Meet the dedicated & talented people who make our work possible.
Rich Mix has a strong and committed board of trustees and team of staff drawn from varied and diverse backgrounds with a wide range of skills and expertise.
Professor Michael Keith
University of Oxford
A resident of Tower Hamlets for over 25 years, Keith is a passionate Professor at the University of Oxford’s Anthropology Department. He has served on numerous community organisations’ boards, including Whitechapel Art Gallery, and was an active local councillor in the 1990s and 2000s. He has founded several urban regeneration schemes, and acted as a Chair for the Thames Gateway London Partnership.
Minhas is a qualified solicitor and partner at Taylor Wessing LLP. During her time at this international law firm, she has worked with high-profile clients on matters such as business acquisitions, joint ventures and capital reorganisations. She is highly experienced in leading large, complex corporate transactions.
Burman is a London-based mixed media artist from Bootle, near Liverpool. A prominent member of the 1980s Black British Art movement, Burman has explored politics and the representation of Asian women throughout her career. Her work has been championed by the British Council, Victoria and Albert Museum and Tate.
Jones has been a committed London Borough of Tower Hamlets Councillor since 1994, and served as Mayor of Tower Hamlets in 1999-2000. She founded Eastside Arts Books Ltd, and is a Director of Brick Lane Bookshop and Wiltons Music Hall. She is also a Trustee of organisations like the V&A Museum of Childhood.
Executive Director, Public Sector and Development Organisations, Standard Chartered Bank
Harut specialises in delivering financial services for charitable organisations. During the Ebola crisis, she successfully raised funds to help redevelop Sierra Leone. She is currently working on transitioning this fund to help economic growth across the continent. Harut is also an Honorary Treasurer of Food Cycle, a UK charity that assists people at risk of food poverty and social isolation.
Haskins is a BBC producer, working on thought-provoking digital content for BBC Ideas. As a student, he stood for parliament in Ireland, and used social media to significantly increase engagement in young voters. Since then, he has worked to bring about change with organisations like Project Arts Centre, the London Irish Centre, RTÉ and The Guardian.
Born in India, Kamatkar worked as an artist before moving to the UK in 1997. Since then, he has excelled as a multi-media artist, filmmaker and Director of events like GFEST: Gaywise FESTival. He has worked tirelessly with leading organisations, such as the BFI, to showcase LGBTQI work.
A regular at Rich Mix since it opened, O’Sullivan is the Executive Director of Communications at Mencap. Throughout much of her career, she has held important, senior communications and marketing roles in both the private and public sectors, including being Director of the National Lottery Promotions Unit.
Ogbonna is the acting Director of Ruuvand, and brings substantial experience of coaching, consultancy and mentorship. He has an astute understanding of customer-centred business planning, and as a strategist, he guides businesses make more actionable decisions that will help them achieve their goals.
Having frequented Rich Mix for almost 15 years, local resident Chauhan is deeply committed to transferring the knowledge she has as a City law firm partner to charitable organisations. She believes in helping arts organisations celebrate diversity, so they can inspire change across the UK.
Azad is one of the most respected Bengali poets in England. Writing in both English and Bengali, she has written more than 30 novels, short stories, poetry anthologies and plays, and her Bengali texts have been printed by well-known publishing houses such as Maowla Brothers.