meet the risc 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.

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.

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 peter chan
Bio coming soon.
Colin 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 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 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 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 bookshop and resource centre. Liz has been working with RISC since 2004.
Michele michele atkins
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.
Sharon sharon fitton
food4families co-ordinator
Bio coming soon.
Will will gooding
global cafe co-ordinator
Will has been managing the cafe since 2005.
Fiona 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.
Zainab zainab khan
events co-ordinator
Bio coming soon.
Bente 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.
Martib 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!
Anne 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 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 silvia rizzoli
world shop co-ordinator
Sylvia has been managing the shop since 2014.

other staff

Will will alliston-greiner
evening caretaker
Will helps to prepare meeting rooms, set up equipment, keep the centre clean and organise catering facilities.
Basanti basanti lama
shop assistant
Bio coming soon.
Emanuela emanuela marchiori
morning caretaker
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.
Katherine katherine meehan
shop assistant
Bio coming soon.