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Toaha was appointed as the Chief Executive in late 2018. He has an extensive background in housing, education, community development and rehabilitation. He has previously been active on a number of boards and was chair of two. He is currently leading the organisation to new horizons by reinvigorating its approach to tackling the housing crisis. He has been active in the housing sector for two decades. Toaha is Member of the Order of The British Empire after being conferred an MBE by Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II for services rendered for community relations. His other recognitions include the Lambeth Civic Award, Lambeth Metropolitan Police Commendation and the British Community Honours Award.
Kezia joined the Association in May 2005 and deals with the day to day admin activities. Kezia has an MSc in Mathematics and a BSc in Mathematics & Computing Mathematics. She leads on a series of activities including managing tenant rent accounts, dealing with housing matters, handling tenant maintenance requests, universal credit and housing benefit applications, etc. Kezia likes to give back to the community by volunteering at her local Church.
Abdelkader is a finance professional who holds a postgraduate diploma in leadership and management. He has previously held senior manager positions in finance and has provided consultancy services for over 15 years. He is currently in charge of the finance at Ash-Shahada and is responsible for rent arrears, His roles include finance manager for a private college, senior community development for a charity as well as trustee and treasurer for the Southwark Educational Project between 2006 and 2010. Abdelkader is active in his community helping refugees, asylum seekers, young children and the disadvantaged.
Ayea joined the Association in 2006 as a volunteer as is now a part time staff member. She holds a degree in International Tourism Management and has previously worked in frontline customer service roles. She works with tenants to ensure that they are keeping up with their rent, dealing with tenant enquiries and requests and new tenant applications.
Mitzi joined Ash-Shahada in 2013 when the organisation took over the Raglan Court estate. Mitzi has years of experience as a support worker and a scheme manager. She is a former regional care manager for a care group and a former social worker. Mitzi works part time with the organisation to ensure that tenants are Raglan Court are being looked after and they are keeping up with their rent.
Umar Mahmood joined Ash Shahada in September 2018. He brings a wealth of management experience from the higher education sector having spent over a decade in junior and senior positions. His most recent role was as the Quality Assurance Provider Facilitator, managing a yearlong quality review for the organisation consecutively for three years with outstanding results. He has previously led on student hostel accommodation, campus refurbishments and student experience. Umar is leading on the supported accommodation project in Midlands to tackle the lack of housing for the homeless and vulnerable.
Umar gives back to his community on a regular basis with emphasis on interfaith harmony, peace and community development. Among his many roles, he is a Guest Lecturer at the King’s College of London, Governor for the Lambeth Nursery Schools' Federation and Children's Centres, Advisory Board Member (London) for the national body Tell MAMA, Mentor for Mosaic (Prince of Wales Charity) and Member of the Independent Advisory Group for Lambeth and Southwark Metropolitan Police. Umar has been recognised for his work by Sir Ken Olisa (Lord Lieutenant of Greater London), Helen Hayes MP, Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP and others.
Musal joined the team in November 2012. He is the main point of contact for our residents at the hostel and continues to provide an invaluable out of hour’s service to the residents.
Akem has been a member of the team since February 2005 and continues to provide essential day-to-day cleaning service for the hostel.