Sumita Shah
Sumita Shah

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Sumita has a long career and has worked in different workplace settings. She is also a workplace mediator. She is therefore aware of and has experience of difficult and stressful workplace situations that can contribute to the health and well-being of employees. She is keen to support line managers to better understand the signs and symptoms of mental ill health to enable them, in turn, to better support their staff through stressful situations.

Sumita has also worked in a humanitarian and volunteering role since 2006. She is passionate about her humanitarian work and supporting the homeless and refugee population. With increased mental ill health in both these groups, she is keen to staff, volunteers and interpreters that work directly with vulnerable people.

Sumita delivers the mental health courses with an anti-racist lens helping delegates, wherever they are in their organisations or communities, to play their part in removing stigma and racial disparities.

Work Experience

Sumita has a long history of volunteering in humanitarian settings and is founder of various social media hubs providing strategic leadership, operational and logistical support to grassroots agencies and volunteers in emergency situations. She mentors long-term volunteers, provides advice and guidance to them and delivers training to new volunteers.

Her work with the homeless and refugee sectors led to her working with people with mental ill health, some of which has remained undiagnosed because of the transient nature of these groups of vulnerable people. Watching the difficulties that volunteers have experienced in supporting both refugees and homeless people encouraged her to first obtain the MHFA First Aid Certificate and then to become an MHFA England Instructor.

In her other work, Sumita has dedicated her career to improving public financial management, and is passionate about supporting organisations around the world to achieve their full potential. For more information see:

Sumita also previously held Board level positions with two charities and was a member of the Crisis at Christmas Steering Group. She was most recently a trustee of Crea8ing Community, a Liverpool based Charity whose primary aim is to build the resilience, mental health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. She is an observer member on a UNHCR Greece National Communications with Communities Working Group. She is also a member of the International Advisory Group of the Public Finance by Women and was previously a mentor on PFW's Global Mentoring Programme.


Sumita is an ICAEW Chartered Accountant (ACA), a CIPFA Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA), and a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (MAAT).

She is an ADR Group Accredited Mediator for civil and commercial and workplace dispute resolution.

Sumita is a Mental Health First Aider Instructor Member (delivering MHFA accredited courses independently through her own company) and is also a MHFAider with MHFA England.

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