UK: Leadership network to be launched at House of Lords

UK: Leadership network to be launched at House of Lords

 A man who started a network to develop leadership among Muslim professionals will see the initiative formally launched at the House of Lords tomorrow.

The Keighley and Bradford-based Professional Muslim Institute (PMI) was set up by Javed Bashir, working alongside the University of Bradford.

Mr Bashir, from the Highfield area of Keighley, is achievement forum co-ordinator for Education Bradford and is now PMI's director.

He said its membership would include lawyers, bankers, politicians, Peers and successful role models from the business world.

He said this was a response to a variety of issues in the district, including economic under achievement and housing deprivation.

He said: "These disadvantages can lead to alienation, social exclusion and, in certain cases, may even lead to extremism, particularly among young people. Therefore, action was needed to change this.

"There is a lack of meaningful and effective leadership within the Muslim community in the district — including in Keighley.

"I'm very pleased that our efforts have been recognised at the highest level and that we've been invited to launch the organisation at the House of Lords. "I'm excited about meeting some of the most influential people in the country. Many of them I've never met before, just watched them on television."

He said he would be encouraging some of these people to inspire and mentor local youngsters in need of support.


Source: Keighley News (English)

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