Manisha joined as Treasurer and Trustee in July 2024, and this is her first Trustee role. Manisha is a Board Advisor and Chief Financial Officer, working with small and medium sized businesses to support their Senior Leadership Teams in financial planning, fundraising and strategy. Manisha trained as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG in audit and advisory and worked in Commercial Finance at EE, before spending over a decade building teams across Finance, Operations and HR in start-ups and scale-ups. 

"I developed alopecia areata during a stressful period of work just after I turned 40. I didn't know where to turn or how to cope with the feelings of loss and despair I was experiencing. Even though my hair loss wasn't noticed by others, I became self-conscious and sad, and it put strain on all aspects of my life. Alopecia UK's website was a great asset to me, and the stories I read gave me the courage to start talking to others about my condition. When I started opening up about it, other people came forward with stories and support, which helped me to cope and become more accepting of my condition. 

Alopecia UK is an amazing charity with incredible, motivated staff and volunteers, and I'm so pleased to be able to join the Board of Trustees and support all the fantastic work."