Our Board Members

Savanah Taj


Shavanah Taj is the General Secretary of the Wales TUC. Prior to her current position she was the Welsh Secretary at the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS). A graduate of the TUC Organising Academy in London, Shavanah spent over a decade working for PCS, where she held a number of regional and national roles.

Cardiff born and raised, Shavanah grew up inspired by the values and principles of the trade union movement, her first insight came through the influence of her father, who was a Health and Safety representative in the steel works.

Passionate about equality, social justice and human rights, Shavanah believes these principles are essential in achieving a fairer society, both for now and for future generations to come, with worker and grassroots voices working together to create opportunities for sustainable and green economic growth that can be positively and equitably felt across all parts of society and communities across the whole of Wales.

Shavanah is one of the Independent Commissioners, helping shape the constitutional future of Wales. She is also a patron of Show Racism the Red Card Wales, and a trustee for the Henna Foundation which supports victims and survivors of domestic abuse and honour-based violence. Shavanah is an active trustee for the Bevan Foundation and the People’s Health Trust.

Savanah Taj

Margaret McLaughlin

Vice Chair

A trustee since 2015, she has worked in the third sector for more than 30 years in Scotland, London and Wales, including 15 years working for Welsh County Voluntary Councils. She was an Independent Member on Cardiff and Vale Health Board (third sector) and chair of the Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Sub Committee from 2007-2016. Margaret is also a Trusted Charity Mark (TCM) (formerly PQASSO) mentor and assessor.

Daxa Varsani


A Chartered Certified Accountant with extensive experience of working in finance and audit environment in Wales. She works for the Health Board as a Financial Accountant. Previously worked for the Wales Audit Office as a Financial Auditor.  Familiar and proficient in understand funding, reporting and governance arrangements within the Welsh Public Sector and any funded organisations/charities. An independent member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Social Care Wales.  

A member of Unison’s self-organised Black Members’ Group and a Black Member’s Officer she is the branch’s Treasurer and been involved in setting-up a BAME Network at my Health Board.

She passionately challenges patriarchy and inequality and provides support, advice and mentoring to women from her community.  Acutely aware of the matters such as child/forced marriages, domestic abuse and mental health issues.


Dr. Justna Muhith (Phd)

First generation ethnic minority, first family member going to University and being the first Muslim/Bengali, first woman or first black woman in numerous circumstances, facing the cultural pushback and overcoming it is her strength; and helping people find a voice and fighting to bring equity to society is her passion.

She works in the private sector but has always devoted spare time and energy in pursuits that progress BAME children, women and family and their integration into British society. During her Phd studies she conducted private tutoring and coaching for young, under privileged and under-represented families helping them prepare for university, exams and into work post education, particularly in STEM where her expertise lies.

She has worked as a professional development/life coach for women of ethnic minority backgrounds recently arrived in the UK to support them to integrate into British society; teaching the basics in English, sciences, history and other core topics, making doctor’s and other appointments, and filling out forms etc. In 2018 she participated in ‘Women’s Equality Network’ mentorship. In 2019 she won the ‘Ethnic Minority Welsh Women’s Achievement Association, contributions to science and technology award. In 2020 she joined the Women in STEM education subcommittee, to provide input from an ethnic minority perspective, to ensure BAME voices are heard and addressed in plans to grow the sector. She is currently driving a project in work to tackle inequalities around race and ethnicity in Europe, and she is a Justice of Peace at Cardiff Family Magistrates Court.

Rajma Begum

A Trustee since 2014, of Bangladeshi origin. She has worked in the public and third sector in many capacities, whilst working in Cardiff Council she worked tirelessly to create access to sports and culture to BAME communities. She currently sits in the board of Sports Wales and Project Manager, BME Sports Cymru at WCVA

Gwendoline Chi Ngum

A qualified teacher from Cameroon with a higher Diploma and a Master’s Degree. She has been the Director of a Marketing organisation; and was the regional/zonal coordinator of a Cameroonian based NGO called FGM supporting vulnerable women especially from War torn Countries. She has a Master’s Degree research on Commonwealth Studies, (Gender studies) on the marginalisation of women and advocating for women’s rights.

She worked for WCF organisation for six years in different projects in the capacity of Volunteer Development Officer and Advocacy Officer in the Golden Years Project.

Most recently she obtained a Master’s degree from Cardiff University as a qualified social worker and is presently practising as a frontline child protection social worker in the RCT Local authority. She supports Cameroonian Welsh Women in the capacity of their Advice, Advocacy and communication officer.

Aisha Ali

Aisha is a committed planning practitioner and educator.  Her work is underpinned by clear values and an approach to ethical practice that creates with communities and seeks to reduce inequalities.  Aisha has extensive experience  of working both in the public and private sector.

This blend of acting for ‘both sides’ has proven to be a powerful tool in understanding the dynamics, opportunities and challenges of working with diverse communities. She is passionate about meaningful community engagement and co-design in regeneration projects promoting good design, equality and positive impacts in creating inclusive, happy thriving urban areas.

Women of Influence 2022

Aisha Ali
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