The Board is responsible for strategic policy development, the conduct of our finances, risk analysis and for monitoring performance. The Board delegates authority to appropriate bodies within Citizens UK such as the Living Wage Advisory Council for the Conduct of the Living Wage Foundation. The Board also appoints the Executive Director.
The Board is partly elected by our members and partly by appointment.
The following members make up the board:
Dr. Kaneeez Shaid MBE, Chair of Trustees
For the last 15 years and in a variety of roles, Dr Kaneez Shaid has been working towards improving the lives of 14 to 19 year olds residing in East London's most socially-deprived areas, East and North-East London. Kaneez is Director of Marketing and External Relations at Sir George Monoux College in Walthamstow. As a trustee of Citizens UK, she helped create City Safe Havens to protect vulnerable youth caught up in gang violence. Kaneez was also involved in the creation of hundreds of Olympic jobs for young people in East London, negotiating directly with the CEO of The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She was a founder member of the 'Legacy Champions' Inspire Mark Project, bringing together host borough FE colleges committed to the 2012 games and ways of inspiring 80,000 students in London. She was named an MBE in the Queen's Honour's List in 2014.
Dr. Steve Mowle, Vice Chair of Trustees
Steve Mowle trained as a doctor in Cardiff. He moved to London in 1999 and has been a GP Partner at the Hetherington Group Practice since 2000. Since 2006 he has held the role of Associate Dean, with patch responsibility for Inner SW London, and leads on supporting trainees in difficulty in HESL. Steve is an active member of the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and has held a number of national and regional roles. As Vice Chair of the RCGP from 2011-2013, he was the lead officer for Commissioning, GP Nursing, RCGP National Conference, Patient Partnership, GPC and GP Member of the Royal College of Physicians, Future Hospital Commission. Steve is currently the RCGP Honorary Assistant Treasurer (Treasurer Elect) and has previously been the Chair of London Catalyst since 2004, a charitable foundation which has a health/poverty focus. Steve joined the board of Trustees of Citizens UK in 2014 and was elected Vice Chair of the Trustee Board in 2015 and also sits on the Finance and Risk Sub-committee.
Dr Manazir Ahsan MBE
Dr Manazir Ahsan has been Director General of the Islamic Foundation since 1985 and edits the Muslim World Book Review. He has authored over half a dozen books and many articles on aspects of Islam. He is Co-Chair of the Interfaith Network and Chair of the Inter Faith Relations Committee of the Muslim Council of Britain (MC). Dr Ahsan was awarded an MBE in the year 2000 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of his contribution to Interfaith and Community activities.
Meriel joined the Board of Citizens UK recently bringing with her experience in finance, HR and governance. As a qualified accountant she worked until she retired as Director of Corporate Services for the National Centre for Social Research. Previous positions had been in similar roles for two firms of solicitors. She is on the Board of three further charities one of which runs a health clinic in rural Bangladesh.
Helen Black is the Regional Secretary of UNISON (the public service union), in the East Midlands and a member of UNISON's Senior Management Group. She is a member of Nottingham Citizens Leadership Group and represents Nottingham Citizens on the Board of Trustees. She lives in Nottinghamshire with her partner and their two children.
Bishop Eric Brown
Bishop Eric Brown was made the first Pentecostal President of Churches Together in England. He is the presiding Bishop of the New Testament Church of God. He has been with Citizens UK as a Trustee for more than 15 years.
Dave Canham has been with Aviva for 16 years holding a variety of roles in the Business before moving to Risk in 2002. Dave is currently the Head of Operational Risk – IT and Operations responsible for supporting, over sighting and embedding the Aviva risk framework and governance of all aspects of IT and non – IT Shared Service across the Aviva Group. Dave is a qualified Risk Manager and a Member of the Institute of Risk Managers. In addition he is currently the Chair of the IRM’s Special Interest Group in Information and “E” Systems. Dave has also spoken at a number of external events on the challenges associated to articulating and driving common understanding of IT risks across organisation.
Noeleen was born in Johannesburg South Africa. After finishing university, she worked in marketing roles for multi-national consumer goods organisations, as well as in Corporate Social Responsiblity. Noeleen spent many years lecturing marketing and brand strategy. In the turbulent 1980’s and 90’s, and as part of a commitment to building a better South Africa, Noeleen helped parents and children in townships develop core skills for school readiness, and taught literacy and life skills to domestic workers.
In 1998, when Noeleen’s husband was offered a job in London, they made the move with their two young sons. The family joined Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue), a life enhancing decision that quickly provided a new outlet for Noeleen to continue her social justice and community work. Noeleen is currently Chair of Alyth, having led on communications and social justice and been at the forefront of the transformation of the youth and education provision.
Noeleen joined the board of Reform Judaism in 2011 where she held the Education portfolio. She represented Reform Judaism on the board of Leo Baeck College, and in 2014 became the Chair of the College, a position that she holds today. As part of her ongoing connection to South Africa, Noeleen holds the work of the UK friends of Ikamva La Bantu, a South African based charity that delivers social support services to disadvantaged communities in Cape Town. Noeleen sits on the board of PaJeS (Partnership for Jewish Schools) and until recently was a member of the New Israel Fund, Human Rights Award Dinner committee.
Father Michael Copps
Michael Copps was born in Aylesbury in 1946, was educated at the local primary school and then at the Franciscan College in Buckingham. He entered the Franciscans in 1965 and studied at their house of studies in East Bergholt, Suffolk and also at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh. He has worked as a Director of Novices, a Minister Provincial and as Parish Priest in Ipswich, Nottingham and East London.
Saleem Kidwai OBE
An accountant by profession, Saleem started his private practice 29 years ago and has seen it develop into a business with over 1,300 clients and 18 staff. However, he is the founder and Chief Executive of the Ethnic Business Support Programme, which has been running for the last seven years. Saleem is also a trustee of Muslim Aid, as well as being Secretary General to the Muslim Council of Wales. His diverse experience also includes being part of the CBI Wales Executive Committee and previous board membership of the Cardiff & Vale NHS Trust.
Rosamund McCarthy is a Partner at Bates Wells & Braithwaite London LLP. She advises charities and campaigners on establishment and group structures, political activities, fundraising, mergers and collaborations. She is a governance trainer for OnBoard and has advised the Boards of many leading charities. Rosamund was the founder and first chair of Poet in the City and has been a member or trustee of a variety of other organisations and councils, including the Advisory Group on Campaigning and the Voluntary Sector, the Steering Committee of National Poetry Day, the Small Charities Coalition, Free Word, the Friends Publications and the AVA Foundation.
Farooq Murad has worked as a management and training consultant. He has developed and delivered regeneration solutions in the fields of education, training and employment. He has also delivered community leadership and cross cultural training programmes for government departments and voluntary sector. He was the Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain (2010-14) and Chairman of Muslim Aid (2004-08). He has also served as a constituent member of World Economic Forum at Davos.
Rt Revd Adrian Newman
Adrian was born in Watford and survived. The youngest of 6 children, he worked as an economist before ordination in 1985. He served parish communities in East London, Sheffield, and central Birmingham (the Bullring) before being appointed Dean of Rochester in 2005. In 2011 he became Bishop of Stepney, serving an area covering the 3 London Boroughs of Tower Hamlets, Hackney and Islington. He describes himself as a social entrepreneur, committed to human flourishing and the re-enchantment of society. He was once introduced as ‘the most un-Dean-like Dean in the Church of England’ – a description he quite liked at the time. He is currently intent on being a most un-Bishop-like Bishop. Adrian is married to Gill, with 3 grown up sons. He loves all forms of sport, and still exercises regularly to try and stay fit. He is the only senior member of the Church of England clergy to have run the London Marathon and cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats. He is a great fan of U2, Bruce Springsteen and the folk group Show of Hands.
Revd Paul Regan
Paul Regan is a retired Methodist Minister based in Newham where he has lived since 1972. He is a founder member of London Citizens and trustee of Citizens UK. Paul is a member of the Advisory Council of the Living Wage Foundation. He also chairs the board of the London Community Land Trust. A former CEO of Aston-Mansfield, he now sits on the Board of this community development charity founded in 1884. He also chairs Applecart, a story telling and arts charity based in east London. His main relaxation is with opera and music, enjoying the cultural diversity of London. He is also the proud grandfather of four granddaughters.
Ranjit Sondhi CBE
Trustee, CNUK; Member of Leadership Group of CUK Birmingham; currently Commissioner, Criminal Cases Review Commission; Vice Chairman Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG; Member, QC Selection Panel. Previously, Vice Chairman, CRE; Governor, BBC; Trustee, National Gallery; Civil Service Commissioner; Judicial Appointments Commissioner. Engaged in community and youth projects for over forty years.
Nick is the Treasurer, appointed in 2013. He was previously Treasurer of London Citizens, which merged with Citizens UK, and from 2008 to 2012 of Volunteering England, where he helped oversee VE’s own successful merger with NVCO. Nick is a Director in KPMG’s Strategy Group, where he specialises in advice to the public sector on complex transformation, restructuring and commercialisation programmes. Nick is a chartered accountant and lives in Wimbledon, South West London, with his partner Eleanor. He is an FRSA, a keen supported of opera, theatre and other performing arts and a (reasonably) keen walker, in his spare time.