The Board

Joseph Mbang – Chair

Joseph Mbang joined Ash-Shahada HA as a full board member in 2018.  He is the Chair and has over two decades of experience in project management with CASA UK. He has a passion in assisting persons from the BAME background especially issues relating to human rights. He was Moneywise Manager for Tomorrow’s People, a housing registrar for the Westminster City Council. He is also an Immigration Adviser exempted by the Office of Immigration Service Commissioner (OISC) to provide immigration services in the UK. He has a BA (hons) in Human Geography & Environmental Policy, a Post Graduate Certificate in Applied Advice Work (CAAW), Graduate Diploma in Law (GdL) and a Master’s in Law (LLM).

Maksud Gangat MBE – Co Vice Chair

Maksud is a qualified teacher who devotes his time in the field of education and community services, working with children and young people. He is the Director of Education for Al-Risalah Education Trust Schools, London (a trust made up of 5 schools). His role includes monitoring of educational standards in schools, engagement with Department for Education (DfE), local councils and other statutory organisations. Management of the trust’s HR provision, finances, assets and buildings falls under his remit. He promotes interfaith work and community engagement programmes in South London. In acknowledgement of his efforts, Maksud was conferred the Member of the order of British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace in February 2020 by HRH Prince William.

Saima Anwar – Co-Vice Chair (resigned November 2020)

Saima Anwar holds an MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science and is a member of the ACCA. She is a partner at a leading BAME accountancy firm and offers regular consultancy. Saima liaises with the auditors and the finance staff to keep oversight of the financial matters and risk assessments.

Ibrahim Sadikovic – Co-Vice Chair

Ibrahim Sadikovic is a tenant board member. He studied Oriental Philology and attended various courses related to different subjects such as business, print, design, multimedia, advertising and marketing. He developed a passion for typeface and design going into the publishing sector. He has been involved with and supports various community developments and projects for community cohesion.

As one of our longest tenants, he has been a strong voice for our tenants in the decision making process, contributing and advising on maintenance and upkeep of our properties. He continues to encourage tenants to be involved, contribute and be part of the ever developing Association as lead on the Tenants Forum and as Chair of Resident Services Committee.

Pastor Prince Kamanda – Board Member (resigned 2020)

Prince Kamanda holds an MBA and has over 20 years of experience in Development and was recently ordained as a pastor. He has extensive knowledge and experience in site identification and project management. Prince Kamanda is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Business Consulting. He joined the board through the NHF ‘get on board scheme”. When Prince Kamanda isn’t managing projects of varying degrees, he likes to participate in hobbies such as watching football, following politics, religion and participating in intellectual debates. Prince Kamanda describes himself as determined, strong willed, focused, pro-active and a visionary.

Saad Mahmood Qureshi – Board Member

Saad Qureshi is a tenant board member and is currently Dean for Europe and Executive General Management at Navitas, a global education provider. He has vast experience in leading multicampus and multi-disciplinary teams. A principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, he has designed over 20 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and his specialist expertise is in developing socially responsible graduates.

Saad started off in the charitable sector and is a qualified youth worker and peer mentor striving to raise aspirations of disadvantaged youth and adults. He worked on a number of community development projects funded by EU, Home Office, Metropolitan Police Service, Ministry of Justice, local authorities, etc. He was an advisor to the government between 2008 and 2010. He is currently also a member of the Lambeth Metropolitan Police Independent Advisory Group. He was conferred the Lambeth Civic Award in 2008 for services to the community. Saad also sits on a number of boards and will support the strengthening of governance and give a voice to tenants in the decision-making process.

Irfan Mohammed – Board Member

Irfan graduated from London Metropolitan University and is an elected councillor for the London Borough of Lambeth with a passion to tackle pressing social issues including housing, youth violence and hate crime. He is the business champion and the lead on tackling Islamophobia at the Council as well as being a member of the Standing Advisory Council for RE and the licensing committee. Irfan has been working closely with fellow councillors to support organisations to increase the housing stock by bridging the gap with the Local Authority. 

Irfan has a strong network in the community and has organised several events to promote interfaith harmony and community development. He has supported several events where Ash-Shahada has been a partner. He also has experience of running his own business and speaks three languages. He in his final year studying Law at City, University of London.

Yahya Batha – Board Member

Yahya Batha joined the board in 2019 and is an entrepreneur. For over two decades, he has been involved in the retail and publishing sectors. He has a keen eye for marketing material and can provide guidance towards internal and external material for stakeholders. Yahya has experience in events management, having arranged a variety of conferences and seminars with international scholars and guests. 

A registered social landlord, providing housing through hostels, flats and houses in Lambeth, Southwark, Birmingham and Dudley. Ash-Shahada is a Muslim-led housing association the first of its kind to be established in the UK in 1989.

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