Meet The Team

Meet The Team

Lorraine Briffitt


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Lorraine has worked in Reading for almost 20 years, in roles ranging from one-to-one contact with complex client groups, to management and directorship of teams and projects.  At Connect Reading, she brings her network of relationships and connections to help build Connect Reading’s positive impact on the Greater Reading area.  Lorraine is also the Chair of Reading City of Sanctuary, a Board Trustee of Beyond the Streets and a Community Advisor to the Thames Valley Police for the Reading area.

Grace Loweth

Projects & Membership Manager

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Grace completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Reading in Economics and loved it so much she hasn’t moved since. During her time at University, Grace was involved in volunteering and hosting events to fundraise, and even completed the Three Peaks for charity. She has since worked at Reading University Student’s Union (RUSU) as an elected Welfare Officer where she found her passion for community engagement.

Daanish Afzal

Finance & Payroll Manager

Daanish calls Reading home, having lived here his entire life. He joined the Connect Reading team at the end of June. Before coming to us he completed an apprenticeship at American Airlines. It was whilst he was there that he received recognition for his hard work when he received the Above & Beyond badge. He is also an associate at a charity in Pakistan that supports orphans, offering housing and employment opportunities.

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