Joseph Mbang – Chair
Joseph Mbang joined Ash-Shahada HA as a full board member in 2018. He has over 10 years’ experience in social housing sector and over five years’ experience in non-social housing sector such as supported exempt accommodation. He also has lived experience of social housing.
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 and Chair of the Assurance and Risk Committee
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.
Meekaaeel Valimohamed – Board Member
Meekaaeel is a qualified chartered accountant having completed his ACCA qualification and achieving a first-class honour in BSc Accounting and Finance at Bayes Business School, City University, London.
He currently is group finance manager for a UK based Ed Tech firm who providing online training/upskilling to large corporations for their employees, including FMCG, pharma and retail companies. He has been responsible for cost and revenue budgeting, forecasting, statutory reporting, overseeing ledgers, funds recovery, internal controls and procedures etc. Meekaaeel has experience with working with local councils having previously worked at a transport company that provided transport to local councils for vulnerable children and adults.
He is British national with East and South African descent. He is interested in
fitness, investing, volunteering and sports.
Sofiah Shazali – Treasurer and Member of Operations Committee
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 and Member of the Assurance and Risk Committee
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.
Dr Fayyaz Qadir – Board Member
Dr Fayaz has 20 years’ experience from both public and private sectors in transport planning, forecasting, appraisal, business case and project management of major transport infrastructure
He offers extensive technical knowledge with wide-ranging strategic and project leadership experience. He specialise in directing and managing multi-disciplinary projects, effective management of stakeholders and benefits throughout project lifecycle and proven track record in advising on effective scheme development underpinned by robust modelling, appraisal and business case techniques, and providing convincing advocacy to secure funding and approvals for multi-modal transport schemes.
Ibrahim Sadikovic – Chair of the Tenant Forum and Member of Operations Committee
Ibrahim Sadikovic is a tenant board member. He has over 10 years experience in social housing sector and over six years experience in non-social housing sector such as supported exempt accommodation. He also has living experience of social housing. He also has experience of working with regulators such as RSH, Charity Commission, etc.. 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.
Muhammad Ahmad – Board Member
Muhammad is a trainee solicitor having completed his Legal Practice Course with distinction and his Bar Professional Training Course prior to this. He completed his LLB from BPP University, Birmingham. He also has accreditation for mediation and police station accreditation. He is currently working with a number of law firms in managing residential and commercial conveyancing files and managing crime and civil litigation cases. His work has included background research on various topics, drafting and reviewing contracts and deeds of variation, witness statements, attending court & tribunals and more.
Muhammad’s previous roles have included working for: House of Lords under The Lord Sheikh as a researcher; Citizens Advice Bureau as an advisor on benefits, housing, family, debt, employment rights etc.; Manchester Crown Court and Stafford Crown and County combined Court Marshalling for HHJ Leeming, His Honour Judge Mark Eades, Mr. Recorder Spencer-Bernad and HH Judge John Wait.
Muhammad enjoys giving back to his community and has been recognised for his work, including:
– Lady Diana Award
– British Citizens Award
– British Community Honorary Award at The House of Lords by Her Excellency Princess Katrina de Silva
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.
Huzaifah Shaikh – Board Member
Huzayfa Shaikh joined our Board in 2023 and has a wealth of experience in building development, project management, fundraising and liaising with regulatory bodies and authorities such as Ofsted and Ofcom as well as local authority planning and building regulations departments.
He has led on various projects aimed at feeding homeless people, providing shelter in accommodation nationally and internationally.
Throughout his career, he has collaborated with different organisations and stakeholders to manage, design, and implement projects that addresses the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community.
Saif Pathan – Board Member
Saif is an experienced director with highly developed management and communication skills with an aptitude for problem-solving. He has experience of shaping strategy and delivering change at board level and strengthening governance. His primary role has focused on e-commerce and increasing revenue of organisations through development of e-commerce strategies and platforms. He has sound knowledge of finance, governance, and regulations.
He has previously worked in the housing market, with a deep understanding of property developments and construction and has been NED at a number of organisations.
Remon Fahim – Board Member
Remon is a business accountant with 20 years of experience in the technology, media, and telecom sector as well as the professional services sector. Remon has held finance leadership positions in multinationals as well as SMEs, including, Telefonica, Serco Group, and during his early career, trained at Accenture. Remon has several years’ experience delivering public sector services with local and central government, as well as holding the position of non-executive director at a number of housing providers. Remon has an MBA from Warwick Business School and is also a chartered management accountant.
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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