Meet the Team

Ambia Begum
Trainee Project Support Worker
Ambia starter her journey with DMNW as a volunteer doing CV workshops, peer mentoring and fundraising. She benefitted from many training programmes as a volunteer at DMNW and decided to pursue a career with us after having so many great experiences and learning so much. She joined the DMNW staff team in 2019 as a Trainee Project Support Worker. Ambia holds a PTTLS qualification and a Social and Health degree.

Fouzia Shaikh
Peer Mentor Coordinator
Fouzia started with us in 2016. Before that Fouzia worked for 25 years on various roles such as a Parenting Facilitator to deliver Evidence based Parenting programmes across Tameside. She also worked for a long time for Barnardo’s as a Family Support Worker, as a part time Ethnic Minority Palliative Care Support Worker with the NHS and as a Bilingual Co Worker with Social Care. She also worked 10 years as a Youth and Community Worker with Tameside Council. She has done interpreting and translating work for the NHS and local authorities. Fouzia is fluent in Urdu, Punjabi, English and Hindi.

Gemma Gaskell
Chief Officer – job share
Gemma started work as our Youth Coordinator in 2012 and went on to manage the Community Development Programme and Women Supporting Women Project. Before joining Diversity Matters North West, Gemma worked for the local authority youth service and within supported housing. She has a degree in Psychology and Criminology, an NVQ level 3 in Community Development and Learning and is a qualified Youth Worker. Gemma holds a PTTLS qualification.

Hasina Khanom
Volunteer Coordinator
Hasina joined us in 2011 as the community development trainee on our former Bengali Women’s Programme. Hasina has an MA from Bangladesh in Social Sciences and is also a translator in Bangla and some Urdu.

Liza Ahmed Chowdhury
Community Liaison Worker
Liza started volunteering at Diversity Matters in 2013 and was a dedicated member of the DMNW board for four years. She currently holds down three jobs including her role at Diversity Matters and running her own business. Liza achieved 24 accredited qualifications from DMNW. She is a very friendly, cheerful person and in her spare time enjoys meeting new people, making friends, shopping and going out.

Paul Deaville
Centre Administrator
Paul is responsible for providing centre coordination, publicity, data and finance administration. Paul joined us in 2014 and has previously worked as a school IT teacher and an aircraft engineer.

Rehana Begum
Chief Officer – job share
Rehana has been with us since 2009 and previously managed several programmes including our Community Health and Wellbeing Programme, Arts Projects, Bengali Women’s Programme, Oral Health Project and subsequent community learning, employability and volunteer programmes. She came to us from a local children’s centre and has a Level 5 in HR Management, Level 4 in Leadership and Management, Level 3 in Coaching, Volunteer Management, Community Development, Community Interpreting and PTTLLs.

Rilly Shibley Alam
Cancer Project Coordinator
Shibley initially joined Diversity Matters North West as a volunteer in 2011, before becoming a permanent member of the team in  2018 as our Community Liaison Worker. Before joining DMNW Shibley worked with Hyde Bangladesh Welfare for over 4 years. She previously spent over 15 years working with children, mainly as a teaching assistant but also including 6 years as a junior teacher in Bangladesh. Shibley has achieved an NVQ Level 3 in Early Years and Level 3 in Business. She is a mother of 4 – her eldest child has recently graduated from an Honours degree from the University of Manchester.

Ruhela Begum
Community Development Manager & Buddy Coordinator
Before starting work for us in 2011, Ruhela worked as a health advisor in the NHS. She was also an active volunteer on community projects, helping to set up DMNW (then HCA) itself in 2007 and later the Mohilar Asha women’s support group. Ruhela is fluent in Bengali and English, with some Urdu.