Advisory Board (East Midlands)

Helen Boardman

Director for the Office of Faith Based & Community Initiatives

Helen Boardman is the Director of the Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI) within Northamptonshire’s Police & Crime Commission. Helen has a proven track record of developing pioneering regional and local strategic alliances and developing the third sector to deliver public services. Helen has developed a range of Community Change Programs to build the capacity of faith-based and third sector to deliver community led public safety initiatives and measure the impact they are making across Northamptonshire. These Change Programs are: Championing Change (Business Academy); Delivering Change (Initiatives) and Evidencing Change (Research and Evaluation.) These 3 programs run are delivered by the University of Northampton.

Helen has 17 years’ experience as a senior manager in third and public sector organisations. She was the Chief Executive of a large domiciliary respite service, a regional strategic manager for Connexions before she spent 7 years as an independent Business Consultant working with national public, private and third sector organisations. Helen has pioneered similar initiatives to the OFBCI in 2008 she developed Creativity4Health a pioneering south east wide partnership between government offices, NHS SE, BLF, Arts Council UK and OYAP Trust. She was an associate trainer for FPM Policy to Performance and trained many managers and leaders in public services to improve their integrated youth services etc. Helen has brought these skills and abilities to the role of the Director of the OFBCI where she has developed a range of Community Change Programs for which she has contracted the University of Northampton to deliver. Helen’s vision is to create a large movement of change across third and faith sectors where every organisation knows exactly how they can contribute to making Northamptonshire the Safest place in England. After realising this vision she wants to help other counties across the UK to develop their own bespoke community led public safety initiatives.

Jawaahir Daahir BEM; MA, BA, BA

Writer, Journalist, Researcher, Social Worker and Somali Diaspora Consultant.

Founder and CEO of Somali Development Services and worked as a Social Worker in The Netherlands.

Alongside directing and managing SDS, Jawaahir has an extensive experience of researching the needs of the Somali community. She works proactively to assist the Somali community and other disadvantaged local people in partnership with other organisations. She has twenty years of proven management, directorship and developmental skills within the Voluntary and Community Sector.

Moreover, she is/was member of ITV Midlands Diversity Advisory Panel, Leicestershire Multicultural Advisory Group, Community Governor in Upland Junior Primary School and she is a member of Independent Advisory Group for the Leicestershire Police.

She is acknowledged locally, regionally and nationally for her work in supporting local disadvantaged communities. Lately she has been honoured with British Empire Medal by Her Majesty, The Queen for her work in Leicester.

Mushtaq Patas

Mushtaq was born in Leicester in 1986. He attended Wyggeston Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College and then went onto Nottingham Trent University where he obtained a degree in Law.

When he left Nottingham Trent University he went onto to work in the legal profession. He completed his Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University.

He has served as Mature Student Rep and Course Rep with the National Union of Students.