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

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.  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.

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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