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Edward Locke, Co chair

He has been on the Board since 2000, and has spent most of his working life in the recreation department of a neighbouring local authority, finally managing a wide portfolio of leisure facilities. He is currently working as a landscape gardener. He is a member of The Institute of Horticulture, and secretary of The Temple Trust. He is particularly interested in how horticultural training and the management of parks and open spaces may contribute to building strong and inclusive communities. He has lived in the borough for almost fifty years, and is a governor of Lampton School. He is married with a grown up daughter.

Julian Knott, Co Chair

Julian is Managing Director and founder of AQADA Ltd – a performance improvement and change management company – focusing on strategic change, operational transformation and improving service delivery. He is also CEO of Monte Alto Solutions, a partnership that specialises in Business development, business incubation, consultancy, talent solutions and partnerships in the IT / high tech industry.

Julian serves on a variety of charitable, non-executive and governor boards, in addition Inspire Hounslow. He is Governor at Grey Court school; Chair of Teddington junior rugby and a coach at Kingston Little League Football. Previously he sat on board’s of Shared Horizons; Womenaid; Blue Sky and was Chair of Fern Hill school.

Recently he has advised charities, such as Victim Support, Help the Hospices, VSO and Marie Curie, on modernisation strategies and realignment to meet the demands of the competitive commissioning environment while maintaining organisational values and vision.

He was Commercial Director with CIP – a charity / social enterprise – providing Local Government community services to people in Hounslow and surrounding boroughs.

His background encompasses in the travel and tourism industry, environmental / home services and civil engineering services as well as charities and public sector. He has extensive knowledge of cross cultural, global markets including: Middle East, China, India, Far East and Australasia, US and Europe.

He has served on Boards and held director level responsibility in operational, sales & marketing and CRM roles for major global corporations such as: Kanoo group in Bahrain; Dyno group, (a franchise – a subsidiary of British Gas Services); Rosenbluth International; HRG / BTI, (global partnership); Thomas Cook – corporate, leisure and FX operations.

He took MBA at Huron University (now HULT) in London – with electives in not-for-profit and social enterprise.

He has travelled extensively on leisure and business, including over 5 months independent travel around India and 4 months around China.

Charles Rees

Born 1946 in Cardiff. Graduated from Cardiff University with an honours degree in law. Charles passed his Bar Finals with honour and was called to the Bar in November 1974. Barrister of the Middle Temple. Served in Various London Magistrates’ Courts from 1975 to 2007 as clerk and legal adviser to magistrates and serving as Deputy Justices’ Clerk from 1987 to 2007. Lecturer in Law at former South West London College, Tooting from 1971 to 1973 ; part-time lecturer in law to the Central London Polytechnic 1974 to 1984; examiner in law to various Accountancy Book-Keeping bodies from 1974 to 1994; guest lecturer to Institute of Public Administration in 2008. Interests: rugby football, hockey, cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, theatre, cinema, opera, ballet, cycling canal towpaths with friends, travelling Eastern Europe.

Omair Nazimi

Having lived in the Borough of Hounslow the majority of his life, Omair joined the board in late 2018 looking for opportunities that help the community in a tangible manner. He is a Management Accountant by trade and specialises in the consumer goods sector. In his spare time, he is passionate about helping other local charities, cooking and gardening. He is a Trustee at both Feltham Food Bank and That’s A Wrap.

Kella Thomai

Kella has been working in the financial service industry for the past 11 years. She has a comprehensive understanding of risk management, investments, retirement planning and inheritance tax and is able to advise clients on specific protection needs such as income protection, whole of life, life cover and critical illness.

Kella enjoys reading, mountain climbing and general sports.

She joined Inspire Hounslow as she wants to add value in helping the charity to support the right projects for the local community.

Saba Hassan

Saba was born in Hounslow and raised in the Middle East, returning to Hounslow at 15. In 2015, she graduated from SOAS University with an honours degree in Social Anthropology and Economics.

She has a long history of volunteering and a passion for poverty alleviation initiatives, and an interest in strengthening community cohesion through intercultural and interfaith work. She has years of charity sector experience, predominantly in project management, service delivery, volunteer and event management. She currently manages a food bank based in Hammersmith, having prior experience managing a Brent-based community charity. Saba has also worked to support local Hounslow residents through her work at Citizens Advice Hounslow.

Saba learnt about Inspire Hounslow’s work when setting up ‘That’s A Wrap’ – an initiative bringing Hounslow residents together in support of a variety of local causes through community collections, and hands-on wrapping and packing activities. Saba has a keen desire to connect with and contribute to the work of grassroots organisations in her local area, and became a Trustee of Inspire Hounslow in 2019.

Her interests include reading, music, cinema and travelling.