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roshni is a grassroots organisation and this is reflected in our Board of Trustees. We are largely made up of individuals who have an interest in or experience of working to empower communities from the bottom-up.

We feel these qualities are vital to supporting roshni’s aims and to complement this, the Board of Trustees is supported by a team of National Advisors who provide expert advice and guidance on a range of policy areas.

roshni is an organisation working extensively with minority ethnic communities and partners across Scotland.
Our head office is based in Glasgow, with satellite offices and partnership representation throughout the major cities and towns in Scotland.
roshni is at the forefront of addressing issues which affect minority ethnic communities in Scotland and is committed to creating services that will ensure improved outcomes for minority ethnic community members.
Our primary aim is the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and vulnerable adults within the ethnic minority communities.
We engage directly with the full spectrum of minority ethnic communities as well as public, private and third sector organisations to address a number of key issues.

Our work encompasses:
• Support Advice
• Awareness Outreach Programmes
• Lobbying Campaigning
• Research Consultancy
• Training

Asim Khan *
Asim is one of the founders of roshni. A qualified solicitor, Asim is currently Legal Services Director where his work involves advising employers on best practice in HR practice and employment law. Asim continues to take a strong interest in sensitive issues relating to minority ethnic communities and is also a Trustee of T.A.S.K Childcare and the Youth Community Support Agency.
Jawad Akbar
A former elected member of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Jawad is currently studying Accountancy and works part-time in retail. Interested in social justice issues, Jawad has recently returned from a summer voluntary placement in Malawi whereby he helped build a local school and train young people on rights, participation and democracy.
Dr Sadia Fatima (overseas)
Having obtained her PhD at the University of Glasgow, Dr Fatima is an expert in human nutrition and works with health, education and other agencies to develop support for BME communities. She has worked with individuals who may be affected by a range of issues, such as mental health issues, poor well-being, learning disabilities and physical ill-health and has a particular interest in child nutrition.
Maureen Honan
Maureen has had a long-standing relationship with roshni and previously held the Office Manager role within the organisation. She continues to have a special interest in the protection of children and young people and is a vocal supporter of the needs of minority ethnic communities. Currently retired, Maureen spent her career in Operations and lends her valuable experience to items pertaining to Roshni’s governance.
Farhat Mahmood
Mum of 3, Farhat is an active and experienced community campaigner on a range of issues affecting minority ethnic communities in Scotland. For some people this may sound like a challenging and stressful role, however for Farhat she finds her work hugely rewarding and in many cases through her professional and voluntary commitments supports individuals to address mental health problems, social isolation and low self-esteem.
Faten Hameed
A senior professional within Glasgow City Council, Faten is recognised on issues relating to equalities and social justice. Her focus on housing, welfare, hate crime and human rights has allowed a considerable reach of ethnic minority people in Scotland to become informed citizens. Faten is an effective social justice campaigner and, after two decades working with disadvantaged communities, Faten continues to support vulnerable people to change their lives.

 

* No Relation

Nazir Afzal OBE
CSE and Radicalisation
Nazir is the Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners in England and Wales, former Chief Crown Prosecutor for the North West of England and was formerly Director in London. During his 24 year career, Nazir has prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country and advised on many others. Nazir has campaigned tirelessly on a range of issues including Violence against women and girls, child sexual abuse, and honour based violence. He has advised UK government ministers and trains lawyers and judges from other countries. His prosecutions of the so called Rochdale grooming gang, BBC presenter Stuart Hall and hundreds of others were groundbreaking and drove the work that has changed the landscape of child protection particularly girls.
Shaykh Rehan
Radicalisation
Shaykh Rehan is an Islamic scholar, public speaker and community leader He studied the Islamic Sciences in Pakistan, Syria and Egypt. As a prominent Muslim scholar, Shaykh Rehan is regularly invited to speak at conferences, universities and in the media on a variety of Islamic matters. Rehan is very much sought after and regularly contributes both nationally and internationally. He was a key contributor to the high-profile Restoring Peace and Ending Extremism conference and also spoke on national television at the International Palestinian Conference in Lebanon. He is an outstanding member of the community who promotes both inter and intra- faith harmony.
Dr. Asifa Hussain
Equality and Human Rights
Asifa is an academic at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. In a career spanning 18 years to date, Asifa has worked in a number of UK universities such as the University of Glasgow, University of the West of Scotland, and Durham University. Asifa specializes in teaching, research and consultancy in the area of management with specific focus on equality and diversity in communities, organizations and societies. She has published widely in journal articles and books. Her research has been used by the MoD and Scottish Government to shape policy and practice and has been referred to in Parliament and the media.
Vassilis Manoussos
Digital - Safety
Vassilios a registered expert with the International Telecommunications Union, is a Digital Forensics and E-Crime consultant. He is a founding member of the UK’s Digital Forensics & Incident Response Society and conducts research on cybercrime and cyber threats, particularly related to vulnerable young people.
Jim Boyle
Care in the Community
Jim has over thirty years’ experience in community development and community led economic development. He was previously Programme Coordinator for Oxfam Scotland and convener of The Poverty Alliance. Jim is currently working with Linwood Community Development Trust. He is also a Trustee of The Grow Trust and has supported the work of Beith Community Development Trust, The Leamey Foundation, Acorn Enterprises and Romano Lav. Jim believes a different approach to development is now here, organisations and communities are now seeking to do things for themselves, motivated by a growing realisation that no permission is required to create change.
Barbara Love
Care in the Community
Barbara joined The Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice in 1999. Barbara is now recognised as the lead for palliative care provision within ME communities in Glasgow. She also acts as a resource to other care providers to develop project working with BME communities. More recently, she was appointed as the clinical nurse specialist for widening access to hospice services. In 2013, Barbara was awarded a Florence Nightingale Foundation Travel Scholarship and she visited hospices and hospitals in Pune and Mumbai, India, where she exchanged knowledge and practices. Her subsequent report has led to numerous national and international requests for information.
Haines Watts
Auditor
Haines Watts (one of the top 15 firms of Chartered Accountants in the UK) offers services across a wide range of business sectors, including: Manufacturing, Information Technology, Professional and B2B companies, Charities and Housing Associations.
Assenti & Noble
Accountants
Assenti & Noble Ltd is an accountancy practice based in Glasgow. The firm is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Paul Pia
Governance
Paul is a solicitor, advising companies and organisations across the private, public and third sectors He was a senior partner with Burness Paull LLP until 2010, Paul has a passionate belief in the maintenance of the highest standards of governance and organisation, for all bodies that contribute to our society.
Niall Mickel
Child Protection
A Solicitor Advocate with international dispute resolution ability including case history at the European Court, House of Lords and Supreme Court. Co-founder of leading Scottish legal practice Hamilton Burns WS, Niall Mickel regularly appears in Scotland’s highest courts and has developed a specialisation within the firm for handling international Sharia law disputes with an interest in child protection and family advisory service due to the growing minority ethnic population of Glasgow.

Roshni is a relatively small but impactful voluntary organisation that has been growing organically since 2002. This has increased significantly in the last 5 years and is due down to the commitment of the roshni staff team. We employ a core staff team who are ably supported by a pool of sessional workers and volunteers. Their time, skills and expertise make a huge difference to our work and we are tremendously grateful to be working with individuals who are so passionate, committed and modest in their efforts in reaching roshni’s vision.

Arsalan Rashid
Arsalan is our ‘go-to’ IT professional and our eLearning support engineer who co-develops our vast number of eLearning programmes. Arsalan applies his knowledge to offer the team ongoing IT support, he manages our database, regularly updates the roshni website and is an imperative member of the roshni team.
Farzana Beg
Farzana has a background in social work and childcare with extensive experience in working with children and young people with additional needs, particularly Autism. She is currently a family support worker with the Family circles at roshni, providing one-to- one support and intervention to vulnerable families with complex needs.
Liz Goold
Liz has worked and volunteered in community development and third sector organisations since returning to Scotland from Malta 15 years ago. Liz most recently headed up a minority ethnic organisation, and at roshni Liz is responsible for the operations and administration of the organisation. Liz is passionate about young people, the outdoors/learning and ensuring we live in a fairer society.
Ruby Rai
Ruby has worked in learning and development for a number of national charities including Victim Support Scotland and Prostate Cancer UK. Ruby is our Training Officer and co-ordinates our SAFE programme, developing bespoke courses for frontline staff and delivers our training calendar.
Shaukat Sultan
Shaukat is the longest serving team member and works across a range of roshni projects. A highly-respected member of Scotland’s minority ethnic community, Shaukat brings to his role a network of established contacts, credibility and commitment to improving the outcome of Scotland’s diverse communities.
Zuzana Masrnova
Zuzanna has a background in psychology and community interpreting with experience working with children and young people using a creative drama as a tool to help children to recognize their abilities and their full potential. She is a support worker with the Family Circles team providing support to vulnerable families on a one to one basis.

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