Atiha Chaudry has over 25 years of experience within the public, voluntary and community sectors and has worked for a range of organisations including the National Association of Local Government Women’s’ Committees, Newcastle City Council, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), and since setting up her consultancy company, Equal Access Consultancy she has worked on many commissions locally, nationally and at an international level.
Atiha has lived and worked in Manchester for 25 years and has a great deal of knowledge of the area and its needs both at the local level and across the region. She has spent some of the time living and working abroad and had the experience of working for the Brunei Civil Service institute delivering training on a Women and Leadership programme.
Atiha was born and brought up in Kenya and undertook her early schooling in Nairobi .She than moved to the North East of England where she completed her further education . She graduated with a B.A ( Hons ) in Public Administration and has pursued a successful career in the public sector.
Atiha has extensive community and voluntary sector experience gained over many years of voluntary work in the community. She is passionate and committed to the community and voluntary sector and over the years has given her time generously to the sector. She has been a Board member for the Progress Trust ( Manchester), the Women’s Action Forum (Manchester), Saheli ( Newcastle ) the DfES National Steering Group on ICT and BME Communities ,the Manchester Council for Community Relations , the Urban Forum (National) , the Asian Parent Carer ( of disabled children ) project ( Manchester ), Rafiki Women’s group ( Manchester ) which she helped set up, and the Community Foundation for Greater Manchester.
Atiha is currently Chair of the Manchester BME network, the GM BME Network project and the Manchester Equalities Hub. She is a board member for the Manchester Settlement; the Centre for Local Economic Strategies and The Manchester Partnership. She has served as a Justice of the Peace at the Stockport Magistrates Court since 2001.
Atiha was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 2012.