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Reaching People

Commitment to lasting change

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Reaching People – Meet the Team

Jenny Hand

I began my dedicated role as CEO of Reaching People in July 2017, having previously held this position one day a week under a management contract with LASS (Leicestershire Aids Support Services), alongside my role as CEO of LASS.

I have a long track record of supporting and developing partnerships, setting up CEO support networks and leading on partnership and consortia bids.

I am committed to continuous improvement across the voluntary sector and in managing change to make a difference. I intend to continue to be a lead Ambassador for Reaching People and to raising our profile, promoting the value of partnership membership with and on behalf of others. I truly believe that this can and will make a difference to all of our current and future service users across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

I have an active interest in social policy, equality, partnership, leadership and management of change. I am an active member on many local and regional boards/groups and until recently was a regional member of the NCVO Assembly and Chair of One East midlands Health steering group.

Away from work, I am on the Board of Leicester Symphony Orchestra – where I spend some of my spare time playing the cello.

Mobile Number: 07308 143 312


Sangeeta Patel

I am the Project Manager for Moneywise Plus and have been in the role since June 2018.  Moneywise Plus recognises that financial and digital skills are essential to dealing with many day to day, and longer term challenges. I work with an expert and committed partnership of organisations and a team of advisers passionate about helping individuals to learn these life and work skills, more confidently deal with the challenges and achieve their goals.

I previously worked in human resources and project management, mainly for international aid agencies in the UK and overseas, until family and Leicester drew me back.

Mobile:  07471 121424

Sarah Richards

I work part time, and have been at Reaching People since October 2016. I am a qualified Chartered Accountant and have over 25 years’ experience working in finance, initially for a leading accounting practice and for the last 12 years in business which has included working for a number of charities/not for profit companies.

I believe in Reaching People’s values and consider that working in partnership with other charities brings strengths that can only benefit the voluntary sector.

In my own time, I Chair an Academy Trust which has sponsored a school and leads a Teaching School and I am commited to improving educational standards for all children. When not working I enjoy playing tennis and I’m hoping to complete a Parkrun this year!

Shafinaz Patel

Working with Reaching People since May 2018. My position with Reaching People is a perfect role for me as it varies in workload and is constant. From dealing with contracts (supporting new and existing members), promoting members and the Reaching People organisation, as well as supporting with in house admin, projects temporarily lead on training, and website management. There are so many opportunities and so much to learn and do, and with Reaching People we can all succeed!

Anjana Mistry

I work part-time as an Administrator on the Moneywise Plus project. My main role is to collate the finance evidence for the quarterly claim to the National Lottery.

Josephine Kenny

I work as an Ambassador for the Moneywise Plus project, helping people get back into work in supporting with digital skills.

Mobile number: 07308 143 312

Faiza Jama

I am the Ambassador for Moneywise Plus Project.  To support those who need help getting back into work. 

Mobile number: 07380 666 427

Mary Collier

I joined Reaching People in April 2019, as Project Co-ordinator for Leicester Food Bank Plus. This pilot project, which is provided in partnership with Feeding Britain and Feeding Leicester, enables people in food crisis to have access to information and advice at the food bank they are attending.
I have worked in the information, advice and advocacy field for several years, and am continually inspired by the transformational nature of high quality, timely and accessible information and advice provision. I am very excited to be working on this innovative project and to have this opportunity to work in partnership with local community food projects to empower and support people who are experiencing food poverty.

Mobile number: 07400 670 110

Uzair Sacranie

I have been with Reaching People since August 2019 working as the Audit and Quality Lead on the Moneywise Plus project.

I am a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 15 year’s experience in the profession. I trained with a top-tier firm of Chartered Accountants and have gained over 8 year’s experience working with Charities and Not-For-Profit organisations.

I am working for Reaching People on a part-time basis and run my own business alongside this providing accountancy services to a variety of clients including Limited companies.

Zarina Yovcheva

Zarina works on the Moneywise Plus project. More details coming soon..

Shim Gooch

I joined Reaching People in August 2020 and I am the Leadership Project Manager. My role as Project Manager is to deliver on the Leading in Leicester and Leicestershire Project which aims to roll out training and network programmes for our community of experienced and future leaders in all aspects of working in the social sector. I am excited to be leading this project as I have a passion for investing and developing people and seeing them flourish when they are given the right tools and support.

 I have over 10 years of management and leadership experience and the best part of my roles has been succession planning, coaching, and implementing efficient ways of working.


Jane Hastings

Jane is contracted with Reaching People across Moneywise Plus and Leadership project administration


Amina Loonat

Is a member of full time staff working on the Moneywise plus project in administration assistant.