Mohammed Farouk Farouk– Board Chair & Trustee

Farouk is currently employed by British Airways but was formerly self-employed within the construction industry. He has over 20 years of experience working within the voluntary and community sector and, in addition to his role as Chair at Hamara, has been a committee member of several community organisations. He is a keen advocate of community involvement and has been instrumental in developing close working relationships with a wide range of partner agencies such as the police, the Local authority and other community groups.

Sayyeda KhanSayyeda Khan – Vice Chair

Sayyeda Khan is a Human Resources Consultant employed by the Civil Service who specialises in complex people issues relating to conduct, discipline, Equality Act 2010 cases and Employment Law. She has a varied career within the public sector that includes investigating and prosecuting individuals and businesses for evasion of taxation and Excise duty. In addition she has worked in Dover, Coquelles and nationally on UK border controls as part of the Anti-Smuggling strategy. Read more


Mohammed Iqbal Zaman Mohammed Zaman– Board Member & Trustee

Mohammed has worked in adult social care for the past 26 years. His past experiences of have been on the board of both Unity housing association and PATH (positive action through housing). Currently Mohammed is a member of the board of directors at Hamara.
Mohammed has also represented Faith in Leeds which brings together different faith groups working together.
His current role is working within the integrated health and social care model which aims to bring both adult social care and the health professional to work under one joint model. His day to day duties as a social welfare officer is to enable highly complex patients to remain living in the community with an intense package of care. He also has extensive knowledge of working with disadvantaged communities in inner city areas.

Harjinder Sagoo – Board Member & Trustee 3rd Feb 076

I was born in India, lived my teenage life in Kenya and lived in Leeds, UK since 1965. My primary and secondary education took place in Kenya. I speak 6 languages, one of which is Swahili (spoken in the central band of Africa). I have worked in engineering, then in our own business of automotive trade. I am now retired but have spent the last 10 years in the voluntary sector as a community co-ordinator working with “seldom heard communities” such as Gypsies and Travellers, BME communities, Eastern European and African communities. I have worked closely with West Yorkshire Police advising on local issues, was a High School Governor for 3 terms and am also a Trustee of SLATE (South Leeds Alternative Trading Enterprise). I am also a keen photographer covering weddings, conferences, events and studio work. I am currently working on a project called “Faces of Beeston”

Waseem Khan Waseem Khan– Treasurer

Waseem qualified as a Certified Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young (EY) in Leeds in 2010 and has a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Leeds (2007). He has worked within the Financial Services sector for over 5 years working on large retail and investment banks. Waseem has a wide experience of audit within different sectors and regulators. He is an excellent all-rounder, able to think strategically on behalf of clients bringing together efficiencies and cost savings. As well as accounting and audit, Waseem has an avid interest in working with the local community and a keen traveller and sportsman, playing both squash and football to a high standard’

Dr Noor Ahmad BalochNoor Ahmad Baloch – Board Member & Trustee

Dr Noor Baloch is a Public Health specialist, he has over 25 years of work experience within large public and private sector organisation in both developing and industrialised countries which included leading the management of country level health care and control programmes and multi partner projects funded through bilateral and multilateral development agencies such as Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria (GFATM), USAID, DFID, KNCV, WHO and World Bank.He has an international recognition in disease care and control. As a member, he has been contributing in strategic policy and planning at various international technical groups like DOTS Expansion Working Group (DEWG), Subgroup on Public-Private Mix for TB Care and Control, INAT (Introducing New Approaches & Tools) Core Group, Eastern Mediterranean Region STOP TB Partnership. Dr Baloch earned his Doctorate degree in Environmental Health from University of Leeds, United Kingdom.

Cllr Mohammed Iqbal Mohammed Iqbal– Board Member & Trustee

Mohammed Iqbal has lived in Leeds for 44 years and he represents City & Hunslet Ward. His main priorities are; community safety, tackling unemployment and under achievement in education. He has been a Councillor for 16 years and has served on various panels and scrutiny boards over the years including the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Police Authority and he was Lord Mayor of Leeds in 2006/2007. Currently he is Trustee of Path Yorkshire (an organisation that helps disadvantaged people into employment); President of Hunslet Festival; Patron of South Leeds Community Alliance and is a Leeds City Council representative of Association of Blind Asians (ABA). A member of “police and Crime Panel” for West Yorkshire.