Zerbanoo Gifford (Patron)
Author, human rights campaigner and founder of the ASHA Foundation and Centre, Zerbanoo Gifford holds the International Woman of the Year Award 2006 for her humanitarian work, which spans over forty five years of grassroots and global activism. In 1989, Zerbanoo was presented with the Nehru Centenary Award for her work championing the rights of women, children and minorities. Pioneer for Asian Women in British politics, she was elected as a councillor in Harrow in 1982 and was the first Asian women to stand for parliament, she chaired the Commission ‘Looking into ethnic minority involvement in British Life’ and was a member of the advisory group on Race Relations to the former British Home Secretary. A former director of Anti-Slavery International, she was awarded the Freedom of the City of Lincoln, Nebraska, for her work combating modern slavery and racism. She is also authored seven books her latest ‘Confessions to a Serial Womaniser – Secrets of the worlds Inspirational women’ highlighted the lives of over 300 exceptional women from 60 countries for which she was awarded a ‘NESTA (National Endowment of Science Technology and Arts) Fellowship’. Zerbanoo’s biography ‘An Uncensored Life’ by Farida Master is published by Harper Collins.
Mark Gifford (Chair)
Mark is the Director of the ASHA Centre, a UK charity working for the empowerment of young people, sustainable development and peace and reconciliation. His professional and academic background is in law, theology and the charitable sector.
Mark is an interfaith minister, a qualified solicitor and, before joining ASHA, was Assistant CEO of an international British based youth and interfaith charity.
His main interests include classical music and the religious traditions of India and Iran.
Dr. Natubhai Shah M.B.E. (Vice Chair)
Dr Natubhai Shah is a retired medical practitioner with a doctorate in Jain religion. He was the main force in the development of the Jain Centre Leicester and is now involved in developing Jain Centre London. He holds many posts in Jain and Interfaith Organisations, is the Chairman of Jain Network and Council of Dharmic Faiths UK. He represents Jainism at the highest level and was selected as ‘Man of the Year’ by the American Biographical Institute in 1991 and was honoured as ‘Jain Ratna’ by the Prime Minister of India in 2001. Dr. Shah is a member of Faith Consultative Council of UK Government.
Anil Bhanot O.B.E. (Trustee)
Anil Bhanot is the Managing Trustee/Director of Hindu Council UK (HCUK), which is the first and remains the largest umbrella organisation uniting all Hindu schools of theology through its 170 temples members and different Hindu communities through the 300 cultural organisations members. HCUK has almost 500 key representatives and 50 prominent Hindus in its Executive, working on a voluntary basis.
Anil is also a trustee of EMF the Social Justice Foundation, a trustee of the Peepul Centre in Leicester and a patron of the Inter Faith Youth Trust which funds youth projects. Anil is also a founder trustee of his family charity the Rita Trust.
Anil Bhanot is a Chartered Accountant and has been running his own practice since 1990.
Dr. Zaineb Ahmed (Trustee)
Dr Zaineb is an NHS GP, a member of the royal college of general practitioners. She works across central and north west London, between community based clinics and hospitals urgent care.
She is very familiar with the diverse nature of the local community, with special interest in women and children’s health.
She has extensive knowledge and experience in holistic health and wellbeing, and a passion for promoting healthy lifestyle.
Tanvir Ali (Trustee)
Tanvir Ali is a psycho-therapist and counsellor. She has special interest in empowering Muslim women in the community to access public services and improve their mental health and well being. She works very closely with a number of community based mental health services on an advisory capacity and offers her professional expertise.
Clive Robinson (Voluntary Adviser)
An expert within the international development sector, Clive Robinson joins Mosaic Community Trust as a Voluntary Adviser. He has over 45 years’ experience working for public authorities and voluntary organisations, including Christian Aid, CAFOD, and Action by Churches Together.
Ruth Rosenthal (Treasurer)
Ruth Rosenthal has been a Westminster resident since her childhood and still lives in the area. Ruth’s professional life included 25 years of working at the BBC, latterly as a producer of television documentaries. Following her retirement from the BBC she studied to teach adult literacy then worked part time for Westminster Adult Education Service for 12 years, initially as a tutor then as a Lecturer, Learning Support, working with students with learning difficulties. Ruth was one of two staff governors on the board of WAES for 4 years before she retired in 2012.
Ruth is the chair of her GP practice Patient Participatory Group and a member of the User Panel for the Central London CCG – Clinical Commissioning Group.
Her interests include: Art, classical music, cookery, singing, word games, jigsaw puzzles, reading, walking and table tennis.
Dr. Saima Rana (Trustee)
Dr Saima Rana is Principal of Westminster Academy, serving one of the most deprived areas in the country. With a background in school improvement in inner-city schools, and a PhD in IT in Education, Dr Rana has worked in inner-city London schools with high depreciation indicators throughout her career to combine traditional school improvement techniques with a commitment to collaboration between the local community and businesses in order to accelerate regeneration and standards. Dr Rana specialises in Secondary School Educational Policy, ICT, Globalisation, the Knowledge and Digital Economy. She has presented academic papers on Policy, ICT, Globalisation and Secondary Education at the Institute of Education, London, Trinity College, Dublin, The Knowledge Lab, London as well as at International conferences in both Europe and the USA. Dr Rana is also a member of the following boards: The Duke of York Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award (iDEA), International Baccalaureate Schools and Colleges Association (ISBCA), Paddington Development Trust (PDT).
Lena Choudary-Salter (Founder Director and Managing Trustee)
After completing her degree in child development, postgraduate degree in Nutrition and a higher research degree in rural and social development at Reading University, Lena Choudary-Salter dedicated her life to international and community development and remains a senior development professional working in Asia and Africa and in London. Lena is also passionately committed to uniting communities for equality and empowerment and a strong advocate for promoting caring communities. She has recently been appointed by the Public Appointments Commission as a lay Trustee on the Board of Imperial College Health Care Charity. Lena is also a Patron of the Asha Centre.