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Trustees & Patrons

Phoenix is overseen by an experienced board of trustees, drawn from local business, education, arts and finance organisations, and is also supported by two honorary Patrons.
Ali Sinclair Phoenix trustee

Ali Sinclair

Chair of Trustees.

About Ali
Suzanne Overton-Edwards portrait

Suzanne Overton-Edwards

Vice Chair of Trustees and former Principal, Gateway College.

About Suzanne

Dilip Kavi 

Former Group Chief Executive of one of the largest hybrid public-private property companies in England. Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.  

About Dilip

Adam Clarke

Adam is a councillor in Leicester and is appointed to the board by the city mayor. He served on the city council executive for nine years and was deputy city mayor between 2017 and 2024.

About Adam

Kaaeed Mamujee

Kaaeed brings to Phoenix his commercial and financial knowledge and skills together with board level experience over the past 15 years.

About Kaaeed
Catherine Kersey

Catherine Kersey

Catherine has extensive experience in hospitality, food & beverage and commercial business development.

About Catherine
Ben Carpenter Phoenix trustee

Benedict Carpenter van Barthold

Principal Lecturer Fine Art, Nottingham Trent University.

About Ben
Colin Sharpe Phoenix trustee

Colin Sharpe

Head of Finance, Leicester City Council.

About Colin
Jane Smith

Jane Smith

Dramatherapist working in the social care sector.

About Jane

Jill Cowley

Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Design and Humanities, De Montfort University.

About Jill

Professor Justin Smith

Professor of Cinema and Television History at De Montfort University and director of DMU’s Cinema and Television History Institute.

About Justin
Lisa Jones Phoenix trustee

Lisa Jones

Global events and PR manager, Triumph Motorcycles.

About Lisa
Shobna Bazzaz

Shobna Bazzaz

Shobna brings extensive business and commercial experience from across several blue chip companies.

About Shobna
Surinder Sharma

Professor Surinder Sharma DL

National Director, Equality & Human Rights for the Department of Health and the NHS.

About Surinder