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Safaraz Ali

Judges

Adam Burgin

Adam Ludwin

Adeem Younis

Aimee Bateman

Ajaz Ahmed

Alan Barratt

Alexandra Frean

Alison Edgar MBE

Alison Loveday

Alison Lowe MBE

Amanda Brooke

Andrew Marsh

Angus Thirlwell

Anne Boden MBE

Anthony Woods

Artjom Jekimtsev

Atul Kochhar

Ben & Michael Dyer

Ben Reynolds

Ben Towers

Bill Morrow

Brigid Charmant

Bruce Walker

Carl Reader

Caroline Thompson

Cary Curtis

Cat Agostinho

Cath Kidston MBE

Celia Hodson

Ceylan Boyce

Chieu Cao

Christine Chau

Claire Harper

Claudine Owens

Connie Nam

Dame Mary Perkins

Daniel Priestley

Dave Linton

David Smith

David Walley

Dennis Owusu-Sem

Dessislava Bell

Dominic McGregor

Donna O’Toole

Dr Nik Kotecha OBE

Emma MacRae

Emma Sheldon MBE

Evadney Campbell MBE

Felizitas Lichtenberg

Frans Diels

Gareth Jones

Gordon McAlpine

Guy Wilmot

Hannah & Sophie Pycroft

Hayley Parsons OBE

Helen Bierton

Helen Livingston

Helene Panzarino

Hermione Way

Hugh Chappell

Iain McAlister

Ian Merricks

Jacqueline Gold CBE

Jamaal Brathwaite

James Caan CBE

James Davidson

James Henry

James Shapland

James Taylor

Jamie Martin

Jason Maude

Jason Mochine

Jess Butcher MBE

Jessica Williams

Jo Dalton

Jo Ham

Jo-Anne Chidley

Jodie Cook

Joel Blake OBE

John Courtney

John Stapleton

Johnny Paterson

Jon Dawson

Jon Wright

Jonathan Thornton

Jordan Daykin

Josh Wintersgill

Julia Elliott Brown

Julian Metcalfe OBE

Julie Deane CBE

Juliet Barratt

June Angelides MBE

Justice Williams MBE

Justin Basini

Justin MacRae

Kanya King CBE

Kate Hills

Kate Methuen-Ley

Katie McIntyre

Kieran Aitken

Kike Oniwinde

Levi Cooperman

Lucy Cohen

Maninder Chauhan

Mark Tughan

Martin Newman

Martin SFP Bryant

Matt Smith

Mel Young MBE

Mich Turner MBE

Michael Jacobsen

Natasha Frangos

Neeta Patel CBE

Nick Coleman

Nicola Cook

Nohman Ahmed

Norma O’Kelly

Paul Kraftman

Paul Lees

Penny Power OBE

Peter Docherty

Peter Jones

Peter Roberts

Priya Guha

Professor Jonathan H Deacon

Qasim Majid

Rachael Flanagan

Rajeeb Dey MBE

Rebecca Reynolds

Robert Shaw

Roger Woodall

Rowena Bird

Ruari Fairbairns

Russell Dalgleish

Safaraz Ali

Sahar Hashemi OBE

Samantha Evans & Shauna Guinn

Sara Murray OBE

Sarah Willingham

Scott English

Sean Ramsden MBE

Sebastien Vanderlinden

Shalini Khemka

Shan Hanif

Sheryl Miller

Simon Biltcliffe

Simon Burton

Simon Calver

Simon Crowther

Simon Cureton

Stephen Fear

Steven Smith

Susie Ma

Tink Taylor

Tom Barton

Tony Robinson OBE

Tru Powell

Victoria Nash

Wendy Tarplee-Morris

Will King

Yvonne Bajela

Zoi Kantounatou

Safaraz (Saf) Ali is a social entrepreneur and started his journey in 2000 by founding Pathway Group: an organisation dedicated to changing lives through skills and work.

As the CEO of Pathway, Safaraz is committed to career development and progression through continual learning, reflected in all aspects of his ethos to business. Working within the Skills arena and the welfare sector, the group provides career opportunities through traineeships, employability, and apprenticeships programmes.

Safaraz is the co-founder and chair of Nationwide Care Services Ltd, a home care business working with NHS Trusts and Social services and presently employing over 850 people across the Midlands and this in addition to his other business interests leads to over 1000 people employed under the various group of companies.

In recognition of his position within the business and social entrepreneurial community, Safaraz has been invited to not only judge for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards plus several  other prestigious awards, he is:

·       Head Judge for the Birmingham Awards

·       Judge for the UK Government’s National Apprenticeship Awards

·       Judge for Nachural – Signature Awards and the Summer Ball & Awards Entrepreneurship Awards.

Safaraz is the Founder of Thinkfest Events the people behind Business Book Awards and BAME Apprenticeship Awards

The BAME Apprenticeship Awards (previously known as Asian Apprenticeship Awards) is probably Safaraz’s most significant legacy. The work he has done towards the cause has laid the foundations for future generations. Outside of the awards, Safaraz continues to campaign for a collaborative approach to increase the numbers of BAME apprentices nationwide, aspiring to translate this to the broader UK workforce where BAME representation would be worth £24 billion per year to the economy.

As part of this continued commitment, Safaraz is driving the BAME Apprentice Network brand setup to promote ethnic diversity within apprenticeships by sharing good practices and encouraging organisations to talk about the issues and possible solutions and signup to their DEI Pledge.

Safaraz is active and a Social CEO and operates several social media channels himself such as: