About - Team & Board of Trustees

SAA-uk Team and Board are made of a small team of people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, knowledge and skills. The one thing they all have in common is a passion for ensuring arts and culture are made accessible to everyone and as far reaching as possible.

This is all achieved through their unique personalities working together for the greater good.

  • Keranjeet Kaur Virdee

    Chief Executive

    Keran's role as the C.E.O is one that she grew into organically very much in line with SAA-uk's own growth. For Keran the 'arts' is a vehicle to empower and unlock the creative potential in people and this is what drives her life and vision for the organisation.

    E keran@saa-uk.org

  • Darren Tiffney

    Finance & Operations Manager

    A firm member of the SAA-uk team, Darren joined in June 2010, and oversees the financial, operational and marketing output of South Asian Arts-uk.  He combines his mathematical skills (currently undertaking his CIMA qualifications) with his own Fine Art background for this challenging and varied role.
    E finance@saa-uk.org

  • Lorna Donaghy

    Learning and Participation Officer

    With strong interests in cultural heritage, music and the Arts and an in depth-experience of working in SA communities, Lorna has become well versed in Punjabi folk songs and has a lifelong passion for South Asian music. her key interests in the role include mentoring young adults, projects tailored to the older generation & striving for equal opportunities for women in the Arts.        E education@saa-uk.org

  • Paul French

    SAA-uk Chair

    With a day-job attempting to connect businesses with investment capital, Paul’s inspiration comes from the performing arts, both as performer and consumer. After over ten years connection with SAA-uk he continues to be inspired by the virtuosity of artists and the beauty of their performances. He plays golf as a penance.

  • Dr Jatinder Singh Mehmi

    Deputy Chair
    Day to day, Jatinder explores the interactions of social and economic factors and their relationship with the environment. Jatinder started his formal learning in Indian classical music as a part time student at the Leeds College of music while studying for his doctorate at the University of Leeds. This experience and enjoyment has kept him engaged ever since and now his children are learning and have surpassed his knowledge and playing ability, which they are keen to point out from time to time!

  • Pritpal Singh Pooni


    A Chartered Accountant by trade, specialising in delivering advisory and audit services to the Government and Public Sector, Pritpal has an academic background in Philosophy and Music. Away from work, he volunteers as a teaching assistant with the SAA-uk music academy, listens to live music, watches live sport and is never more than 3ft away from his Kindle.

  • Richard Noake


    Richard is Head of Department and principal lecturer in Theology and Religious studies at York St John University, as well as Director of Centre for Church School Education in the Diocese of Ripon and Leeds.

  • Wesley Zepherin


    Wesley joined SAA-uk's Board of Trustees in 2014, with a wealth of experience tackling diversity within the Arts, firstly as an arts office in the City of York, then as a Diversity officer and Relationship Manager for Arts Council England.  Wesley also serves as a director of J-Night an East Yorkshire Jazz Festival, and The Creativity Centre Educational Trust.