Born and brought up in the Lozells neighbourhood in Birmingham, the area he represents, Councillor Waseem Zaffar was for many years a local magistrate, as well as the CEO of a local not-for-profit organisation and has had his community work recognised by a number of awards including an MBE for services to the voluntary sector.
Waseem has served as the Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality as well as being the Chairman of a number of committees during his time at Birmingham City Council.
Waseem’s work has focussed on successfully bringing people together, from different faith groups to large corporations, local schools and grass root projects to improve their local communities.
Waseem also worked with partners to develop a sports complex, now managed by the community via a community asset transfer, and has led projects to raise awareness, prevent and treat diabetes and TB.
Always a proud Brummie, Waseem developed the successful Birmingham Heritage Week which has just completed its third year. The projects promotes the Birmingham story over many years and the learning, achievements and contributions of the communities that have come, gone and stayed in diverse Birmingham.
He chairs the steering group that has delivered over 400 events as well as a launch event in Parliament, celebrating the contributions of Brummies locally, nationally and internationally.
He lives in Lozells in the house he was born into with his family, is a Governor of the primary school he attended, member of Unite the Union, a lifelong (yet still optimistic) Aston Villa fan and enjoys spending summer weekends playing cricket.