The Team

DSN-UK - Trustees Honorary Chair Jeremy Corbyn MP The Labour Party Leader Chair John Cropper Director...

DSN-UK – Trustees


Honorary Chair

Jeremy Corbyn MP

The Labour Party Leader



John Cropper

Director of Project Services for LINGOs – Learning in NGOs

John joined the DSN Board as the new Chair in 2014. He has worked in the NGO sector for over 20 years. He worked for the British Council and Oxfam GB.

He has been working as the Director of Project Services for LINGOs – Learning in NGOS – since 2011. John also sits on the Board of PM4NGOs – the NGO that delivers the Project Management for Development Professionals certification – which he also helped to create.

He was formerly the Vice Chair of Anti-Slavery International.

Dr Corinne Lennox

Vice Chair

Dr Corinne Lennox

Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Associate Director, Human Rights Consortium, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Her research focuses on issues of minority and indigenous rights protection, civil society mobilisation for human rights and on human rights and development. Corinne has worked for many years as a human rights practitioner and trainer with various NGOs, including at Minority Rights Group International (2001-2006). She has been a consultant on minority rights for the UNDP, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues and the Swiss government. Dr. Lennox was the first President of the Essex Human Rights Alumni Association (EHRAA). She is also a member of the UK Network on Minority Groups and Human Rights.



Martin Hubbard

Finance Manager at Charities Finance Group

With a wealth of expertise in Management and Financial Accounts and Financial Systems, Martin is now the Finance Manager at the Charities’ Finance Group. Until 2014 he was the Finance Manager was at Anti Slavery International.

Previously, he worked for Surrey County Council in a variety of roles including over ten years as either a Management/Service Accountant or a Finance Manager.



Rev David Haslam MBE


Founder of DSN-UK

Author of Caste Out! The Liberation Struggle of the Dalits of India

Previously a Methodist Minister and Secretary of the British Council of Churches’ Community and Race Relations Unit and its successor, the Churches’ Commission for Racial Justice




Ramesh Gautam

Company Director of RUN Healthcare

Ramesh was born in Meerut close to New Delhi in a Dalit family. He completed his eduction up to graduation in Meerut. He aspired to become a civil servant in India and passed ICS examinations twice but was unable to get past the interview stage due to caste discrimination.

He went on to gain a Doctoral Degree in Mental Heath on an Indian Government fellowship from NIMHANS (National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences).

He then moved to the UK where he worked with various NHS trusts and PCTs, where he was a Clinical Director. In 2012 started a hospital and healthcare management consultancy called ‘RUN Healthcare’



Tom Palakudiyil

Head of Asia region WaterAid

He oversees and coordinates WaterAid’s work in Bangladesh, India, Nepal and Pakistan.

He is also the thematic lead person on sanitation in WaterAid. Tom has over 15 years of experience in the development sector in India and South Asia. Prior to joining WaterAid, he worked for Christian Aid, first as Country Director for India, and subsequently as Regional Manager for South Asia.

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Rekha Rajkumar

Programme Advisor at The Brooke

Rekha has been engaged in the social development sector since 1986. She has extensive experience of field level programme and people management in India working in various local Non-governmental organisations and International Non-governmental organisations like Save The Children (U.K.), German Development Cooperation, and Plan International ( India).

Her expertise lies in designing and managing projects and teams for integrated community development encompassing the issues of poverty alleviation, children’s participation, gender empowerment, natural resources management, community participation, organisational development, etc. She has extensive experience of working closely with the marginalised communities of India and developed a fair amount of understanding on the socio economic milieu. She has graduated in Psychology and has a Masters in Social Work from the Delhi University.

Ramani Leathard


Ramani Leathard

Christian Aid, Regional Manager for the Middle East and Asia

Ramani hails from Sri Lanka and has been working for Christian Aid in the field of International Development for nearly 25 years in a number of roles. She is currently the Regional Manager for South East Asia. Prior to this she was the Country Manager for Burma and Regional Communications Manager for Asia and the Middle East. Her experience in development includes programme strategy, advocacy and communications for Christian Aid’s work in India, Israel/Palestine, Sri Lanka and Burma.When the DSN was initially set up Ramani was the secretary and also managed Christian Aid’s grant to the network.

Meena Varma


Meena Varma


Director, Dalit Solidarity Network UK


Singh Bahal

Rob Marris MP

Dr Aidan McQuade

Jean Lambert MEP

Rodney Bickerstaffe

Professor Mary Grey

Dr Vincent Manoharan

John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich