps to lead the Open Centre forward with her expert knowledge of the R.E. world through our Service Development work.

Jasvir Kaur

Jasvir Kaur – Online Development Officer and Sikh Sessional Worker

“I started working at the Open Centre in 2018, combining this one with a variety of other jobs. Born in a Punjabi family, I went through a rapid change in 2013 and since then I have been practising and living as a Khalsa Sikh. In 2018 I took part in a special ceremony (Amrit) and became a Amritdhari Khalsa Sikh, which is bringing many more different and exciting changes overall, in work and personal life.” Jasvir now helps to lead on our online work through filming, editing and updating all our online services as well as our online presence through social media.

Soshain (Shain) Bali

Soshain (Shain) Bali – Hindu Sessional Worker

“My local place of worship is the Hindu Temple Geeta Bhawan. I was schooled in Derby, worked in London as a graphic designer/photographer and now involved with the Multi Faith Centre, Derby Museums and Derby Open Centre.”

Pavendeep (Pav) Johal – Sikh Sessional Worker

Pav began working for the Open Centre in 2016, working alongside his own event management company. He is a member of the Sikh community and often leads sessions around Sikhi.

Kevin Whitehead

Kevin Whitehead – Christian Sessional Worker

“Born and raised in Derby, I have been a member of the Baptist Church the Open Centre is attached to for over 30 years. As a Christian, a Baptist and a retired English teacher I am very pleased to be part of the team.”

Emily Lonsdale – Christian Sessional Worker

I am Emily, I live in Derby with my husband and two children. I am a Christian and my fellowship is with St Peter’s Littleover. I love working at the Open Centre and have been there since January 2020

Shafalia Younis– Muslim Sessional Worker

Shafalia joined the Open Centre as one of our Muslim sessional workers in January 2022. She has studied Religion & Philosophy at Derby University and went onto attain a Diploma of Higher Education in Islamic Studies from University of Birmingham, a Bachelors in English Literature and Masters in Islamic Studies from Loughborough University.

Danny Wells – Historical Sessional Worker

“I am excited to be involved with Open Centre as I am a firm believer in the value of the work. I come from the East End of London and am very fond of Derbyshire where I live with my family. I work with adults with learning disabilities and have a love of history. ‘The more you know, the less you know’…Keep questioning!..Keen to learn more…”

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