Director of the Board
Abdul has over 30 years of experience in procuring affordable housing and sustaining places.
He works at the Abbeyfield Society overseeing development and asset management. Managing the supply of quality housing and capturing good design to meet the housing, care and support needs of older people and addressing loneliness through independent living, residential, dementia and home care solutions. 2018 ‘Best Residential Scheme’ winner with RICS / LABC.
He has previously worked with the Housing Corporation / Homes & Communities Agency and has extensive experience in local government, charity and third sector environments.
He also has considerable Non-Executive Director Experience – Vice Chair of Manningham HA and board member of Unity Enterprise (manages 52,000 sq. ft. of commercial workspaces on 3 sites, involving 50 businesses employing 760 people) and now with Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust and member of the Audit & Risk Committee. He is a member of the National Housing Federation’s Delivering Great Homes Group shaping policy solutions with government and sector.
He co-authored a study looking at ‘Mortgage Rescue – Meeting the Requirements of Special Needs Groups’ informed utilizing public funds to avoid repossession. Member of Independent Schools Appeals Panel and Ambassador with National Training Awards encouraging others to seek recognition from learning and development. Abdul co-founded the Ageing Well Network established to ensure older people from all backgrounds enjoy the benefits of living longer and living better. Also now a member of the Muslim Council of Britain’s Research & Documentation Committee.
He is a keen club cricketer, Level 2 Coach / All Stars Activator. Recognised ‘Heartbeat of the Club’ at Yorkshire Cricket / England & Wales Cricket Board’s OSCAs, 2017. Delivered the ‘Light of Faith Tours’ with the Vatican, Church of England and others, using cricket to bring people of different faiths, backgrounds and communities together.
Abdul is a Johnnie Johnson Housing Board Member and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee.