Zahida Manzoor CBE
Legal Services Ombudsman for England and Wales

The married mother of two, Zahida Manzoor, was born in Ralwindi Pakistan and moved to West Yorkshire when she was three years old. The eldest of five children, her father taught her that education was the key to success.

Ms Manzoor, described by a number of her colleagues as a 'wonder woman', has a real ‘can-do’ philosophy and has never been afraid to try new challenges.

She has served on both the NHS Policy Board and the Commission for Racial Equality, holding the position of Deputy Chairman from 1995 to 1998. She has also chaired Bradford Health Authority and the NHS's Northern and Yorkshire regional executive. In 1992 she was recognised as Yorkshire Asian Business Personality of the Year and in 1999 she was voted National Asian Woman of the Year. She was also honoured with the CBE in 1998 in the Queens Birthday Honours List for service to Race Relations and the Health Service. Zahida also spearheaded the ‘Visible Women Campaign’ which was close to her heart as it tackled the double discrimination of being both black, and a woman in the jobs market.

The list of her involvement is extensive:
• Programme Director of the Common Purpose Educational Trust
• Member of the Board of Governors of Sheffield Hallam University
• Trustee of the West Yorkshire Police Community Trust
• Trustee on the Board of the NSPCC
Zahida is also co-founder of Intellisys Limited, an information technology and management consultancy.

In 2003 the Lord Chancellor, Lord Irvine, appointed Ms Manzoor as the
chief public watchdog on the standards of handling complaints by the
legal professions. Ms Manzoor took over as the Legal Services
Ombudsman for England and Wales on 3 March 2003.

Sources: http://www.thisisbradford.co.uk/escene/zahida.html;

http://www.gnn.gov.uk/gnn/national.nsf/0/F54D69DA72443EB680256CBE00532B7A?opendocument; http://www.bradford.ac.uk/admin/recruitment/annrept/2001/honours.htm

  • Ruqairrah Waris Maqsood
    is the author of some forty books on Islam and other subjects. She gained her honours degree in Theology in 1963, and Post Graduate Teaching Certificate in 1964, with distinctions in theory and practice. Her professional life was spent as Head of Religious Studies at various UK inner city secondary schools, until she retired in 1996, to concentrate on writing and lecturing. She grew up a devout Christian, but converted to Islam in 1986. Already established by then as an author of books on Christian and educational topics, she has since devoted her time to writing on Islam and doing dawah work to both Christian and Muslim audiences. o  
    She regularly addresses school and church groups, and has a keen interest in presenting Islam as a world faith, especially raising the awareness of Muslims in the traditional Islamic societies of the western and northern hermisphere converts to Islam (with cultural backgrounds totally different from Muslims of the Middle East and equatorial countries).  


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