The Board of Gladstone Connect  is made up of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds, skills, careers and communities.

Nazim Khan, MBE


With over 20 years of political and voluntary sector experience, Nazim has been the Chair of the board for the past 19 years and in this time he has managed to secure two purpose built centres, the Allama Iqbal Centre and the Veranda Family Centre (now become part of the Gladstone Primary School being managed by TDA). He has served as Deputy Mayor and served for many years as a City Councillor.


David Jost

Hon. Secretary

A founder member of the Gladstone District Community Association, David was chairman for a number of years.  For over 30 years he was a governor of Gladstone School. He’s been a board member of Axiom Housing Association and is on the committee of Peterborough Civic Society.


David joined the board of Gladstone Connect in 2010 and became Hon Secretary in 2014 Whilst appreciating the friendly nature of the neighbourhood he is concerned about many aspects of life in the area, particularly the environment.  He is dismayed by the failure of the authorities to embark on improvement and renewal of the area and is especially concerned about the southern part of the Gladstone Area known as North Westgate that has been blighted for over 20 years.


He is however confident that so long as local people work together that one day improvements will arrive!

Helena Hansen-Fure

Helena joined the Gladstone Connect Board in 2019 to bring experience from trustee work in Home-Start Charnwood, centre management from Eco Innovation Centre, project management skills and previous experience from the private sector work in point of sales and telecoms. She moved from Sweden in 2006 to Loughborough and has been living in Peterborough since 2014.

Kevin Taylor
Kevin is a former college tutor with many years experience of working in the education and training field. Kevin is currently running his own consultancy. He provides management  and leadership support in Gladstone Connect, providing line management for employees and volunteers.
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Rev. Giles Knight

Giles joined the Gladstone Connect Board in 2015. Previously he was a cross-cultural worker for many years in the Niger Republic, where he was involved in leadership training. Giles has pastored churches in both the UK and Niger. His passion is to see the church be relevant and effectively reach out to the neighbourhood.


Shaz Nawaz

Shaz is a chartered accountant and successful local businessman, well known across the city. He has been actively involved in community work for many years. At work he spends most of his time helping businesses scale-up. Alongside this he has a particular interest in property tax. At home he spends most of his time as the taxi driver of choice – transporting his children. On the odd occasion he might get a day off which he likes to spend with his family.

Noreen Bee

Katia Yurgetene

Ghulam Shabbir

Other Board Members


Khalid Masood - our caretaker

Khalid is our caretaker, and visits the Centre every morning to open up and lock up again at the end of the day. He's well-known in the local community, and is around to help ensure that anyone using the Centre gets any help they need. 

He can be contacted on 01733 753753