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Meet the Team

UCLan’s Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL) is led by Dr Alethea Melling, MBE.  The CVCL team has gained a world-class reputation for designing and delivering courses, community cohesion projects and action-led research.

  • Dr Alethea Melling, MBE

    Dr Alethea Melling, MBE

    Alethea Melling is the Director of the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL) and has spent more than 25 years working with young people and local communities.

  • Ridwanah Gurjee

    Ridwanah Gurjee

    Ridwanah is the MA Programme Course Leader and a lecturer in Community Leadership. She co-ordinates UCLan's volunteering programme whilst developing CVCL's undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

  • Rebecca Steel

    Rebecca Steel

    In her role as Project Officer, Becky co-ordinates the day-to-day running of the Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership (CVCL).

  • Wajid Khan

    Wajid Khan

    Wajid is Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Community Leadership.

  • Yasmeen Ali

    Yasmeen Ali

    Yasmeen is a lecturer in Community Leadership and a project worker with a particular interest in youth and gang culture.

  • Dr Mahmood Chandia

    Dr Mahmood Chandia

    Mahmood Chandia has a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies and is a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Islamic Studies.

  • Jenny Lamb

    Jenny Lamb

    Jenny is a Senior lecturer in Community Leadership, specialising in Peer Led Education. She co-ordinates a number of projects including Touch and Ambassadors for the Future.