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. 

Islam has three children and lives in Hampshire,  ….has 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, Islam started his career in HSBC Bank prior to joining local government, Islam currently works for one of the local authorities in Hampshire as an Inclusion and Diversity / lead, Islam’s 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 he is the lead for the local Hate Crime Woking group. 

Islam also works with local partner agencies to help raise awareness of and celebrate diversity within the local community. The approach Islam takes focusses 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 he has developed countless groups, ensuring they are able to stand on their own feet and act as advocates for those whose voices often go unheard. He is extremely well respected by members of the community, colleagues and partners and is frequently called upon to provide advice and guidance on a wide range of issues, particularly those relating to diverse communities. 

Islam also a volunteer governor for Sixth Form College in Hampshire since 2016, he is a member of the Centre of Religions for Reconciliation and Peace in Winchester,  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. He 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.

Islam 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 he continues 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 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.