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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Better Leeds Communities welcomes new CEO Rajo Saira

Better Leeds Communities (BLC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rajo Saira as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1st July 2024. Rajo succeeds Taira Kayani, who has led the organisation with distinction for 23 years and will be stepping down in October 2024.

Rajo Saira joins BLC with over 30 years of experience in the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS), having worked passionately across Manchester, Leicester, Coventry, Kirklees, Bradford, and Leeds. She is excited to build on the strong foundation already in place and to enhance the organisation’s long-term sustainability and reach throughout Leeds. Rajo looks forward to meeting and collaborating with BLC’s staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, stakeholders, partners, and local communities.

Rajo’s appointment continues BLC’s proud tradition of leadership that reflects the diversity of the Burley community. Both Rajo and Taira are Asian women, which resonates with the multicultural fabric of the community BLC serves and underscores the organisation’s commitment to representation and inclusivity.

BLC staff members had to say about this appointment:
“this is a diverse place where we represent the community we work in and everyone’s voices are heard”
“I have never experienced a culture like this. It’s so supportive and diverse”

Throughout her career, Rajo has demonstrated a successful track record of providing dynamic and innovative leadership across various VCS organisations. Her recent roles include leadership positions at Coventry Ethnic Minority Action Partnership, Voluntary Action Leicestershire, and Age UK Coventry and Warwickshire. Rajo’s clear leadership, vision, and strategic direction have consistently fostered resilience, financial security, and long-term sustainability within the organisations she has served.

Rajo is dedicated to building and sustaining positive strategic partnerships with key stakeholders, partners, and commissioners. She understands the ever-changing landscape and challenges faced by the VCS and believes that flexibility and adaptability are essential to organisational success and future sustainability.

With extensive experience in promoting equality, diversity, and empowerment, Rajo has successfully transformed organisational policies and practices, creating value-driven, high-quality services that have made a lasting impact on local communities. Additionally, she has contributed as an active Board member to numerous VCS organisations, further demonstrating her commitment to the sector.

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