Waseem Zaffar was elected as Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Social Cohesion & Community Safety in May 2012. Waseem was recognised for his services to the voluntary sector by HM Queen Elizabeth who awarded him an MBE in the Birthday Honours in June 2012.
Waseem was elected as Labour Councillor on 5th May 2011 for the Lozells and East Handsworth Ward. He gained 5,406 votes and was successful with a majority of 3,925 votes. Waseem polled over 70% of the share of the vote.
Waseem is privileged to have been elected as Councillor in the ward in which he was born, grew up and has lived his whole life. He would like to thank the people of Lozells and East Handsworth for bestowing him with the honour of representing them.
Waseem was nominated for the Chamberlain Files Person of the Year Award 2012 along with other politicians from the West Midlands region and was the successful shortlisted candidates winning the ballot with 32% of the vote.
There are many challenges facing our community and he promises to work with as many local residents, community groups and faith institutions to unite our community and provide strategic leadership during these tough times.
Waseem joined the Labour Party soon after turning 15 and has since been actively campaigning for better services and facilities for the community.
Waseem has lived with his family in the Lozells neighbourhood of Birmingham since birth and attended Heathfield Primary School and Holte School before going on to further education at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College. Waseem completed a BSc (Hons) Degree in Logistics at Aston University, graduating in 2002.
Waseem has won a number of community awards, most notably, Winner of Lozells Community Awards 2010 Above & Beyond the Call of Duty Award and Winner of United Streets of Birmingham Role Model Award 2009.
Very soon after graduating, Waseem started to progress in his passion of working in the community and became CEO of a third sector organisation based in Handsworth developing initiatives to support the capacity building and development of young people as well as working on issues of Disaffected Young People and Community Cohesion.
In 2005, Waseem was head-hunted by a city-wide organisation that provided training provision in basic skills. For five years, Waseem worked as their Development Manager before taking up a role as Manager of Villa Business Centre in May 2010.
Waseem was appointed a Magistrate in 2008, originally serving on the bench at Sutton Coldfield Magistrates Court before moving to Birmingham Magistrates Court following the closure of Sutton in July 2011.
Waseem is an LEA appointed School Governor at Lozells Junior & Infant School.
Waseem has held many different roles in the community including being a Director of Birmingham Tribunal Unit, Advisor to the Board of Directors of National Youth Works Board, Grant Awarding Panel Member for Birmingham Foundation, Grant Awarding Panel Member for Community Champions, Management Committee Member of Holte Leisure Centre, Chairman of North East Lozells Neighbourhood Watch, Chairman of Handsworth Central Neighbourhood Forum, Community Crime Fighter [Home Office Approved], Union Learning Representative for Unite the Union [Birmingham Private Hire Drivers], Founder Member of Independent Advisory Group for Taxi Sector, West Midlands Police and Branch Organiser for Unite the Union [Birmingham Private Hire Drivers]. Over the past 10 years, Waseem has picked up substantial experience in a variety of fields that allow him to be such an effected elected member.
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