Advisory Board (Greater Manchester)
Maqsood Ahmad OBE
Maqsood has 15 years of experience of developing and delivering policies and programmes on behalf of ministers, board members and chief executives. Currently Maqsood is the NHS England, Strategic Clinical Networks (SCNs) Strategic Manager for Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria and National Director for Implementation for Commissioning Leadership Programme. Maqsood is the SRO for: mental health, dementia, learning disabilities, neurological conditions and end of life care. Maqsood also lead on two cross cutting responsibilities for the SCNs: patients, carers and public engagement, equalities and health inequalities. Maqsood is also the Cohort Director for the Nye Bevan NHS Leadership Programme designed to develop senior leaders to become executive directors.
Prior to joining the SCNs Senior Management Team, Maqsood held the post of Director for Inclusion and Equalities, NHS Midlands and East Strategic Health Authority. Maqsood received the honour of an OBE from Her Majesty’s the Queen in December 2010, awarded the Equality and Diversity Ambassador of the year Award in 2009 by Home Office and has been selected for the NHS Top Leaders programme designed for chief executives and potential chief executives.
Prior to joining the NHS Midlands and East in October 2009, Maqsood held the following senior positions:
Head of Police Equality and Diversity Policy, adviser to Home Secretary, Policing Minister and Home Office Directors and led on police equality and human rights policy and programmes including the implementation of Stephen Lawrence Inquiry recommendations. Responsible for: working to support the delivery of equality and diversity policy across the police service; for promoting the coherence of policymaking on equality and diversity across the police service and for developing systems to mainstream equality and diversity in all aspects of the Home Office’s policy making affecting the police service.
Strategic Director of DCC (Diversity, Confidence and Communications) for the National Offender Management Service (NOMS): London, responsible for developing, mainstreaming and implementing equality and diversity, confidence and communication strategies.
Assistant Inspector of Constabulary for Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC) undertaking police inspections focusing on equality, diversity and human rights.
Director of Kirklees Equality Council responsible for the strategic and human resource management, management of equality programmes including complainant aid, harassment and multi-agency partnerships.
Abdul Razzaq is Director of Public Health at Trafford Council. Abdul has worked in Public Health for the last twenty years in the NHS and Local Government in senior Executive positions. Abdul is the chair of the North West Directors of Public Health Network, North West Executive lead of the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH). Abdul holds a Masters in Public Health from the University of Manchester, is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health (FFPH) and the former Chair of the Greater Manchester Directors of Public Health. Abdul is the lead Director of Public Health in Greater Manchester health and social care devolution on dementia.
At national level Abdul sits on the Public Health England (PHE) Obesity Priority Programme Board and is Chair of Food Active a North West collaborative on tackling key determinants of unhealthy food leading to NCDs (non communicable disease). Abdul is a member of the Faculty of Public Health Global Health Committee and PHE Global Health Board. Abdul regularly speaks at national events and conferences on many areas of Public’s Health including health improvement, health protection and healthcare Public Health.
Natalie has had a variety of work experiences during her career. She has been the co-ordinater for Public Law Child Care cases at Exeter County Court, and most recently has provided emotional, financial, practical and legal information and support to carers.
Having previously studied performing arts, Natalie has further pursued her interests in art and music, undertaken various voluntary opportunities and completed a number of supplementary medical terminology courses whist taking a career break to raise her young children.
As a recent revert, Natalie has experienced a number of changes in her life, and appreciates, from a different viewpoint, the difficulties faced by Muslims today. She is keen to share her passion for equality and justice in her work with Tell MAMA to support, promote and champion positive social change.
Dr Yasmin Zalzala
Dr Yasmin Zalzala is a female Muslim ex-asylum seeker from an ethnic minority. She is currently proprietor of social enterprise teaching people how to cope and fight back all forms of discrimination.
Dr Yasmin Zalzala was with a major British political party for fifteen years when she was told that “her race was a liability”and was subsequently replaced by a white man who then sat in Parliament for two terms.
This led her, through a five year battle to get justice, to develop workshops offering training on protection from discrimination, Islamophobia and all forms of unequal treatment.
Dr Yasmin Zalzala is a World UnLtd and WSSE award winner.
Abdul is Quality Improvement Programme Lead within the Maternity Children & Young People network leading on Young Peoples workstream including CAMHS Transformation.
Abdul joined the SCN from NHS England’s Integrated Care Pioneers Support team where he was supporting health & care Transformation in Cornwall, Kent, South Devon & Torbay and Staffordshire & Stoke Pioneers as well as supporting Workforce Re-design.. Over the past 20 years Abdul has worked in social, economic and area-based transformation roles in Local Government and the voluntary sector. During his time at Rochdale MBC, he led various multi-agency partnership and area-based transformation programmes focused on step-change in local social and economic conditions, improving mainstream services and reducing inequalities as well as leading on the work of the Local Strategic Partnership. He was also a Local Improvement Advisor, part of a CLG improvement programme, supporting improvement in a range of service areas (community empowerment, equalities, performance management and economic development) working closely with local authorities and LSP’s.
Abdul has also served as a Non-Executive Director on a local PCT Board, and various Housing Association Boards and Learning & Skills Councils.