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Charity Commission discharges interim manager of Muslim Aid


6 February 2018


The Charity Commission has discharged Michael King of Stone King as Interim Manager (IM) of the charity MA 1985 (registered charity number 295224), a post to which he was appointed by the Charity Commission in October 2016. Since the Interim Manager’s appointment, he has conducted a governance and infrastructure review of the charity and its activities and overseen the transfer of MA 1985 (295224) into a new Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) – Muslim Aid (registered charity number 1176462).

The new CIO is under the leadership of a seven-strong board with members selected as, together, they have decades of cross-skilled experience in the private, public and charity sectors.

Muslim Aid's new board's Chair is independent management consultant Iftikhar Awan, who has 28 years' experience of working in both private and public sectors. He specialises in programme, project and change management and business consulting, and helped to establish Ansar Finance, a community-based initiative which helps members access interest-free loans. The Deputy Chair is Overseas Development Insitute Managing Director Sara Pantuliano, who has led the ODI’s humanitarian team for six years and is a member of the Global Future Council on the Humanitarian System of the World Economic Forum. She is also an IRIN News trustee and has led a high-profile United Nations response in Sudan.

“We have two number one priorities, “says Iftikhar Awan. “These are to serve the needy to the best of our abilities and to take care of our donors, for without them we cannot fulfil our mission. Everything we do, small or big, must be to the highest standards; second best will not be acceptable. I would like to see Muslim Aid shine as a beacon of best practice and excellence, with a great reputation for delivery. We must be amongst the best, in not the just the Muslim charity sector, but in the charity sector as a whole. We will strive to become the charity of choice that individuals and institutional donors turn to, because they trust us to deliver effectively and efficiently. We are not looking to become the biggest, but we certainly want to be amongst the best at delivery”.

Muslim Aid CEO Jehangir Malik OBE says: "Muslim Aid has a 30-year excellent track record of humanitarian aid and working for long term development. The ethos of our new Charitable Incorporated Organisation is rooted in teachings from the Quran. Accountability is not just a good buzzword but it should be a living, breathing entity running through staff, beneficiaries, the CEO and the board, because we run on public trust with the aim of fulfilling our mission and purpose to serve humanity."

CIOs were established by the Charity Commission in 2012 as an alternative to the setting up of a charitable company which required regulation both by Companies House and the Commission. Like the charitable company the CIO offers charity trustees protection from liability to creditors and claimants, provided that they have acted properly. About 13,000 charities have been incorporated as CIOs in the last six years.

The five other board members are Professor Aaqil Ahmed who, as a BBC journalist for 25 years, covered Syria, Bosnia, Gaza and the West Bank, City solicitor Kawsar Zaman, Plan International's Associate General Counsel Habibunnisha Patel, Human Appeal's Finance Director Javed Akhtar and Mohammed Abdul Aziz, Director of independent grant-making body the Aziz Foundation.

Of his discharge, Michael King says: "This important faith-based charity is now fully equipped to continue to carry out its work throughout the world under the leadership of its CEO and very competent senior management team. I am delighted to be handing over ultimate responsibility for Muslim Aid to a diverse board of trustees, carefully chosen for their skills and experience, under whose guidance I'm sure it will flourish."

Since Jehangir Malik joined Muslim Aid, the charity has continued to support those in need around the world, from crises ranging from the Somalia famine, the fall of Mosul, the violence in Myanmar, the Nepal earthquake to the Sierra Leone flood as well as supporting refugees from Syria and elsewhere. Muslim Aid has also prioritised disaster at home, for example supporting the Grenfell survivors and bereaved. The organisation has worked on partnering with people and organisations of other faiths and none – for example Muslim Aid organised an interfaith Sunset Walk at the end of Ramadan and worked with Crisis to collect food donations as part of the Winter Campaign.

To interview Jehangir Malik OBE or for more information, please contact Eileen Maybin at or on 07769 689438.

Notes to Editors

Muslim Aid is a relief and development agency set up in the United Kingdom in 1985 to provide humanitarian assistance to disaster affected countries and to help poor and vulnerable communities overcome poverty. Muslim Aid delivers relief and implements programmes in over 50 countries worldwide, working with all communities irrespective of faith, ethnic origin or political system.   

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