NOREEN KHAN, BBC RADIO AND TV PRESENTER AND STAND-UP COMEDIAN
Noreen Khan is an award-winning radio and TV presenter.
She has been working in radio for more than 13 years and joined the BBC in 2007.
She currently presents her show on BBC Asian Network weekdays from 1-4pm. Listening figures regularly show she has one of the most listened to Asian radio shows in the UK.
Her warm and natural presenting style has made her an instant hit with the audience and she is a highly sought after compere, hosting high-profile events up and down the country.
She’s also won numerous awards for her show and presenting style, including best radio presenter, best radio show and best media personality.
Noreen has hosted numerous shows for BBC Red Button including the recent Asian Network comedy night which came live from Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
In 2016 she was part of an all-female presenter line up for a unique sports chat show called Ballsy Women. In the past she’s also presented for BBC’s Midlands Today and produced/presented her own TV shows on sky channel Brit Asia TV.
In 2016 she tried her hand at stand-up comedy and has since started her own all-female comedy nights. These have proved to be highly successful and resulted in a UK city tour. Noreen is also considered to be a social media influencer due to her impressive social media following.
Noreen is also a businesswoman, in 2014 she launched her own clothing label- Noreen Khan Couture and in May 2015 she expanded her brand by launching her NK Accessories line too!
TASHA TAH, SINGER SONGWRITER
Tasha Tah is a successful artist in her own right and has been in the UK Asian Urban scene for the last 10 years. Tasha’s debut single ‘Haan De Munde’ topped the charts in the UK and cemented her position as the first lady of ‘urban desi.’
She has amassed a core fan following around the world purely on the strength of her own inimitable drive and ambition.
Today, with a solid platform established, she has numerous No.1 hits and over 100 million views on YouTube.
Industry experts have isolated the reason why Tasha has scaled such heights on her sole efforts. Her creative ‘factory’ is totally in-house. She can write a hit song on a whim and create the melody and tune in an instant.
Courtesy of her modelling background, her performance wardrobe, video design and choreography all have a major input from Tasha herself.
She draws her inspiration from her Indian background, a strong musical family heritage and being in and around musical icons from a very young age.
Tasha has multilingual expertise, a varied vocal range and a surprising ability to sing for many genres appealing to a cross-range of ages and cultures.
DR MOHAMMED ALI OBE
Dr Mohammed Ali OBE is Founder and CEO of QED Foundation. He has worked in ethnic minority community development for over 35 years, in the UK and Europe. He is a social entrepreneur, pioneering and developing new ways of addressing the social and economic challenges facing ethnic minority communities. Since setting up QED in 1990, he has served on numerous public, private and voluntary sector boards and committees, including for the NHS, the Home Office, DWP, IOD, EU, ACEVO, the University of Bradford and York St John University. He was awarded the OBE in 2001.
ADEEBA MALIK CBE
Adeeba Malik is the Deputy Chief Executive of QED. Born in Bradford to immigrant parents, she has been with the organisation for 30 years. Previously she was a teacher in Hull and Bradford. She has held numerous roles on various boards in Bradford, Yorkshire, and nationally, including Yorkshire Forward, Northern Ballet, and the Women and Work Commission. She is on the board of the Race Disparity Audit Advisory Group at the Cabinet Office, and a Member of the State Honours Committee and Member of Nurture Academies Trust. Adeeba received the MBE in 2004 and the CBE in 2015.
As Chief Operating Officer of York St John University, Rob’s role spans the leadership of all of the University’s Corporate Professional Services including Finance, HR, Estates, IT, Marketing & Communications, Student Recruitment, and Strategy & Projects. He also drives the University’s widening participation, business growth and innovation agendas. Rob joined YSJ in 2016 after senior roles at Network Rail, PwC, Deloitte and GVA. He holds degrees from Lancaster and Leeds and the LSE. He is a Chartered Surveyor and a Member of the Association of Project Management.
Jo Quinton-Tulloch became the director of the National Science and Media Museum in 2013. Her 25 years in museums started in the Learning Team at the Science Museum. She has delivered world class galleries and exhibitions, including as part of the team that created and launched the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Jo’s focus in Bradford has been to forge new sustainable partnerships which reposition the Museum as a STEM learning centre of excellence. Jo led a major relaunch of the renamed and rebranded NSMM in 2017. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
UDUAK ARCHIBONG PHD MBE
Uduak Archibong PhD MBE is Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, where she directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and provides strategic oversight for equality and diversity across the institution. She is a Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. Her research, teaching, and knowledge transfer activities broadly cover the areas of workforce diversity, diversity competent leadership development, family-centred health care and cross-cultural negotiation of community access to health and social services.
DR MOHAMMED ALI OBE
Dr Mohammed Ali OBE is Founder and CEO of QED Foundation. He has worked in ethnic minority community development for over 35 years, in the UK and Europe. He is a social entrepreneur, pioneering and developing new ways of addressing the social and economic challenges facing ethnic minority communities. He worked with Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Bradford Community Relations Council, Tameside Council, Sheffield City Council and Fullemploy, a London-based ethnic minority social and economic development agency, before setting up QED in 1990. He has served on numerous public, private and voluntary sector boards and committees, including for the NHS, Home Office, DWP, IOD, EU, ACEVO, Bradford University and York St John University. He is chair of the Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation and the Network of Pakistani Voluntary Organisations (UK). He has won many accolades for his work including an honorary doctorate from Bradford University in 1997 and the OBE in 2001.
PROFESSOR KAREN BRYAN OBE, VICE-CHANCELLOR, YORK ST JOHN UNIVERSITY
Professor Karen Bryan joined York St John University as Vice Chancellor in April 2020. She was previously Deputy V-C (Academic) at the University of Greenwich. Prior to that she was Pro Vice Chancellor for Regional Engagement and Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing at Sheffield Hallam University. Professor Bryan qualified as a speech and language therapist from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and also gained her PhD there. Her research interests are in communication difficulties in young offenders and in forensic populations, also the impact of communication difficulties on access to healthcare. She is involved in the development of Registered Intermediaries working for the Ministry of Justice, and was previously a member of the Health Professions Council.Professor Bryan is a Visiting Professor in the Department of Neuropsychology at the University of Warsaw, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. She was awarded an OBE for services to higher education in 2018.
TRACEY BRABIN, MAYOR OF WEST YORKSHIRE
Tracy Brabin is a British Labour and Co-operative politician who was elected as the first Mayor of West Yorkshire, and the first ever woman Metro Mayor in England, in May 2021. During her campaign, Tracy pledged to create 1,000 skilled jobs for young people, lead a ‘Creative New Deal’ for the region, bring buses back under public control, tackle the climate emergency and build 5,000 affordable and sustainable homes. As Mayor, Tracy also inherits the roles and responsibilities of the former Police and Crime Commissioner. Her priorities for policing include to recruit more frontline officers and staff and to prioritise the safety of women and girls. Prior to her election as Mayor, Tracy was the Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen from 2016 until 2021. As MP, she held appointments as Shadow Early Years Minister, Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and Shadow Minister for Cultural Industries. Moreover, Tracy is a former member of the Women and Equalities Select Committee and a former chair of the Gaps in Support All-Party Parliamentary Group, having led the campaign on behalf of the three million people excluded from Government financial support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Born in Batley, Tracy was an actor and screenwriter prior to entering politics, appearing in several British soaps.
KERSTEN ENGLAND CBE, CEO, CITY OF BRADFORD METROPOLITAN DISTRICT COUNCIL
Kersten has been Chief Executive of Bradford Council since 2015. Her main priority is to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth. Kersten chairs the Yorkshire and Humber Chief Executive’s Board, the Serious and Organised Crime Strategic Partnership for West Yorkshire, the Bradford and Tower Hamlets ‘Act Early’ Partnership, is the lead Chief Executive for the Yorkshire Leaders Board and an advisor to the Resolution Foundation. She leads on innovation, business growth and the digital agenda within the West Yorkshire Combined Authority. Kersten is a trustee of the Young Foundation. She is also a member of the Council of the University of Bradford, a member of the advisory board of the Bradford Literature Festival and a lay canon of Bradford Cathedral. Kersten was made a CBE in the 2020 new year’s honours list.