Shazia Tabusam

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.

Zainab Alema

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.

Lynne Northcott

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.

Sania Haq

Sania has been working in research for 10 years. In her role as Head of Research at AudienceNet, she advises business, industries, government bodies and NGOs. One of her main areas of specialism is intercultural relations. Sania helps her commercial clients navigate and reach diverse audiences, and works closely with government and non-profit clients to help them better understand and meet their needs. She writes and speaks extensively on intercultural matters, in relation to research and more widely.

Sania is extremely passionate about sports. She played a number of sports competitively growing up, representing her county in athletics and Netball. She then decided to focus on tennis more seriously, playing competitively in the UK and also while studying at the University of North Carolina. She continues to train, and has also found a new love – dance! She works with an Asian dance company, helping to spread the benefits of dance to people across the UK. Through her research, she has also worked closely with Sport England and other governing bodies (including the FA, ECB and LTA).