I was employed by British Airways for many years until my retirement in 2016. Prior to that I was self-employed within the construction industry. For over 20 years I have worked within the voluntary and community sector and, in addition to my role as Chair at Hamara, I have been a committee member of several community organisations. I am one of the founding members of Hamara. I am a keen advocate of community involvement and was instrumental in developing close working relationships with a wide range of partner agencies such as the police, the Local authority and other community groups. I have been a Trustee at Hamara since its inception as the South Leeds Elderly Group
For most of my working life I have worked in the voluntary sector. I have also worked as a nurse at age 18 and as secretary to the Roundhay Councillors in the early 2000’s.Through them I became involved with Community Action for Roundhay Elderly, one of the neighbourhood networks groups (NNGs). Since then I have been manager at Stanningley and Swinnow NNG and worked for Woodhouse and Little London NNG.
I officially retired in March 2016 and have been a volunteer at Hamara since April 2016; working with older ladies, dementia, ESOL and fundraising. I became a Trustee for Hamara in December 2016.
I have worked in adult social care for the past 26 years and have been on the board of both Unity housing association and PATH (positive action through housing). I have extensive knowledge of working with disadvantaged communities in inner city areas. I have also represented Faith in Leeds which brings together different faith groups working together and currently work within the integrated health and social care model. This aims to bring both adult social care and the health professional to work under one joint model. My day to day duties as a social welfare officer are to enable highly complex patients to remain living in the community with an intense package of care. I have been a Trustee at Hamara since 2006.
I was born, bred & educated in the U.K and I am a first generation male of Pakistani heritage. I have lived in Leeds for over 20 years and am a father and grandfather. My working life revolves around the ‘Health’ field, working in the NHS for over 10 years and currently in the Pharmaceutical Industry. I am one of the three founder members of Hamara HLC and have been part of many other local voluntary groups; a non-Executive director of South Leeds PCT and currently a director on the board of Healthwatch Leeds CIC.
I am passionate about Health & Social Care and community inclusivity. I believe we all have something we can offer to make this a better world to live in. I have been a Hamara Trustee since December 2016
I qualified as a Certified Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young (EY) in Leeds in 2010 and have a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Leeds (2007). Working within the Financial Services sector for over 8 years, I gained a wide experience of audit within different sectors and regulators.
In addition to accounting and audit, I have an avid interest in working with the local community and am a keen traveller and sportsman, playing both squash and football to a high standard. In 2015 I was honoured to receive the Mosaic Mentor of the Year Award presented by Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan. I joined the Board of Trustees at Hamara in 2013
I have lived in Leeds for 42 years and represent City & Hunslet Ward. My main priorities are community safety and tackling unemployment and under achievement in education. I have been a Councillor for 14 years and served on various panels and scrutiny boards including the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Police Authority, Police and Crime Panel and as Lord Mayor of Leeds in 2006/2007. I am currently a Trustee of Path Yorkshire (an organisation that helps disadvantaged people into employment), President of Hunslet Festival; Patron of South Leeds Community Alliance and a Leeds City Council representative of Association of Blind Asians (ABA). I have been a Trustee at Hamara since 2009.