NCB Advisory Group

Current Advisory Group members

Stuart Nash

(Ex Officio)
NCB Principal

Tehmina Hashmi

Chair of the NCB Advisory Group

Date Appointed: 05/02/2019
Date Reappointed: 19/02/2022

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Tehmina was born in 1966 in Nairobi, Kenya and came to England in 1972 when her parents were forced to leave a country that was becoming politically unstable. Having a relatively affluent lifestyle in Africa the family found themselves starting from scratch in Salford, Manchester where she grew up until leaving for University and marriage (at the same time!) in 1985. She qualified as a Biochemist and after having her three children, she became a teacher. Teaching for 28 years in Bradford, with a short spell in Manchester, she has recently taken early retirement. Her most recent leadership role was as Executive Principal at an All-through Academy in BD4 which serves some of the most disadvantaged children in the community. She has always worked in challenging schools and finds the rewards of nurturing ambition and aspiration outweighs these challenges. From a teaching background and with a passion for science, she enjoyed the very different challenge of school leadership. Getting to grips with running a business with 280 staff and a turnover of 13 million seems very far away from the training she had as a teacher of science. She has enjoyed her leadership roles and looking forward to exploring more restful pursuits in the future!

Martin Priest


Date Appointed: 14/12/2017
Date Reappointed: 03/07/2019

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Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics and 50th Anniversary Chair – Professor of Tribology (lubrication, friction and wear) at the University of Bradford. The Faculty comprises all the engineering disciplines, computer science and media design and technology (interactive media, film and television production, computer animation, games and computer applications). Before moving to Bradford in 2015, Martin held the Jost Chair of Engineering Tribology at the University of Leeds, where he worked for 28 years. Born and raised in Salford, Martin has spent most of his professional life in Yorkshire and his two children were born and educated locally. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (UK), a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IoM3, UK), a Fellow of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (USA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).

Sidiq Ali


Date Appointed: 14/12/2017
Date Reappointed: 04/02/2020

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I am the CEO of a supported accommodation project and hold a 3 year local government tender to accommodate Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children Looked after by Bradford, Wakefield and Calderdale Councils. I am a qualified and registered social worker and a member of the British Association of Social Workers (BASW). I have practiced in local Government as a social worker and Manager within Educational Social Work, Fostering Services and Leaving Care Services. Currently I practice as a self employed Independent Social Worker undertaking various freelance work including complaints panels and assessment work. I hold the position of Independent Children’s Advocate and Education Advisor for a private fostering Agency called Unity Foster Care. I was a parent governor from 2007 to 2013, and then took a position of Trust Director at the Beckfoot Trust from 2013 to 2019. I was a member of the trust board and audit committee during this period. The Trust grew from 2 schools to 10 schools during my time on the board with a £40million budget. I was a Parent Governor representative on Bradford Council’s Children’s Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee from 2014 until 2019. I have a 16 year old son who is part of the first cohort to join NCB in September 2019. He is studying his A levels in Business, Economics and Accounting.

Ifeoma Obijiaku


Date Appointed: 12/05/2023

Bethany Grimsley 


Date Appointed: 11/07/2023

Advisory Group members who have stepped down

Dominic Wall – Date Stepped Down: 20/01/2023

Katie Miller – Date Stepped Down: 27/01/2023

Vicky Clifton – Date Stepped Down: 29/03/2023

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