Our Trustees

Zakir Hussain

Position: Trustee |  Trustee Since: 2007

Bio: “I have lived in East London for all of my life and have been involved with the Attlee Foundation and the community centre for the majority of my life, initially as a user of a centre, then as the lead member of a youth project and finally as a trustee. Over the years I have helped set up and assisted on numerous community projects and initiatives and have also been involved in various voluntary work including with the Toynbee Hall Legal Advice Centre where I set up two separate pro bono legal advice sessions.

I am currently a practicing Solicitor Advocate and have previously been employed by The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and was vice-chair of the London and Home Counties Branch of the Solicitors in Local Government. I also previously taught A-Level Law and held the position of Head of Law at the Sir John Cass and Redcoat Sixth Form which is based within Tower Hamlets.

With my previous involvement with the Centre and its close proximity to my home in addition to the other voluntary activities that I was involved in at the time, I had no hesitation in accepting an invitation to be appointed as a trustee. I have been fortunate in being able to have witnessed and been part of the work of the Foundation over the years from the positions of a user of the community centre, as someone delivering a youth project at the community centre and now as a trustee of the Foundation. I know first-hand the benefit to the local community of both the Foundation as well as the community centre due to the much needed opportunities that it provides to local people. The fact that the Foundation carries on the legacy of the important work that Clement Attlee was involved in and the method it uses to do this, I believe, is something to aspire to.

Besides my previous involvement with the Foundation and the centre and the skills that I have gained through my profession, I bring with me a depth of experience of involvement in local voluntary organisations and projects in both a lead as well as supportive role. I also bring with me local knowledge of the area and people which is essential in being able to deliver services which are truly beneficial to the people we wish to work with.

My vision for the Foundation is to continue and progress its research work in relevant areas so as to enable it to provide informed debate on important social issues in the hope that we can make a real difference in people’s lives. As for the centre, I want it to continue to provide support in a nurturing environment and widen the scope of the activities and projects that it runs. I also wish for the centre to develop further the much needed opportunities that it offers to users and provide them with more long term benefits.”