BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The members of Trustees of New Hope have a wide range of knowledge and experience in representing and working with the Bangladeshi and other Ethnic Minority Communities within Locally, Nationally and Internationally. In their personal careers they have extensive experience of managing community engagement and cohesion projects in Birmingham and in delivering a wide range of community initiatives.

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Mohammed Foiz Uddin MBE MInstF
B.Com, M.Com. PG Cert, M. Sc (ILGS)
Former Banker, Former Local Government Officer and Community Cohesion specialist
Chairman (Trustee)
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Shahid Ahmed Khan
HNC in Public Administration
BA (Hon) Government and Politics
Former Local Authority Officer BCC
Trustee

Mr Uddin is a very hard-working individual with more than 35 years of experience working in the banking and third sector, including the local government. Throughout his career, he has remained dedicated to helping the Bangladeshi community within the UK along with other deprived, disadvantaged and under-represented communities. He has strong negotiation and diplomacy skills when dealing with sensitive issues and has extensive knowledge of project development, implementation and managing big budgets. 


Mr Uddin was a member of the Governing Body (2016 - 2018) in one of the nationally recognised and highly reputed Bishop Vesey's Grammar School in West Midlands. He has been recently honoured by the Institute of Fundraising for outstanding contribution in fundraising and also awarded as an “Ambassador for Peace” by Universal Peace Federation in 2018.


In terms of working in multi-agency partnerships, he have developed strong relationships with various stakeholders, local and national service providing agencies and high profile individuals, such as Birmingham City University (BCU), Aston University, University of Birmingham (UoB), West Midlands Combined Authority, West Midlands Together, Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, West Midland Lord-Lieutenant office including local, regional, national and international elected representatives. During his professional career, as a Local Authority Officer of BCC, he was involved in managing various projects, like Ethnic Catering Development Initiative (ECDI), Bangladeshi Taskforce and World Youth Programme, including voluntary, statutory and private sectors, such as Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, Learning Skills Council, Birmingham and Solihull Connexions, JobCentre Plus, Birmingham and Solihull Business Link, South Birmingham College, University College Birmingham, Hanley College Coventry etc.


As a chairman, he provides the leadership and direction to the board of Trustees- ensuring the board is fulfilling their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of New Hope. Furthermore, he safeguards that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations and monitors that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document. Working in partnership with the chief executives and supporting the employees, helping them achieve the aims of the organisation; and optimising the relationship between the board of Trustees and the staff- are also part of his role as the Chairman of New Hope.

As a former Local Authority Officer of Birmingham City Council, under Equality division, Mr Khan has been engaged in different roles which have sought to tackle disadvantage and promote equality in a variety of settings covering the Voluntary, Charity, the Public and Private sectors. He also has extensive knowledge, skills and experience in supervisory and management role. He has also managed various project budgets and engaged in policy development, service improvement, project development, implementation and dealing with locally, regionally, nationally and internationally Elected Members, Diplomats and delegates.

 

Mr Khan was involved and contributed an essential role in the PVET Project (Preventing Violent Extremism and Terrorism) and in a project to help improve the governance structures of mosques and faith-based organisations to help build a relationship of trust between the religious organisations and statutory organisations.

 

In addition, he has successfully compiled a directory of Mosques and Madrassahs in Birmingham and the Midlands providing information and contact details of over 200 organisations. Under his supervision, several national and international conferences were conducted with the Pashtun and Afghan communities in Birmingham, on behalf of the Home Office and the Armed Forces- which was a pioneer of this type.

 

During his professional role, he has participated in organising and running Local, General and European elections. He has over 30 years’ experience of acting as a Presiding Officer at Local, General and European elections and over the past three elections and performed duties as an Assistant Control Officer for one of the ten parliamentary constituencies in Birmingham. He has supervised around two dozen polling stations, including all the arrangements and issues that may arise. Mr Khan is very keen to involve with New Hope, to contribute to the local community by implementing his vast knowledge, experience and skills.

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Shahnaz Ahmed Minu
BA
School Support Worker, Birmingham Local Authority City Council
Treasurer (Trustee)

Mrs Minu is currently working as a support worker of a local secondary school. In her role, she is involved in several projects, and is responsible for organisation finance and evaluating and setting targets. After her completion of BA in Political Science, Finance & Management she worked with Grameen Shakti (NGO), Bangladesh as a finance officer.

 

She worked in Regeneration Partnerships and Programmes where she delivered the vision, strategy and priorities defined by the boards and executive management teams through developing the strategic business plans. These defined the priority initiatives and actions. Translated the objectives and priorities into operational annual delivery plans, directing and managing their implementation. The delivery plan is a document that plays to a number of audiences; firstly to the partnership boards that are made up of representatives from the public sector, private sector, statutory agencies, the community and voluntary sectors, it also has to contribute to organisational goals/strategies and it also has to satisfy the funder/s. She can also work even in difficult circumstances.