Rizwan was born in Kampala (Uganda). At the age of four, he moved to the United Kingdom as a refugee (with the rest of his family) – residing in Inverness (Scotland) for twelve years prior to moving to the beautiful city of Peterborough in 1984.
Rizwan’s working life has mainly been in the Public Sector where he has worked within Learning & Development. Throughout his career, he has also held the posts of Equality Diversity & Human Rights Advisor on a voluntary basis.
He currently holds the position of President of the Husaini Islamic Centre, Chair for UNISON’s Self-Organised Black Members Group (Police & Justice Branch) and Executive member of the Peterborough Inter-Faith Council, Muslim Council of Peterborough and Joint Mosques Council. Rizwan has also been a visiting Diversity Professional at the European College of Policing.
Rizwan strongly believes that by positive, effective communication & engagement and by increasing our knowledge of each other, we can we live and work more harmoniously as well as improve trust and confidence between our diverse communities.
As a result of various internal and external initiatives he has developed and implemented, Rizwan has earned two Chief Constable’s awards, Police Authority recognition, winner of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary ‘Putting People First’ award and the National Association of Muslim
Police/ Superintendent Association’s Equality and Diversity award. As President of the Husaini Islamic Centre, Rizwan was instrumental in the Centre receiving the Mayor’s CIVIC Award for community involvement.
Rizwan is very keen on continuous professional and personal development. He is a qualified Adult Teacher, a Trainer, a Neuro-Linguistic Programmer, Executive Coach, Hypnotherapist and Holistic Therapist.