In 2003 Maqsood Ahmed was awarded an OBE for his work as the first Muslim Adviser in the Prison Service. In 2008 he was recipient of the Al-Biruni Muslim News Award for Excellence for contributions made to community relations. He is currently a community advisor in the ‘Preventing Extremism’ Unit at the Department of Communities & Local Government. He is an executive member of Leicester Central Mosque and Islamic Centre and a Fellow of Faith and Civil Society of Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge since 2006. He is also a Trustee and founding member of the Drug & Alcohol Action Programme based in Southall, London. He is committed to building capacity within faith groups and promoting partnerships with mainstream agencies in order to tackle drug and alcohol abuse and its effects.
Maqsood’s community contributions commenced in Watford, where he tackled anti-poverty and racial equality issues for 15 years as an employee of the Borough Council. More recently, he has become involved in inter faith dialogue and was involved in organising the first Imams and Rabbis conference in 2006 in London. In February 2008 he was a speaker at the Global Forum for Combating Anti-Semitism conference, Tel Aviv.