Circle Steele


Circle Steele has been involved in the Chinese community since 1990. She was the Youth Development Officer at Wai Yin. Together with the Halifax Bank, on behalf of Wai Yin, she won the British Diversity Gold Award for involving Chinese young people in employment.

Subsequently, she worked as a Regional Development Officer to promote healthy living throughout the Northern Region. She was an Associate Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University until 2005. In partnership with The Children’s Society during 2012-2013, she was a Research Associate for the Young Heritage Research Project funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).  From 2005 – 2013, she worked at The Children’s Society as a Programme Manager, managing at both operational and strategic levels, and consistently championing children and young people work in the North West.  She was pleased to receive an award, on behalf of the Young Heritage project, for developing Community Voice.

She received an invitation from Her Majesty to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on 8 July 2008 to acknowledge the contribution she had made to society.

She has studied International Development at Cambridge University and is a member of the Global Development Professional Network.  She continues to champion and serve the community.

Circle is currently serving as the CEO of Wai Yin Society. She shares responsibilities of the running of the organisation with Yen Siang Tan.

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