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Naz Zaman - Lay Member for Equality and Inclusion

Naz joined the CCG in February 2016. Naz’s role is to ensure that the CCG fulfils its duties regarding equality & inclusion and will be the ambassador for the CCG in its commitment to meeting the three aims of the Public Sector Equality Duty.

Naz will ensure effective engagement and involvement of local people from protected groups, local and county councils and other health-care providers to work in partnership to improve health outcomes and eliminate health inequalities.

Naz has considerable experience in the field of equality and inclusion, having been the Chief Officer for the Lancashire BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Network for the last five years. The Lancashire BME network provides aims to empower disadvantaged and marginalised BME communities across Lancashire through capacity building and representation. Naz is also a Director of the patient and public involvement watchdog HealthWatch Lancashire, whose role is to be the independent voice for patients and the public.

A keen volunteer, Naz has worked in the voluntary sector for over 13 years both in paid and unpaid roles, and she was successfully appointed to the role of Chief Officer at the Lancashire BME network following a period of time as a volunteer Trustee on the Board. In addition to her voluntary work, Naz is a Magistrate and an approved foster carer, both of which have been personal goals for her.

Naz said: “I am delighted to have joined the CCG and look forward to adding my experience and insights to enable the CCG to fulfil its obligations regarding equality and inclusion. East Lancashire is an area of significant deprivation, and numerous under-represented groups whose voice is seldom heard or acted upon. I am keen for this to change and I look forward to working with my colleagues at the CCG to ensure that we improve the health of the population and improve NHS services while at the same time recognising the variety of needs and experiences that people who use the NHS have”

She added:

“I have had a varied career history, in fact my first ever employment was with the NHS purchasing team, followed by working in schools, sales and as an independent domestic violence advisor. As the Chief Officer for Lancashire BME with a seat at the CCG Governing Body, I feel well placed to ensure the experience and needs of the BME community are actively considered and responded to”

Outside of work Naz enjoys reading, doing jigsaws and baking.