EXTERNAL ADVISERS PEN PORTRAITS
Arshad was born and raised in Bradford. He went to a Muslim boarding
school in Lancashire in 1985 where he studied Islamic Theology and
memorized the Holy Qur'aan. He graduated in 1985 and worked in Bradford
Schools as a Support Assistant. In 2000, he graduated from Bradford
University with a BA (Hons) QTS in teaching, specialising in 3-8 year
olds. He taught at a primary school as a Nursery Teacher on a part-time
In 1999, Mohammed Arshad
was appointed on a part time basis as a Muslim Chaplain for Bradford
Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust where his key role was to offer pastoral
and religious care to the patients and families within the hospital
setting. Over a short period of time his role expanded to include
other areas of the hospital such as delivering cultural awareness
training on a generic basis as well as the training being tailor made
for particular departments. He also plays the role of advising specific
areas and departments such as maternity, the chronic pain team and
physiotherapists on a regular basis.
In March 2003 Mohammed
Arshad became a full time Muslim Chaplain, after leaving his part
time job as a Nursery Teacher (making him only the third full time
Muslim Chaplain in UK). His work expanded in areas such as training
and advising on a regional and national level.
Achievements within his
present role at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust includes producing
religious and cultural awareness information for both staff and patients
from the Islamic Perspective on Grief and Loss, Pregnancy Loss, When
a child dies in hospital and Chronic Pain.
In 2004 he was a runner up for the Hospital Oscars for his work within
the Trust and recently won a first prize in the 2005 West Yorkshire
Modernisation Awards for developing an information leaflet and an
assessment process working with the Physiotherapy Department to ensure
effective care and treatment for Muslims. It was entitled: 'Taking
Care of Your Health, Islam and Chronic Pain Information Leaflet for
Muslim Patients'. In April 2006 the same leaflet was given the Special
Commendation Award in the Community Harmony Awards organised by Bradford
Mary began her teaching career in 1967 in Zambia. She later worked
for the Bradford Education Authority as a teacher specialising in
teaching English as a Second Language. From 1980 - 81 she was seconded
as a tutor and later as Coordinator on the Vietnamese Education Project.
Following this she worked in the secondary sector in management and
development subsequently moving to Calderdale as Senior Officer with
responsibility for Primary Education.
Mary was appointed to the
Bradford Bench in March 1984, becoming a member of the Domestic Panel
(Family Panel from 1992). She served 3 years on the Probation Liaison
Committee from 1986.
Following her early retirement in 1996 from her education post, she
became involved in property management and development and continues
to take an interest in this.
She began to take a more
active role on the Bench becoming involved as a Family Court Chairman
1997 and later as a mentor and an appraiser. In 1998 she was appointed
as a member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee and continued
to work actively in this capacity until taking up office as Deputy
Chairman of the Bench in January 2005. During this period she also
served for 4 years as Chairman of the Family Panel and for 2 years
as a member of the Bench Training and Development Committee. Mary
was elected Chairman of the Bench in 2007 and again in 2008.
Outside of Court she plays
an active role in Shipley Christians Together and is involved with
various amateur theatrical groups. Mary is married to Anthony Carroll,
a former Head teacher, now a consultant working with the Leeds Diocese.
They have four children and five grandchildren.
Marion A Flaxman JP
Marion is a retired Deputy Head teacher having spent 35 years working
with young people aged from eleven to eighteen. She has served as
a Magistrate on Bradford Bench since February 2006 and is involved
with Magistrates in the Community delivering school presentations,
court visits and assisting with Mock Trial competition as link Magistrate.
Since 2004 she has been
active as a Director of Bradford YMCA and is as Chair of the Operations
and Quality Assurance sub-committee.
Marion has been an enthusiastic
member of the Hospital Chaplaincy team since 2005 working specifically
in the Accident and Emergency Department at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
She also spent two years working with the Witness Service as a volunteer,
supporting witnesses at Bradford Magistrates Court prior to joining
Marion is a member of Westgate
Baptist Church, Manningham and very committed to fostering links with
local churches and community groups. She works as a member of the
Partnership Working Group, developing further use of the premises
to serve the multi-ethnic Mannigham community.
A musician by training
Marion plays for church services each Sunday as well as being Musical
Director for Thornton Vocal Union.
Frank has spent all his working life in the Magistrates' Courts Service,
having been appointed to a junior post straight after leaving school.
He trained as a legal adviser in the early 1970's and qualified as
a solicitor in 1983. He was appointed Deputy Clerk to the Justices
in 1982 at Rossendale and Hyndburn and had a short spell as Acting
Justices' Clerk for the Pendle and Ribble and Valley Justices in 1992.
In 1995 he was appointed Deputy Clerk to the Justices for the Preston
and Lancaster Areas. In 2002 he crossed the Pennines to become District
Legal Director (DLD) at Calderdale, and was then appointed to his
present post as DLD for Bradford and Keighley later that year. Still
Lancashire based, his out of work interests lie mainly with home and
family. He has three teenage children, one a trainee paramedic, one
a junior soldier, and one who is determined to play football for Manchester
Dilshad C.Q.S.W MBA MIHSM JP, Director of Equality and Diversity,
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was born in Nodeh,
District Mardan, Pakistan, and came to England to join his father
in 1961. He has lived in Bradford most of his life. He graduated from
Leeds University as a qualified social worker in 1982, and gained
his MBA in 1992.
Dilshad has had a distinguished career in the public and voluntary
sector for many years. He has over twenty five years of experience
of working in the Health and Social Care sector at local, national
and international level. Dilshad has in depth knowledge of the issues
encountered by service providers in developing appropriate and sensitive
services to consumers from diverse backgrounds. He has succeeded in
facilitating cultural shifts at both individual and organisational
level to enable integration of health and social services for disadvantaged
groups into mainstream service planning.
Dilshad worked at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi (AKUH)
between 1986 to 1989 as Head of Social Services. He was responsible
for the establishment of the Patient Welfare Department at the AKUH.
Dilshad is committed to promoting health equalities and supporting
healthcare developments in developing countries and has been working
closely with government of AJK in the establishment of the Kashmir
Institute of Cardiology. He has established an international health
links committee within the Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation
Trust to support overseas healthcare developments. Currently, the
Trust works in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Africa. Dilshad has
established an exchange programme where healthcare professionals come
to Trust for further training and development.
Dilshad has supported the Earthquake relief effort through a number
of initiatives including sending healthcare professionals from Bradford
Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust to the affected areas. He is also
working with a number of colleagues in the UK and Pakistan for the
establishment of a limb fitting and rehabilitation centre in the affected
Dilshad also works with hospitals in Europe in improving healthcare
for people from diverse backgrounds. Dilshad was the main contributor
to the 'Amsterdam Declaration' of improving health and well being
of migrants across Europe.
He has strong links with community organisations in Bradford and is
a member of the Bradford Health Improvement Forum, Health Equality
Action Team, Bradford Diversity Partnership, Chair of the West Yorkshire
Diversity and Equality Partnership and has been a member of the Bradford
Race Review chaired by Lord Ouseley. Dilshad works very closely with
the NHS Chief Executive's office in addressing the equality agenda
at national level. Dilshad is an adviser to the Joseph Roundtree Foundation
with regards to the Bradford Programme.
The Revd. Canon Dr.
Frances currently works as a residentiary canon at Bradford Cathedral,
a post she has held since July 2006. She has responsibility at the
Cathedral for worship and also for developing links in the city centre.
Before this current post she worked in parishes and in theological
education in Manchester diocese, where she was an honorary canon of
Manchester Cathedral. She is currently doing an MA in Conflict Resolution
at Bradford University, having achieved a doctorate in 2000 at the
University of Manchester which was a study of power in a congregation
using qualitative methods, exploring issues of gender and race. Until
recently she was the editor of the journal Contact: Practical Theology
and Pastoral Care, and her publications include Lifelong Learning:
Theological Education and Supervision London: SCM Press, 2005; Helen
Cameron, Philip Richter, and Douglas Davies & Frances Ward (eds.)
Studying Local Churches: A Handbook London: SCM Press, 2005; and Elaine
Graham, Heather Walton, & Frances Ward Theological Reflections:
Methods, London: SCM Press, 2005 and Theological Reflections: Sources,
London: SCM Press, 2007. She is married to Peter Powell, who is a
consultant paediatrician, and they have four children.
ROGER DAVY MBE JP
Roger was appointed to Bradford Bench in July 1974 where, in addition
to his work in the adult courts he has served as a member and Chairman
of the Youth Panel. He also has experience of serving on the Family
(formerly Domestic) Panel and on the Licensing Panel. Roger was actively
involved in Probation Liaison work in the 70's and 80's, and in 1986
was appointed to the Bradford Bench Magistrates' Court Committee (MCC)
until the West Yorkshire MCC was created. Since 2004 he has been a
member of the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee for Bradford. Roger
was elected as Deputy Chairman of the Bench for 1997 - 1998 and was
Chairman of the Bench 1999 - 2000 in which capacity he served with
distinction. Appointed in 2001 as a West Yorkshire representative
to the Council of The Magistrates' Association, he served as a member
of the Youth Courts Committee from 2002 - 2007 and was Deputy Chairman
of the West Yorkshire Branch of the Magistrates' Association 2003
- 2005. Roger completed his course at Leeds University Textile Department
in 1961 and joined the family textile processing business in Bradford
where he ultimately became the Managing Director. He was a Councillor
on Ilkley Urban District Council from 1970 - 1974. In addition to
his employment and the Magistracy, he worked as a Youth Club leader
for 20 years and has been a Governor of Woodhouse Grove School since
1987. Roger and his wife Barbara are active members of the Ilkley
Playhouse, and in his spare time is a Guide at the Priory Church at
Bolton Abbey. He describes himself as a Methodist with strong Anglican
leanings. Roger was awarded an MBE in the 2007 New Year Honours list
for services to the community in West Yorkshire.
HH Judge Stephen Gullick
Stephen was born in Hertfordshire and educated in Somerset and at
Birmingham University from where he graduated in 1970 with a 2:1 honours
degree in Law. He was called to the Bar at Grays Inn in 1971 and joined
chambers in Park Square in Leeds later that year. Thereafter he appeared
in courts throughout the North East of England, principally involved
in criminal cases. During his final years of practice at the Bar he
was Standing Counsel to H.M.Customs and Excise. In 1998 he became
a Circuit Judge and in 2001 he became Resident Judge at Bradford Crown
Court. In 2002 he became the Honorary Recorder of Bradford. He is
married with two sons. He is a practising Anglican and a campanologist
of (almost) fifty years experience!
Rev Chris Johnson
Chris is currently Chaplaincy Manager and Church of England Chaplain
at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Prior to this appointment
in 2000 he served in several parishes as a Vicar before moving joining
the Chaplaincy Team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 1997.
Chris' Qualifications include : B.Th. (Nottingham) L.Th. Nottingham
M.A. (with Distinction) (Leeds), Post Grad. Cert. in Health Research.
He is currently a Ph.D. Student. He has written a number of health/chaplaincy
related articles for A & E Nursing Journal, the Journal of Healthcare
Chaplaincy, the Scottish Journal of Healthcare Chaplaincy and Multi-cultural
Balu Lad JP
Balu was born in India but grew up in Uganda. He gained teacher's
qualification from Makerere University and after teaching for a few
years left Uganda due to political instability. In Uganda he was involved
extensively in community work.
In Britain he carried on as a member and officer of the St. John Ambulance
Brigade Cadet Division as an officer with Laisterdyke Cadet Division
in Bradford. Balu was awarded a Long Service Medal for 15 years active
service for the organisation.
He acquired additional qualifications for Radio & T.V. servicing,
teaching in Primary schools and Adult Education. He has worked as
a Service engineer, as a technician at University of Bradford and
later on for 12 years taught at Waverley Middle School. He has been
involved in community work since coming to Britain and has held a
number of posts: President for 2 years, secretary, Head of the Supplementary
school for 15 years and Project Manager of the Elderly Day Care centre
at this organisation.
Balu has been actively involved in interfaith work and community harmony
activities in Bradford. He has served on the Lord Mayor's Faith Advisory
Committee for last 8 years and a member of Minorities Police Liaison
Committee for last 10 years. He is also involved with the Interfaith
Centre, which is involved in teaching religious education in schools
of Bradford Metropolitan Council.
Dr Philip Lewis
Philip advises the Anglican Bishop of Bradford on Christian / Muslim
relations and is a scholar consultant of the National Christian Muslim
Forum. He lectures in the Peace Studies Department of Bradford University
on religions, conflict and reconciliation. His latest book is entitled
"Young British and Muslim" (Continuum Press 2007).
Marion was appointed to the Magistracy in 1974 and joined the Juvenile
and Domestic Panels (now Youth and Family) in 1975. She was an active
member of the Probation Liaison Committee for 10 years from 1978 and
served on the Bradford Bench Magistrates' Court Committee (MCC) from1985
- 1994 where she was a member of the Staffing and Management Sub Committee.
Marion also served for 6 years on the Lord Chancellor's Advisory Committee.
She was elected by her Rota as Deputy and later Rota Chairman and
subsequently was elected Deputy Chairman of the Bench in 1991. She
became Chairman of Bench in 1992 serving with her characteristic efficiency
and energy. In 2000 she became a member of the newly formed Drug Treatment
and Testing Order Review Panel member 2000 and was elected as Panel
Chairman in 2004. Throughout her time in the magistracy Marion has
been at the forefront of innovation: in 1992 she set up a steering
committee to organise the first open day which the court held in 1993
and in the same year the started the Magistrates' Association Schools
Project in Bradford and herself gave presentations in schools and
invited students back into court. Marion was a member of British Red
Cross and then trained as a nurse at the Northern General Hospital
in Sheffield. She finally retired from being Matron of a Nursing Home
in 2000 after sixteen years service. Marion was also a former member
of The Diocese of Bradford Advisory Council for "The Church in
Society" - Penal Group and has been a Governor at Dixons CTC
in Bradford since 1993. Marion has in the past been a committee member
of Bradford's War on Cancer, and has been involved in numerous Lord
Mayors Fund Raising Committees. She has been a Soroptimist for nearly
20 years and became President of Soroptimist International of Bradford
in 1994 where she has helped fund raise for The Womens Refuge, Streets
and Lanes Project, Breast Awareness, the Soup Run and Drugs Initiatives.)
She was an initiator of the Bradford Schools Drug Prevention Initiative
which was so successful that she was asked to speak on the subject
to 1500 people at a conference in Brighton in 1997. Marion has been
a volunteer Chaplaincy Visitor in the A & E Department of Bradford
Royal Infirmary for the last 3 years and is committed to the work
which she finds challenging and very fulfilling as its services are
much appreciated by patients, relatives and staff.
Dr Harjap Singh Pooni
Harjap was born in the North Indian state of Punjab and arrived in
Bradford at the age of 11 with his family. He attended the Immigrant
Centre to learn the English language before completing his secondary
education at Tong Comprehensive School. He graduated in Computing
& Operational Research at the Leeds Metropolitan University in
For over 25 years Harjap has worked on behalf of the Sikh Community
in Bradford, he is totally committed to encouraging greater harmony
between the City's diverse communities and promoting social, cultural,
educational and religious activities particularly amongst the faith
communities. With an extensive professional and social network, Harjap
is well placed to advise various agencies on the main issues affecting
his community. In 2002 Harjap's efforts to promote social harmony
were rewarded when he received an Honorary Doctorate from Bradford
University for his community services and promoting racial harmony
Amongst Bradford's diverse communities. Harjap is currently employed
at QED-UK, an ethnic minority focused leading social enterprise, as
Development Manager to promote South Asian Art, Culture, Music and
Heritage in the region.
Wahida Shaffi MA
Wahida is a freelance consultant and researcher. Wahida has a background
in social and community work where she has worked with children and
families, the youth and older people, providing support, advice on
a broad range of issues to both practitioners and the wider community.
She is currently the coordinator of the Women Working Towards Excellence
OurLives Project in Bradford working closely with Muslim Women. She
completed her MA in International Politics and Security Studies /
Conflict Resolution at the Department of Peace Studies at the University
of Bradford and since then has gone on to facilitate, deliver training,
complete research and deliver public speeches on a wide range of issues
related to equality; diversity, participation, community cohesion,
governance and conflict both locally, nationally and internationally.
Including places like Sri-Lanka, Israel, Palestine, Syria, Turkey,
Romania. Her specialist areas are women and young people and she is
the youth specialist on the National Christian Muslim Forum. She continues
to work closely with many groups and organizations of diverse backgrounds.
Clare Wallis was born in Leeds and trained as a Probation Officer
in Greater Manchester, qualifying in 2001. Prior to joining the Probation
Service Clare's employment ranged between Education Welfare, teaching
and work with the Police Authority in Manchester, as well as various
voluntary roles. Since qualifying Clare has worked as a Probation
Officer within the field, programme and court teams. Clare was appointed
as Team Manager in October 2005 after transferring to West Yorkshire
in 2003. This is her first managerial post within the Probation Service,
managing a team of Offender Managers at Bradford Substance Misuse
Offender Management Unit. This role is challenging given that drug
using offenders subject to the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement are
the main purpose of the unit's work. In addition, Clare has other
strands to her role which enables learning and networking opportunities
within the drug treatment, police service, harm reduction and alcohol
field. Achievements in her current role include the successful performance
of Drug Rehabilitation Requirements in Bradford over the past 12 months,
and the opportunity to work with an engaging team of Offender Managers
and Case Administrators, co-located with the treatment service Turning
Point. Clare describes the best aspects of her current role as having
the opportunity to make a visible difference to the lives and circumstances
of substance misusing offenders for the better, alongside meeting
many interesting and vibrant individuals along the way.