Topic & Speaker Profiles



Shaykh Faiz Siddiqi is the founder of the Hijaz Community a group of people who work to unite communities to effect positive societal transition and change on a local, national and international level based on Islamic Value. He has dedicated his life primarily to the work of Hijaz Community. Part of this work includes the one to one mentoring via spiritual surgeries which are held regularly all over the world.

TOPIC: Introductory Remarks

SPEAKER: Mohammad Haroon

PROFILE: Haroon’s professional background blends senior leadership of large scale complex organisations in the public sector working at regional and national and international level in the Department of Health, Education and H.M. Treasury. He has a long-held passion to bring positive change and holds and has held positions as a Senior Civil Servant e.g. Leading Connexions an organisation employing 15,000 with a budget of £560 million, a director of a number of companies; elected Governor of the Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust; a JP and Non Executive Director of Media Reach.

TOPIC: What status do the elderly have in Islam?

SPEAKER: Shaykh Noor ul Aqtab Siddiqi

PROFILE: Shaykh Noor ul Aqtab Siddiqi is the second eldest son of the Grand Shaykh. As an Islamic Scholar and Spiritual Guide, he has travelled all over the world and given speeches in Europe, South Africa, USA and Australia. He had the privilege of having been taught various Islamic disciplines by his illustrious father. He is also a qualified solicitor.

TOPIC: How does Leicestershire County Council’s Adults and Communities Department respect our elderly citizens from all diverse cultures?

SPEAKER: Peter Davis

PROFILE: Peter Davis is Assistant Director of Care Pathway – West at Leicestershire County Council. He has extensive experience of social care with nearly 30 years post qualifying experience across both children’s and adults services. He has a BA Honours Degree in Applied Social Science, Certificate of Qualification in Social Work and a Master Degree in Social Services Management. He is responsible for the delivery of all adult social care services to the people of West Leicestershire and is the departmental lead for adult mental health services. Peter is experienced in leading on the re-design and development of new services, such as step down pathways that meet the needs of both younger and older adults with mental health needs.

TOPIC: How to help keep the minds of the elderly active and healthy

SPEAKER: Professor Shahid Ali

PROFILE: Shahid Ali is a clinical leader with strategic vision and a passion to improve services and achieve better health outcomes for patients. He works as a general practitioner specialist in cardio-diabetes, and has held senior NHS management roles locally, regionally, and as a national clinical leader. He is co-founder and a Director of Dynamic Health Systems. Currently he is working on several work streams including empowering and enabling patient centred care using technology, integration of services across pathways and Intelligence for commissioning. He is Professor of Digital Health in the University of Salford.

TOPIC: How do the Police serve the Elderly?

SPEAKER: Inspector Emma Maxwell

PROFILE: Emma joined Leicestershire Police straight from Nottingham Trent University, where she spent the first eight years of her policing career working as a General Duty Officer in the Blaby and Hinckley area. Over the last nine years, she has spent time working on the Tactical Support Team and in neighbourhoods, custody and The Change Team. Most recently, Emma worked as a response Inspector at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters. The move to Hinckley and Blaby NPA as an Inspector was all the more meaningful to Emma as this is the Policing area in which she started her Police Career. Emma’s role is diverse but generally involves liaising with key nstakeholders, partners and members of the community and problem solving.

TOPIC: Should elderly people be taken care of by the government? Who should care for the elderly?

SPEAKER: Maulana Asim Awan Graduate of Hijaz College

PROFILE: Maulana Asim completed his LLB at University of London while he was studying at Hijaz College, attaining an MA Islamic Law and Theology in 2009. He is a qualified solicitor working in Birmingham. He is a Hafiz of the Quran, and has been teaching Islamic Theology since his graduation. He is also the curriculum convener for the Hijaz Diploma course and a key member of Muslim Arbitration Tribunal. He is happily married with a beautiful baby girl.

TOPIC: Muslim Health Service Addressing Isolation and Loneliness in the Community

SPEAKER: Dr Samina Khalil

PROFILE: Dr Samina was born and raised in Huddersfield. She studied medicine at the University of Liverpool and works as a locum GP in West Yorkshire. She enjoys snorkelling and hiking and closer to home she enjoys baking and spending time with her elderly father who is a poet and author. She is married and has two young children. She currently is the project lead for Muslim Health Service Care of the Elderly project.

TOPIC: Respecting the Elderly

SPEAKER: Anna Dixon

PROFILE:  Anna Dixon is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Ageing Better, an independent charitable foundation that brings about change for people in later life today. As Director of Policy at The King’s Fund she led work on health system reforms, regulation, patient choice, self-management of long term conditions and the future of health and social care in England. Anna was previously Lecturer in European Health Policy at the London School of Economics and has a PhD in Social Policy from there.