Ratna Lachman started her career as a current affairs broadcaster and free-lance literary journalist in Singapore.

She came to the UK in 1990 to pursue a Masters degree in feminist studies at the University of Kent and went on to work with Yorkshire Arts and the Watermans Arts Centre in London. After a 6-month stint as a script editor at China Central Television she returned to England and joined The Monitoring Group, a national organisation supporting victims of racial harassment and discrimination.

She set up the Rural Racism Project, South West, an organisation that was at the forefront of challenging rural racism and challenging institutional and racial barriers facing BME communities. She was also instrumental in setting up Refugee First, the BME Coalition of Plymouth and the Anti-Racism Taskforce.

Ratna was appointed as the Director of JUST West Yorkshire in 2008 and under her stewardship the organisation has become a leading regional and national voice on racial justice, civil liberties and human rights.

In addition to her professional role, she chairs the Racial Justice in North Yorkshire project and is an activist.