Alyas Karmani – Treasurer

Alyas Karmani is the leader of the Respect group in Bradford Metropolitan Council and has been a resident of inner-city Bradford for 22 years, he became a councillor in the 2012 elections.

He is formerly an academic, researching in Social Policy at Bradford and Leeds universities.

He was also  head of race equality for the Welsh Assembly government and was a senior race equality officer employed by the former CRE and has extensive experience of work in the equalities and human rights field.

As co-director of STREET UK , In recent years he has been working with young people at risk of violence and criminality and   currently supports youth empowerment and engagement projects across the country.

He has also been active in working with voluntary and community organisations in west Yorkshire including many Muslim community organisations.

Asher John-Baptiste – Chair

Carl Hylton

Dr Carl Hylton is a freelance researcher and Project Director of Leeds Bi-Centenary Transformation Project; a collaborative community initiative that delivered a varied Africancentric educational, spiritual, arts and historical cultural programme of events in commemoration of the 1807 UK Parliamentary Act that helped to end the capture and transformation of African people from their homeland.

Carl is also Director and co-founding member of JUST-West Yorkshire and Chairperson of Leeds West Indian Centre Charitable Trust.

He has lectured in the School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds and the School of Social Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University and has established an outstanding record of contribution to social justice issues at policy and community level. Presently, he is a Visiting Lecturer in the School of Health Studies, University of Bradford. Carl is recognised as a promoter of and developer of policies that enhance cultural competence, care and understanding for Black families amongst health and social services providers.

Key publications:

  • Ochieng and Hylton (eds.) (2010) Black Families in Britain as the site of struggle (MUP)
  • (2003) Improving Educational Achievements for Black and Minority Ethnic Children in Study Support Environments (GBAKHANDA and Leeds Metropolitan University)
  • (1999) African Caribbean Community Organisations: the search for individual and group identity (Trentham Books)

Fawzia Mir

Fawzia Mir is currently the Director of Pay & Employment Rights Service (Yorkshire) Ltd, and is also a freelance trainer & consultant.

Fawzia has volunteered and worked in the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years and has been actively involved in community empowerment and racial justice work throughout this time. She was a founder member and Chair of Leeds Gypsy and Traveller Exchange and WomenZone Community Centre, Bradford. She previously worked at Leeds Connecting Communities where she founded Leeds BME Network.

Fawzia was appointed as a non executive director of WYMAS and has been vice chair of governors at a Bradford primary school. Her experience in supporting the development of organisations in the voluntary and public sector has helped her develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist within both.

In her training role she has had the opportunity to develop and run training for both large public bodies and fledgling start up groups, on a wide range of community empowerment and equality issues. She has provided consultancy and development support to small local community groups and large voluntary sector organisations.

Fawzia is also a board member of Community Links since Jan 2012.

Professor Kevin Hylton

Kevin Hylton is Professor of Equality and Diversity in Sport, Leisure and Education at Leeds Metropolitan University. His early research focused on race equality in local government and has continued his work into developing critical race theory and examining racialised issues.

Kevin’s publications include Atlantic Crossings: International Dialogues on Critical Race Theory (CSAP/Higher Education Academy); Kevin also wrote ‘Race’ and Sport: Critical Race Theory (Routledge, 2009).

Kevin is Chair of the Leeds Met Race Equality and Diversity Forum, a Board Member for Just West Yorkshire, Member of the Runnymede Trust Academic Forum, and Associate Board Member for the Sociology journal.


Mahmoona Shah