Who will be picking the winners?

The YAYAs shortlist will be selected by our panel of distinguished judges, who have a wide degree of interests, expertise and experience :

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE is the Founder and Chief Executive of the QED Foundation. Dr Ali has worked in ethnic minority community development for over 35 years, in the UK and Europe. He is a social entrepreneur, pioneering and developing new ways of addressing the social and economic challenges facing ethnic minority communities. He worked in newly-created roles with Glaxo Pharmaceuticals, Bradford Community Relations Council, Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Sheffield City Council and Fullemploy, a London-based ethnic minority social and economic development agency, before setting up the QED Foundation in 1990. QED is a leading national charity which has directly supported 35,000 people and, indirectly, many more, by training and advising senior managers in the public, private and the third sectors in recruiting, retaining and developing an ethnically-diverse workforce. In three decades he has served on numerous public, private and voluntary sector boards and committees, including for the NHS, Home Office, DWP, IOD, EU, ACEVO, Bradford University and York St John University. He is chairman of the Poverty Alleviation Scholarships Foundation and the Network of Pakistani Voluntary Organisations (UK). He has won many accolades for his work including an honorary doctorate from the University of Bradford in 1997 and the OBE in 2001.

Adeeba Malik CBE

Adeeba Malik is the Deputy Chief Executive of QED. Born in Bradford to immigrant parents, she has been with the organisation for 28 years. Previously she was a teacher in Hull and Bradford. In addition to her role at QED, she has held numerous roles on various boards in Bradford, Yorkshire, and nationally. These include Yorkshire Forward, Spirit of Bradford, Northern Ballet, British Waterways, Women and Work Commission, Lapage Primary School, National Ethnic Minority Business Forum, National Clinical Assessment Authority, The Waterways Trust, Sheffield Hallam University, Green Deal Advisory Board and the National Muslim Women’s Advisory Board. Currently she is on the board of the Race Disparity Audit Advisory Group at the Cabinet Office, Trustee of Carers Resource, Trustee of Poverty Alleviation Scholarships, Co- Chair of Hollyns Wellbeing Patient Group, Member of the State Honours Committee and Member of Nurture Academies Trust. Adeeba has won many accolades for her work over the years. She was awarded the MBE in 2004 and the CBE in 2015.

Robert Hickey

As Chief Operating Officer of York St John University, Rob’s role spans the leadership of all of the University’s Corporate Professional Services including Finance, HR, Estates, IT, Marketing & Communications, Student Recruitment, and Strategy & Projects. He also drives the University’s widening participation, business growth and innovation agendas. Rob joined York St John University in December 2016 after 5 years in senior roles at Network Rail and 13 years in management consulting for PwC, Deloitte and GVA. He has for many years worked with a range of public and private sector organisations on business strategy and change, and major capital programmes. He holds degrees from Lancaster University, LSE and the University of Leeds. He is both a Chartered Surveyor and a Member of the Association of Project Management. A season ticket holder at Newcastle United and an avid cricket fanatic, Rob can be found most weekends rambling around in the Yorkshire Dales or cycling to the coast. Whilst not born in the county, Rob has been an adopted Yorkshireman for the past eight years.

Rozina Breen

Rozina Breen is Head of North for BBC England. Based in Leeds, she is responsible for bases from Cumbria to South Yorkshire. Previously, Rozina was head of news at BBC Radio 5 Live, running the largest network newsroom outside of London. She spent more than a decade as a journalist with BBC Current Affairs Radio and, before joining 5 Live, was a Digital Editor for the BBC World Service. She was managing editor of BBC Radio Leeds for six years. Rozina believes in democratising the newsroom, diversifying the lens of journalism and delivering a people-led News agenda.  In her role at 5 Live, Rozina oversaw all News programming, including breaking and rolling news, as well as political and election programming. She oversaw the introduction of Special Report, an ongoing series involving guest reporters, and weekly guest editors in order to diversity 5 Live’s news agenda and talent base. Rozina chairs the assessments for BBC News’ Journalism Trainee Scheme, which aims to bring diverse talent into the BBC’s newsrooms.

Professor Uduak Archibong MBE 

Uduak Archibong PhD MBE is Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford, where she directs the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity and provides strategic oversight for equality and diversity across the institution. She is Fellow of the West African College of Nursing and Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. Her research, teaching, and knowledge transfer activities broadly cover the areas of workforce diversity, diversity competent leadership development, family-centred health care and cross-cultural negotiation of community/family access to, and engagement in health and social services. Her research interests have been influenced by many years’ experience of working closely with leaders and senior managers within the healthcare and higher education arenas both in the UK and internationally.

Jo Quinton-Tulloch

Jo Quinton-Tulloch became the director of the National Science and Media Museum in 2013. Her 23 years in museums started in the Learning Team at the Science Museum. She has gone on to deliver world class galleries and exhibitions, including being part of the team that created and launched the National Maritime Museum Cornwall. Jo’s focus in Bradford has been to forge new sustainable partnerships across the city and region which reposition the Museum as a centre of excellence in STEM learning. As part of this focus, Jo led a major relaunch of the renamed and rebranded National Science and Media Museum in spring 2017. Jo has an honours degree in Biological Sciences from the University of East Anglia and a Masters in Science Communication from Imperial College. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts and a Board Member for Bradford UNESCO City of Film.

Guest judge – Saif Din

Saif Din was invited to become a guest judge for this year’s YAYAs after winning the Achievement in the Not-For-Profit Sector at the 2021 Yorkshire Asian Young Achievers awards. Saif opened a community boxing and fitness gym in a socially and economically deprived area of Rotherham. The 27-year-old was keen to encourage young boys off the streets and into a safe space to train. Muslim girls also attend. Saif, who lives in Rotherham and is from a Pakistani background, is keen to promote positive male Muslim role models. He runs sessions to suit the needs of the community.