Christine Locke, Chair and Project Lead
Christine holds a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion and Public Health; Master of Arts in Community Cohesion Management; a post graduate diploma in Addictive behaviours; a post graduate diploma in French Translation; BA (Hons) in Modern European Languages (French/English) and a host of other degrees.
She is a qualified teacher, administrator, bilingual secretary, banker, community development and health promotion practitioner, to mention but a few, and a keen community activist who always advocates for social inclusion/cohesion, justice for all and work hard to ensure the operationalization of the theoretical principles of these areas – from the commissioning to delivery phases of community services, particularly, health and social care services. She abhors the use of terminologies such as:- “hard to reach” or “seldom heard” communities and believe that it is the excuse used by lazy and rigid individuals/organisations to not develop strategies for engaging and working with communities. Christine has developed culturally proficient toolkit which will enable individuals and systems to deliver culturally appropriate services to their clients.
Mrs Chris White, Trustee of Diversity House
Chris is currently the Director of Swale Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) and Volunteer Centre, the main umbrella organisation offering information and support to the voluntary and community sector in Swale. She has worked for Swale CVS for 23 years and started as a part time Volunteer coordinator working up to taking over as Director six years ago. Prior to this, she worked for Kent County Council Social Services recruiting volunteers to support children with both physical and learning disabilities. She believes in the ethos of volunteering and have enjoyed being a volunteer myself including agreeing to help out at a Cub Scout meeting for two weeks which turned into running the Cubs for over 20 years. Chris joined the SWEW committee as the Chairperson because she can understand how vital it is for women to have a voice and believes that this project could make a real difference in the lives of women in Swale.
Patrick Locke, Trustee of Diversity House
Mr Locke worked with the Royal Engineers where he served for 22years (full service). He also worked for Lloyds TSB (Business office) and the Millennium Dome, as the Facilities Manager. He has extensive experience in Facilities and Security Management and applies this to his position as a trustee in Diversity House.
Pastor Tunde-Jotham, Trustee of Diversity House
He is the Pastor of the New Covenant Church, Sittingbourne. With over ten years in ministry, he is committed to bringing the good news of Jesus Christ to people all over the world. Pastor Tunde was born and educated in South West Nigeria and was an academician before moving to the United Kingdom in 1990. On his arrival into the United Kingdom, he embarked upon a career in Local Government Housing rising to the position of a Principal Officer. This was then followed by a period of mortgage brokerage until his calling to start a branch of the New Covenant Church in Sittingbourne. Pastor Tunde is currently engaged in several community activities and is a much sought after Conference speaker. He is well known for his practical approach to the teaching of the Bible and has encouraged many to pursue a personal relationship with God. Pastor Tunde and his wife Tolu have two daughters and live in Sittingbourne.
Sean Talbot, Trustee of Diversity House
He has been involved in Diversity, Equalities and Social Inclusion for over 20 years. He enjoys showing people how Equalities and Social inclusion will lead to better business outcomes. He has won many awards for my work including Diversity Prison Officer of the year, an invitation to Buckingham Palace and meeting several Prime Ministers. He has continued to learn about Equalities and enjoy this process. He has a keen interest in Rugby and continue to be involved with this through my children. His involvement with Diversity House has been from the very start, passionate about ensuring that this very important charity continues to grow. Diversity House aims to promote community integration, re-integration, social inclusion and cohesion within the Swale and Kent communities. He believes that individuals, regardless of their race, ethnicity, age, gender etcetera, should be treated with dignity, respect and adequate opportunities to access services within the community.
Mrs Rosemary Dymond DL, Patron of Diversity House
A practising Headteacher for over 26 years, Chairman of the Thameside Schools Music Association and Trustee of the Local Learning Partnership also serving on local sports bodies. Trustee of Cobham College and Chairman of the Friends of Cobham Hall.
Harshita Singh is the Project Worker for Diversity House. She is involved with coordinating various projects, dealing with welfare issues as well as supporting the team with her administrative background. Also does marketing and public relations to raise the profile of the organisation’s services and campaigns; designing fundraising materials such as leaflets and flyers. She has degree in Mass Communication and is looking forward to more opportunities Diversity House will bring.
Our volunteers provide untiring help and support across a wide range of our operations, from office duties, to community outreach projects. We could not operate without them, in order to provide excellent service to the community and for this reason, we are highly grateful for their enthusiasm and energy.