TRUSTEES

Mehar Brar, Chair

Mehar has been involved with The Monitoring Group since 1985; initially as a volunteer and subsequently as a member of the management board. Mehar has been involved with The Monitoring Group since 1985; initially as a volunteer and subsequently as a member of the management board.

As Chair of The Monitoring Group, he is passionate about developing and releasing the leadership qualities we all have, so that we can achieve the success we want in our lives. Mehar now works as an independent Education Consultant providing support, advice and training to schools in the areas of leadership, curriculum and teaching and learning. He also carries out school inspections here in the UK and internationally.

Throughout his work, he promotes energy and innovation at policy, system and practice level. He has worked with arts organisations to develop learning through the arts and through personal and community experience. He continues to develop his practice of karate and yoga, and to improve his Spanish and Russian.

Amidou Njie

Amidou is a trained accountant, and has spent over 20 years working in the Third Sector. He therefore has extensive knowledge of financial systems, and risk management for charities and third sector organisations. He is currently working a senior Finance Manager within a Housing Association.

Sham Qayyum

Sham Qayyum teaches at SOAS and is the Director of the Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies (CEMS). He specialises in Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, Equity and Offshore, Law and Community Leadership, and Ethnic Minority Legal Studies, with particular reference to Intercultural Human Rights. He is a community activist, with a particular interest in identifying and addressing socio-legal issues and problems connected to ethnic minorities in Britain.

Sham Qayyum teaches at SOAS and is the Director of the Centre for Ethnic Minority Studies (CEMS). He specialises in Comparative Law and Jurisprudence, Equity and Offshore, Law and Community Leadership, and Ethnic Minority Legal Studies, with particular reference to Intercultural Human Rights. He is a community activist, with a particular interest in identifying and addressing socio-legal issues and problems connected to ethnic minorities in Britain.

Dr Ping Hua

Dr Ping Hua joined as an advisor for the TMG project, Min Quan. In 1999, while she was the President of the Chinese Students and Scholars Association in Southampton, she led the association working with local statutory agencies to combat racial harassment and injustice facing the student victims. Ping was the co-founder of the Chinese Association of Southampton and was the Chair of the Association from 2002 to 2011.

Ping is also the founder and Director of the Southampton Phoenix Arts Group, a Chinese music and dance group unique to Southampton and its region. The Group has taken part in various concerts and projects promoting Chinese Art and culture, which has helped improve mutual understanding and harmony in the community.

Dr Jawed Siddiqi 

BSc (Hons.), MSc, PhD , Emeritus Professor of Software Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University

Jawed Siddiqi works in mediation and dispute resolution services. He gained his skills, expertise & experience through training received by Chartered Institute of Arbitration (Associate CIArb) and by Improving Dispute Resolution Advisory Service (IDRAS).

He has worked as a school teacher, a college lecturer but primarily employed over three decades in higher education. At Sheffield Hallam University he was a Senior Academic who gained significant experience in governance, management and research.

He was previously founding Chair of the Staffordshire Community Relations Council (now Racial Equality Council), and briefly in nineties Chair of Sheffield Action against Racial Harassment.

 

LEGAL ADVISORS

Imran Khan

Imran Khan is probably best known for his work representing Doreen and the family of Stephen lawrence who was murdered in a racist attack in 1993.

He is recognised as a leading human rights /criminal lawyer and is presently a partner in his own firm Imran Khan and Partners based in Holborn, Central London. It was his work as a lawyer and as an activist in which led him to represent the family of Stephen Lawrence which brought him to national and international attention; and led to the establishment of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. The impact of this inquiry was felt throughout the criminal justice and public service systems. His later representation of the families of Victoria Climbe (who was tortured to death – aged 8 – in February 2000) and Zahid Mubarek (who was murdered by his racist cell mate in March 2000), and the public inquiries into their deaths, led to substantial social change regarding the care of children and prisoners in the UK respectively.

He has also written widely on these subjects. He has received numerous awards and honorary doctorates in recognition of his work.

Balvinder Gill

Balvinder (Bali) graduated in 1981 English and completed a Masters in Development Studies at Sussex University. She re-trained as a lawyer, qualifying in 2000. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Bali had a successful and diverse career. She taught at Greenwich University, spent several years working at a Women’s Centre and at the Civil Rights organisation, the Southall Monitoring Group (now The Monitoring Group) where she campaigned on issues including domestic violence, police harassment and racial violence. She went on to work at a West London Borough as an Equalities Officer at Senior Management level. Bali is one of the Founding members of Imran Khan and Partners. She is Head of the Prison Law Department and is Joint Head of the Criminal Department.

Shobhini Ehzuvan

Shobhini qualified as a Solicitor with in 1993. She is one of the Founding members of Imran Khan and Partners. She has campaigned extensively on the issue of domestic violence, has been on the board of an Asian Women’s Refuge and has been involved with other domestic violence outreach projects. Shobhini is an accredited Resolution member in the areas of Domestic Abuse and Children’s Disputes and is also a member of Reunite and the Association of Lawyers for Children. She is a former peer reviewer for the Legal Services Commission.

Shobhini is a specialist Family Law Solicitor and has strong experience in every aspect of Family Law, including complex cases involving children and domestic abuse. Notably, Shobhini represented the parents of Victoria Climbié and was involved in the subsequent public inquiry into her death.