Naaz Coker is the Chair of St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust and has served as Chair of the British Refugee Council and Director of the Race and Diversity programme at the King’s Fund . She has written widely on racism and ethnic health inequalities in the NHS and the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. She is a member of Standing Pharmaceutical Advisory Committee to the Secretary of State for Health and a trustee of the Media Trust and a Director of the Community Channel. She is also a member of the Home Office Race Equality Advisory Panel (REAP). In July 2005 Naaz Coker received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Leeds Metropolitan University in recognition of her service to the NHS and for her work with refugees and asylum seekers.
In May 2003, she was awarded ‘Asian Woman of the Year’ by the Asian Guild and in June 2004 she won the Asian Women of Achievement award in the public sector category. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and in 2003 was one of three candidates short listed to Chair the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE).
Naaz has made significant contributions to the professionalisation of institutions in the voluntary sector, faith-based and other. She was born in Tanzania and completed her University studies in the UK. She graduated in 1971 with a degree in Pharmacy and in 1974 gained a Master’s degree from the University of London followed by a Master’s in Business