Indra joined ARE in 2014 as the Programme Manager for the Opening Doors Network programme – funded by (then) Department for Communities and Local Government to support BAME entrepreneurs to start their own business, bringing twenty years experience of managing programmes to the role.
Indra is one of the lead bid writers for ARE and this role involves developing ideas, writing the bid, producing project plans and budgets and when successful, setting up systems to manage and deliver programmes.
Over her years with ARE Indra has managed the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) Poverty and Ethnicity programme, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) East Works Careers programme, the Comic Relief/National Emergency Trust Global Majority Fund programme and is now managing the GLA’s Violence Reduction Unit Stronger Futures programme for ARE.
Prior to joining ARE, Indra worked within the race equality sector with a Further Education (FE) focus. She has also worked as a programme manager for a number of FE colleges and in recent years has led on work to develop new apprenticeship Trailblazer Standards.
Indra holds a degree in BEng in Manufacturing Systems Engineering but chose to start her career in the retail sector as a graduate management trainee before moving into the finance sector where she managed a number of IT related projects for large companies like RBS/Natwest.