This Trustees Week, we are delighted to announce that we have a new Chair of our Board of Trustees – Fiona Dolman – and that new trustees have also joined the Board this year.
We would like to offer our greatest thanks to all our trustees, new and former, for taking on these entirely voluntary yet responsible roles in our community and for all your contributions.
OURMALA provides a safe space to breathe and heal through trauma-informed yoga for people seeking international protection, such as refugees, plus other support. We also provide yoga in different settings, such as workplaces in London and for the NHS, which help to fund our free yoga classes for refugees. None of this would be possible without our trustees.
We are proud to introduce our new Chair Fiona who is a committed yoga practitioner, has been a trustee since February 2019 and has been volunteering with us behind the scenes from 2018.
“I joined OURMALA because I feel so strongly that as a society we can do so much better to support and show love for each other, and people who are refugees and seeking asylum are often marginalised, isolated and the least supported, through no fault of their own. We can make a real difference through yoga.
I’m humbled that I’ve been asked to take on the role of Chair of Trustees, the opportunity to help Emily and the OURMALA team in growing our service provision to be able to support more people in need is one I couldn’t turn down. I’m thoroughly inspired by the dedication of our yoga teachers and volunteers and look forward to meeting more of you in the coming months. “
Before joining OURMALA’s Board, Fiona was a senior leader in Network Rail and the rail industry, with a diverse career ranging from managing stations and operations to business change delivery.
OURMALA’s last Chair, Charlie Sayle, stepped down in 2017 after a long and dedicated tenure, supporting our work from the very beginning in 2011, when we first opened our doors at Hackney City Farm offering yoga and a hot lunch to refugee and asylum-seeking women. Not having a Chair left a real gap for OURMALA and it is fantastic to now have Fiona in this role as well as the support of our other trustees.
A good Chair not only focuses on governance, making the Board as effective as possible, with knock-on effects to the organisation, but they also have a close relationship with the chief executive. We look forward to this next chapter for OURMALA with renewed energy at Board level. To anyone considering becoming a charity trustee, you can find out more below and we couldn’t recommend it more highly.
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