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Nahid Rasool


Nahid Rasool is the Chief Executive of Shantona. She has worked in the charity sector for than 35 years. Prior to this she worked in London and Bradford in various roles. She faced lots of challenges, prejudice, inequality and barriers within the South Asian community and these made her determined to do something for the culturally diverse women and girls who live in this country, facing inequality and discriminated within their homes and workplaces. 

In 1998 she joined Shantona and with only 1 full time staff member, including herself, the organisation started offering help and support to the women of the Bangladeshi community in Leeds. Today Shantona has more than 30 staff and the team works tirelessly to help create a community of strong, confident, and empowered women, challenging negative behaviour and practices.  

Her determination and passion for her work has steered the organisation towards success in delivering projects locally, nationally, and internationally.  It has not gone unnoticed, with various awards for the organisation, most notably Shantona was awarded the ‘Duke of York Community Initiatives Award’ in 2007 and again in 2012. It has also been awarded the A1 Business Excellence Award “Best Women’s Centre” in 2015 and in 2007, Shantona was the winner of GSK Impact Awards 2020. 

Nahid has also been involved in the hate crime strategy for Leeds and published a book, “Islamophobia, The Untold Story”.  She has also worked nationally and internationally.  Nahid was the UK coordinator of “Gender Wise”, a transnational European project looking at gender equality issues before the policy came into practice.  Representatives from various countries in EU such as Brussels, Italy, Spain, and Denmark were involved.  

Nahid has a BA (Honours) in History from the University of Dhaka and a Masters in Business Administration from Leeds Beckett. In 2017 she received an Honorary Doctorate from Leeds Beckett for her contribution to voluntary and public sector. 

Her connection with Bangladesh continues and in 2016 the “Sufia Khatun Health Clinic” was opened in Baluarchor in Bangladesh to provide free health care for the villagers. The clinic was named in memory of Nahid’s grandmother. 

Adults and Community Team

Our adults and community team is made up of a domestic violence support team, IDVA case worker, ISVA Case worker, Mental Health support services, Better Together programme project worker that supports and promotes healthy lifestyles, a complex needs worker and Sanctuary support worker who is dedicated to helping those with more difficult issues, a Training and Employment support worker who supports women in the local community to access training employment opportunities' CV writing and advice on how to register and set up their own small business ventures. Together they work to promote a happier and safer community for all.
To find out more contact Shafia B Ali- Lead practitioner for Health and Mental health services - or Khela Begum Lead practitioner for Domestic Violence services on

Young People's services Team

We have an array of services that support young people help gain their confidence, develop their own voice and create influence, to be publicly visible and contribute to the wider society. For more information contact Zubeda Patel - Team Leader for young peoples services on

Early Years Team

The early years team is made up of permanent staff and several other volunteers and sessional workers. The team is managed by Tam Le and Sabuj Shalam. Together the team manages Shantona nursery which involves coordinating a full time early years service that caters for children from the age of 2 + years.
Shantona Nursery has been awarded Outstanding by Ofsted in all areas March 2024

Diane Law

Development Coordinator
Diane works as our Development coordinator, focusing on fundraising and quality assurance for Shantona contact:

Administration and Finance team

Our admin and operations team is made up of management support workers and our CEO. This team handles all of our admin, finance, funding, business operations and the day to day tasks we undertake at Shantona. If you have any general enquiries please contact or any finance related queries Harpreet Dosanjh or call 0113 249 7120 and one of our admin team will be happy to help.

If you have any Safeguarding queries, please contact Ashia on