Lancashire BME Network’s Team consists of:

  • Chief Officer
  • Senior Project Officer
  • Project Officer
  • Admin & Finance Officer
  • Admin Assistant
  • Community Educators
  • Sessional workers
  • Volunteers

Each member of the team has their own areas of responsibility yet work towards the vision of the organisation.

 

Chief Officer (CO) – Naz Zaman

The CO has overall responsibility for the operational delivery and strategic management of Lancashire BME Network. They are responsible for the running of Lancashire BME Network.  

I originally started as a volunteer taking on a position as a trustee. In 2011 I stepped off the board and took a paid role as the Chief Officer. My role is very varied and includes operational management of staff and projects through to strategic development and representation. I am qualified in Voluntary sector management, advice & guidance and volunteer management.

I have a varied career history, my first ever employment was with the NHS purchasing team, followed by working in schools, sales and as an Independent Domestic Violence Advisor.

I have worked in the voluntary sector for over 13 years both in paid and unpaid roles. I am currently a Magistrate and an approved foster carer both of which have been personal goals.

My interests outside of work include reading, doing jigsaws and baking.

To contact Naz, email her on: naz.zaman@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk

 

Senior Officer (SO) – Nathan Isom

The Senior Officer (SO)’s role is to develop and deliver new initiatives, working closely with the Chief Officer. The SO works on capacity building and is able to support Lancashire BME Network’s members with development and processes. 

As the Senior Officer at LBN I am responsible for the running of projects and ensuring that existing members are engaged with LBN, developing the relationships to bring new members into the organisation, and to identify strategic and commercial opportunities that will advance the work of LBN.  I am responsible for operational management in the absence of the Chief Officer. 

I moved to Lancashire in January 2015 from the South of England. Previous to LBN, I worked for YMCA London South West for 3 and a half years with a remit of health and wellbeing and before that I worked for Broxbourne Borough Council as a Community Development Officer with a sport and health focus. 

I have a degree in Sport Development and I am a Cascade Trainer with the national Walking for Health programme and have previously sat on the Training Action Group responsible for developing the Walk Leader training programme. I have qualifications in Tag Rugby, Dodgeball, Tri-Golf, and Boccia.

I am a lover of the great outdoors but my passion is motorcycles. I have a few bikes and am developing one of my bikes so I can participate in motorcycle racing in 2016. When not riding, I enjoy walking and fishing.

To contact Nathan, email him on: nathan.isom@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk

 

Sessional Project Officer (PO) –  Shazia Ali

The Project Officer (PO)’s role involves engaging with communities across Lancashire and delivering projects, using community development. If you are a service user or a partner and would like more information, contact our PO for further support. 

I am a Project Officer at LBN. I was born and raised in Lancashire. After studying Law, Business, Sociology and English Literature at my local sixth form, I went on to graduate from the University of Central Lancashire in 2014 with a 2:1 BA (Hons) degree in Business and Management. Soon after graduating I volunteered at LBN and eventually took up a paid post as the Project Officer. 

At LBN, my role is to establish new links through outreach and networking with individuals, groups, volunteers, other agencies and organisations. I also support the development of new project ideas, deliver advice and guidance sessions (IAG). I am responsible for planning, preparing and delivering projects including managing all associated paperwork. I also support the recruitment, training and management of community tutors, volunteers and sessional workers. My role enables me to meet individuals from a variety of diverse backgrounds, religions and cultures. This role has aided me to understand the importance of connecting and engaging with individuals who do not readily access learning.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading non-fiction books as well as spending time with my family and friends.

To contact Shazia, email her on: shazia.ali@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk

 

Project Officer (PO) –  Rubina Bhatti

The Project Officer (PO)’s role involves engaging with communities and delivering projects across Lancashire in partnership with our network and the groups we support. If you are a service user or would like more information, contact one of our Project Officers for more details.

My name is Rubina Bhatti and I joined LBN in September 2016 as a Project Officer. My role in the organisation is to engage with members and non-members, support projects and delivery in response to community needs and to enhance BME communities by building strong, sustainable relationships between statutory, private and voluntary organisations.

I support NEET young people and those furthest away from services. This support includes confidence building, improving IT skills, health and wellbeing, financial management, childcare, respite care, volunteering, disability support, business start-up, job searching, learning new skills and much more. We – as an organisation – are part of a wider partnership and if we cannot support an individual directly, we will signpost them to partner agencies who are able to support them through their specialisms.

Through community engagement and networking, I am responsible for recruiting beneficiaries for projects, supporting applications, developing partnerships and raising the profile of BME communities wherever possible.

I was born and raised in Preston and have worked in the retail business, public sector and now in the voluntary sector. Prior to joining LBN, I worked for the Fire Service, supported the Asian Fire Service Association as an exec member and took part in a lot of charity fundraising for third world countires, local charities and national charities.

Along side my role at LBN and also my qualification as a hair and makeup artist, I enjoy martial arts, socialising with friends and family, walking and the gym.

To contact Rubina, email her on: rubina.bhatti@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk

 

Project Officer – Humma Nizami

The Project Officer (PO)’s role involves engaging with communities and delivering projects. If you are a service user or would like more information, contact one of our Project Officers for more details.

My name is Humma Nizami and I joined LBN in April 2015. As a Project Officer, my role is to develop and deliver programmes across Lancashire in response to community needs in an effort to enhance the position of BME and disadvantaged communities. Through community engagement and networking I am responsible for recruiting beneficiaries for projects, developing partnerships and raising the profile of LBN wherever possible.

I was born in Mirpur, Azad Kashmir and came to the UK when I was 2 years old. My father was a member of the Pakistan People’s Party and in 1979  (following the execution of the Prime Minister, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto) my family fled Pakistan. Through political asylum, we were granted a new lease of life making Bradford our new home. I got married and moved to Accrington in 2008.

Prior to joining LBN, I was the Advice & Welfare Project Co-Ordinator for Pendle Women’s Forum in Nelson.

When I do get a bit of time away from work, cooking, cleaning and being a full time mum; I like socialising with friends and family, going for walks and reading.

To contact Humma, email her on: humma.nizami@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk

 

Admin & Finance Officer – Rehana Rabani

The Admin and Finance Officer is the first point of contact when calling into the office. They also deal with; invoices, payments, post, and general enquiries. The role is core to Lancashire BME Network’s running. 

I joined the organisation in 2012 to take the role of administration and finance officer.  I hold qualifications in beauty therapy, Business & Finance, Community Engagement Techniques and Community Interpreting Level 3.  

I am a qualified beauty therapist, I worked in the beauty industry for many years. I changed my role in the professional field due to family responsibilities. I previously worked as a Community Development officer and then took the role of Administration & Finance officer. My duties and responsibilities are office  management, financial management and liaising with partners and beneficiaries.

I am a busy working mum with 3 children and when I have time I have a passion for interior design and shopping.

To contact Rehana, email her on: rehana.valli@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk

 

Community Tutors

Lancashire BME Network has a bank of over 40 Community Tutors (CT). Our CT’s are individuals from all walks of life who have experience/skills in a particular area. Their areas of work range from; cake decorating, literacy/numeracy through to computing and marketing. We are always on the look out for CT’s so keep an eye on our Community Tutors/Vacancies page or like our Facebook page to keep up to date. 

 For general enquiries, email us on: office@lancashirebmenetwork.org.uk

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