Nisha Sharma was appointed to the board of AbilityNet in January 2004. For 9 years she was also a trustee of APE Media, a community media training charity. She is an award winning broadcast and print journalist. She specialises in the arts, health, disability, Asian and social interest stories for the BBC, Libas International Magazine, Break FM Radio, Arthritis News, Radio Netherlands and others with the media company Wish Hard, and voluntarily. She has interviewed many notable personalities. In 2000, Nisha was awarded the CRE Race in the Media Award for Promising Young Journalist 2000 and in 2006 she received a TMG Award for Journalism and Presenting.
Nisha has a BA Honours in English and Drama from Surrey University and an MA in Theatre from Royal Holloway College University of London and a Postgraduate Diploma in Broadcast Journalism from City University. She has also experienced being an exchange student at Michigan State University and L’Universite´ Paris-8.
Most of Nisha’s career has been on a part-time basis, post a traumatic stroke at the young age of 23, after the sudden onset of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. She has been a client of AbilityNet since 1996. Prior to being a journalist, Nisha had a theatre career cut short and worked alongside actress Kate O’Mara.
Nisha is an effective public speaker and champions the work of AbilityNet. Her charity interests are in the homelessness charity Crisis, Lupus UK and fundraising.