Zaheer has held numerous senior level positions in public and private sector. Currently, he is the Head of Strategic Delivery for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) at EY. He is responsible for successful delivery of all D&I related initiatives. He leads the Race agenda for the firm and chairs the Race Working Group. He is the programme director for EY’s flagship leadership development programme aimed at high potential BAME Senior Managers. He also leads on the Innovation and Thought Leadership Strategies. In his role at EY he advises national and international organisations on various D&I related matters.
Prior to EY Zaheer worked for Warner Brothers as an HR manager and Whitbread PLC as a Project Manager. Zaheer spent over 13 years in the British Transport Police (BTP) serving in various departments including Uniformed Policing, Force Intelligence Bureau, Major Incident Suite where he worked on murder investigations and CID. He also held Family Liaison officer and Evidence Review Officer positions. He was awarded a commendation for best performing officer in London.
Whilst, at the BTP he worked closely with the Home Office and police stakeholders on various national policies and strategies. He was member of the five national police boards including Ministerial Progression Group, National Stop & Search boards and National Prevent Board (counter Terrorism). He also worked closely with the Ministry of Justice as Member of the Race Advisory Board. He is a former Race advisor to the Arsenal football club.
He is recipient of numerous national and international awards. He was appointed Member of the Most Excellent Order of British Empire (MBE) by Her Majesty the Queen in 2010 in recognition for his services to the police service. He is the winner of the European Diversity “Hero of the Year” Award and recipient of the community honours award.
Zaheer’s work for the wider Asian community was recognised when he featured in the sliver jubilee edition of British Asian Who’s Who. He was invited along with other selected community leaders to a private meeting with Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop of Westminster to discuss interfaith work and promote good relations amongst all Faiths.
He is also a serving Magistrate sitting in adult criminal court, board member of European Muslim Initiative for Social Cohesion and a School Governor. He is a member of the HR Guild and fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in policing studies and a Bachelor degree in Commerce.
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