GETTING TO KNOW YOU >>
Director and founder of The Halo Project, National Adviser for the Welsh Government
Where is home?
Three reasons you love where you live?
Family, beautiful countryside and beaches, and a vibrant community spirit.
THE DAY JOB >>
What do you do for a living?
Provide victim support to those who experience forced marriages, honour-based abuse and female genital mutilation.
A day in the life of you?
I wake up, go to the gym (which is essential for my mental health and wellbeing) – it provides clarity and focus for the day ahead. I pick up my coffee and head into the office ready for a full day’s work and all systems are go.
Any upcoming or ongoing projects we should know about?
One of the most important pieces of work I have ever been involved in is investigating, through victims’ voices, their experiences of reporting sexual abuse to police forces in England and Wales.
The Tees Valley Inclusion Project has been assessed by Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Constabulary and senior representatives from the IOPC and the College of Policing as being eligible for investigation.
To this effect I have been involved in launching a super-complaint which will hopefully change the way policing investigations are conducted by providing equitable outcomes for all victims of sexual abuse irrespective of their background.
What does downtime mean to you?
Watching as many reality and cooking shows as I can squeeze in.
LESSONS IN LIFE >>
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
To have a strong purpose that benefits others, not just yourself.
What is your greatest fear?
Running out of time.
Which living person do you most admire and why?
Michelle Obama. I admire her because of her strength and power, and the way she conducts herself, silently making a difference and wanting a change for the better. I think she would be a formidable US President.
LIVING LUXE >>
What is top of your bucket list?
I would love to swim with dolphins and to perform a spiritual pilgrimage to Mecca.
What is your most treasured possession?
What does the weekend mean to you?
It means recharge and relaxation.
A memorable holiday?
Ras Al Khaimah – it’s one of the most beautiful islands I’ve ever visited.
Asian outfits have to be one of the most beautiful coutures. The colours and embroideries are amazing.
Who would be your top three dinner guests?
Angelina Jolie, Nelson Mandela, George Michael.
The last place you ate?
The last book you read?
The Prosecutor by Nazir Afzal.
The last thing you listened to?
Shalamar – There It Is.
The last thing you watched?
The Queen’s Gambit on Netflix.
Three luxe things in life?
Middle Eastern interior design, Asian jewellery and South Asian cuisine.