Arshad Ashraf FRSC BSc. (Hons). PGCE. PGD. NPQH. PQSI. MA. MSc (oxon)

Arshad is a passionate, determined and uncompromising educational professional with a successful career in teaching, educational leadership and transformation. Arshad’s experience encompasses leadership and transformation roles in schools as well as broader roles leading learning and teaching initiatives at regional, national and international level. 
Arshad has developed and managed both large teams and budgets on time and mission critical projects. Arshad has project managed Learning Enhancement Programmes, in academic and vocational settings, from conception to delivery within large local authorities, across regional enterprise networks as well as nationally. He has worked as a consultant to school leadership teams, and as a senior leader. Arshad has a proven track record as a school inspector and a school improvement Partner, having developed and moved schools’ to outstanding provision through quality support and accurate evaluation of school needs.

A forward-thinking Headmaster, School Governor, OFSTED trained inspector for schools, Free School Trustee and educational consultant, advisor and strategist who displays vision and enthusiasm in leading strategic developments in education. Arshad has over 20 years of experience and success in all aspects of teaching, management and successful design and delivery of educational improvement. A passionate believer in putting the quality of teaching and learning at the heart of a school to create a caring, challenging and inspiring environment where pupils can flourish. Arshad holds an MSc in Education from The University of Oxford (Kellogg College), as well as a Masters in research from Durham University. He is a qualified teacher, OFSTED inspector and Head teacher, holding a PGCE, PQSI and NPQH.

He has an in-depth understanding of promoting equality & diversity, building social capital, and community cohesion and is experienced in stakeholder engagement and values-led organisational-leadership development. Arshad is an experienced educational researcher with a strong interest in muslim education within the UK, ways to advance educational standards for deprived communities, as well as focusing on those who matter most in education, the children and their voices.


Yaseer Ahmed – Key consultant, mentor, advisor, training facilitator and Northern collaborations lead.

Yaseer is an Award Winning Entrepreneur & Clore Social Leadership Programme (CSLP) Fellow.He has an in-depth understanding of promoting equality & diversity, building social capital, and community cohesion. He is further experienced in stakeholder engagement and values-led organisational-leadership development. Having had a range of amazing, unrivalled experiences and achievements, that span the private, public and social sectors.

His comprehension of embedding the community cohesion agenda in to Local Authority delivery frameworks is unrivalled.  Yaseer believes that through values-led collaboration, there is absolutely no challenge too difficult to overcome and no problem too complex to solve. From his work at the British Muslim Heritage Centre, the NHS, the Commission for Racial Equality, the Councillors Commission, the Greater Manchester Police Authority, Bolton CVS, Bolton Council of Mosques, right through to the Local Authority in Bolton; his role has consistently centred around breaking down barriers; cultural transformation; leadership; meaningful engagement and organisational development. He believes in challenging established thinking to achieve results and advocates challenging convention to achieve commercial as well as social returns on investment.

Yaseer’s leadership at The Bolton Council of Mosques is study in positive state-faith relations. He led the organisation through a transformative stage of development and collaboration that saw it become a beacon for government and faith relations. His tenure at the BCoM saw it flourish with numerous partnerships, diverse staff and  an energetic vision. Yaseer is an innovative and resourceful leader and expert facilitator. With experience working at a national, regional and local level.


Sabera Ahsan – Prevent training specialist for BAME women and London collaboration lead.

Sabera has an MSc in terrorism studies from the University of East London. She spent 6 years with Sussex police as a diversity trainer and assessor. In 2009 she became the National Prevent (PVE women’s liaison officer) for the Association of Chief Police officer’s Prevent Delivery Unit (CPPDU). She has also held senior equality and diversity roles in the National Police Improvement Agency. Sabera has spent 4 years at the home office based in the crime directorate managing a wide ranging portfolio of strategies including; youth offending, FGM, women offending, police crime panels and Mental health and policing. Sabera works on Internet safety tools to support parents to understand the dangers of grooming, exploitation, bullying, and radicalization. She currently is the founder and chairwoman of the National Asian Mums network.



Ali Amla
Training facilitator, Southern collaborations lead and dialogue specialist. 

A well respected academic, thinker and proactive community cohesion specialist (and a self confessed ideas man!). His blog demonstrates the depth and breadth  of his experience in this arena.

After gaining his Undergraduate Management degree Ali pursued an MA in social work and graduated as a Qualified social worker in 2007. His passion for directly influencing change drove him to pursue an MA in Religion and Conflict at The University of Lancaster. Ali has been involved with the government’s Prevent strategy from the outset. He has sat on the channel panels during their pilot phase and contributed, assessed and collaborated on referrals. In 2008 he worked for a year on the Building Bridges Pendle project after which he spent two years managing and co-ordinating the community cohesion, prevent and community development strategies at Preston city council. Here he facilitated, developed the first Prevent training course of its kind all about us in partnership with Lancashire Constabulary. Currently Ali manages, delivers and develops community cohesion and interfaith projects in collaboration with The University of Lancaster.

Not one to sit at the sidelines, Ali’s current venture Community Reach seeks to encourage local solutions to the threat of radicalisation and this programme also has a unique practical dynamic that sees participants visit Northern Ireland on a field study. Ali is also positively engaging In the interfaith arena in collaboration with the University of Lancaster, his current project revolves around christian-muslim dialogue and encounters.

Furthermore he is a trans-national activist researcher for The University of Lancaster researching extremist ideologies. Nationally he has chaired forums, panels and groups that promote cohesion and anti-extremism, for instance he sits on the advisory board of solutions not sides project that aims to encourage inter-community and faith relations. Ali has been commissioned by the Home office to deliver a number of projects and also secures community cohesion funding for Local authorities to deliver awareness and local solutions. He takes issue with those who conflate conservatism with extremism and is passionate about promoting a third way to tackle the menace of extremism, that both neutralises the threat as well as protects our communities from harm.


Charlotte Hetherington– Training facilitator, Yorkshire and Humberside lead.

Charlotte is an experienced Prevent Coordinator, trainer and facilitator. With an MSc in Terrorism Studies from the University of East London and having undertaken further studies in this area at Kings College, she has an understanding of the arena from both an academic and practitioner perspective. A keen advocate of empowering individuals through education and local network development, Charlotte has created and delivered strategies, projects and events designed to promote a positive sense of identity and a modern approach to the concept of community. This work has addressed developing a counter narratives, steering young people into positive behaviours, and engaging people in educational and business activities.


Debbie KoromaLAC/fostering related training and partnership development lead.

Debbie is a passionate, motivated and authentic individual with Over 30 years’ experience working with disadvantaged families and young people in public and voluntary organisations at community, local, regional, national and International Level. Her diverse career in this field has spanned roles as diverse as Implementation manager and Assistant early intervention Manager at reputable organisations. For instance her role as children’s services manager was at Barnardos spanned 22 years . Debbie therefore has extensive expertise and experience in Looked After Children and Children &Young People leaving care, early year’s education, early intervention with Families and disability. Debbie has a particular interest and expertise in attachment, trauma and resilience based practice’. She strives to ensure practice is inclusive and responsive to each unique and diverse individual and community. She is an Academic, lecturing in youth and community work at Manchester Metropolitan University and holds Professional Qualifications in Youth and Community work, Coaching and mentoring, and Leadership (NPQICL-National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership).