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The Amina Team

Amina is a service user-led, lived experience-informed, grassroots, community organisation, and this ethos is reflected in its culture of governance, management, and staffing structure. Amina’s Senior Management Team (SMT) is comprised of the Chief Executive Officer, Project Co-ordinators, and the Office Manager. The SMT meet every 6 weeks.

Senior Management Team

Mariam Ahmed

Chief Executive Officer

Mariam Ahmed

Mariam is an accomplished professional serving as the Chief Executive Officer at Amina MWRC. She brings a strong commitment to supporting and empowering Muslim and BME women.

Drawing on her extensive expertise in gender-based violence, equalities, and advocacy for marginalised women, Mariam has made significant contributions to the fight against various forms of violence and discrimination. As a qualified Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate and training specialist on harmful traditional practices and coercive control, Mariam plays a crucial role in raising awareness and educating others about these pressing concerns and issues faced by Muslim and BME women. Mariam actively collaborates with multiple sectors to promote the eradication of violence against women, tackle racism, promote equalities, and highlight the impact of immigration control for women.

Mariam's unwavering dedication has positioned her as a prominent figure in the field of women's rights, where she continues to make a lasting impact on the lives of marginalised women in Scotland.

Azmina started off on a placement at Amina in 2003 and continued on as a volunteer. She was employed as an Administration Officer in 2005 following which she took over looking after Amina's finances.

After climbing the ranks over the years she is now the Office Manager and in charge of Finance, HR and Administration management.

Azmina loves the work she does to keep everything running smoothly. She loves the people she works with and plans to stay on at Amina as long as she is able.

Azmina Abubakar

Office Manager

Azmina Abubakar

Furrah Riaz

Helpline Programmes Manager

Furrah Riaz

Furrah brings over 20 years of experience to Amina as a Project Manager, having worked across public, private and third sectors.  She is PRINCE2, Agile, & Six Sigma certified. She has a PgD in IT, as well as a PgCert in Counselling Skills from Strathclyde University.

Furrah was an Amina volunteer in 2005. She rejoined the Amina team during the start of lockdown in 2020 to manage Amina's Digital Inclusion project. She progressed to a Programme Co-ordinator and then on to her current role as Helpline Programme Manager.

Furrah has a passion for Woman's Rights and has been advocating for the rights of BME and Muslim women for many years.

Safa has been working within the Muslim community for over 15 years.  She has volunteered on a number of community projects including youth groups, charities and Muslim women educational classes.

Safa began her journey with Amina as a volunteer for the Schools Project in 2011, while studying for her law degree at the University of Glasgow. After graduating, Safa worked on the Helpline project followed by the ending Violence Against Women programme.

Safa has been managing programmes at Amina for the past few years. In her current role she manages the ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme.

Safa Yousaf

VAWG Project Co-ordinator

Safa Yousaf

Nosheen Ahmed

Employability Project Co-ordinator

amina-SMT-Nosheen Ahmed

Nosheen isn’t new to the Amina family, having previously worked as VAWG Development officer (maternity cover) in 2018 and again at the start of 2023. She is a trained Independent Domestic Abuse Advocate (IDAA).

She has accumulated a unique, transferable skill set through 16 years of experience in community development, project management,  and marketing campaigns for various charities and third sector organisations including Women’s Aid and Mental Health Foundation.  She successfully managed and delivered John Smith’s Centre’s inaugural Minority Ethnic Emerging Leaders Programme.

Nosheen has a BA (Hons) degree in Business Economics & Marketing Management, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Operations Management.

In her spare time, she is a freelance photographer.  She has been a Trustee for the Corra Foundation since 2022.

Nosheen joined the Employability project in October 2023.

Godsal has a Fine Art degree from Glasgow School of Art. She has over 20 years experience working in the cultural sector in Scotland. She has worked across arts, heritage, and community engagement in a range of roles including fundraising, volunteer development, event management, and project coordination.

Godsal joined Amina in 2022 as part-time Fundraising Co-ordinator.

Godsal is passionate about creating opportunities for people and broadening experiences.

She also works as freelance Project Co-ordinator at Glendale Women's Cafe.

Nicola Godsal

Fundraising Co-ordinator

Nicola Godsal