Guests


Sangeeta JatiaSangeeta Jatia, Past International Director

Sangeeta Jatia, from Kolkata, West Bengal, India, was elected to serve a two-year term as a director of Lions Clubs International at the association’s 95th International Convention, held in Busan, Korea, June 22 through 26, 2012.

Past Director Jatia is an economics graduate from Calcutta University.

A member of the Calcutta Midtown Lions Club since 1988, she has held many offices within the association, including club president, district Sight First chair, district coordinator, vice district governor and multiple district Leadership chair. Additionally, she served as a member of Mission 30 and Team 20K, a GMT area leader, on the DGE Seminar Faculty and as coordinator of the India edition of LION Magazine.

In recognition of her service to the association, she has received numerous awards including Lion of the Year, Membership Advancement Key, six Extension Awards, 11 International President’s Awards and the Ambassador of Good Will Award, the highest honor the association bestows upon its members. She is also a Progressive Melvin Jones Fellow.

Past Director Jatia and her spouse, Arvind, also a Lion, have two children.


Speakers at Convention 2020



Insights from a PhD into Service Clubs

Dr David YatesDr David Yates BSc MSc PgDip PhD ACMA CGMA FHEA

David Yates is currently a Lecturer in Accounting at Aston Business School. Hailing from Stoke-on-Trent, he studied both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, before going on to teach at the same institution in 2009. David has also worked in industry, qualifying as a Chartered Management Accountant in 2014, and occupying finance roles at several companies including household names such as the 4U Group and New Look Retailers. He returned to academia in 2015 to study for his PhD, completing this in 2019. He has published articles in internationally recognised research journals, including his latest publication entitled ‘The Internal Accountability Dynamic of UK Service Clubs: Towards more intelligent accountability?’, published in 2019 in ‘Accounting Forum’. David is a regular on the UK accounting and finance conference circuit, having presented his research at The Centre for Social and Environmental Accounting Research Annual Conference for the past four years, the British Accounting and Finance Association Conference in 2018, and other various accounting conferences and workshops in Edinburgh, Leicester, Sheffield, Belfast and Birmingham. He was previously a plenary speaker at the Rotary District 1060 conference in 2018, and more recently, the Lions District 105M Convention in 2019.

David’s talk reflects on his PhD entitled: ‘The Role, Status and Accountability of UK Service Clubs: An exploratory study’. He will reflect on his time studying service clubs, disseminate the findings of his research, and propose some potential avenues for the continuity of service into the future. His aim is to invoke debate and critical reflection on service club membership.



3 Million Steps - To help people with brain injuries and their families

Zara Dyer

Zara Dyer

I have been a qualified Scuba Diving Instructor since 2008 and stumbled across a diving job in Portsmouth where I met my partner, Ian. We have worked different jobs around the world from teaching Scuba Diving in Fiji, to guiding tourists around reefs in the Caribbean and nursing in New Zealand. 

I love exploring so Ian and I took travel advantage of living in different locations by visiting their neighbouring countries too. We’ve never spent much money on material things as these can disappear, but experiences can never be taken away. Good and bad experience are all relevant and this challenge is another one we’ll accomplish together.


Ian BrownIan Brown

Ian – Since Zara’s accident I have become her primary carer, which has given me a completely different outlook on life. I think that we all take the little things in life for granted, but until you have something taken away from you you really don’t realise how important they are. As if the planning, training and preparation for the walk wasn’t enough I have recently started an undergraduate degree in Business and Tourism.

The journey so far has been tough but it gets a little easier everyday and to complete the walk with Zara by my side will be one of the proudest days in my life.