A passionate and articulate advocate for equality, Natalia-Nana Lester-Bush has chaired panels and hosted sessions on gender and equality ranging from the United Nations to local community female empowerment events. Natalia-Nana is the Diversity & Inclusion Specialists for National Trust in London, leading their work on diversity across London and the South East.
Previously, she Project Managed the Diversity and Inclusion work at the international development charity, Tearfund(2018-2019). Prior to her return to work in the Third Sector, Natalia-Nana was a teacher of Religious Studies, Ethics & Philosophy (2009-2014), before leaving teaching to undertake a Masters in Education, Gender & International Development at UCL (2013-2015) which led her move into the field of Sex and Gender-Based Violence (2016-2018). This builds on her years working with young people in the care system and with children with severe disabilities and special educational needs (2004-2008).
Her work in equality and inclusion is complemented by the work she does in anti-trafficking; in 2012 Natalia-Nana founded and leads a local community action group, Harrow Against Trafficking, which raises awareness about modern slavery and raises funds to support anti-trafficking initiatives. Alongside this and her work at the National Trust, Natalia-Nana has been a consultant and facilitator with Stop the Traffik since 2011, leading sessions in schools to raise awareness about the signs of Trafficking. This work in community awareness and equality links back to the work she did in her early Graduate years managing projects building cultural harmony in diverse communities (2001-2004).