Board of Trustees

Shakeel Meer – Chair

Shakeel has worked across the community, voluntary, private and public sectors in a variety of roles but always with a focus on equality and justice. He has worked in regeneration managing projects linked to education, employment and training and spent a year with the Community Cohesion Unit advising local governments. He recently took early retirement from the Prison Service after taking HMP Leeds to become the first prison to achieve Leaders in Diversity.

Marianne Ward – Deputy Chair 

Retired, formerly held a senior post in the Probation Service.

Imam Yunus Miah – Board Member

Imam Yunus Miah became an Imam in 2003. From this point on he has worked in various different capacities with young people before becoming a chaplain in the prison service. He is now the Muslim chaplain at HMPYOI Wetherby. Over the years he feels that his specialism has evolved in working with young people in a faith capacity. He is keen to see young people established well back into the community.

Trish Sandbach – Board Member

Trish retired from Leeds Development Education at the end of December 2012 after more than 30 years working in Global Education in partnership with teachers and students. For seventeen of these years she was part of Oxfam’s Education Department hence her experience of inequality and poverty overseas has led her to campaign on these issues in the UK as well as in the global South. She recognises the privilege of doing work that has been fully in accord with her values: challenging injustice, supporting human rights and celebrating diversity. Currently she is the Vice-Chair of the Justice and Peace Commission of the Diocese of Leeds and a council member of Leeds Church Institute. She has experience of working in the voluntary sector and understands the ethos, practice and challenges of this sector. Trish was born in Somerset but has lived in Yorkshire for 40 years so would hope she is a “Yorkshire Woman” by adoption!.

Peter Rosser – Board Member

Father Peter is a part time chaplain at HMP Wakefield.

Imam Usman Mohammed – Board Member 

Managing Chaplain at HMP Leeds, joined the WYCCP board of Trustees in February 2015.