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Ulfah Arts Board Management Committee is responsible for ensuring an appropriate Board is in place for the organisation, whilst in the interim providing governance and leadership to the organisation.  

Management Committee

NASEEM KHAN’s working life has included journalism, broadcasting, policy development, research and arts administration. Her main focus has been around cultural diversity.

She was Head of Diversity for Arts Council from 1996 to 2003, but has been actively engaged in that area of work long before.

In 1976 she wrote the pioneering 'The Arts Britain Ignores' – recognized as opening the debate on the nature of ‘British culture’ -, and was founder/co-ordinator of the first national umbrella body for all non-indigenous arts activities, MAAS (Minorities Arts Advisory Service). As a journalist, she wrote a weekly column, Work in Progress, on cultural issues for The New Statesman for two years, was a regular Guardian freelance and was Theatre Editor of Time Out. She was the Co-Ordinator of the vast alternative Festival of India and co-director of the Academy of Indian Dance. She has been a Senior Associate of the research consultancy, Comedia, and wrote ‘The Road to Interculturalism: Tracking the arts in a changing world’ for their 2007 study of The Intercultural City. With Comedia, she also worked on projects around the role of urban parks and open space, the use of public libraries, and the social impact of the arts. In 1999, she received the OBE. Currently she runs her own policy consultancy.

MARK CAROLL is the Director of Housing (Housing Management and Support) responsible for taking forward the Government’s work on social housing reform, housing management, the private rented sector, tenant involvement (including sponsorship of the Tenant’s Voice) and vulnerable households.
 
Mark was from 2002 until November 2007, the Director in HM Government responsible the government’s strategies for tackling extremism, building community cohesion and integration, and for increasing race equality.

From October 2005 to September 2006 Mark was also a member of the main Home Office Group Management Board and the Acting Director General for Communities which in addition to the responsibilities outlined above, also included the Governments responsibilities for: the third sector; volunteering; new charity legislation;

increasing community participation and empowerment. Before joining the Civil Service Mark worked in consultancy and prior to this he worked in the third sector and in local government.

NAZ KOSER is the founding Director of Ulfah Arts. She is passionate about her faith and the Arts hence the creation of Ulfah, (Arabic for harmony).

Born in the UK, Naz considers herself more British than Pakistani and is considered to be a pioneering British Muslim contributing to British culture the essence of her Islamic faith.

She founded Ulfah Arts after a personal tragedy born out of religious extremism and has worked with commitment and devotion to develop it in to an internationally recognised arts organisation.

She is a strong supporter of public sector arts and was recently selected as one of 17 Cultural Ambassadors for City of Birmingham. Naz advises a range of government departments and NDPBs on policy and is currently a member of National Muslim Women's Advisory Group (MNWAG), Steering committee member of Creativity, Culture & Education (CCE) and Prince's Trust mentoring, Mosaic
Previously Naz helped to set up two businesses in Birmingham and after building her community experience through voluntary work she established Ulfah Arts in 2004.

AISHA LATIF is a senior solicitor with ten years specialism in public international law in Immigration, Asylum, Human rights, Nationality, Business immigration and European Law since 1999 at Tyndallwoods solicitor in Birmingham.

She has MA in Refugee and Immigration policy, law and practice from University of Central England in 2005 and conducted training for Gloucester law centre, Immigration Practitioner lawyers Association (ILPA) and Office for the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) from 2004-2008. Aisha Latif joined Ulfah Arts in 2004 as a member of the first female Muslim acapella singing group called Ulfah collective singing in Arabic, English and Urdu in the various shows toured throughout UK. She has been involved with Ulfah at a board level since late 2008 assisting and advising the Director on a range of legal/HR matters and keen interest in devising strategy for Ulfah under PREVENT agenda.

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PRASHANT SINGH, Director of Media & Education is a versatile media professional with diversified experience of working across different sectors of media. Although he specialises in Radio production and PR he also has senior managerial experience of working in Print and Online media as well as third sector arts industry.

His former employers include BBC Radio and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

A passionate beliver in social empowerment, Prashant mentors disadvantaged young people in his spare time, sits on the Board of Digital Birmingham as a Non-Executive Director, and gives pro bono publicity and media development advice to a number of not for profit arts organisations in West Midlands.

He successfully fundraised and delivered Ulfah Arts' first media project in 2008 and subsequently joined Ulfah to further develop the potential of using media in arts and creative education projects.

Ulfah's media department now develops and delivers media projects for a host of public and private bodies and has developed it's own core projects too. His work at Ulfah now involves designing and delivery of commisioned media projects, fundraising for core media projects and assist the Arts department in achieving the full potential of its Arts productions.

Ayo Ola is currently the Managing Director of Community Touch Ltd, a social enterprise set up in 2008. Community Touch is an innovative and creative organisation, providing opportunities for personal and community development to the Deaf, hearing impaired and BAME communities.

Prior to this Ayo Ola has confidently and competently held a variety of responsibilities, which have included: managing cluster homes for Deaf adults with additional difficulties, ranging from 24-hour care, to sheltered housing.

Being a specialist worker for BME deaf people, set up the floating support service, a care manager after climbing the ladder from a part time care worker.

Ayo Ola has supported Ulfah Arts from its initiation, from being a member of the Ulfah choir, to presenting its shows and advocating to her various contacts within communities.
All of the above whilst being a mother of two young adults. Ayo Ola has the skills and experience backed up by various courses that have enabled her to run two successful companies.

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