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Reaching People

Commitment to lasting change

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Reaching People – Meet the Team

Ruth Rigby

Ruth has worked across housing, health and social care, with complex partnerships and within the voluntary and statutory sector for the last 30 years. Starting off in VCS and then local authority Welfare Rights services, she earned the coveted right to join the Facebook group I parked my car on King Richard III’s head whilst based at Greyfriars.

Ruth worked at Care & Repair England and in social care commissioning in Leicestershire before leading the Supporting People programme in Nottinghamshire and joining CLG as a Specialist Advisor. With a commitment to strong communities and their preventative effect, she returned to the voluntary sector in 2013, establishing and leading Healthwatch Nottingham before her relocation to Leicester saw her head up the Leicester Ageing Together partnership programme

Ruth currently works across LAT and Reaching People. She is proudest of overseeing the development of new homelessness supported accommodation settings in Nottinghamshire and establishing the Community Connector team in East Leicester who did fantastic work during Covid lockdown. She remains optimistic about the opportunities presented by Social Prescribing to both the NHS and VCSE and is passionate about digital inclusion.


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 committed 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

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.

Jane Hastings


I work part-time on the Moneywise Plus project as Project Administrator.

My main role is to process referrals and audit client files.


Amina Lunat

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


Tara Sarkaria

I have worked in health and social care throughout my work-life, and in the past couple of years grown interest in the administration and management that goes into providing services that empower people. As the Leadership Project Administrator I support the Project Manager with delivery by completing day-to-day administration for the project.