Introducing three fantastic guest speakers to launch our first ever Gather networking event taking place Monday 28th, Svetlana Parmar, Gina Samuel and Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella.  
Introducing three fantastic guest speakers to launch our first ever Gather networking event taking place Monday 28th, Svetlana Parmar, Gina Samuel and Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella. 
Svetlana Parmar 
Svetlana Parmar was appointed to the English Partnership for Snooker and Billiards (EPSB) Board of Directors in January 2021 as a Non-Executive Director. 
Originally from Russia, Svetlana is an entrepreneur who has been responsible for several successful businesses and projects. After moving to the UK in 2010 she almost immediately joined her husband in running The Winchester, a thriving members only, snooker and pool club in Wigston, Leicestershire. 
Svetlana’s passion for cue sports started with learning how to play pool at the age of 14, following which she transitioned to playing Russian Pyramid competitively all the way to the national and international level. Having seen snooker whilst watching Eurosport, she immediately fell in love with the sport and began a journey that would take her to the UK. 
Whilst managing her business interests, Svetlana continues to play snooker and pool at The Winchester, taking part in tournaments and competitions. She has also helped World Snooker Tour to promote snooker in Russia as an interpreter and translator. 
Away from cuesports, Svetlana’s other passions include educating herself and others on healthy living including the basics of nutrition and how to start in yoga. 
Svetlana will be sharing her experiences and thoughts regarding equality for the genders, specifically in male dominated industries and sports. 
Gina Samuel Richards 
Gina Samuel-Richards, Family Solicitor, specialises in dealing with issues around marriage breakdowns and has in-depth experience of law matters with children. 
Gina has a strong social ethic, and this has influenced her interests in other areas. She has been a School Governor for some 10 years and was formerly Vice-Chair at Shenton Primary School, where she also chaired the Health and Safety Committee, and was part of the Headteachers performance panel. 
Gina Chaired the Interim Trust Board which founded the Attenborough Learning Academy, academising 4 schools in Leicester. Gina has been a Member of the Multi-academy Trust for some 3 years now. 
Over the past 20 or so years Gina has worked with various charities in the Leicester area, as either a Trustee or Legal Advisor to the board. She is currently a Legal Advisor to a local charity, advising on business and governance structures, contracts, HR support and other policy and procedures. Gina is also Vice-President of Leicestershire Law Society and sits on the Family and Editorial subgroups. 
Gina has also been a speaker at the University of Leicester on the issue of FGM and delivered legal lectures on the radio. She has also previously lectured on courses certificated by the University of Leicester. 
Having lived in Leicester for most of her life, she is passionate about giving back to the community and embracing the diverse communities it offers. 
Eugenia Caracciolo di Torella 
Eugenia is a lecturer of family law for the University of Leicester. Following a very short spell in private practice she decided to pursue the academic route and focus on building her career in teaching and research. 
Before joining Leicester, she taught at Durham and Sussex Universities. 
Interested in the impact of the principle of gender equality on various aspects of law and policy, Eugenia is particularly interested in the policies and legislation for the reconciliation of work and family life, publishing on this area extensively. 
Since 2009, Eugenia has contributed to PROGRESS, an EU commission founded project aimed at promoting gender equality. 
At Leicester University she is the Law School Equality Champion and the portfolio holder for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the College of Social Science, Arts and Humanities. 
We are thoroughly looking forward to greeting all of our guests, hearing about each of their extraordinary journeys and the discussions that will inevitably be invited by their presentations. 
Gather is a networking event with a purpose, bringing together academics, charities and businesses with one shared goal: actively improving issues within the community. 
Each of our bi-monthly events will focus on a sustainable development goal (February 28th is SDG 5 Gender Equality) featuring inspiring keynote speakers and group activities designed to promote solution-driven discussions. 
Gather welcomes pro-active, purpose-driven individuals who are not afraid to delve into the gritty problems of our modern world. 
We believe the key to future action is effective collaboration between sectors. 
Our aim is to provide this common space for sharing and inciting ideas for solutions. 
Together, we can make change happen. 
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