Biography of current Mayor
Mohammad Nazir (Naz) has lived most of his life in Walsall. He attended schools here and then joined Walsall Technical College.
He started his working life as an apprentice in mechanical engineering before a career change into the social and care services sector. His higher education was at the Universities of Central England and Wolverhampton.
Naz has always been a community activist, serving diverse community groups, and is a founder member of St Matthews Tenant Association and Apka Housing Association. For 12 years he was also a Registered Care Manager with Caldmore Area Housing Association. In addition to housing appointments, being governor and chairperson of some Walsall schools has given him tremendous insight into local policies.
He has held positions on many outside bodies. This includes chairing the West Midlands Police Authority, the Diversity Sub-Committee of the Association of Police Authorities nationally and being a member of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance. In 1988 he was appointed as a magistrate and was the youngest member at that time in the West Midlands. Such key positions of responsibility at local, regional, national and international levels have further provided Naz with extensive experience of dealing with people in a wide range of situations.
It was in 1988 that Naz was first elected to Walsall Council to represent St Matthews Ward and since then, over the last 20 years, he has served as a member and chaired several Council committees. From 2006 he has represented Palfrey Ward. Currently he is a shadow cabinet member with special responsibility for community safety and partnerships.
Naz is also the Chief Executive Officer for BME United Ltd which is a third sector not for profit organisation. Here he is responsible for enabling capacity building and encouraging partnership working, so that residents have a better quality of life and can participate fully in local activities.
During his year of office, Naz will run an active campaign for the Mayor’s Charity Appeal in aid of Acorns Children Hospice, St Giles Hospice and Midland International Aid Trust. To help him achieve his objective he has set up a fundraising steering group led by Professor Rashid Gatrad OBE, a paediatrician at the Manor Hospital, Walsall.
Mayoress Riaz Begum Nazir who has been a carer to two of her own disabled children over 30 years and she is very passionate in providing care to children with disabilities. Naz, a family man with a keen interest in reading and travelling, is committed to ensuring that Council serves all of the residents of Walsall equally.
This page was last updated on 22 May 2013