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
Mr Maksud A Gangat MBE was conferred the Member of the Order of British Empire (MBE) at Buckingham Palace in 2020. He is a qualified scholar and teacher who devotes his time in the field of education and community services, working with children and young people. He is currently the Director of Education for Al-Risalah Education Trust Schools, London (a trust made up of 5 schools). He monitors educational standards in schools, engages with Department for Education (DfE), local councils and other statutory organisations.
He manages the Trust’s finances, assets and buildings; he builds a variety of resources – human, financial and others for the Trust’s objectives. He is currently working on the development of a new educational site in Lambeth. He is heavily involved in interfaith work with community organisations.
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.
Sofiah Shazali – Treasurer
Sofiah completed her MSc in International Business with merit from the Grenoble Graduate Business School. She has experience in the financial services and learning & development sector specialising in change, digital transformation and innovation. She is a business and management consultant with various organizations and has qualifications in project management such as PRINCE2.
Sofiah has experience in increasing business revenue, creating governance groups and preparing business strategy documentation. Sofiah is also a classically trained musician and enjoys mentoring.
Patrick Pedder ACMA – Board Member
Patrick is an experienced Finance professional with over 25 years’ experience in helping organisations deliver on their financial objectives across a range of sectors including private sector housing development, local authorities, housing associations and charities. Patrick is currently Director of Finance and Resources at Housing Association with a turnover of £15 million and has served on a number of Boards and Committees.
He has extensive experience of managing staff and working with senior stakeholders at Executive Team, Board and Committee level to implement change to achieve corporate objectives.
Mohammed Randeree – Board Member
Mohammed completed his BSc in Accounting and Finance from University of Surrey and his ACA (Professional Certificate) from Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. Mohammed has over six years of professional services experience across PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) assurance and consulting service lines, working with the world’s largest financial institutions, central government, start-ups and SMEs.
His current role is within PwC’s Risk Assurance practice helping financial institutions manage third party risk. Mohammed also has a keen interest in digital transformation in the retail and commercial banking space and has hosted a number of events at PwC charting the rise of challenger banks and the evolution of retail banking.
He has an extensive charity background, supporting organisations including the Patchwork Foundation, Balham and Tooting Community Association etc. He has recently started his own podcast highlighting the work of notable young Muslims in the UK.
Prince Kamanda – Board Member
Prince has over 25 years experience in the delivery of mixed tenure and mixed use developments in London and the Counties for various housing associations and local authorities (Lambeth, Southwark and Hackney). He is currently at He also brings significant experience in site acquisition, site appraisals, contracts management and projects management which includes the procurement of contractors, developers and consultants via OJEU and different framework Agreements.
Prince has strong financial experience in managing complex cash-flows and financial modelling and appraisals on various sizes of development and regeneration programmes. He is a certified project manager, qualified cost accountant, completed his postgraduate studies in Urban Regeneration and completed his MBA.
Prince was also ordained as a Pastor.
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.
Cedric Boston – Board Member
Cedric Boston has over 30 years’ experience in Housing, 25 of them at senior executive level, at both housing associations and local authorities in the Midlands and London. He is current Chief Executive of Unity HA and former Chief Executive of Arhag HA. Prior to this, he has Director of Housing at Lambeth Living, one of the UKs largest ALMOs, Assistant Director of Housing Wandle Housing Association, Director of Operations Richmond Housing Partnership and Head of Housing Sandwell MBC.
He has a degree in law and politics from Keele University and is a member of Gray’s Inn where he qualified as a barrister. He is currently studying part time for a Classical History Degree at the Open University.
Mohammed Amin Pandor (CEng, MIMechE, CMIOSH, RSP, MCQI, CQP) – Board Member
A former civil servant at the Department of Health and NHS Estates and facilities, Mohammed has over 35 years senior executive level experience in multinational organisations in the fields of aerospace, petrochemicals, healthcare, construction, industrial engineering, Mergers and acquisitions, competition management, customer relations, nuclear procurement and manufacturing in Europe and the Middle East.
In his own thriving private business is responsible for strategic finance, investment and HR related issues. Mohammed has a BEng Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Board Director at the University of Bradford where he is a member of the Internal Audit and Ethics Committee. He advises the University of Huddersfield, and the local NHS on policy and strategy.
Dorian Leatham – Senior Independent Director
Coming from a Caribbean background, Dorian is proud of his heritage, particularly his father, who taught him the meaning of working hard to achieve your dreams. Stepping into the public sector, Dorian has held senior executive positions in some of the largest and most complex London boroughs, including Lambeth, Hillingdon, Hounslow and Croydon. He is a passionate and inspiring leader who is well respected.
Dorian takes a holistic approach to strategy building, looking across the entire organisational landscape to identify critical issues and shape creative visions that consistently deliver positive business outcomes. He disrupts ineffective practices, promotes organisational change, and presents compelling cases to multi-level stakeholders that secure buy-in and £multimillion funding.
Investing in people, Dorian acknowledges the contribution individuals can make to any business, no matter the size or type. He is a competent executive coach and mentor, working with leaders at all levels to help establish culture and values. As someone who holds Diversity & Inclusion close to their heart, Dorian provides insightful guidance and recommendations on furthering D&I agendas.
Driving organisational development and transformation, Dorian can make substantial changes that result in delivering more effective services even when cost-cutting limits resources.
With an immense desire to improve the quality of life for those who are less advantaged than himself, Dorian dedicates his time and energy to championing causes and supporting a wide variety of organisations.
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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