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.
Mohammed Randeree – Treasurer
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.
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.
Zahid Yasin – Board Member
Zahid is a qualified teacher working with children and adults. He is a community leader and has supported a number of people from his congregation in housing related matters including housing applications, housing benefit and universal credit. He has also helped house people through the KN Centre and has led on local projects to feed the homeless.
He is passionate about interfaith harmony, supporting local communities and connecting people. He has arranged and/or spoken at a number of events in this regard. He engages with statutory bodies for community cohesion and enjoys volunteering. Zahid is fluent in a number of languages, speaking French, Flemish, English, Arabic, Urdu and Punjabi.
Sofiah Shazali – Co-opted Board Member
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.
Mohammed Amin Pandor – Co-opted Board Member
Mohammed completed a BEng Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Bradford and is a chartered engineer. He is Board Director at the University of Bradford with responsibility for looking into strategic finance, property and investments as well as being a member of the Internal Audit Committee. He is an advisor at the University of Huddersfield and Co-Chair of North Kirklees Interfaith Council. Mohammed is a former civil servant at the Department of Health, with a vast amount of experience of multinational organisations in the fields of aerospace, petrochemicals, healthcare, construction, industrial engineering and manufacturing in Europe and the Middle East. He is also a Registered Safety Practitioner and an advisor to schools on health and safety.
Saad Qureshi – Board Member (resigned 2020)
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.
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.
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.
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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