Our first generation of members represent the eclectic and diverse disciplines of Bradford’s communities, ranging from artists, creatives and performers to technologists, academics and social innovators. As early supporters of Impact Hub Bradford, they are committed to bringing their practices and ventures to the hub and contributing to shaping its future.

Professor John Baruch

John is a visiting professor at Leeds Beckett and Tsinghua universities, as well as a leading expert and academic on the Fourth Industrial Revolution. John is also cofounder of Mulberry Bush family support helping people living with dementia by empowering the carers; using modern technology to inform the person suffering with dementia of their planned activities from getting up time to TV and radio schedules, providing a range of links to carers.

Madiha Ansari

Madiha is the founder of the Cultural Ecology Project, with a mission to support, showcase and create mentorship pathways for emerging South Asian Arts Practitioners and to help monetise their practice. With extensive experience working in engagement within the cultural sector, projects include audience engagement for Lung Theatre and a taster of a 3-month mentoring programme. Madiha is also a part of Yorkshire Adabee Forum, a leading Urdu Arts and Literature organisation.

Catherine Simes

Catherine is a freelance writer and editor, working for a number of United Nations agencies. Writer of all things Bradford at You Can Take the Girl Out of Bradford and presenter of the Know Your Place Bradford podcast about the people, places and history of the city. Catherine is also founder of the Bradford Street Market, an online market formed in response to the Covid-19 lockdown to promote and support Bradford’s independent retailers, artists and crafters, connecting local businesses to new customers using a shared online “indie quarter” to promote the best of the city.

Fozia Naseem

Fozia Naseem

Fozia is the co-founder and managing director of Hop On (Yorkshire) Ltd. Our social mission is to improve people’s physical, emotional and mental health and wellbeing so they can lead more confident and fulfilling lives.

Our mission recognises the clear connection between our physical and mental health and wellbeing and our approach brings all these connecting parts together.

We support people from all different parts of our communities by providing group-based physical activities that bring people together to have fun, exercise, learn new skills and build confidence.

Sobia Bashir

Sobia Bashir is founder of Sobia’s Spice, a homecooking venture providing hand-crafted spice blends for Asian cooking. Sobia is also working on a forthcoming collection of recipes, to be published as a book.

You can find Sobia on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Sara Saeed

Sara is a project manager for any-3, carrying out employee engagement surveys for various companies, designing, testing and launching survey platforms as well as analysing the results and providing helpdesk facilities. These surveys help senior leaders in companies understand their employees.

Asma Elbadawi

Asma is a spoken word performer, an athlete and founder of Words & Lenses, a social enterprise creating a space for young people to learn how to write spoken word poetry, perform and create visual content that can be shared via social media or put into festivals. Words & Lenses will also work on and create campaigns for brands and organisations.

Neil Gibb

Neil is a consultant, facilitator, future thinker and social innovator.
He helps people and enterprises develop the new skills, thinking, leadership and ways of working needed to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
His book The Participation Revolution was a ‘smart thinking’ best seller in the UK.
He is an adviser to the Bradford Impact Hub and guest teacher at the Cambridge University Centre for Social Innovation.
Twitter @Neil_Gibb
Instagram @hawkeyegibb

shi Blank

Shi and Kriss are the founders of Weirdspace, a makerspace in the city of Bradford with a focus on using technology to produce experimental and unconventional projects and art installations. The technology industry is alienating for many minorities and marginalised people. They aim to demystify the complexities and elitism of it by sharing experiences and knowledge and creating an inclusive environment.

Kriss Blank

Shi and Kriss are the founders of Weirdspace, a makerspace in the city of Bradford with a focus on using technology to produce experimental and unconventional projects and art installations. The technology industry is alienating for many minorities and marginalised people. They aim to demystify the complexities and elitism of it by sharing experiences and knowledge and creating an inclusive environment.

Jannat Iqbal

A skilled photographer, Jannat is also involved in community radio, at Radio Sangam, which she’s come to find is an extraordinarily personal way to communicate and reach out effectively to the local area.

Jannat also plays grassroots cricket at Park Avenue in Bradford as part of a women’s charity, an amazing way to encourage people, especially women/girls from all backgrounds and ages to get involved in more male-dominated sports.

Uzma Kazi

A Yorkshire-based Freelance Theatre Designer and Youth & Community Facilitator – a ‘Creative Spirit’!

Uzma’s work is often project-based and involves transforming spaces for narratives and opening dialogue and awareness of issues and stories that are relevant to the connections she makes throughout life.

Former Members

Nasar Fiaz

Nasar is founder of Real Conversations is an ambitious national programme that is reinventing community relations across the UK. Its core principle is that only by having difficult conversations – often avoided because they are potentially divisive – can we understand the point of view of others, whether the topic is Brexit, Middle East conflict or issues between local communities. They run activities that scale nationally and reach a critical mass of people in hard-to-reach communities.

Nitha Noor Kamran

Nitha is an interim administrator for the Bradford Producing Hub, a 3-year project that will take a fresh approach to developing and supporting live performance in the
city. Nitha is also an Engagement Assistant to Madiha’s Cultural Ecology Project and one of the first mentees to emerge from their mentorship programme.