||Mr. Harbhajan Singh Brar
Trustee and Chairman
Harbhajan Singh Brar is a Justice of the Peace and is currently employed as the Human Resources Director at the Department of Health.
Harbhajan has worked as a Director of Human Resources in several different organisations, including Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust and Lewisham College.
Harbhajan has also held the posts of Director of Strategic Recovery as well as the Head of Pay and Employee Relations and Head of Equalities in local government. and served on the Boards of NHS Employers and NHS Professionals.
Harbhajan has over 23 years experience in the field of human resources and has been a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (FCIPD) for over 12 years.
Previously Harbhajan worked as a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Ethnic Relations (CRER) based at Warwick University, where he taught on the MA course in Race and Ethnic relations as well as researched and wrote several books and articles in the field of equal opportunities. He co-authored three research studies; ‘Ealing's Dilemma - Implementing Race Equality’; ‘Invisible Minorities - Racism in New Towns and New Contexts’ and ‘Race Equality and the Local State’.
||Mr Maqsood Ahmed OBE
Maqsood Ahmed was appointed as Adviser to the Home Office in the Faith Communities Unit in 2003 and now advises on faith and preventing extremism issues.
Maqsood was awarded an OBE for his groundbreaking work as the first Muslim Adviser to the HM Prison Service. His work with the Prison Chaplaincy now reflects all religions providing pastoral care to prisoners.
Maqsood’s background includes anti-poverty and racial equality work which he did for 15 years. Maqsood is passionate about the drug and alcohol addiction and its impact on diverse communities.
Maqsood is a Fellow of the Faith and Civil Society of Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge and an executor member of Central Mosque/Islamic Centre, Leicester.
Maqsood was recently awarded the Muslim News Award of excellence 2008 for his services in improving community relations.
||Dr Raj Raja Rayan OBE
Founding trustee and chairman till 11th August 2009
Raj was a former Dean of the Faculty of General
Dental Practitioners (UK), The Royal College of
Surgeons of England. He is currently the Associate
Dean of Postgraduate Dentistry with the London Deanery.
He is the first and only member of the Black and Minority
ethnic community to hold a Deanship at the Royal College
of Surgeons of England. He founded the National Centre
for Transcultural Oral Health at the Eastman Dental Institute
and was co-author of the publication 'Dentists Patients
Minorities' sponsored by the Department of Health. He
was a member of Sir Nigel Crisps Black and Minority
Ethnic leadership forum and is a member of NCCA Equality
and Diversity Forum. He is an elected member of his professional
regulatory body, the General Dental Council. He lectures
internationally and has published in many standards documents.
He was awarded the OBE in 1999 for services to dental
education and in 2005, given the 'Humanitarian Award'
in Canada by the Academy of Dentistry International.
Ms Perminder Dhillon
CEO Drug and Alcohol Action
Perminder founded DAAP in 2002 to advance education on addiction and related issues. Her broad experience in the field of addiction over the past ten years includes research, training, dissemination of best practice, project development and management and production of multi-lingual education resources.
Prior to this, Perminder worked for the University of Central Lancashire where she led on a number of national and local initiatives.
In her other life, Perminder is a trainer and an NLP life coach specialising in personal and organisational development. She has trained on equality issues for over twenty years.
Perminder has held posts in the statutory, voluntary and education sectors including BBC television and radio.
Perminder has authored over fourteen publications on equality, gender, race and addiction issues and worked on six broadcast documentaries.