MEET THE TDAS TRUSTEES
Sofia Higgins - Chair
Sofia Higgins is an Equality Specialist, leading on the areas of Women and Race, at Manchester City Council. She joined the board in 2008 and remains deeply committed to positive outcomes for those experiencing domestic abuse. Sofia lives in Trafford and started her career in the voluntary sector with Stretford Citizens Advice Bureau. After specialising in Welfare Rights, Social Welfare Law and tribunal representation work, she joined Manchester City Council’s - Manchester Advice service, the UK’s first Local Authority anti-poverty unit. She then qualified to teach, writing and delivering qualifications to both budding and experienced tribunal representatives, in addition to providing consultancy on very complex cases. After a 15-year career in Welfare Rights, Sofia moved into Workforce Planning and Development continuing to grow people within an organisational context focusing on business development and strategy. She continues to work with the third sector across Greater Manchester both in a liaison role and as a business and organisational development consultant. Sofia holds an MSc in Leadership and is currently undertaking PhD research to develop Women’s leadership within the Third Sector.
Andy is the head of APSE Solutions, the consultancy arm of APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence). APSE is a local government support organisation, headquartered in Trafford, with members across the UK. A well as managing the service Andy is an experienced consultant in his own right specialising in procurement, business development and strategic issues.
Andy was for 12 years a member of Bradford Council and also served on the West Yorkshire Police Authority. He has worked in youth work, residential social work, education welfare and for 12 years before joining APSE, was a senior manager with a voluntary sector organisation working in the field of homelessness and welfare rights. He has also been a member of the Legal Services Commission of the Legal Aid Board, an alternate Director of Leeds/Bradford Airport, Chair of a Regeneration Partnership Board and a School and College Governor.
Andy holds an MSc in Social Policy and Planning from the LSE and a BA (Hons) in Social Administration.
Judith Lloyd - Vice Chair
Judith is the current Vice-Chair of Trustees and a long-standing member of the Trust Board of TDAS. She has been involved with TDAS since the 1990s. She is a local councillor and Armed Forces and Veterans champion. Previously she was Chair of the Health Scrutiny Committee, Mayor of Trafford and is a retired Justice of the Peace.
Judith is a Governor at two Trafford Schools, a primary and a secondary. She has a particular interest in Safeguarding.
Vicky has lived in Trafford for over 35 years and worked in Education since 2013, currently, in the Safeguarding, Pastoral and Attendance team at a Manchester Girls' school where she moved from a Trafford based Multi Academy Trust Teaching School. Prior to working in Education, she was a Customer Service Manager for over 25 years in an FTSE 100 advertising company.
Aneesa Rahman - Treasurer
Aneesa has worked for Manchester City Council for 16 years and is now an Appeals Officer there. She became involved in voluntary work after working in various community organisations and training as a counsellor. She is a School Governor in Manchester and also volunteers with Cruse Bereavement Care. Her children were educated in Trafford.
Kombo is a Human Resources professional who has worked in both the private and public sector over the last 9 years. Having spent much of her career living and working in Greater Manchester she became involved with TDAS at the end of 2019. She is passionate about the work of TDAS and the third sector and is honoured to use her skills and experience in her first Trustee role.
She is currently completing an Executive MBA in Senior Leadership at Manchester Metropolitan University.