Nominated by: Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Dr Geeta Ludhra lives in the Chilterns, after living in Slough, Hounslow and Nottinghamshire. She was raised within humble circumstances, as the daughter of first-generation South Asian parents who settled from India in the early 60s. Geeta’s heritage, education journey and research interests bring a unique lens as a Board Member. Geeta is passionately committed to diversity and representation in relation to natural landscapes as inclusive green spaces for all (Glover Review, 2019). She is keen to encourage new audiences to enjoy the beauty and charm of the Chilterns. Geeta runs a monthly walking group to encourage people to connect with nature for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
Geeta works as a Lecturer in Education at Brunel University, where she teaches across Postgraduate programmes and engages in academic research– she is currently researching her book on ‘successful’ South Asian woman. Her background is rooted in primary school teaching and leadership, where she has worked across diverse London schools, specialising in English. Her working interests touch on women’s studies, social inclusion in education, anti-racism, and respectful ways of working with more ‘hard-to-reach’ communities.
As part of her community interests, Geeta runs a registered community enterprise, where she promotes intergenerational heritage cooking and storytelling, monthly nature walks and leads a women’s writing group.
Geeta has two grown-up daughters, and her relaxation interests include entertaining with heritage Indian cooking, watercolour painting (self-taught beginner), photography, nature walks and creative writing.
Geeta was appointed as a Chilterns Conservation Board Member in July 2021.
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