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Bushra Ahmed


Bushra is an experienced board trustee, businesswoman and community activist, with a wide cross-sector network, as well as over 20 years of experience in community engagement at grassroots level.


When the appointment panel met Bushra she described her approach to advocacy as 'paralysing resistance with persistence'. Currently, she holds positions as a Trustee at HomeStartUK, the Survivors Advisory Forum for the National Emergencies Trust and the Victim Care Improvement Forum at the Met Police, as well as being a Civic Futures Fellow at the GLA.


Bushra is the founder of West Croydon Voice, set up after her family business was destroyed in the 2011 riots, to fight for the victims' rights to compensation. She has also been the Chair of the Small Charities Coalition.


She is a public speaker, mentor and strategic consultant and uses her lived experience to advise on issues around diversity, inclusion and cultural awareness. She has an in-depth knowledge of youth violence, domestic abuse and empowering women, with particular expertise in building community cohesion and family resilience through asset-based community development.