I am a business woman, fundraiser and community strategist, best known for establishing West Croydon Voice as a part of the campaign I ran, after my family business was burned down by rioters in the 2011 riots, taking part in media interviews in papers and on tv and lobbying at the highest levels for compensation for the Riot Victims.
This successful campaign led to me becoming involved in building relationships at a strategic level between local government, police, charities, business and community and in finding ways to tackle serious youth violence, which has included organising high profile events at FairField Halls, the Old Bailey and City Hall.
West Croydon Voice was also behind the 4 year campaign to rename the Riot devastated area of London Road, Croydon, to Historic Broad Green Village, with new street signs and banners funded by local councillors.
I am currently vice chair of the Small Charities Coalition and the Asian Resource Centre Croydon, on the Civic Futures leadership programme at the GLA, the steering group of the Broad Green Big Local and on the IAG for Crystal Palace Football club.
I sit on the Manju Shahul Hameed Mental Health Charity committee and have previously been Director of Fundraising for Humanity First, an international disaster relief charity.
My former roles include the Mayor of Croydon’s Fundraising committee, trustee of Age UK Croydon, school governor and member of the stop and search community monitoring group.
I also enjoy my voluntary role at my Mosque, conducting visitor tours, mainly school groups, for the last 14 years and I formed the Ladies Association of Morden to empower women from my faith community to become more integrated, through seminars and organising visits for them to Parliament.
I’m passionate about increasing diversity and changing cultures on Boards of non profit and corporate boards and I have also spoken at panel discussions on volunteering, race, gender and equality and hate crime.