Our History | Our Aims and Objectives | SAREC Board

Our work is led by an eight-member volunteer board made up from representatives from each of our member organisations:

Dr Malcolm Green MA, D.Phil., FSQA – Chair
Dr Malcolm Green has been Vice Chair of WSREC since 2007. He was a Councillor in Glasgow for 30 years, with principle responsibilities for education. On Strathclyde Regional Council he Chaired the Race Equality Committee. Dr Green is a former lecturer in Classics and Roman History at the University of Glasgow.

Shami Khan – Vice Chair

Mr Shami Khan is Vice Chair of SAREC and ELREC. He has been an active member of many voluntary organisations such as ELREC, Edinburgh Mela and Pakistan Society for a number of years. Between 2003 and 2007 Mr Khan served as a councillor of The City of Edinburgh Council. During that time, he was a member of Lothian and Borders Police Board.

Sikander Malik – Treasurer

Sikander is the Treasurer of SAREC

Michael Giannandrea
Michael is currently the Chairperson of the Central Scotland Regional Equality Council. He has been involved in anti racism initiatives for more than forty years.

Hanzala Malik MSP
Hanzala Malik is a Member of the Scottish Parliament and has been a Glasgow City Councillor for 15 years and has held a number of positions including Chair of Life long learning; Senior Vice Convener of Education; Convener of Development and Regeneration Services; and Glasgow and Clyde Valley Stricter Plan joint Committee. He is currently Member of the Fire & Rescue Board; Chair of West Community Health and Care Partnership; West of Scotland Regional Equality Council; Glasgow Heritage Trust; and Executive Member of International Affairs. Baillie Malik holds qualifications in computing and business administration and speaks English, Punjabi and Urdu.

Foysol Choudhury MBE
Mr Foysol Choudhury MBE is the Chair of ELREC. He first joined ELREC at the age of 17 and since then he has taken on many important positions within the ELREC Management Board. Mr Choudhury is also the current Chairman of the Bangladesh Samity Edinburgh and Regional President of The Guild of Bangladeshi Restaurateurs. He was awarded MBE for his work with communities and charities in 2004.

Vicky McKenzie

Ms Vicky McKenzie has been a member of GREC for sixteen years and has been fortunate to be involved in some rewarding aspects of the work that GREC has undertaken in recent years; from presenting the Anne Frank Award to involvement with SAREC. Ms McKenzie has a degree in applied social studies and is a qualified social Worker. Currently, she works for a children’s charity called Action for Children. Previously Ms McKenzie managed a prison project for the Homeless charity Shelter and has been a welfare rights officer, and for seven years, a member of the Children’s panel.

Dr Philip Muinde OBE DL
Dr Muinde is a Kenyan citizen who has been resident in Aberdeen since 1975. He is a consultant in international business as well as director of a number of UK registered companies. He is the Chair of GREC. He has been involved in a number of government policy committees on race equality issues including the Race Equality Advisory Forum and the Race Advisory Group. He is involved in providing counselling support to leaders in business and public life. He is also involved in promoting African development through trade, investment and good government rather than aid; and has been involved with the OECD Forum in Paris since 2000.

Dr Muinde was awarded a Commission of Deputy Lieutenant with the City of Aberdeen Lieutenancy in 1999 and in recognition of his contribution to race and community relations, locally, nationally and internationally, he was awarded an OBE by her Majesty the Queen in 2007.

 Arun Gopinath – Secretary

Page last updated on 23 March 2019

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