The Board of Trustees is responsible for governing the charity and making sure that it complies with its governing document and constitution.
The Board of Trustees is accountable for the management of the organisation and seeks to ensure the best interest of stakeholders in all management decisions. The Board of Trustees makes balanced and adequately informed decisions, thinking about the long term as well as the short-term strategy.
The Trustees take hands-on roles and apply their unique skills, experience and passion to the day-to-day running of the charity.
The Board of Trustees meets four times a year to support and shape the work and strategic direction of the charity.
Sajid is Chair of the Muslim Sports Foundation. He founded MSF in 2020 and is committed to tackling inequalities and promoting a proactive and healthy lifestyle for all. He is currently Finance and Operations Director at the British Judo Association which is the national governing body of Judo in the UK. He was also the Finance Director (voluntary role) at British Blind Sport which is a registered charity and was created to assist blind and partially sighted adults and children to access opportunities in sport and recreation. Additionally, he has also been appointed as a Non Executive Director for Sport England Sports Council Trust.
Lynne Northcott, a mother of two teens, is a Child & Adolescent Counsellor by profession, working in an East London secondary school, supporting the students with their mental health. Lynne is also the Director of Jog On, a mental health-focused sports brand providing clothing and sports hijabs as well as educating and facilitating workshops on how to unite the mind and body to improve well-being. Lynne is an avid multi-distance runner, competing in both road and cross-country races and has run two world major marathons. She also enjoys Pilates and cycling. Lynne’s personal mission in life is to promote how mental health can be improved through movement as well as mindful stillness by connecting the mind and body as one. She hopes she can help support the Muslim community to embark on that journey to self-care.
Zainab Alema aka Zee aka The Bulldozer is a neonatal nurse by profession and a rugby player by passion. Zainab has been playing rugby for the past 10 years starting at Ealing Trailfinders rugby club. She currently plays for Barnes RFC. Zainab is passionate about getting more ethnically diverse people into rugby which led her to start Studs in the Mud and also go onto volunteer with the project rugby programme under both Harlequins and Saracens foundation. Through her obvious love of the sport and advocacy for the women's game she has been featured on various sporting platforms namely ITV Sports, The Telegraph, Virtual Rugby Show, Rugby world Mag and many more. Zainab endeavours to be a positive voice for the sport and has hopes to inspire and empower the younger generation.
Shazia was appointed a Board Trustee in May 2022. She has a strong commercial background and over 20 years of experience in financial services with a solid track record of sales, business development and customer management. She is currently a mortgage broker at Just Mortgages and previous to that she has been at various banks including as a Regional Business Development Manager for Islamic Bank of Britain and Al Rayan Bank.
In her free time, Shazia loves to play sports and keeps fit through yoga, swimming and HIIT training, she is also a keen traveller. Shazia will be a great asset to MSF, she will compliment and strengthen our established Board and add to our collective Trustee skills, experience knowledge and backgrounds.
Parveen is a Senior Lawyer for a Global Bank based in London. She has spent the last 11 years advising FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 companies in international markets. She has led large global teams on complex litigation matters involving worldwide media coverage. Parveen specialises in data privacy and digital law and is considered a subject matter expert in this ever-changing area of law. Parveen enjoys keeping fit by boxing, Pilates, and spin classes. Parveen loves to keep fit and enjoys travelling.
Rashid is an experienced senior leader with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Skilled in enterprise software, partner management, go-to-market strategy, competitor analyses, market assessment & expansion, sales and marketing leadership and strategic partnerships. Rashid is a strong business development professional specialising in Crypto, Web3 & Metaverse Builder. Rashid also holds a Master's in Business Administration (MBA).
Khorum is a Finance Director working for a Global Consumer Healthcare corporation. He has 15 years of experience spanning the Professional Services, Pharmaceuticals and Healthcare industries. He has extensive experience in compliance, audit, financial and business planning and analysis, business development and commercial business partnering.
Habib is an IT professional and has worked in the field of Biomedical Science IT for the last 10 years. He has garnered experience in all aspects of the delivery and supply of multi million-pound software projects ranging from simplistic user intuitive projects to complex Middleware solutions for some of the biggest companies on the Invitro Diagnostics market. Away from work, Habib is passionate about access to sports for all have recently started a sports academy for disadvantaged communities.