Supporters

Over the years, QED has been supported by numerous individuals and organisations in all sorts of ways; speaking, hosting or sponsoring QED events, giving advice and feedback on existing and new initiatives, or commissioning us to carry our projects for their organisations, and being ambassadors of QED. Without their support, we would not have able to achieve so much.

Please click the names below to read comments from some of our supporters:

Philip Bartey

“I am delighted to congratulate QED on the a...

Philip Bartey

GROUP CHIEF EXECUTIVE THE ADSETTS PARTNERSHIP, SHEFFIELD CITY REGION LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP (LEP) BOARD MEMBER

“I am delighted to congratulate QED on the achievement of its 21st Anniversary – a significant landmark celebrating the excellent work undertaken in promoting effective integration of ethnic minority communities across the north of England. In the UK it is a fact that we have benefited enormously from the rich tapestry of knowledge, experience and culture that these communities have brought to our great nation.

The European economy is going through a period of immense uncertainty and turmoil and I believe that the way forward for the UK must include harnessing all the latent talent we have at our disposal. Critical to our success will be our ability to ensure that we achieve effective collaboration and partnership between all our communities engaging effectively with the public, private and third sectors.

QED are at the forefront of this approach and are established as a high quality organisation playing a vital leading role in taking direct action and in acting as a conduit through which partners can engage. I look forward to developing our relationship further, I am proud to be associated with them and wish them every success for the future.”

Dr Farooq Beg

“The story of QED is very much the story of ...

Dr Farooq Beg

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER SERENDIP PRODUCTIONS

“The story of QED is very much the story of Dr Mohammad Ali. Like the man who refused to bow down in the face of adversity and, against all odds, took charge of shaping his destiny, today QED has managed just that.

It has inspired and empowered innumerable individuals and organisations to stand on their own feet and become contributing and successful citizens in a new country and adding to its newfound multi-cultural identity.

QED’s achievements are far too many to innumerate but this much is certain, it has achieved a milestone in making communities

- British, Asian, Afro-Caribbean and many others – to feel, communicate and work as ONE. I am privileged to have been involved with QED and Dr Ali right from the start in projecting and communicating their valuable contribution to Britain.”

Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham

“Congratulations to QED-UK on its 21st birth...

Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham

“Congratulations to QED-UK on its 21st birthday. It’s a remarkable milestone in any organisations development and shows the tremendous work it takes to keep it going for so long. I have followed the progress of QED for over ten years and was honoured to host their high profile events at the House of Lords where I was impressed with their links in London! Under the leadership of its founder Dr Mohammed Ali, QED-UK has been going from strength to strength and I wish them well for the future.”

Lord Bhatia

“I knew of Mohammed Ali’s work from hi...

Lord Bhatia

CHAIRMAN AND CO-FOUNDER OF THE ETHNIC MINORITY FOUNDATION

“I knew of Mohammed Ali’s work from his days at Fullemploy, a London-based charity where he was regional manager for the north. For over 20 years I have been a great admirer of QED-UK and its work to improve the social and economic position of ethnic minority communities. They have been very focused and led on many innovative initiatives which others have copied. I have consulted Mohammed Ali on projects for communities and he has always been willing to advise. Their method of working is great and I know they have community support from all sections of the society. I wish them success for the future.”

Sir Stephen Bubb

“As QED reflects on its first 21 years, its ...

Sir Stephen Bubb

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF EXECUTIVES OF VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS (ACEVO)

“As QED reflects on its first 21 years, its mission to improve the circumstances of disadvantaged BME communities has rarely been more important than in the current climate.

QED’s work crosses sectors, crosses cultures and crosses continents – whether in madrassas in the UK or in universities in Pakistan. It is testament to the ambition of the organisation. I have worked with Ali for many years and QED’s continued success and innovation is testament to the quality of his leadership. The next few years will contain challenges, but I believe that QED will continue to evolve successfully and deliver real change and benefit to communities across the UK.”

Professor Mark Cleary

“As QED reflects on its first 21 years, its ...

Professor Mark Cleary

VICE-CHANCELLOR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BRADFORD

“As QED reflects on its first 21 years, its mission to improve the circumstances of disadvantaged BME communities has rarely been more important than in the current climate.

QED’s work crosses sectors, crosses cultures and crosses continents – whether in madrassas in the UK or in universities in Pakistan. It is testament to the ambition of the organisation. I have worked with Ali for many years and QED’s continued success and innovation is testament to the quality of his leadership. The next few years will contain challenges, but I believe that QED will continue to evolve successfully and deliver real change and benefit to communities across the UK.”

Jeremy Crook OBE

”BTEG congratulates QED on its 21st annivers...

Jeremy Crook OBE

DIRECTOR, BLACK TRAINING AND ENTERPRISE GROUP

”BTEG congratulates QED on its 21st anniversary. Our organisations were set up around the same time to tackle the high levels of unemployment amongst black and Asian communities in the early 1990s.Today we have more diverse communities and even greater social and economic inequalities to overcome. QED has made a tremendous impact through its innovative programmes and transformed the life chances of many individuals. It has been effective because it works from the bottom up and puts the needs of local people first. QED is a shining light in the BME voluntary sector and BTEG salutes their outstanding achievement.”

Michele Sutton OBE

I have had an excellent relationship with Mohammed...

Michele Sutton OBE

PRINCIPAL OF BRADFORD COLLEGE

I have had an excellent relationship with Mohammed and QED since I became Principal of Bradford College in 2007. Both our aims are to tackle the underlying and persistent issues of our disadvantaged communities in Bradford which is a key mission of both QED and Bradford College. Our complimentary programmes of support for ESOL and employability skills for new arrivals are helping the most disenfranchised in Bradford society to become economically active and to assist in overcoming the many barriers that they face. I am delighted to celebrate the 21st Anniversary of QED-UK and look forward to continuing to work together in the future.

Philip Davies MP

“I wish to congratulate Dr Mohammed Ali OBE,...

Philip Davies MP

MP FOR BRADFORD AND FORMER MINISTER

“I wish to congratulate Dr Mohammed Ali OBE, Founder and Chief Executive of QED-UK, on QED’s 21st Anniversary. This is a tremendous achievement and I have been delighted to support the work of QED during my time in Parliament. The work QED does in ensuring people learn English and develop their skills is invaluable for integration and job prospects. I wish you every success for the next 21 years!”

Keith Faulkner CBE

“Over the last three decades I have been involve...

Keith Faulkner CBE

CHAIRMAN, WORKING LINKS (EMPLOYMENT) LIMITED

“Over the last three decades I have been involved in addressing inequality of opportunity in our labour markets. These inequalities have many origins but one of the most persistent issues has been shockingly high levels of unemployment amongst many ethnic minorities compared with overall labour market performance. QED-UK combines a determination to achieve change with a robust pragmatism. They recognise that while attitudes of employers and work colleagues need to change, those who face barriers often also have to contribute to that change. QED-UK has worked across these boundaries to achieve progress and build significant external influence, providing effective leadership to address one of the toughest and most important drivers of economic and social progress.”

KEVIN GOPAL

“When I interviewed Ali years ago for business m...

KEVIN GOPAL

EDITOR, THE BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH

“When I interviewed Ali years ago for business magazines, he impressed on me that through economic development for South Asians, everything else would follow. That meant language and employment skills, of course, but also encouraging people into the professions.

When I helped QED-UK put together its annual review, its scope became clear. There was copy to write on its work with everything from grassroots organisations to corporates and government departments.

Now Ali’s a judge on our 50 Most Influential People in the North feature, we value some real experience and insight. It’s been a privilege to work with you and here’s to another 21 years.”

CHRIS HEDGES

“QED-UK came into my life around 10 years ago, w...

CHRIS HEDGES

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (POLICY) - HOME OFFICE - UKBA

“QED-UK came into my life around 10 years ago, when they were recommended to me as an organisation with a good track record in helping migrants to integrate. It’s very rare in life that a business introduction such as this makes such a profound difference. Since meeting Mohammed Ali and Adeeba Malik, I have known that there was an expert organisation to which I could turn for advice, support and indeed friendship, as well as having a professional business relationship. QED-UK simply does what it says it will do, in a calm, efficient and constructive way. Nothing is too much trouble and any difficulties are swiftly overcome. They are constantly breaking new ground, whilst continuing to excel at what they have always done. I truly hope and believe that their first two decades are just the beginning and wish QED-UK every success for the future.”

SIR JAMES F HILL BT. OBE, DL, DUNIV (HON)

“The first two decades of this unique organisati...

SIR JAMES F HILL BT. OBE, DL, DUNIV (HON)

“The first two decades of this unique organisation have been a quite remarkable success, and all from an initial very small office in the south of the city, a city to which they have remained constantly faithful. They are widely respected for their training programmes for both individual clients and small and large corporations, in the public and private sector, specialising on all the often complex issues surrounding diversity.

The “A Team” – Ali and Adeeba – are rightly credited with this achievement – but they would be the first to pay tribute not only to their highly professional staff but to the countless supporters who have joined them on this 21 year journey.

The third decade will no doubt see further progress for QED – we are fortunate that they have become such excellent ambassadors for Bradford.

QED? – Quite Enlighteningly Different!”

PROF. DR. MUJAHID KAMRAN

“I, and nine other Pakistan University vice-chan...

PROF. DR. MUJAHID KAMRAN

VICE-CHANCELLOR, UNIVERSITY OF THE PUNJAB, PAKISTAN

“I, and nine other Pakistan University vice-chancellors, had the pleasure of working with QED on their two-year Pathways to Peace project with our counterparts from UK universities; our association with this remarkable UK organisation continues. We witnessed first-hand their devotion to providing training to the disadvantaged for securing jobs. It has a philosophy whereby human beings are treated with dignity, respect and seriousness regardless of caste, colour or creed. It also aims at understanding the socio-economic dynamics of conflict and violence at the intra and inter-societal levels and then attempting, in its own modest but deeply sincere way, to alleviate or dilute conflict. QED is devoted to creating an atmosphere conducive to peace and happiness by helping people help themselves. I wish them success.”

SALEEM A. KIDWAI OBE

“I first met Dr Mohammed Ali OBE and Adeeba Mali...

SALEEM A. KIDWAI OBE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, ETHNIC BUSINESSES SUPPORT PROGRAMME LIMITED & SECRETARY GENERAL OF THE MUSLIM COUNCIL OF WALES

“I first met Dr Mohammed Ali OBE and Adeeba Malik MBE about 10 years ago and was so fascinated by their project that I just couldn’t resist finding out more. I was privileged to represent Wales at various conferences and seminars and we started meeting quite often. When QED required some assistance in getting one of their research workshops in Wales we were delighted to be asked to gather a group of people – delighted for two reasons. First, it was nice to know that people realised there is life beyond England, and second, I had an opportunity to see closely how

QED worked. Since then we have worked together on a few occasions and the secret of their success is commitment, passion, enthusiasm and sheer belief that it is good for the community. I am proud to be associated and their success is a shining example for all ethnic communities.”

 

DR PHILIP LEWIS

“QED-UK is one of Bradford’s good news stories...

DR PHILIP LEWIS

INTER-FAITH ADVISER TO THE BISHOP OF BRADFORD & LECTURER IN PEACE STUDIES

“QED-UK is one of Bradford’s good news stories which deserves to be better known. This celebration of its 21st birthday is an opportunity to commend its tireless work in enhancing the employability of ethnic minorities, many often new to the city. This involves providing a raft of confidence building skills. QED-UK works locally, regionally and nationally with a range of businesses, government departments and local third sector agencies. As we enter an increasingly, unstable economic environment, QED-UK’s tried and tested track record in levering open space in the job market for disadvantaged communities will become even more important.”

 

LORD HERMAN OUSELEY

“QED-UK has been an incredible organisation, sur...

LORD HERMAN OUSELEY

CHAIRMAN, COMMISSION FOR RACIAL EQUALITY (1993 – 2000)

“QED-UK has been an incredible organisation, surviving all the economic turmoil thrown at it, while providing training, leadership and employability skills for many people from minority ethnic communities.

Considerable praise for this success is attributable to the leadership of its founder and CEO, Dr Ali, supported by committed volunteers and staff.

Congratulations are warmly extended with gratitude and appreciation to all concerned for 21 years of excellence as we look ahead to the next 21 years.”

JULIA MIDDLETON

“Ali and Adeeba have developed an organisati...

JULIA MIDDLETON

FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE, COMMON PURPOSE

“Ali and Adeeba have developed an organisation which over the years has managed to influence at a national and international level whilst remaining true to its roots in Bradford. They have been truly effective at leading beyond their authority by building coalitions, positioning QED and influencing real change for BME communities across the UK, through employers and policy-makers alike – while all the time remaining lovely people and wonderful friends. I am very proud to have known you over the years.”

SIR NICHOLAS MONTAGU, KCB

“I congratulate QED on their 21st anniversary. T...

SIR NICHOLAS MONTAGU, KCB

CHAIRMAN OF THE INLAND REVENUE (1997 – 2004)

“I congratulate QED on their 21st anniversary. Their offering is so focussed and effective that it deserves to have endured. A true understanding of diversity and of the obstacles to it in organisations and society at large is particularly important at a time when news is often of rifts in that society.

When I headed the Inland Revenue, I particularly valued Mohammed Ali’s expertise in confronting the thornier diversity issues. Whether on particular issues in Bradford, where he and I were both active, or on the wider national scene, Ali’s wise counsel was invariably grounded in common sense and experience.”

LORD NOON, MBE

“I have been a friend and supporter of QED-UK fo...

LORD NOON, MBE

“I have been a friend and supporter of QED-UK for many years and have followed their progress. I have found this prestigious charity organisation to be extremely generous, professional, encouraging and a positive force in helping the needy in our society. I have also spoken a few times at their events. The wide range of needs they cover is impressive to say the least. From giving English lessons, helping new arrivals to settle inBritainand look for employment to putting projects in place to reduce extremism. They are also affiliated with many other organisations to bring about positive change to the lives of many in our country. I support QED-UK wholeheartedly and wish them the very best on their 21st anniversary and all the success for the future.”

USHA PARMAR

“Sunrise Radio (Yorkshire) would like to wish al...

USHA PARMAR

CEO SUNRISE RADIO (YORKSHIRE)

“Sunrise Radio (Yorkshire) would like to wish all the staff past and present congratulations for reaching the milestone of 21 years! I know that QED-UK makes every effort to ensure as many people as possible facing discrimination, poverty and isolation have the very best in support and training to help them and their families achieve a better life. We stand in awe at the devotion that you and your colleagues apply to your work from the simple task of hosting a tour around the city for new arrivals to get their bearings (why had no one thought of this before!) to the national platform where you have ceaselessly campaigned.”

LINDA POLLARD OBE, JP, DL

“Congratulations to QED on its 21st anniversary....

LINDA POLLARD OBE, JP, DL

PRO-CHANCELLOR & CHAIR OF COUNCIL, UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

“Congratulations to QED on its 21st anniversary. I have known Ali for more than 20 years and have always admired his strength of commitment and passion to this pioneering work. He and others within the organisation have empowered many people from ethnic minority communities and helped them to fully contribute to society. The organisation has provided practical skills and support for people when they need it the most and I hope it can continue to do this for many more years to come.”

BARONESS USHA PRASHAR CBE

“QED-UK’s 21st anniversary deserves a true rec...

BARONESS USHA PRASHAR CBE

“QED-UK’s 21st anniversary deserves a true recognition of what it has achieved in those years. It has worked tirelessly to improve employability of young people and improve the language skills of new and old comers to theUK. It has acted as an effective bridge between public, private sectors, and minority communities in order to build capacity of communities, to ensure appropriate service delivery, and to help build an economic base for minority communities.

It has done this quietly but effectively. I have no doubt that QED will build on its strong foundations and continue to provide relevant services to the community in the future.”

DAVE SIMMONDS OBE

“Congratulations to QED on reaching its 21st Ann...

DAVE SIMMONDS OBE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC & SOCIAL INCLUSION

“Congratulations to QED on reaching its 21st Anniversary. QED-UK and the work of Dr Mohammed Ali is a story that needs telling – a story of commitment and overcoming the many challenges that local organisations face when delivering to their communities. The work of QED-UK has helped turn around lives and give new opportunities where there were few before. I wish QED-UK luck as it enters its third decade, especially with the new QED Enterprise. I particularly welcome QED-UK’s intention to adopt a more campaigning role – we need voices that highlight the position of disadvantaged people and communities.”

GERRY SUTCLIFFE

“QED-UK has developed into a national and intern...

GERRY SUTCLIFFE

MP FOR BRADFORD AND FORMER MINISTER

“QED-UK has developed into a national and internationally renowned organisation in the areas of unity and diversity training and development.

It has been my pleasure to witness first-hand the remarkable growth of the project, first as a Bradford Councillor and then as the Member of Parliament for Bradford South.

The impressive skills of Mohammed Ali andAdeeba Malikhave helped to break down barriers and enhanced capacity and team building both in public and private sector organisations.

Whilst congratulating the tremendous achievements of 21 years as QED-UK, I look forward to working with them to meet the challenges of the coming years.”

JULIA UNWIN CBE

“I have known the work of QED for nearly 20 year...

JULIA UNWIN CBE

CHIEF EXECUTIVE, JOSEPH ROWNTREE FOUNDATION

“I have known the work of QED for nearly 20 years after first visiting to see if the project could be supported by NatWest, the organisation I was advising at the time. In those early days you could not help but be struck by the energy, and the passion of the whole organisation, as it worked so creatively to make sure that new arrivals to the city of Bradford had the best possible language support, and all the tools they needed to compete in the incredibly over-crowded and competitive labour market. Since then I have watched QED go from strength to strength. QED demonstrates all that is best about the community sector – providing high quality services, engaging people whose voices are rarely heard, and then amplifying them to the highest levels of government. It does this with a clear and unwavering focus on economic realities, and an unshakeable commitment to the dispossessed.”

IQBAL WAHHAB OBE, FRSA

“For many years I have been a great admirer of t...

IQBAL WAHHAB OBE, FRSA

CHAIRMAN, ETHNIC MINORITY ADVISORY GROUP, DEPARTMENT FOR WORK AND PENSIONS

“For many years I have been a great admirer of the work that Mohammed Ali and his team at QED has been doing to establish fairer work and life chances for all. They have made huge impacts in ironing out inequalities that certain local communities face in terms of language, skills and positive values.

The government’s Ethnic Minority Advisory Group is currently working up policy proposals for ministers to tackle the disturbingly high levels of worklessness among Pakistani and Bangladeshi women inBritain.

QED’s excellent work in this difficult field is being highlighted as an example of best practice.”

SHABIR HUSSAIN

“When I started off in the restaurant trade I kn...

SHABIR HUSSAIN

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, AKBARS GROUP OF RESTAURANTS

“When I started off in the restaurant trade I knew this was the industry I wanted to be in but did not have the full know how. Dr Mohammed Ali put me forward to attend various courses to assist in the development of my business and myself with Trade Association of Asian Restaurant Outlets TAARO.

The courses helped me immensely to overcome various obstacles. They have assisted me over the last 15 years to grow my business to 11 restaurants, employing 470 staff.

I would like to thank the team at QED for putting me in touch with TAARO and above all would like to thank Dr Mohammed Ali for his ongoing support over the years by continuing to enhance my knowledge and the development of my business.”

PERRY AUSTIN-CLARKE

“QED was one of the first organisations I got to...

PERRY AUSTIN-CLARKE

EDITOR, BRADFORD TELEGRAPH & ARGUS

“QED was one of the first organisations I got to know inBradfordwhen I moved here to edit the T&A 19 years ago. During that time I’ve watched it grow both in ambition and stature. Its achievements, alongside the profile it has rightly attained, are remarkable and a huge testament to the energy, passion and commitment of Mohammed Ali and his team. There is little doubt thatBradfordwould be a poorer place without them and our economically-challenged ethnic minority communities would be significantly worse off without their proudest and most successful champions.”