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Directors and External Pen Portraits

Mohammed ArshadExpand Information >>
Arshad was born and raised in Bradford. He went to a Muslim boarding school in Lancashire in 1985 where he studied Islamic Theology and memorized the Holy Qur’aan. He graduated in 1985 and worked in Bradford Schools as a Support Assistant. In 2000, he graduated from Bradford University with a BA (Hons) QTS in teaching, specialising in 3-8 year olds. He taught at a primary school as a Nursery Teacher on a part-time basis.

Mary CarrollExpand Information >>
Mary began her teaching career in 1967 in Zambia. She later worked for the Bradford Education Authority as a teacher specialising in teaching English as a Second Language. From 1980 – 81 she was seconded as a tutor and later as Coordinator on the Vietnamese Education Project. Following this she worked in the secondary sector in management and development subsequently moving to Calderdale as Senior Officer with responsibility for Primary Education.

Marion A Flaxman JPExpand Information >>
Marion is a retired Deputy Head teacher having spent 35 years working with young people aged from eleven to eighteen. She has served as a Magistrate on Bradford Bench since February 2006 and is involved with Magistrates in the Community delivering school presentations, court visits and assisting with Mock Trial competition as link Magistrate.

Marion A Flaxman JPExpand Information >>
Dilshad C.Q.S.W MBA MIHSM JP, Director of Equality and Diversity, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, was born in Nodeh, District Mardan, Pakistan, and came to England to join his father in 1961. He has lived in Bradford most of his life. He graduated from Leeds University as a qualified social worker in 1982, and gained his MBA in 1992.

Dilshad KhanExpand Information >>
Frank has spent all his working life in the Magistrates’ Courts Service, having been appointed to a junior post straight after leaving school. He trained as a legal adviser in the early 1970’s and qualified as a solicitor in 1983.

The Revd. Canon Dr. Frances WardExpand Information >>
Frances currently works as a residentiary canon at Bradford Cathedral, a post she has held since July 2006. She has responsibility at the Cathedral for worship and also for developing links in the city centre.

External Advisers

Roger Davy MBE JPExpand Information >>
Roger was appointed to Bradford Bench in July 1974 where, in addition to his work in the adult courts he has served as a member and Chairman of the Youth Panel. He also has experience of serving on the Family (formerly Domestic) Panel and on the Licensing Panel.

HH Judge Stephen GullickExpand Information >>
Stephen was born in Hertfordshire and educated in Somerset and at Birmingham University from where he graduated in 1970 with a 2:1 honours degree in Law. He was called to the Bar at Grays Inn in 1971 and joined chambers in Park Square in Leeds later that year.

Rev Chris Johnson Expand Information >>
Chris is currently Chaplaincy Manager and Church of England Chaplain at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. Prior to this appointment in 2000 he served in several parishes as a Vicar before moving joining the Chaplaincy Team at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 1997.

Balu Lad JP Expand Information >>
Balu was born in India but grew up in Uganda. He gained teacher’s qualification from Makerere University and after teaching for a few years left Uganda due to political instability. In Uganda he was involved extensively in community work.

Dr Philip Lewis Expand Information >>
Philip advises the Anglican Bishop of Bradford on Christian / Muslim relations and is a scholar consultant of the National Christian Muslim Forum.

Marion LePlaExpand Information >>
Marion was appointed to the Magistracy in 1974 and joined the Juvenile and Domestic Panels (now Youth and Family) in 1975. She was an active member of the Probation Liaison Committee for 10 years from 1978 and served on the Bradford Bench Magistrates’ Court Committee (MCC) from 1985 – 1994 where she was a member of the Staffing and Management Sub Committee.

Dr Harjap Singh Pooni Expand Information >>
Harjap was born in the North Indian state of Punjab and arrived in Bradford at the age of 11 with his family. He attended the Immigrant Centre to learn the English language before completing his secondary education at Tong Comprehensive School. He graduated in Computing & Operational Research at the Leeds Metropolitan University in 1982.

Wahida Shaffi MAExpand Information >>
Wahida is a freelance consultant and researcher. Wahida has a background in social and community work where she has worked with children and families, the youth and older people, providing support, advice on a broad range of issues to both practitioners and the wider community.

Claire Wallis Expand Information >>
Clare Wallis was born in Leeds and trained as a Probation Officer in Greater Manchester, qualifying in 2001. Prior to joining the Probation Service Clare’s employment ranged between Education Welfare, teaching and work with the Police Authority in Manchester, as well as various voluntary roles.