Professor Adeeba Malik CBE DL – Deputy Chief Executive & High Sheriff of West Yorkshire (2024-2025)

Adeeba is Deputy Chief Executive of award-winning Bradford based QED Foundation. Established in 1990, its aim is to improve the economic and social circumstances of minority/ disadvantaged communities by delivering programmes and influencing decision makers.

She was born in Bradford to immigrant parents from Pakistan. Before joining QED, she was a teacher in Hull and Bradford.

In addition to her role at QED, Adeeba has held numerous ministerial and non-ministerial roles on various boards in Bradford, Yorkshire, and nationally over the last 25 years, working across Whitehall.

Some of these include, Yorkshire Forward (RDA), Spirit of Bradford, Northern Ballet, British Waterways, Women and Work Commission, Lapage Primary School, National Ethnic Minority Business Forum, National Clinical Assessment Authority, The Waterways Trust, York Museum Trust, Century Radio, Sheffield Hallam University, Bradford University, Green Deal Advisory Board, National Muslim Women’s Advisory Board, The Home Office Advisory Board for Naturalisation and Immigration, Bradford Opportunity Area, Carers Resource and the Cabinet Office Race Disparity Advisory Group.

Currently she is a Board Member of the Home Office Strategic Race Board, Member of a State Honours Committee, Director of the Bradford Culture Company, Co- Chair of Hollyn’s Wellbeing Patient Group and Member of Nurture Academies Trust.

Adeeba has won many accolades and awards for her work over the years, including the Yorkshire Post Top 20 Influential Women of Yorkshire, Top 50 Northern Power List for Women. In 2023, she was the recipient of Woman and Home Magazine’s “Amazing Woman Award”.

She was awarded the MBE in 2004 and the CBE in 2015. In 2022, Adeeba was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire Lieutenancy and is a Visiting Professor at York St John University. Adeeba will be the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire for 2024-25, the first ethnic minority woman to take up this role.

Adeeba loves music, theatre, cinema and walking.

Sectors worked in and routes taken:

Teaching & Education 

A-levels and BED Honours and Masters in Education 

Charity Sector 

Whole range of advisory boards including health, education, business etc. 

What I would like to get involved in

Inspirational talk

Mentoring / Coaching young people

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