UK Executive Board

The UK Director chairs the UK Executive Board which is made up of Islamic Relief UK’s heads of department who are specialists in their specific fields with a wealth of experience in the humanitarian sector.

Imran Madden (UK Director)


Since graduating from St Mary’s University in 1987, Imran Madden has gained more than 16 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector, spending 11 years in leadership roles at Islamic Relief.

Currently Director of Islamic Relief UK, Imran previously headed the Humanitarian Department at Islamic Relief Worldwide, was the UK Manager from 2000 to 2002 and Emergencies Manager from 1997 to 2000.

Imran has travelled extensively in the course of leading some of our biggest humanitarian responses in Sudan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Philippines, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone and Nepal.

His achievements include delivering Islamic Relief’s very first institutionally funded project in Sudan in 1993 and doubling the UK’s income whilst UK Manager. Imran has appeared regularly on national and international radio and television news programmes to raise public awareness of humanitarian crises and Islamic Relief’s involvement.

Prior to joining the humanitarian sector, Imran spent several years as Head of Geography in London schools.

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Tufail Hussain (Deputy Director and Head of Fundraising)

Tufail-minTufail Hussain joined Islamic Relief UK in 2016 and has over 10 years’ experience in the humanitarian sector coupled with extensive experience in marketing and campaign management. During these years, Tufail has travelled extensively around the world raising awareness of major emergencies such as the Syrian Crisis and Pakistan Floods.

Current Deputy Director of Islamic Relief UK, Tufail was previously the Chief Executive Officer at a leading charity specialising in helping vulnerable children. The charity which supports thousands of children around the world saw its income grow from £2 million to over £9 million in three years under his leadership.

Prior to this he held senior roles at various organisations where he has established fundraising strategies and has shown a strong track record of growing organisational income exponentially.

A sports enthusiast, Tufail lives a very active lifestyle having recently ran the London Marathon, raising over £20,000 for charity.

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Samina Haq (Head of Programmes)

 Samina-minSamina has been with Islamic Relief since 2005 when she joined the organisation as a Desk Officer supporting emergency responses to the Kashmir Earthquake, Bangladesh Cyclone Sidr and Myanmar Cyclone Nargis. She worked with and led the Palestine team following the 2008/9 conflict which, at the height of the crisis, was a £30m plus operation.

She joined Islamic Relief UK in 2011 as Head of Programmes where she led global teams to secure £10m of funding from the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DfID). She also played a pivotal role in setting up processes to secure unrestricted funding. Under Samina’s management Islamic Relief UK’s project spend increased as well as the domestic programme strategy being developed and rolled-out.

Prior to joining Islamic Relief, Samina spent 18 months in post-war Kosovo which involved running a UNHCR food security project which was transformed from a food distribution to sustainable development programme under conflict conditions. She also developed and delivered psycho-social interventions.







Junaid Ahmed MBA, Chartered MCIPD (Head of Corporate Services)

BD5D2205-minJunaid Ahmed joined Islamic Relief in 2013 and is currently the Head of Corporate Services and a member of IRUK’s Executive Board.

After graduating with his first degree in Biomedical Sciences, he completed his Executive MBA – being awarded distinction for his work on Organisational Development and Performance Management. Junaid is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and an Adair Accredited Leadership and Management specialist.

Professionally he has almost 15 years of senior management, leadership and training experience having worked in various capacities within both the public and the voluntary sector.

He has been engaged in consultancy within the field of HR and strategy as well as delivering capacity building through leadership and management programmes to organisations of all size in various countries, particularly in Europe, Asia and the Middle-East.

Junaid also has considerable business and executive experience having directorships on the boards of several SMEs and community organisations.

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Martin Cottingham (Head of Communications)

Martin-minMartin Cottingham joined Islamic Relief in 2012 as Media Relations Manager, and was appointed Head of Communications in 2015. He has helped Islamic Relief to increase its mainstream media profile and expand its campaigning work, producing hard-hitting advocacy reports on floods in Pakistan (2011) famine in Somalia (2012) disaster risk reduction (2013) and aid to Afghanistan (2014). He has over 20 years’ experience working in media, communications and marketing roles for international development and environmental charities.

Martin graduated from the University of London with a degree in English and Drama (1982-85) then trained as a journalist with a postgraduate diploma at City University (1986-87). He has previously worked for Christian Aid as Editor of Christian Aid News and Media Relations Manager (1988-97) for Oxfam as Regional Campaigns Manager (1997-2000) and at the Soil Association as Marketing Director (2001-2006). From 2006 to 2012 he worked for a wide range of organisations as a freelance writer, researcher and communications consultant. His interests in his spare time include reading, writing, current affairs, cinema, walking, football and the natural world. He lives in Bristol with his wife Ruth and they have two daughters together.

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