Introducing the team…

Samantha Hussain

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.

Sabina Yasmin – Administrative Assistant – 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.

Eve Sacker

Eve Sacker – Jewish Sessional Worker

“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.

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.”

Jasvir Kaur

Jasvir Kaur – 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.”

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.

Anjuna Ali – Muslim Sessional Worker

Anjuna began working for the Open Centre in 2018, alongside studying for a Law degree at University. She enjoys working with children to teach them about Islam and the Asian community as part of the Asian Marriage Workshops. “I’m studying at Derby University. I like to read, one of the most inspiring books I’ve read is ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’. Religious Education was my favourite subject at school and I think it is important to be aware of the diverse culture and communities around us.”

Safiyah Hashim – Muslim Sessional Worker

Safiyah began working at the Open Centre in 2019. She graduated in Arabic and Islamic studies from the University of Leeds in 2008. As part of her studies, she lived abroad in Morocco and as a result she is very passionate about sharing her beliefs and experiences of Islam and Muslim culture. She is an assistant to the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Derby and thoroughly enjoys engaging in interfaith work. She loves working with children and also challenging any misconceptions about Islam.

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

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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