A picture of Anu Priya. They are wearing a yellow top and dark red dungarees, a nose piercing, gold colour earrings and black framed glasses. They have short black hair and are smiling.

I am a values-based, systems-driven strategic leader with over a decade’s experience in the not-for-profit sector in India and the UK. Central to my experiences as a queer, migrant person of colour is a strong understanding and lived experience of systemic oppression.

Throughout my career, I have found the sector to be exploitative and extractive of minoritised and racialised people. I have experienced first-hand discrimination when attempting to challenge organisations and leaders to be anti-racist in my work. Tired of coming up against systemic oppression and institutional gate-keeping by well-meaning ‘good’ people with ‘good intentions’ perpetuating harm, I decided to stand firm against racism and invest in my own power.

I have trained, consulted on and facilitated conversations on EDI on a freelance basis for over three years. Some of the organisations I have worked with include: Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Two Ridings Community Foundation, Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds, National Breastfeeding Helpline, University of York, York St John University and Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

I am also a highly skilled and experienced fundraiser and offer ad hoc fundraising support to organisations.