Team & Board Members

Aaina Staff

A'isha Khan
Managing Director

A'isha has been with for Aaina since 2000 and has seen the organisation grow from a small women's group to a highly regarded and reputable provision that is focused on meeting the evolving needs of local women from disengaged communities. A'isha oversees the operational and strategic management for both Aaina and Iqra supplementary School, a registered charity  which she  founded in 2005 after identifying a lack of provision for children and young people. A'isha also has an interest in the Law and has been sitting as a Magistrate since 2007 and was appointed Ordinary Member of The Charity Tribunal in 2008.

Ashma Dihider
Project Officer

Ashma is a motivated individual with over 18 years experience working in the voluntary sector and leads on the Intergenerational delivery. She supports individuals  and groups to address isolation and social exclusion through an engaging programme which includes creative arts & crafts, health living, supporting volunteers, organising day trips and delivering the Tackling Money Worries project. Ashma also provides support to women who are living with domestic abuse who are not ready to leave. Ashma is fluent in Bangla / Sylheti and can converse quite easily in Urdu and Hindi.


Aaina Board Members

Ruth Burgess (Near Neighbours Co-ordinator)
Chair of Executive Board

Ruth Burgess works full time as Near Neighbours Coordinator for The Black Country. She started her career in the world of youth work completing a degree in Youth Work back in 2004. After graduating Ruth worked for The Children’s Society in a variety of roles, staring as a project worker and then going on to be project manager for The Youth Development Project with The Diocese of London.

In 2014 Ruth moved from London to the Midlands to start her role with Near Neighbours. Her work focuses on how to bring people from different faith and ethnic backgrounds together in local communities. As well as being Chair for Aaina Hub Ruth is also a trustee for West Midlands charity Grantham Yorke.

Shehnaz Ismail
- Business Woman and Exam Invigilator

Insha Yasin

Maureen Lewis
Chief Executive, Walsall Black Sisters Collective

Gazala Shaikh                                                                                                                                                                                   Health & Wellbeing Educator  Community Diabetes Team Walsall  NHS Trust,

Pardip Lally
Prevent Officer - West Midlands Police

Mrs Jaswinder Kaur Thandi
Service User Representative - Retired postmistress/Teacher 

Zaynab Hamza
Service User Representative - Self employed   

Iqra Staff

Sajedah Nana / Fatima Rida
Project Officers
- Positive Pastimes for Children and Young People

Sara Zanib - Iqra Administration Officer /  EMY Tutor

Saiqa Usman - Sessional Officer

Nadiya Shaikh - Sessional Officer

Zaira Sajid - Sessional Officer

Iqra Board Members

Insha Yasin
Chair of Executive Board

Insha is a Team Leader at a local leading supermarket where she leads & inspires her team. Mother of two boys she has been a service user in the past at both Aaina and Iqra and is dedicated to providing quality delivery at the Hub for local women and their children. Insha believes community projects & proving just how much we can achieve by working together.

A'isha Khan                                                                                                                                                                                     Founder / Treasurer

Uzma Zahid                                                                                                                                                                                  Specialty Doctor for Black Country Partnership Foundation Trust

Mumtaz Begum                                                                                                                                                                                Owner of Simplicity - Laser and Skin Rejuvenation specialists.

Sam Kousar                                                                                                                                                                                Secretary - Project Delivery

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