The unique about my community is the diversity of people and the large number of active voluntary community groups helping local people every day. We have different faith groups and community groups providing food and debts advice for the needy, disabled people groups being advocates for people with disabilities, ethnic minority groups celebrating their own and others cultural differences to enhance community cohesion, over 55s groups challenging local services to meet the need of their members, humanist group raising awareness of various topics and working and supporting LGBTQ residents.
I have three children and live in Hampshire. I have a degree in Business and Communication form the University of Southampton, an M.A. in Management of Contemporary Global Issues from the University of Winchester. I started my career in HSBC Bank prior to joining local government. I currently work for one of the local authorities in Hampshire as an Inclusion and Diversity / lead. My role involves supporting and working with a diverse range of residents and forums such as Multicultural, Disability, Over 55s, Interfaith, LGBTQ, Humanist and also work closely with the local Access Group to respond to accessible requirements and I am the lead for the local Hate Crime Woking group.
I also work with local partner agencies to help raise awareness of and celebrate diversity within the local community. The approach I take focuses on building capacity and enabling individuals and groups to find their own solutions as well as being willing and able to act as a voice for their own communities. Over the years I have developed countless groups, ensuring they are able to stand on their own feet and act as advocates for those whose voices often go unheard. I am extremely well respected by members of the community, colleagues and partners and am frequently called upon to provide advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, particularly those relating to diverse communities.
I am also a volunteer governor for Sixth Form College in Hampshire since 2016, a member of the Centre of Religions for Reconciliation and Peace in Winchester and a guest speaker for local educational institutions with topics related to his area of work, contemporary issues related to his faith and country of origin Palestine. I was also selected to be a member of the revalidation committee for postgraduate courses and member of the re-validation committee for Prevent and Radicalisation working committee for Hampshire County Council.
I am currently studying part time to qualify to be a coach and mentor form the Institute of Leadership Management in partnership with the NHS, to ensure the quality of the support I continue to provide to the groups he works with, to NHS employees to develop strong flourishing and inclusive work environment and communities. The main reasons to be part of the Community Advisory Board is to share my 15 years’ experience, knowledge, understanding and strategic thinking working with the divers communities and to enable, empower people to lead and be resilient communities.