Tufail Hussain appointed director of Islamic Relief UK

Hussain has been interim director for six months and was previously deputy director and head of fundraising

Tufail Hussain
Tufail Hussain

Islamic Relief UK has appointed Tufail Hussain as its new director.

Hussain has been the charity’s interim UK director for the past six months. He was previously the deputy director and head of fundraising at the charity.

Before moving to Islamic Relief, Hussain was chief executive of the vulnerable children’s charity Orphans in Need for four years between 2012 and 2016, and fundraising manager at Muslim Aid UK between 2008 and 2012.

He is also a trustee at the Muslim Charities Forum and sits on the board of Islamic Relief Worldwide’s textile recycling operation.

Islamic Relief Worldwide, the parent organisation of Islamic Relief UK, recently posted a record income of £127.9m for the year to 31 December 2018, 19.5 per cent of which came from the UK.

Hussain said: "As a leader, I am here to ensure staff succeed and are happy. I want to inspire future leaders, I want staff to know that I am here to listen and I want to create an environment in which staff feel empowered."

He said he had four priorities for his time as director: to build the right culture; digital transformation at all levels of the organisation; to create a strategy built on trust between the charity and its supporters; and to invest more in the charity’s domestic programmes.

"Poverty in the UK has a devastating impact on the most vulnerable people in our country," Hussain said. "As well as working in low and middle-income countries overseas, we also need to address poverty within the UK and empower our community."

Naser Haghamed, chief of Islamic Relief Worldwide, said Hussain would bring "great energy and a wealth of community contacts and sector experience to this role".

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