Meet The Team




Nahid Rasool - Nahid is the Chief Executive of Shantona Womens centre. She has been managing the organisation for the past 18 years. Her drive and determination has steered the organisation in achieving accolades and various awards such as the prestigious Duke of York community initiative Award.

Through Nahid’s work she has met a lot of remarkable people: from community members to external organisation members to Shantona staff, Nahid ensures that she is a pro-active representative for the voicing the needs for the local people and issues affecting their lives. Nahid is a governor at the local primary school.

Nahid is highly committed, passionate to bring changes and improve race relation and reducing inequality in education, health and others. She is an active member in various strategic planning committees which includes representing VCFS in children Leeds leadership team for North East and East education Leeds Equality and diversity team, Family support sub group, BME strategy group, Community cohesion strategy group etc.

Her relentless effort, ambition, hard work, has definitely put Shantona on the map, as the one of the BME women organisation in Leeds, which is leading real changes in the lives of most vulnerable women, children and young people. 



Ashia Akhtar - is the Administrator/PA to Nahid she has been part of the team for 6 years. She provides a warm, welcoming environment she is the first point of contact for organisations and service users via the telephone and face to face, as well as providing the centre with administrative work.


Harpreet Dosanjh - is the finance and monitoring officer she has been part of the Shantona team for 12 years. Harpreet deals with PAYE, book-keeping, managing of bank accounts, providing yearly financial information for the auditor, collecting and evaluation of user information for monitoring purposes and information required by partner organisations.




Kushma Islam - is the Family and Health Development worker. The purpose of her role is to raise the awareness of health issues and provide support to children (5-13) and their families and encourage them to become active in tackling health issues. Shafia co-ordinates and facilitates health initiatives in order to identify the needs of families and children and develop a long term health strategy to improve family health.


 Shafia Ali- Families First Officer

Fahima is part of the families first oficers based at shantona which is part of the National Troubled families programme.  Her role is to help  families which have been indentified most in need for help and support.  The approach is restorative, working for families offering high support and high challenge to help families address multiple and complex problems.


Katayoun Keyhani- Adults Services Coordinator

Katty's  Role within Shantona is to manage and Coordinate project and service delivery within Shantona Adults srvices umberella. , her role will is to lead and plan the delivery of the various strands of project delivery, to target adults and families, who are at risk of isolation, domestic violence or health problems, focusing on engaging adults within families, on culturally sensitive issues, such as health, domestic violence, women's rights, training and education and radicalisation.



Tam Le - Is the Early Years Manager for Shantona Centres Early years provision.  The purpose of her role is management and development of all early years staff and ensuring and facilitating the participation of service users. She is responsible for recruiting and maintaining sufficient numbers of children for the outreach and partnership work, managing day to day activities, setting up sessions in-line with early years foundation stage curriculum and is responsible for planning and running an exciting range of play activities for children at the centre.



Preeti Tyagi - is the maternity outreach co-ordinator. The purpose of her role is to enable and support BME women to take a structured volunteering role around women’s health in general and particularly maternity matters. Disseminate culturally sensitive knowledge and information about antenatal care and services available with a view to encourage early antenatal booking. Train volunteers on how to pass basic information around specific topics such as pre-natal appointments pregnancy, maternity, breastfeeding, safe sleeping, smoking and domestic violence support. Support trained volunteers to achieve their own objectives and provide exposure to work experience to those seeking paid posts in future and to provide a suitable model to train migrant BME volunteers on a wider set of topics with clear benefits to themselves, their families and the city.




Jaan - Families First Officer.

Jaan is part of the team of Families First officers based in Shantona.  She works alongside fahima and Shafia providing practical hands on support to the whole family that have multiple complex problems within the family home. 


Khela Begum- Domestic violence Project Worker.

Khela works with Women  experiencing domestic abuse her role is to provide outreach support to the victims to build resilience against DVor any kind of attitude by providing them a hand holding support to allow them to become independent and give them the tools to empower themselves  to deal with their day to day life .




Sabina is a project Development worker.  Her role is to deliver various projects within Shantona  in conjunction with partner organisations.  The current projects she is delivering is the niche Tobacco and The modern living project.