Deshni Pyndiah


Deshni Pyndiah is a RIO Consultant based in our Bristol office and has been working with us since 2014.

Deshni’s work spans a wide range of areas from research and evaluation, challenge-based learning projects, grant funded programme delivery through to consultancy support. Her knowledge of social enterprise supports a wide range of organisations to harness innovative approaches and business models to become more sustainable and resilient. Through RIO’s position as Arts Council’s South West Bridge organisation, Deshni offers specialist support to the arts and cultural sector, across West of England, Gloucester and Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole, to ensure young people connect to arts and cultural opportunities.

With over 10 years’ experience working in the third sector for national organisations, in project delivery and management positions, she brings a breadth and depth of skills and experience to RIO. Deshni’s passions are firmly rooted in innovation, creativity and all things social enterprise and her purpose is centred on using social enterprise to empower individuals to equip them for life in the 21st century.

“While the world is transforming at an astonishing rate improving lives for many, inequality in various forms stills exists.  I believe that every person regardless of background, should have the access to the same opportunities, but not everyone will have the skills or support networks to help them reach these.

Through my work I aim to empower individuals and communities with skills and opportunities, so they can live more rewarding lives. At a strategical level, this means enabling schools, organisations and businesses to ‘think differently’ and solve problems using social enterprise, helping to achieve their key objectives, but create social impact for wider communities too.  Every day is different working at RIO but sitting at core of our work is an ambition to solve local challenges and support people to make a difference in their lives and the world around them.”

With a strong commitment to supporting young people to reach their full potential and advocating for inclusion and diversity wherever possible, outside of RIO Deshni is a non-executive director for social enterprise Saffron Records, a music education platform for women and is subcommittee member for Bristol Plays Music, the city’s music hub run by Bristol Music Trust.

Portrait of Deshni