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meet the team

RISC has grown to become a large organisation with many people working for it in different capacities. As the organisation is a charity we have a board of trustees who are the directors of the charity. We have a management collective, as well as other paid staff for various roles. On top of this we have many volunteers (over 1,000 volunteers have been involved since 1995!), without whom the organisation couldn't function.

meet some of our volunteers here


RISC is looking to expand the board of trustees and particularly keen to attract people with finance and accounts, human resources/personnel/employment law and global education experience. We especially would like to attract women and people from Black, Minority Ethnic communities. Trustees meet every two months six times a year.

RISC's board of trustees and collective are very sad to announce the death of one of our long-serving trustees, Roger Elbourne, who died after a short illness. Our thoughts are with Roger's family. He will be sadly missed.


peter chan


colin date

My professional knowledge and experience is in education, in particular, secondary school science. I also have a love and knowledge of Southern Africa, especially Botswana, where I have several contacts and friends in the country having lived there for three years. I have been with RISC since it was founded and I am, at present, Company Secretary. As I have now retired from teaching I volunteer in the World Shop which is now a wonderful place!  Come and see!


angharad hutton

My professional and personal interests are in achieving economic and social justice for all people globally. I’ve worked in international development for 14 years and in 2014 I worked for Oxfam supporting humanitarian responses to food security crises. RISC is an amazing organisations and has a unique position to educate the public on the important role of development and I look forward to working with the collective in promoting the importance of working to support local initiatives that has global impact.


yarim shamsan

Hello, I’m Yarim and love RISC! I started off as a volunteer at the Global Shop and when I had to sadly leave (for work purposes) I maintained a good relationship with RISC staff and especially Leslee – being asked to be a RISC Trustee was fantastic. I have worked with the United Nations (UNDP and FAO) in the Middle East and Europe, heavily involved in the UN MDGs especially ‘Education for All’, I have combined this knowledge with my experience in a UK education charity. I am a Statistician/RSS Fellow, so I love telling a story behind numbers! Being a RISC Trustee offers me the opportunity to apply analytics and my love for global education – it’s perfect. If you haven’t been to RISC yet, please drop by, you will love it!



RISC is managed by a collective of individuals in a flattened hierarchy.  In other words, rather than one single person at the top the we have a group of people who 'collectively' meet regularly to manage the organisation.


liz allum

education coordinator

Liz Allum works within the Education Team providing training and support for teachers and local authorities. She also co-ordinates the resource centre. Liz has been working with RISC since 2004.


michele atkins

centre facilities co-ordinator

Michele job shares with Fiona in managing our room hire service.  As well as this she manages the book shop.


will gooding

global cafe co-ordinator


fiona grant

community facilities co-ordinator

I am responsible for the day to day management of the community meeting space including health and safety.  I Joined RISC as a volunteer in 1992, was shop co-ordinator until 2001 when I moved to my current post. 


bente madeira

events co-ordinator

Bente is a RISC founder member who organises events on global issues prioritising activists from the Africa, Asia, the Caribbean & Latin America. Every Year she coordinates the Reading Fairtrade Fortnight in February/March as well as Reading International Festival which overlaps with One World Week and Black History Month in October.


martin mikhail

centre co-ordinator

Martin has been with RISC since the beginning and is involved in almost every aspect of the charity.  From meeting with funders to building maintenance, Martin has an overview of whatever is going on at any one time!


annemieke palmer

finance co-ordinator

I have worked for RISC as the Finance Coordinator since 2003. Life at RISC is never dull as we always have lots of projects on the go, I also deal with all the different income streams from the World Shop, Global Cafe, Room Hire and flats. We have quite a number of people on the payroll and managing the Year End accounts also takes up some time.


dave richards

publications and roof garden co-ordinator

Dave has been working at RISC since 1989. He produces exhibitions and teaching resources on a range of issues including trade justice, sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He also coordinates RISC's work on food and gardens.


silvia rizzoli

world shop co-ordinator


other staff


sharon fitton

food4families co-ordinator


emanuella marchiori

morning caretaker

Emanuella helps to prepare meeting rooms, set up equipment, keep the centre clean and organise catering facilities.


wilberforce alliston

evening caretaker

Will helps to prepare meeting rooms, set up equipment, keep the centre clean and organise catering facilities.


basaanti lama

world shop assistant co-ordinator