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West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel

Our Members


Cllr Mohammed Iqbal (Panel Chair)
Leeds City Council

 

Telephone: 0113 226 8796
Email: mohammed.iqbal@leeds.gov.uk

Councillor Mohammed Iqbal was first elected as Councillor for Leeds in 1999 and has served on many committees and third sector boards as well as being the first Muslim/Asian Lord Mayor of Leeds during 2006/2007. 

Councillor Iqbal is passionate about community safety, improving housing standards, education and employment.

He is currently a trustee and vice chair of Hamara centre and Member of New Abu Huraira Masjid Development project board, a member of the West Yorkshire combined authorities Business Innovation and Growth Panel, Community Safety Panel, the Leeds Faith forum, Leeds Religion and Belief hub and sits on the Adult health and Active life style Scrutiny Board. 

Councillor Iqbal was a member of West Yorkshire police and Crime Panel for 6 years, before taking over the role of Chair in June 2019.


Cllr Alan Wassell (Panel Vice Chair)

Wakefield Council

 

Telephone: 07760 182798

Email: alanwassell@wakefield.gov.uk

Councillor Wassell is a member of Wakefield Council and represents Normanton Ward.  He is also the Panel's lead member for complaints.


Cllr Amanda Carter

Leeds City Council

 

Telephone: 0113 395 2802

Email: amanda.carter@leeds.gov.uk

 Amanda has worked as Head of Fundraising for the Police Treatment Centre, a medical charity caring for injured and ill, serving and retired Police Officers.  She was formerly at Martin House Children's Hospice, winning two national awards for innovation in her fundraising career.

With over 10 years' experience as an elected member, Amanda Carter has held a variety of roles, including Chairman of City Centre Plans, and is the founder and former Chairman of Leeds Bradford Corridor.  Amanda spends most of her time campaigning locally on behalf of residents.  She is actively involved with residents groups, schools, community groups, neighbourhood watch forums, and local charities.

Amanda is an advocate of Neighbourhood and Frontline Policing, and is keen to ensure the Police and Crime Commissioner is held to account, for the benefit of the residents of West Yorkshire, and to help the police better fulfil their role.

She is married to Councillor Andrew Carter CBE, with two grown up children, and enjoys walking the family dog, riding (when she gets the chance!), and writing.


Roger Grasby
Independent Member

 

Telephone: 07766 079281
Email: rg001@btconnect.com

Roger has been Chair of Spectrum Community Health since it was established in 2011.  Previously, he was Chair of NHS Wakefield District and has held several non-executive Director positions in the NHS throughout the region.  He served as an Independent Member of the former West Yorkshire Police Authority for 10 years and is currently a Member of the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel.  Roger is a local magistrate and a non-legal member of the Leeds Employment Tribunal and has lived in Wakefield for over 30 years.


Cllr Tariq Hussain

Bradford Council


 Telephone: 07812 001545

Email: cllr.tariqhussain@bradford.gov.uk

Tariq is an elected member for Great Horton Ward in Bradford. He currently works full-time for a BME Housing Association based in Huddersfield and has been involved in Housing over 20 Years. This has been in various capacities, including a Housing Advice Worker, a Project Manager and for at least the past 14 years in various roles in different Housing Associations, most recently as a Neighbourhood Officer looking after properties in Kirklees, Wakefield and Rotherham.

Following the race riots in Bradford, Tariq undertook some community cohesion work in housing, which was recognised as good practice by the Chartered Institute of Housing. He has also been The Chair of Calderdale Hate Crime Partnership.

Tariq is passionate about equality and justice, which led him to consider being involved in local politics.  In May 2015 he was elected as a Councillor and feels that this will be an effective way for him to influence change for all residents irrespective of their background.

Tariq sits on the following Committees:

  • West Yorkshire Police & Crime Panel
  • Governor Member of NHS at Bradford Royal Infirmary
  • Member on the Health & Social Care Scrutiny Panel  
  • Deputy Chair of Bradford South Area Committee Panel
  • Chair of Friends of Brackehill Park

Tariq enjoys following football and cricket.

 

Cllr Richard Dunbar

Bradford City Council

Telephone: 07712 476128

Email:  richard.dunbar@bradford.gov.uk

Richard Dunbar has been a Councillor for the Thornton & Allerton ward in Bradford West Constituency since 2014. He has been on the executive team in both the Environment, Sport& Culture Portfolio as well as Education, Employment & Skills. He currently sits on the Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee as well as the Regeneration & Environment Overview and Scrutiny Committee. He is also the LGBT+ Champion for Bradford Council and their spokesperson on Problem Gambling.

Most of Richard’s professional working life has been in the field of Youth & Community Development and he has worked for small voluntary sector organisations, statutory providers and also large international charities. He currently works as a Community Organiser helping build power in local communities and making people realise they do have the skills to bring about positive change.


Cllr Russell Brown

Bradford Council

Telephone: 07854 966606

Email: russell.brown@bradford.gov.uk  


Cllr Sophie Whittaker

Calderdale Council

 

Telephone: 07397 159144

Email: councillor.swhittaker@calderdale.gov.uk

Elected in May 2017, Cllr Sophie Whittaker actively represents her community of Rastrick Ward. She is a Member of the Adults Scrutiny Panel, Calderdale Tourism Board and sits on the Brighouse Town Board, Rastrick Ward Forum and is involved in the Lower Valley’s ‘Safer, Cleaner, Greener’ Partnership. She is also involved in a number of community groups including Rastrick Big Local where she is involved in awarding grants to worth community projects within the Ward.

Since 2012 she was worked as a Constituency Office Caseworker for Craig Whittaker MP and has drawn upon her knowledge in this role and as a local Councillor to champion the cause of vulnerable people within society.

Prior to 2012, Sophie worked in Project Management for both an International NGO supporting children in the third world and a Local Domestic Violence Programme in Calderdale working with perpetrators to change their behaviour.  

Sophie sits on the board of trustees for My Mito Mission - a local charity highlighting the plight of suffers of the little known condition Mitochondrial Disease.

Sophie was appointed to the West Yorkshire Police & Crime Panel in June 2018. She believes firmly that we should all be protected from crime and that we should be passionate about identifying and tackling its root causes.

 

Cllr Mohammed Naeem

Calderdale Council

Telephone: 01422 253240

Email: councillor.naeem@calderdale.gov.uk

Mohammad Naeem is a Councillor in Calderdale and is a diversity and race relations specialist with over 20 years experience at executive and consultative level in policy development and implementation across public, private and voluntary sector organisations.

Naeem has lived in Halifax for over 50 years and has served as a govenor on a number of schools in the area. In addition to Moorside, he is currently a govenor in two local schools and is a former trustee / non executive director of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales.

Jo Sykes

Independent Member

 

Telephone: 07967 504 554
Email: jomallards@yahoo.co.uk

Jo Sykes has lived all her life in West Yorkshire and spent the majority of her working career in West Yorkshire Local Authorities.

Jo commenced her working career in Education Services, working with school Governing Bodies, Parental Complaints and then with the Behaviour Support Services. It was this work that lead to her developing an interest in Community Safety. From 2000, Jo has worked as Community Safety Manager in different Local Authorities delivering the statutory requirements of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) and working to promote a partnership approach to addressing the challenges of crime and disorder. In 2009 Jo was appointed Head of Safer and Sustainable Communities in a South Yorkshire Local Authority, but is now on secondment working across South and West Yorkshire on a Youth Justice Board project.

Jo has a degree in Management Administration, Post-Graduate Certificate in Community Safety and a Diploma in Management Studies.

In her free time Jo is involved with amateur dramatics - being a performing member of 2 local groups - she also works to promote Girlguiding locally through marketing and PR. Jo enjoys holidays and time with her family.

Jo is delighted to have been selected as an Independent member for the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Panel.

 

Cllr Mark Thompson

Kirklees Council

Telephone: 07528 252 334

Email: mark.thompson@kirklees.gov.uk


Cllr Stuart Heptinstall

Wakefield Council

Telephone: 07770 534 396

Email: sheptinstall@wakefield.gov.uk


Cllr Peter Gruen

Leeds City Council

Telephone: 0113 266 3047

Email: peter.gruen@leeds.gov.uk

Cllr Masood Ahmed

Kirklees Council

Telephone: 07890 175 365

Email: masoodg.ahmed@kirklees.gov.uk


Cllr Cahal Burke

Kirklees Council

Telephone: 07976 497980

Email: cahal.burke@kirklees.gov.uk

Councillor Cahal Burke was elected to Kirklees Council in 2010, representing the Lindley ward.

Councillor Burke studied at the University of Huddersfield and combines council duties with teaching part time in Huddersfield.


Councillor Burke has served on the following:

• West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority

• Peak District National Park Authority

• Kirklees Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee

• Kirklees Overview and Scrutiny Panel for Children and Young People (CHAIR)

• Huddersfield District Committee

• Kirklees Licensing and Safety Committee

• Educational Attainment and Safeguarding Performance Scrutiny Sub Group


Councillor Burke is the Chair of Lindley Community Group of which he is also a founding member (2008). The Group of local volunteers organise events in the Lindley area including the Lindley Carnival, Lindley 10k, Huddersfield Youth Festival along with supporting local groups and organisations.



 


 

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