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Professor Adeeba Malik CBE DL has been nominated as the new High Sheriff of West Yorkshire for 2024-25

Professor Adeeba Malik CBE DL is set to take the helm as the new High Sheriff of West Yorkshire for 2024-25. The anticipation reached its peak on 13 November, during the prestigious nominations at the King’s Bench Division of the High Court of Justice, overseen by none other than the esteemed Lord Chief Justice.

Professor Malik will officially assume her role at the Declarations ceremony, in March 2024 injecting a burst of energy into the esteemed position. As the deputy chief executive of the QED Foundation, Adeeba has been a driving force behind the success of the Bradford ethnic minority-led charity for an impressive 32 years, catapulting it to the pinnacle of influence among organisations of its kind in the UK.

A true Bradfordian, Adeeba’s roots trace back to her father, a Pakistani immigrant who, with sheer determination, learned English under a street light in Sialkot before venturing to Bradford in 1957 to work in the mills. Her mother, arriving in Bradford in 1966, added another layer to the rich tapestry of Adeeba’s heritage.

From her beginnings as an educator in Bradford and Hull, Adeeba has passionately dedicated her career to forging social and economic opportunities for minority ethnic groups in the UK, combating prejudice head-on. Beyond her role at QED, Adeeba has graced various ministerial and non-ministerial boards over the past 25 years, leaving an indelible mark on organisations such as Yorkshire Forward, The Waterways Trust, and Sheffield Hallam University.

Currently, she wears multiple hats, serving as a Board Member of the Home Office Strategic Race Advisory Board, Director of the Bradford Culture Company, and Member of Nurture Academies Trust, among other distinguished roles. Adeeba is not just a professional powerhouse; she’s a Visiting Professor at York St John University and a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire.

Her illustrious career has not gone unnoticed, earning her accolades like Asian Standard’s very own Most Influential of Bradford, the Yorkshire Post Top 20 Influential Women of Yorkshire, Top 50 Northern Power List for Women, and the 2023 Amazing Woman Award from Woman and Home magazine. With an MBE in 2004 and a CBE in 2015, Adeeba’s contributions to mainstream public bodies have been nothing short of extraordinary.

And now, she takes on the formidable role of High Sheriff, a wholly voluntary, non-political position appointed by The Crown. In this one-year post, Professor Adeeba Malik will champion the cause of upholding all matters related to the judiciary and law and order, representing the King with unparalleled enthusiasm and dedication in West Yorkshire.

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE, CEO of the QED Foundation, said: “I’m immensely proud of Adeeba and all her achievements over the years. This nomination is a testament to her passion, integrity and dedication; qualities that have played a vital role over the years helping to make QED the force of good it is today.”

Adeeba said: “I’m deeply honoured to be nominated for this prestigious role.”

Brace yourselves for a year of dynamic leadership and positive change under the vibrant guidance of Professor Adeeba Malik.

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