SOAR - Nottingham Chapter

Launched in April 2017, Nottingham is SOAR’s third Chapter in the United Kingdom. The first Armenian community in Britain was formed in Manchester in the 19th century. Comprised of textile traders, small manufacturers and retailers, the first Armenian Church was opened in 1870. The Armenian population in Great Britain is approximately 18,000, living primarily in London and Manchester.


Shakeh Haladj-Asminian

Shakeh was born and raised in London and graduated from University of Liverpool with a BA (Hons) in French and Hispanic Studies.

Shakeh then pursued a career in Events Management in one of the UK’s leading event management and event marketing service providers to the IT, association and professional services industries.

Outside of work her hobbies include playing basketball and she is part of a local West London women’s basketball team and she also has a passion for travelling and developing new relationships. She has also volunteered for 2 summers for the Land and Culture – Birthright Armenia Organisation where the work consisted of helping to reconstruct the local Armenian church and cemetery in the village of Yeghvart.

Kristina Vardanyan 

Kristina was born in Batumi, Georgia, but lived in Yerevan until 2008. Since then she has lived in Nottingham.

Kristina earned her BA with Honors in Sociology with Distinction from Nottingham Trent University. She continued on earning her MA in Research Methods with Merit from the University of Nottingham. Kristina is currently enrolled in the PhD Program in Migration and Diaspora Studies at the University of Kent.

Although currently a doctoral researcher and graduate teaching associate, Kristina has held positions as a project manager, tutor, and postgraduate reasearcher.