Kaneez Khan MBE

Role: Associate Non-Executive Director

What I do

My role on the Board is to hold the Chief Executive and her executive team to account for the delivery of the organisation’s strategic aims and objectives. I attend the Mental Health Legislation Committee and the Finance and Performance Committee.

How I contribute to improving the experience of service users and carers

By holding the executive directors to account I am able to be assured that services are provided in the most effective and efficient way.  As an attendee of the Finance and Performance Committee, I help ensure we use the money we receive in the best way we can to benefit our service users and their carers, and that we take opportunities to build a sustainable organisation able to continue to provide high quality services.

My Experience

I have worked in the community for over 20 years, extensively in voluntary roles to give back the communities of Leeds.  I have previously been a Chair of Governors at Hovingham Primary School, a Non-executive Director at East Leeds PCT and a Trustee for Catch Leeds. I also have a background in Safeguarding.

My current role is Regional Coordinator or Wellsprings Together/Near Neighbours. I have been in this role for nearly 5 years, and within this position I bring people together from different faiths and ethnicities.  I have helped to shape government strategy on reaching people disproportionately affected during the lockdown and Covid-19. To honour my work for interfaith relations, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic I received an MBE in the Queens New Year’s Honours list of 2022. In 2022 I also received the Hubert Walter Award for Reconciliation and Interfaith Cooperation from the Archbishop of Canterbury.