Ayaan Gulaid has joined the Care Group Board as an independent non-executive director, where she will be taking a special interest in equality, diversity and inclusivity within the Care Group and in how we design and deliver our services to citizens in Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.
Ayaan has a degree in Applied Social Science - Community Development and a Post Graduate Diploma in Law and Community Leadership and is currently studying a MA in Public Policy and Management. She is a Black Somali Muslim woman who co-chairs the Somali Working Group supporting Tower Hamlets Council’s Policy and Strategy Department looking into the inequalities facing the Black Somali community in Tower Hamlets.
Ayaan currently works for Tower Hamlets Council for Voluntary Sector as a Community Development Officer. She is also a volunteer member of the Healthwatch Advisory Board helping to shape Healthwatch policies and procedures while improving the service user experience of residents seeking healthcare in the borough. Previously she had been a Parliamentary Caseworker for a local Member of Parliament.
Speaking about joining the Care Group, Ayaan said, “One of my goals in life is to positively contribute to improving the society in which we all live and work. This is the reason I applied to join the Board of Tower Hamlets GP Care Group. I want to support the development of health policies locally. I truly celebrate diversity and believe it enriches our lives and workspaces.”
“Diversity is about recognising the benefits of different values, abilities, and perspectives, and celebrating people’s differences. In society we need to create an inclusive space where everyone has equal access to opportunities and resources, and where everyone feels valued and accepted and no one is left behind.”