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About Our Trust



Rt Hon Ruth Kelly (Patron)

Ruth is currently Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research and Enterprise at St Mary’s University in Twickenham London. Ruth served as a cabinet member in both Tony Blair and Gordon Browns Government, becoming the youngest women to hold a cabinet position as Secretary of State for Education in 2004, Ruth also served as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government in 2006 and Secretary of State for Transport in 2010.

Ruth is passionate about girls’ education and social deprivation she has campaigned throughout her life for social equality and mobility.


Sher Azam (Chair)

Sher Azam’s passion is for helping communities to help themselves. He works tirelessly with a range of charities and community projects in Bradford to support the community in raising their aspirations and improving their quality of life.

Sher Azam has over a decades experience in school governance as a former Parent Governor at Grange Junior School; Community Governor at Waverley Middle School and Chair of Governors at Feversham College. 

As a result of his work in the community Sher Azam received an MBE for services to the community in 1986.

Dr Shazza Rehman

Shazza is a consultant Medical Oncologist at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust where she specialises in Breast cancer. Her previous roles have included oncologist at the Christie NHS Trust, Lead Clinician at Redditch NHS Trust, Registrar in Oncology at the Kent Hospital and Registrar in Oncology at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Dr Shazza has published 18 research papers on her specialist field of Breast cancer, diagnosis and treatment.

Tahir Khan

Tahir holds a BSC (Hon’s) in Biomedical Science from the University of Bradford, a Post graduate Certificate in Project Management Regeneration from the University of Bradford; he is a member of the London Institute of Banking and Finance and a member of the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Tahir has over a decades experience within the financial sector having worked for HSBC; Barclays Bank Plc and the Lloyds Banking Group.

Fazal Dad

Fazal is a serving practioner within the education sector with 20 years of experience within Primary Schools, where he has held a number of roles including that of Assistant Principal. Fazal has 15 years of experience as a school governor in a variety of primary and secondary schools within Bradford.

A Prominent leader in the community and passionate supporter of educational development. Fazal has presented live shows on Sunrise Radio for the past 18 years and on national TV for the past 5 years.

Fazal has also served as a chaplain to the Lord Mayor of Bradford, where he provided counsel to the Lord Mayor.


Ali Jan Haider (Chair)

Ali Jan Haider is Director of Strategy for Clinical Commissioning NHS Bradford with a proven track record of successful strategic and operational leadership, excellent organisational skills and extensive experience of school governance in the independent, maintained and academy sector.

Ali Jan Haider has vast experience is delivering substantial programmes in the healthcare sector, leading national government reforms, contributor to various social and economic development forums and initiatives and management experience of large financial budgets.

Sajjad Khan (Vice Chair)

Sajjad Khan has around 20 years of global leadership experience in the corporate environment with GE Capital. He has a proven track record of delivering large strategic transformational programmes and management of operational teams based in multiple countries.

Sajjad has lived and worked in numerous countries gaining valuable international experiences. He has extensive experiences in a range of business functions that include IT & Digital; financial management and controllership; governance, risk and compliance (GRC); shared services; strategic transformations; M&As; commercial development; quality and operations (Lean Six Sigma) and more. Sajjad is currently completing his Doctorate (part time) in the field of GRC.

Geoff Ashton

Judged by Ofsted as an Outstanding Secondary Head on two occasions, Geoff is regarded as an expert in the present educational landscape. He brings a wealth of relevant, up to date, educational expertise at strategic, management and practical levels.

Geoff was one of the country's first Executive Heads, was elected Chair of an Excellence Cluster (5 yrs), Chaired an Education Improvement Partnership (5 yrs) and Chaired a Graduate Teacher Training Programme (10yrs). He is part time Operating Officer of his local SCITT. He was a Board Member of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority for four years, Local Secretary for Secondary Heads Association (SHA)/ Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) and Cabinet Office Public Servant of the Year for community regeneration and partnership work. A Director of seven companies and Board Member of his local Chamber of Commerce, he is a Governor of Wigan University Technical College (UTC) and is a Board Member of Wigan Youth Zone.

Geoff has been an Education Adviser to the previous and the present Governments for the last ten years. He has been responsible for the successful educational structures and deliverables of over 90 Academies, 6 UTCs, 2 Studio Schools and 6 Free Schools. He has been the Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF)/ Department for Education (DfE) representative at the selection and appointment of over 120 Academy Principals for secondary, primary and alternative provision schools.

He is a Trustee/Director of two Multi Academy Trusts in North West England and Senior Education Adviser to Baker Dearing Educational Trust delivering and supporting UTCs.

Professor Irfan Awan

Irfan Awan is a Professor of Computer Science and Head of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) at the University of Bradford. He received his PhD degree in Performance Modelling of Communication Networks from the University of Bradford, UK in 2007. He joined the University of Bradford as a Lecturer in Computing in 1999 and then promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2004, Reader in 2007 and became Professor of Computer Science in 2009. 

Professor Awan was partly seconded to Namal College, an associate college of the University of Bradford between 2008 - 2011 to act as its Vice-Chancellor.

Professor Ihtesham ur Rehman

Ihtesham ur Rehman holds a personal chair in Bioengineering at Lancaster University, where he is establishing Bioengineering at Lancaster. He has BSc and MSc degrees in Chemistry and a Doctorate in Biomaterials Science and Engineering from the Department of Materials, Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).

After a long career of 24 years at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Biomedical Materials, QMUL, he joined the Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering and was part of the Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Group based within the Kroto Research Institute. He is Executive Director and Founder of Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus. He is also deputy director of UK-Pakistan Science and Innovation Global Network (UPSIGN)

Shakoor Ahmed

Shakoor a graduate of the University of Bradford with a BSc in Business and Management, is a highly successful and dynamic entrepreneur who has demonstrated great strategic and operational leadership in developing the MyLahore business into a nationwide success story.

Shakoor has vast experience in commercial development, financial controllership, programme management and management of a number of employees. He has excellent organisational and delivery skills and is at the forefront of driving digital transformation in the food industry.

Shakoor is also involved in a wide range of community outreach initiatives and an ardent supporter of social and economic development initiatives.  

Mohammed Hussain

Mohammed is a fellow chartered certified accountant with over 20 years of accounting experience, working in both the public and private sector.

After graduating from Leeds University with BA(hons) in accounting and finance  he trained with a national accountancy firm (3sixty group) and then moved in to the public sector to work as a finance officer with Wakefield council and then moved to work for the NHS. Currently he is a NHS Senior Finance Manager. Mohammed has also obtained an MSc in Leadership Management and change from the University of Bradford.

Parwaiz Bashir 

Parwaiz has been involved in school governance within Bradford for over 25 years. Including 6 years as a Chair of an Academy. He has over 15 years’ senior experience of internal audit, statutory audit and corporate finance within the public sector, primarily at Calderdale Council and the Education and Skills Funding Agency. His wide range of skills in financial management, governance, project management, performance management and IT development have assisted in his work reviewing controls and governance processes.

Jonaid Khan

Jonaid is currently the Alumni Relations Manager at the University of Bradford where he has nearly 15 years’ experience. A dedicated professional focused on strategy and development, he holds an MBA (Distinction) in Business Management, Strategy and Marketing. He has a passion for stakeholder engagement within the education sector.

Linda Dobson

Linda has around twenty years' experience of working for Children's social care, which involved supporting children, young people and families. She has experience of working in the areas of child sexual exploitation, domestic violence and court work. Linda also undertook private work for the Family Court as an independent expert of parenting skills, undertaking complex assessments and providing opinion to the court.

Since taking early retirement in 2013, Linda was appointed a community governor at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, where she was chair of the membership development group and deputy lead governor. Linda left that role and is now an active member of various local charities.

To contact a Member/Trustee please email: office@fetrust.org.uk

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