As well as our staff we have many volunteers (over 1,000 volunteers have been involved since 1995!), without whom the organisation couldn't function.
Trustees meet every two months six times a year.
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!
Malla Hovi is a veterinary epidemiologist who has had a long career in development work in Africa and Latin America, in research into organic livestock production and, most recently, as a senior veterinary advisor to Defra on animal disease control. In her retirement from veterinary work, she is now embarking on a new career in teaching science in secondary schools via the Now Teach programme. Malla’s connection with RISC goes back to 1990s when she was an active member of the Women and Economics working group, and she has mainteined an active participation in RISC events ever since. She has volunteered both with the Food for Families project and in the RISC offices.
My work experience over the years has primarily been in marketing roles for various multi-national companies and I'm now studying in parallel to add a dimension of economics to my past experience. I enjoy medium-distance running, hiking, cooking and attempting to travel around whenever I get the chance. I began my journey with RISC by volunteering at the World Shop and it has been a great experience ever since. For me, RISC symbolises a responsible and united community and it's a privilege for me to serve on its board of Trustees.
Volunteering for the World Shop introduced me to the great people that volunteer and work for RISC. It also made me aware of all the impressive projects that RISC has been involved with in the past and is currently still working on. RISC is a real community hub for both local groups and organisations further away. At the same time RISC does brilliant educational work and takes action to create a fair, just and sustainable world in the future. If you're curious about RISC, please come in or contact us. I'm sure you'll love it!
Summreen is a sustainability professional mainly working in the public and third sector. She has worked with RISC in the past few years on Fair Trade and Renewable Energy projects. She takes a keen interest in social justice and environmental campaigning and is a regular attendee of events at RISC, as well as a visitor in the Global Cafe and World Shop. Reading wouldn't be the same without RISC and all that it contributes to the local community.
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.
centre facilities co-ordinator, loans service
Michele job shares with Fiona in managing our room hire service. As well as this she administrates the artefacts loan service.
Bio coming soon.
global cafe co-ordinator
Will has been managing the cafe since 2005.
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.
Bio coming soon.
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 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!
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.
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.
world shop co-ordinator
Sylvia has been managing the shop since 2014.
I started working at RISC when WEB moved to the present location. I helped as a volunteer with painting and decorating when they were doing up the building. One job I enjoyed was filling with paint the animals and plants in the Hall after the artist Pipa had done the sketching. I also volunteered in the kitchen and as caretaker before starting paid work as caretakers in 2001.
Bio coming soon.