MBCOL Advisors (Supporting Non Executive Members)

Faizal EassatFaizal Essat F.Inst.L.Ex

Faizal is in the fortunate position of having over 15 years experience as Head of Legal in Industry. He has also been Head of the Litigation section at the Leicestershire County Council and many years working at law firms. Faizal was formerly an Equity Partner at Anderson Solicitors. He is now an associate director of the East Midlands regional law firm DBS Law Limited.

Areas of work expertise include: large value complex personal injury cases, buy commercial disputes, cost intellectual property rights, vialis 40mg trademark registrations and related disputes.

Faizal’s legal experience greatly benefits MBCOL as he is able to see the picture from both sides. He was a key figure during MBCOL’s contractual negotiations with the local authority and in the drafting of the organisations Constitution during its early years. Faizal continues to provide his expert legal advice to the Board of MBCOL and is a vital member of the organisations advisory panel.

He has received national awards for his pro-bono and voluntary work in the community and works with many organisations in the voluntary sector.

He has received national awards for his pro-bono and voluntary work in the community and works with many organisations in the voluntary sector within Leicester and across the East Midland.

Faizal has lectured on the ILEX course and has run revision sessions for students for several years. He was Chairman of the Leicestershire branch of ILEX in 1998 and 2000 and is currently a Non-Executive Board Member for ILEX Professional Standards Ltd.

Riaz RavatRiaz Ravat BEM

Riaz is a dedicated and enthusiastic individual who has for some time given his professional expertise to help MBCOL develop and broaden its areas of work. This includes building relationships with other faith communities and identifying new project opportunities. He also assists the organisation with funding and ideas for organisational development.

Riaz has a track record in communications and community development. He has substantial experience of working in the NHS in a communications capacity where his duties have included dealing with the media, leading public health campaigns, advising staff on media handling and producing briefings for ministers and civil servants.

In 2003, he was appointed by the Diocese and the Leicester Council of Faiths to champion the potential of the faith communities in regeneration by creating a faith based regeneration network. Between 2004-07, Riaz was Publicity Officer for the Burton upon Trent Inter Faith Network. Successes included campaigns for the homeless and international disaster relief fundraising. In October 2006, Riaz was appointed to a Government panel which advises Ministers and civil servants on policies to tackle social exclusion and to promote community cohesion. In January 2007, Riaz became a Special Advisor to Faith based Regeneration Network UK, a national ‘think tank’ on faith issues.

Rabiha HananRabiha Hanan

Rabiha Hannan, a Pharmacist by training, holds an MA in Muslim Community Studies, with a specialisation on gender issues. She is co-Director of the Community Relations Initiative, a consultancy which works on research, educational and practical projects aiming to bring communities together. She is Vice Chair of the local SACRE and was on the implementation team leading to the formation of the national Christian-Muslim Forum. She has previously been President of the Leicester branch of the Islamic Society of Britain (2001-2005). Rabiha is married, has three children and lives in Leicester. She is currently acting as a Consultant to the Muslim Burial Council of Leicester.

 

Zubeda GangatZubeda Gangat

Zubeda is an active member of the Community and has been involved with supporting several organisations local and other over many years. This includes Ansaar who runs a day care centre for young adults with learning disabilities.

Zubeda has over fourteen years of experience in adult education and is currently working for the University Hospitals of Leicester as an IT Trainer. She has celebrated 25 years working for the Trust.

Zubeda currently represents the FMO and MBCOL on the Service Equality Panel for the University Hospitals of Leicester dealing with issues such as communication, cultural awareness, ethnic menu, urgent body release and language support for patients amongst other things.

Zubeda is currently working with Rik Basra to promote his campaign within the Muslim community. The campaign works to increase understanding of the blood cancers and encourages informed registration onto the Anthony Nolan stem cell register. This is done in the organisation of specific donor registration events within communities and/or the signposting of potential donors to on-line donor registration.

She has served Mayflower Primary School as a community Governor for several years. Zubeda is very passionate about Health and therefore is lead for Health and Social welfare committee at the FMO.