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Board of Trustees

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.

Meriel Barclay

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.

Dave Canham

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 Cohen

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. 

Rosamund McCarthy

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

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 Jonathan Clark, Bishop of Croydon

Bishop Jonathan was educated at Exeter University and ordained as a priest in 1989. After a curacy in Carlisle he was a chaplain at Bristol University then Director of Studies of the Southern Theological Education and Training Scheme. From 1997 to 2003 he was chaplain at the University of North London, and from 1999-2003 also Area Dean of Islington. He then moved across to Hackney as Rector of Stoke Newington until his episcopal appointment as Bishop of Croydon in 2012. Amongst other activities, Bishop Jonathan is Chair of the Churches’ Refugee Network, a network of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. He also chairs the Advisory and Governance Groups of Safe Passage UK, an initiative of Citizens UK.  During 2015 Bishop Jonathan was Chair of Croydon’s Opportunity & Fairness Commission.

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.

Sheila Bamber

Sheila moved to North East England over 35 years ago to work as a door-door rent collector for a social housing provider, and has never moved away.  After 15 years in housing management, she was ordained into the Church of England, and has held a huge variety of posts in Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland, including time as Diocesan Director of Education, and Chair of the Diocesan Board of Finance.  Passionate for justice and concerned that the wonderful North East is engaged in every aspect of civil society, Sheila is excited by the growth of Tyne and Wear Citizens, which launched to an audience of nearly 1000 in December 2017.  Community organising has the potential to make a real impact in the region, tackling issues of poverty, mental health and community safety.  Sheila brings experience of governance at local and (through her work with Girlguiding UK and the Church of England) at national level, and in the management and training of volunteers.  She believes that good central governance is essential, but that at the local level it should be an enabling function and not a burdensome chore.  And she is excited by the expansion of Citizens across the UK, and wants to see a vibrant alliance with an effective local and national presence flourish.

Nabeel Al-Azami

Nabeel is Managing Partner at Murabbi Consulting which specializes in values-based HR & ethical leadership development. He is a CIPD qualified senior HR specialist, an executive coach (NLP & MBTI practitioner) and Adair ACL Accredited Leadership trainer, who won the Chairman’s Leadership award two years in a row (2007 & 2008), while working at one of the world’s largest automobile firms.

In addition, he has been a finalist for the CIPD ‘HR Professional of the Year 2015 and won ‘HR Team of the Year 2015’, while working as Head of HR for a leading DEC charity.

Having completed his Bachelor’s in Management and his Master’s in HRM from the University of Manchester (incl. Manchester Business School), he went on to professionally qualify from the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD). His HR profession spanned areas such as talent management, performance, business partnering, leadership development, values and culture, conflict resolution, and employment law.

He has been engaged in the field of HR and leadership academically and professionally for some 20 years, and has been engaged in multiple community and faith based organisations in London and Manchester for a similar period. He is currently authoring a book on leadership.

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