The Team

DSN-UK - TrusteesPatrons:Singh BahalRob Marris MPDr Aidan McQuadeJean Lambert MEPProfessor Mary GreyDr...

DSN-UK – Trustees

Honorary Chair

Jeremy Corbyn MP

Chair Elect

Dr Corinne Lennox


Kate Solomeyina



Rev David Haslam MBE



Ramesh Gautam



Tom Palakudiyil


Shiv Shukla


Ramani Leathard


Isobel Black

Meena Varma


Meena Varma

The Labour Party Leader 

He was elected Member of Parliament for Islington North since 1983 and a Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dalits.

Jeremy Corbyn has been raising important questions in relation to caste discrimination within the Parliament and the government’s consultation process.


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.

Finance Manager at the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI)

After graduating from the University of Ivano-Franko, Ukraine in 2000 with a degree in Business Finance, she moved to the UK to continue with her studies towards an accounting qualification. Over the last 11 years Kate has worked in finance roles at not for profit organisations, the last six of which have been as the finance manager of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI).

Her previous work experience includes Tommy’s charity, who fund research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth; CL:AIRE, which concentrates on sustainable land reuse; and the Barrow Cadbury Trust, which provides funding to support work with others to bring about structural change for a more just and equal society.

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.

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’.

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.

Senior Social Work Consultant, Ealing Council

Born in a village in Uttar Pradesh, Shiv lived in Delhi, where he gained a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Psychology from the University of Delhi, and Mumbai, where heearned my Masters in Social Work, before moving to the UK in 2006. Currently working with Ealing Council as a Senior Social Work Consultant, he is registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council and part of the governing body of Elliot Foundation for Hillingdon Primary School.

Christian Aid, Regional Manager for the Middle East and Asia

Ramani comes 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.

Meningitis Now

Isobel visited India regularly over a decade while working as a senior systems analyst for an American airline.  She then moved to New Delhi for three years, establishing outsourcing companies for multi-national airline reservation systems. When fighting to recruit and promote Indian staff on merit, Isobel became keenly aware of the issues of caste, its restrictions and the breadth of opportunities closed to Dalits.  Isobel has maintained a keen interest in these issues and is now using her project management skills to help DSN-UK.

Director, Dalit Solidarity Network UK

Meena has been Director of Dalit Solidarity Network UK (DSN-UK) since 2007. She was previously Deputy Chief Executive of the Directory of Social Change.

Meena is the Chair of the Board of the International Dalit Solidarity Network and Vice Chair of the Council of Minority Rights Group International. She is also a Board member and Treasurer of the Ethical Trading Initiative.


Singh Bahal

Rob Marris MP

Dr Aidan McQuade

Jean Lambert MEP

Professor Mary Grey

Dr Vincent Manoharan

John Montagu, Earl of Sandwich