The CDG CPF Group will be discussing the Conservative Policy Forum's paper on Workers and Families.
The event will be Chaired by our Policy Lead, Michelle Lowe with the following panelists:
- Najma Begum - A Member of the CDG Executive, Najma is the founder of EPIC (Empower, Promote, Inspire & Consult) - Focuses on Community and Wellbeing.
- Jonathan Andrews - A Member of the CDG Executive, Jonathan is a trustee of national autism charity Ambitious about Autism, which runs Treehouse school and other autism-friendly schools, while holding down a job as a trainee solicitor.
About Najma Begum - Najma is a British-Bangladeshi, who joined her parents in the UK at junior school age from 1970s. She has had her fair share of challenges during her transition from the east to the west and has overcome many discriminations. Positive Thinking, Tolerance, Co- Existence, Promoting Peace, and Equality of Diverse Communities is her passion.
Najma is an established businesswoman and aspires to stand for future roles of Councillor or other roles that may be suitable and is seeking to overcome disability barriers. On a personal level Najma has had personal experiences of many cultural challenges and has worked through the challenges through sheer positive thinking and can do attitude in life and continued to develop in her career as a social worker to management. She is now a registered Freelance Independent Social Worker, Founder of an empowerment organisation called: ‘EPIC’ offering a variety of support services to a wide range of communities and workshops on PREVENT, Safeguarding to advice on women into property coaching and NLP mentoring and coaching.
Najma is registered disabled and has survived 4 road traffic accidents over the last 20 years at work resulting in invisible disability of chronic pain, osteoarthritis, muscular skeletal mobility and related conditions as a result of the accidents.
Since 1989 to 2015 Najma worked in local government adult and children’s services and hospital discharges team as a registered social worker & manager. Also has experience of owning rental and Recruitment and Training Business from 2009 to 2018.
Her voluntary and charity work includes, EPIC (not for profit org) Founder/ Director offering services, helping many people in need; Himaya Haven Community Interest Company (CIC) a service supporting probation sector and aftercare in the community; F4H – Fundraising for overseas for Rohingya communities displaced in Bangladesh; Police volunteer for ‘street watch’ Solihull and Birmingham; Inclusive leadership ambassador for WMCA Mayors programme; million mentors for Solihull college for 18-25yrs old, project by WMCA Mayors; School Co-opted Governor of Ladypool Junior school. Since Jan 2018 and had been Local Authority Governor for two other schools in the past decades; Committee members for Victim Support and JSJS Ltd Employment Training Centre in the 1990s; CWO Birmingham Area Chair, Diversity and Inclusion; CDG Member and then Executive Member since July 2020; and UPF Peace Ambassador and member of Universal Peace Federation and (WW) Women’s World (UPF).
Follow Najma on Twitter:@Najma_Begum
About Jonathan Andrews - Jonathan is passionate about showing employers the benefits of hiring disabled people, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because of the drive and determination often built up from living with a disability which are an asset to any workplace.
He has won international recognition for his campaigning, including European Campaigner of the Year 2016 and a Commonwealth Queen's Young Leader award in 2017.
Jonathan joined the Executive of the CDG in April 2018 and spoke at the CDG's 2018 fringe event at the Conservative Party Conference, titled, 'How do we make society more inclusive of people with invisible disabilities?'
In 2019 Jonathan was named one of the most influential disabled people in the UK for a second year in a row, securing a place on the highly prestigious Shaw Trust Power List 2019.
Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonnyJAndrews
This event is for CDG members. To register for this event please visit the contact section of the CDG website.