National Advisory Board

Chair - Dr Rowie Shaw

Originally a teacher of Spanish and French, Dr Rowie Shaw worked in 5 inner- city, multiracial secondary schools over a 24 year period including as a secondary headteacher in two large schools in Tower Hamlets and Bradford.  She then went on to be Deputy General Secretary at the National Association of Head Teachers and she was the first Chief Executive of NASS.  She is currently a Trustee at Beyond Autism and chair of governors at their school, Rainbow School for children with autism. She is also a member of the Children’s Trust based in Tadworth, Surrey which works with children with acquired brain injuries and a member of the Educationalists’ Panel at Mosaic.  Dr Rowie Shaw was a joint deputy head with Naz at Haggerston School, this was the first management team to run a school with a Christian (Mary, Head), Muslim (Naz, Joint Deputy) and Jew (Rowie, Joint Deputy).

Deputy Chair - Jonathan Freeman

Jonathan has extensive senior experience spanning the Civil Service and charitable sector, with a powerful commitment to social justice and community cohesion.  Jonathan was Managing Director of Mosaic, HRH The Prince of Wales’ mentoring charitable initiative at The Prince’s Trust, with which he was involved since its earliest days.   Prior to that, Jonathan was Government Relations Director at Business in the Community.  Jonathan was previously a member of the Senior Civil Service in the UK Government, in which capacity he was responsible for significant policy and operational delivery in areas of social justice of the highest importance and political sensitivity in a range of departments including the Ministry of Justice, Cabinet Office and Department for Communities.  Jonathan also has significant experience of the UK justice systems, including working directly with the most senior levels of the UK judiciary.  Jonathan is also Senior Mentoring Adviser to the Careers & Enterprise Company.

Board Members

Sir Alan Steer 

Sir Alan began his teaching career in 1971 in Leeds. Subsequently he taught in Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire before moving to Redbridge. Here Sir Alan was Head teacher of Seven Kings High School for 23 years. The school is now recognised as one of the leading schools in the country, judged by Ofsted to be outstanding in every category and sub category.

Sir Alan’s particular expertise and interest is in Behaviour and Discipline – indeed he has quoted there are “101 ways to encourage discipline”. Sometimes referred to as the Government’s “behaviour tsar”, Sir Alan is in high demand to speak at a range of high profile national conferences.  Sir Alan was a senior judge with Naz Bokhari at The Teaching Awards.

Bushra Nasir CBE CL

Bushra became Head of Plashet Comprehensive School in the London Borough of Newham. She has successfully lead the school from a low-achieving school in 1993 to a school that has twice been categorised as Outstanding by OFSTED in 2005 and 2008. In February 2009, Plashet featured in a national OFSTED report called “12 outstanding schools – excelling against the Generic Viagra odds”  Bushra has held office in many high profile organisations, has a Doctorate from the University of East London and a Fellowship from Queen Mary College, London. She has a CBE for services to education.  Recently she was awarded the Time Education Supplement (TES) Head Teacher of the Year.  In Bushra’s own words; ‘Nawazish (Naz) was my mentor.’

Christine Green

Christine Green began her teaching career in 1972, after graduating from Leeds University with an Honours degree in History and a PGCE.  Christine taught History and English in the Secondary sector for 14 years, after which she was seconded to Sheffield Hallam University to retrain for teaching in the Primary sector, where she is currently still working as a supply teacher.  Christine has taught all age groups from age four to adults and is also a qualified Reading Recovery Tutor.  Christine was elected as a Primary Teacher to serve on the General Teaching Council for England in 2004 and was re-elected in 2008.  In 2009 she was elected to serve as Vice Chair of the GTCE, a position she holds until March 2012 when the GTCE closes, transferring its duties to the new Teaching Agency. She is a Council member of the College of Teachers, has presented awards both locally and nationally at the Teaching awards and has worked with many of the ITT institutions, holding workshops for the students and NQTs.   She has represented the GTCE at the 4 other Teaching Councils in the UK and at many other national organisations.  Naz served as a Council Member with Christine on the GTCE and College of Teachers.

Chief Executive Officer  - Hina Bokhari

Hina Bokhari is a one of the founding members of the Naz Legacy Foundation and the daughter of Naz Bokhari.  Hina was a primary school teacher with over ten years of teaching experience as well as being a National Union of Teachers (NUT) School Representative.  Previously, Hina was a producer for BBC London Radio.

Director of Operations – Imran Sanaullah

Inaugural winner of the Naz Bokhari Award in 2012, former mentee and current mentor of Naz Legacy Foundation.

Executive Team Members

Khateja Malik

Worked in a variety of different roles within education and training in the NHS. I was involved in the launch of apprenticeships within the primary  care  and feel passionately about giving young people the best chance to succeed. I am currently working on a large NHS England pilot supporting general practice multidisciplinary working.

Natasha Simons

Dr Natasha Simons is an evaluation and visitor studies specialist with a focus on education. She has evaluated a range of projects in different educational settings including: museums; interactive science centres; educational charities; and STEM festivals. She has recently completed an evaluation for the British Council, ‘Maths Teacher Training using IRIS Connect’ pilot project in Johannesburg, South Africa. She uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to try to understand the impact of different programmes on their various stakeholders. She completed her Masters and PhD with The University of Salford, Manchester.

Nizam Uddin

Nizam Uddin is currently Head of Mosaic, a mentoring initiative of The Prince’s Trust that was founded in 2007 by HRH The Prince of Wales to help young people from the most deprived communities fulfil their potential. He has previously worked for the University of London International Programmes, where he founded the student engagement unit, pioneering stakeholder engagement for over 55,000 students studying via distance-learning in 180 countries. Nizam was previously an auditor for the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA), the UK’s regulatory authority for Higher Education and was previously the elected President of the SOAS Students’ Union as well as the University of London Students’ Union. Nizam is currently a Trustee at SOAS, University of London.

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