Dr Rowena Shaw (Chair)
Originally a teacher of Spanish and French, Dr Rowena 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 CEO of NASS the national association for all non-maintained and independent special schools.
During her school career she was a joint deputy head with Naz Bokhari at Haggerston School. This was the first management team to run a school with a Christian (Mary Metcalf, Head), Muslim (Naz) and Jewess (Dr Rowena). She has been a school governor in several multiracial schools both primary and special and a Trustee of several educational organisations. She is currently chair of the Education Advisory Panel at the Prince’s Trust and since 2011 she has been a specialist adviser on special education in Free Schools at the New Schools Network.
Dr Rowena is an experienced and accredited mentor/ coach, and has been a lead facilitator for the National College for Teaching and Leadership. Dr Shaw has also carried out extensive freelance work advising on leadership and governance. She has carried out five governance reviews of major charities in the educational and arts fields.
Bushra Nasir CBE
Bushra became Head of Plashet Comprehensive School in the London Borough of Newham. She has successfully led 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.
Harris Bokhari OBE
Harris is a Board member of Mosaic, HRH The Prince of Wales’s mentoring charitable initiative, and the co-founder of the Naz Legacy Foundation, which aims to enhance educational excellence and positive integration.
Imran Sanaullah MBE
Imran was the inaugural Naz Bokhari Award winner in 2012. Since then Imran has gone on to become the CEO for the Patchwork Foundation. Through Patchwork, he supports the engagement of young people into politics, democracy and civil society. Imran continues to support successive Naz Bokhari Award winners with advice, mentoring and support. Imran has also been recognised by the likes of HRH the Prince of Wales, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Prime Minister the Rt Hon Theresa May MP for his hard work in improving opportunities for those from the most disadvantaged and minority communities in the UK.