Meet our Team

Fritha – Founder and CEO

Fritha is the creative entrepreneur behind the Secret Projects. During her 13-year career in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector, Fritha has worked in organisations both in the U.K. and abroad, including Save the Children, and led Adventure Ashram, a small grassroots charity raising funds for projects in India. It was during this time that she became aware of the diverse challenges that mothers face in India. She created Secret Projects in order to work with women as business partners rather than beneficiaries.

From a pilot project in 2013, Fritha was able to build a committed crowd created through numerous crowdfunding campaigns in order to transform Secret Projects into what it is today. Fritha believes that with the leadership team firmly in place, Secret Projects has a bright future, one which she is dedicated to for many years to come.

Fritha is delighted to introduce the rest of the global Secret Projects team…

Banke - Global Director of Finance and Operations

Banke is a Chartered Management Accountant (GCMA). She joined Secret Projects in 2017 after a career that has spanned retail, logistics and manufacturing, both in the for-profit and not-for profit sectors. Banke has held senior management positions with national companies, involving her and her team having responsibilities for achieving annual turnover budgets of circa £500 million and gross profit of £100 million.

She was also CEO of a social sector organisation that brought together agencies to work together in the interest of children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Nirmala - India Country Director

Nirmala is a ninja at developing relationships with people and we think she is one of India’s best corporate fundraisers. She can understand instinctively how a number of different people or organisations can work together for the benefit of all and towards a social outcome. Nirmala has been working in the development sector in India for over 22 years, leading successful bids with USAID, the European Union and other international grant givers. In addition to all of this, Nirmala is incredible at building the trust of our Makers and facilitating meetings with them where they feel comfortable enough to share what they really want to say rather than what they think we want to hear.

Lissy - Quality Controller

Lissy is from the tropical southern Indian state of Kerala, and holds over 15 years of experience working as a Quality Controller across India. She now lives in a quiet village area on the outskirts of Bengaluru with her family. She has been working as a Quality Controller for Secret Projects for 2 years and recently took on the role of Assistant Production Manager.

She travels long distances to meet our Maker Groups in different states in order to hold training sessions, to check their products and answer any queries or doubts they may have. She is well experienced in the textiles industry and is highly organised and meticulous!

Margaret – Communications Manager

Margaret has worked for over 20 years in the charity sector in various roles including Volunteer Management and Project Management as well as Fundraising and Comms. She began her career in the retail sector with John Lewis on their Management Training Programme. Margaret has a deep passion for India and spent 5 years working with a charity that supports small grassroots charities in South India. She is delighted to be a member of the Secret Projects team and to work with such inspirational colleagues and the Secret Projects Maker Groups. Margaret lives in London with her husband and son.

Rozario – Fulfilment Officer

Rozario is from Madurai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. He has significant experience in the textiles industry, having worked in diverse roles for Coats India for over 25 years. He is Secret Project India’s dedicated Fulfilment Officer. He works tirelessly to ensure that all Secret Products safely reach our customers. He is an expert in navigating the Indian postal system and is great friends with everyone who works at the local post office!

Shin – Assistant Marketing Manager

Shin is from Manipur in northeastern India. After completing his MBA degree at AAM Business School in Chennai, he took on the role of Assistant Marketing Manager at Secret Projects India. He says that since becoming involved with Secret Projects, he has become even more aware of the diverse challenges faced by women in India. He is pleased that his first job after university is one that has such a profound social impact. Beside from his professional career, Shin is a musician, playing guitar in a metal band.

Sophie Mitchell-Heggs - Graphic Designer and PR Manager

Sophie is from London and received her BA in Graphic Design from the Surrey Institute of Art and Design. She has acquired over 15 years experience in Graphic Design, Marketing and PR, beginning her career at The Daily Mail Group (DMG), which gave her a great grounding and provided her with valuable experience. Sophie is especially keen to use her skills for organisations that work towards causes she is passionate about and after having taken some time out to raise her 2 young sons, is delighted to have joined Secret Projects. Traveling to India is high up on her to do list!