Trustees

Hamara has grown to be the largest ethnic minority organisation in the voluntary and community sector in Leeds.

Mohammed Farouk– Board Chair & Trustee

‘Together for a healthier Leeds’

With 26 years of working within the voluntary and community sector and, in addition to my role as Chair at Hamara, I have been a committee member of several community organisations. I am one of the founding members of Hamara, I envision mobilising Leeds to be a City in which everyone can live healthy, productive lives, regardless of who they are or where they live. I believe Hamara has a commitment to the Health and Well-being Strategy 2016 -2021 enshrined in the restorative practice in our approach of working with people and offers a unique opportunity to address the social, economic and political determinants of health and improve the health and wellbeing of people everywhere.

 

Achieving our vision will require a strong, effective HAMARA that is able to meet emerging challenges and achieve the objectives of creating strong, inclusive neighbourhoods. Through our asset mapping and community development HAMARA is efficiently managed, adequately resourced and results driven, with a strong focus on transparency, accountability and value for money.

Dr Noor Ahmad Baloch – ​Board Member & Trustee

Dr Noor Baloch is a Public Health specialist with over 25 years of work experience within large public and private sector organisations in both developing and industrialised countries.  This  included leading the management of country level health care and control programmes and multi partner projects funded through bilateral and multilateral development agencies such as Global Fund to fight Aids, TB and Malaria (GFATM), USAID, DFID, KNCV, WHO and World Bank. 

He has an international recognition in disease care and control. As a member, he has been contributing in strategic policy and planning at various international technical groups like DOTS Expansion Working Group (DEWG), Subgroup on Public-Private Mix for TB Care and Control, INAT (Introducing New Approaches & Tools) Core Group, Eastern Mediterranean Region STOP TB Partnership.  Dr Baloch earned his Doctorate degree in Environmental Health from University of Leeds, United Kingdom.  He was a Trustee at Hamara from 2006 to 2016 and re-joined the Board in April 2018

Zahid Hamid – Board Member & Trustee

Zahid Hamid was born in Pakistan and educated at the University of Punjab.  From 1985 to 1994 he worked in the Local Fund Audit Department in Pakistan.  After spending 4 years in Holland he moved to the UK and has lived in West Yorkshire for 20 years. He has 4 children and believes that our young people should benefit from a good education and the opportunities that brings. 

His eldest sons are graduates and his daughter is in higher education.  His youngest is still at school.  Zahid works at AJ Malik Accountants and has been part of the Beeston Community since 1998.  He is a member of the Souths Leeds Community Alliance and has always believed that Hamara is a great pride for our community.  He feels honoured to be part of its success and to help build a long term future for this organisation.  Zahid joined the Board of Hamara in April 2013

Moneer Sharif – Board Member & Trustee

Moneer Sharif was born and bred in the UK and is a first generation male of Pakistani heritage.  He has lived in Leeds for over 20 years and is a father and grandfather.  His working life revolves around the health field, working in the NHS for over 10 years and currently in the Pharmaceutical Industry. 

He is one of three founder members of Hamara HLC and has been a part of many other local voluntary groups, a non-executive Director of South Leeds PCT and is currently a Director on the Board of Healthwatch Leeds CIC.  Moneer is passionate about health and social care and community inclusivity.  He believes we all have something we can offer to make this a better World to live in.  He was a Trustee at Hamara from 2002 to 2005 and re-joined the Board again in December 2016

Waseem Khan – ​Board Member & Trustee

Waseem qualified as a Certified Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Young (EY) in Leeds in 2010 and has a degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Leeds (2007).

He has worked within the Financial Services sector for over 5 years working on large retail and investment banks.  Waseem has a wide experience of audit within different sectors and regulators. He is an excellent all-rounder, able to think strategically on behalf of clients bringing together efficiencies and cost savings.  As well as accounting and audit, Waseem has an avid interest in working with the local community and a keen traveller and sportsman, playing both squash and football to a high standard’.  Waseem joined the Board of Hamara in October 2013

Cllr Mohammed Iqbal – Board Member & Trustee

Mohammed Iqbal has lived in Leeds for 42 years and represents City & Hunslet Ward. He has been a Councillor for 14 years and has served on various panels and scrutiny boards. He was Lord Mayor of Leeds in 2006/2007.  His main priorities are; community safety, tackling unemployment and under achievement in education. 

Cllr Iqbal is a keen a loyal supporter of Hamara and has worked tirelessly in securing funding through Leeds City Council and the asset transfer of the Cockburn Sports Hall to Hamara.  He joined the Board of Hamara in October 2009.

Yankuba Sawo – ​Board Member & Trustee

Yanks has a BA (Hons) in Business Management, is the Communication Co-ordinator of Armed Forces Muslim Association and is a member of the Committee of the Gambia Welfare Society in Leeds.