Aftab is a founding member of Legacy WM and has been the Director from its inception.
He has worked across the public sector regionally and nationally at strategic and operational levels. He was the Head of Stronger Communities for Government Office for the West Midlands (GOWM) and was seconded to Urban Living (Housing Pathfinder), where he developed expertise in housing and regeneration.
As the founding Chair and later Director of the Bangladeshi Youth Forum (BYF), Aftab provided leadership to a successful project to empower disenfranchised young people, many of whom went on to successful careers.
Programmes and Projects Manager
Musurut started her career in the public sector and has worked at a senior level for a number of local authorities. She led on developing strategies and projects which promoted equality, engagement and addressed gender and racial violence. During her time in local government, she developed a number of projects that were recognised as models of good practice at a European level.
Musurut has always had a passion for working at a grass-roots level and has supported the development of a number of community projects. She has undertaken management, capacity-building, and development roles within a number of third-sector organisations. A firm believer in praxis, she has a flare for creative thinking, a proven track record of acquiring funding and developing successful projects which inspire and engage marginalised communities.
Mashkura leads on the Old Wives’ Tales project, funded by the Heritage Lottery & KPMG.
With a proven and varied track record of helping organisations achieve strategic priorities and programme benefits, Mashkura has a flair for thinking outside of the box. She is skilled at building organisational capacity and generating income by creative thinking.
Mashkura's background is rooted in law but her passion for community development steered her away from the life of a solicitor. In 2000, she became a Community Development Executive for a youth organisation. She then moved to Urban Living (Housing Regeneration Programme), where she managed the Community Cohesion Programme. In 2010, the Audit Commission rated the programme 'outstanding'.
She was also one of the youngest third sector CEOs in Birmingham and was part of the Birmingham Leadership Foundation (BLF) from its inception.
Community Development Officer
Apsana plays a key role in supporting Legacy WM with its outreach and engagement work, and is leading on the Women Can and Family Fit projects.
Apsana joined Legacy WM in January 2015, bringing a wealth of community work experience. She started her journey as a volunteer, moving into paid work at Saathi House – a women’s centre based in Aston. Apsana was also one of the leading lights at the Bangladeshi Youth Forum where she headed up the youth work and employment team.
Apsana is a trained mentor and has worked extensively with secondary school pupils. She has a natural ability to engage with individuals who are considered ‘hard to reach’. Apsana is equally adept at building relationships and is a key player in several strategic partnerships in northwest Birmingham.
Part time Health Educator
Dawn supports the delivery of health programmes and activities for the Family Fit project.
She has a proven track record of leading and developing projects focused on black and minority ethnic (BME) groups at local and national levels. She has been involved with the Commission for Racial Equality, Capacitybuilders, Legal Services Commission, and Commission for the Compact.
Dawn was a Community Development Project Leader for the Stroke Association and has also supported Diabetes UK as a Volunteer Risk Assessor, where she engaged BME communities. She is very passionate about reducing the risk of long-term health conditions within these communities.
Dawn is also trained in nutrition and delivers health checks and weight management workshops for Weight Off Workshops Ltd.
Her expertise enables her to develop user-led programmes, build community capacity, and deliver accessible interactive workshops for people of all ages and backgrounds.
Part time Women's Development Officer
Shamsun joined Legacy WM in 2015 and is leading on the Women Can project, working to engage women in wellbeing activities. She also supports the Family Fit programme to engage women and their children.
She has a wealth of community work experience and a long-standing passion for supporting her local community. She has been a volunteer supporting local women over the last 15 years before working for the Bangladeshi Youth Forum, where she led on health and wellbeing projects for women and girls. She also worked with the junior club, bringing families together to deliver projects. This work has given her an excellent standing in the local community.
Hema Patel Community Champion
Hema was introduced to Legacy WM through a friend who suggested that she might be interested in volunteering in our 'Planting Peace' gardening project. Whilst volunteering, Hema came across a 'Family Fit' leaflet about the importance of exercise and consequently joined the 'Family Fit' project.
She joined the gym, began jogging, joined Zumba and yoga classes and learnt how to cycle. She loves to dance and has been supported by Legacy to train as a Zumba instructor.
Hema now delivers Zumba classes to women on the 'Family Fit' programme.
Rachel West - Heritage Officer (job-share) Details coming soon..