Introducing the team………


Samantha Hussain – Manager –

(Currently on Maternity Leave until July 2020)
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 two years but is always searching for new innovative ways we can take our work further.


 Eve Sacker – Acting Manager –

“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.


Nahida Begum – Lead Sessional Worker –
Nahida has been with the Open Centre for over 20 years and she is your first point of contact when you make a booking. She is the person that can change your ideas into a great day out. “I was born and brought up in Derby as a practising Muslim. I have been part of the Open Centre since 1994.”


Soshain (Shain) Bali – 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.”

dannyDanny Wells – 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…”


Jasvir Kaur – 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 – 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 – 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.

Kevin (2)

Kevin Whitehead – Mobile Exhibition Installer

“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. I do whatever I can, but mainly I transport and install the mobile displays that add another dimension to our work.”