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Press release: Z2K announces appointment of new Chief Executive

Anti-poverty charity, Z2K, today announced the appointment of Anela Anwar as its new Chief Executive. “At the same time as welcoming Anela, I also want to pay tribute again to our outgoing Chief Executive, Raji Hunjan who leaves this week to take up her new role at Oak Foundation. "

By Zacchaeus 2000 Trust · April 28, 2020

29th April 2020

Anti-poverty charity, Z2K, today announced the appointment of Anela Anwar as its new Chief Executive.  Anela joins Z2K from Oxfam GB, where she was Head of Programme Development and Partnerships UK.  Before that, Anela headed up Roshni – a dynamic charity working to improve the lives of vulnerable black, minority ethnic and refugee (BMER) communities in Scotland, with a particular focus on women and children.  Anela will take up her new role on 1st June 2020.

Welcoming Anela, Z2K Chair, Mick McAteer said:

 “On behalf of the Trustees, I am delighted to announce that the next Chief Executive of Z2K will be Anela Anwar.  Anela comes to us from Oxfam GB where she led the development of its strategy on tackling poverty in the UK.  The trustees who interviewed Anela were really impressed by her experience and achievements but, more importantly, her passion and commitment for the issues Z2K works on.” 

“At the same time as welcoming Anela, I also want to pay tribute again to our outgoing Chief Executive, Raji Hunjan who leaves this week to take up her new role at Oak Foundation.  Raji has made a brilliant contribution over the past three years and Z2K is set fair for the challenges ahead, even in these unprecedented times of national crisis.  It has been a pleasure and a privilege working with Raji and we wish her all the best for the future.”

You can read Raji’s announcement of her departure here. 

Looking forward, Anela said:

“I’m privileged to be taking on the role of Chief Executive at Z2K.  The country is facing unprecedented economic hardship and people already living in poverty will be hardest hit.  Now, more than ever, Z2K’s work tackling poverty and injustice will be absolutely crucial in building social security and housing systems which ensure that no one is ever left behind.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors

  1. For further information, please contact Marc Francis on 0207 259 0801 or marcfrancis@z2k.org
  2. Anela Anwar – Biography

Born and brought up in Scotland, Anela now lives and works in London.  As Head of Programmes and Partnerships for Oxfam GB, she led a team working to bring about transformational change for people facing poverty and inequality in Britain, through community-led programmes, research, policy development and campaigns.  Anela is Convenor of the Poverty Alliance and a past member of the Scottish Government’s Working Group on Food Poverty.  Anela is a dedicated intersectional feminist and a compelling advocate for change, whether on ending poverty, tackling inequalities, advancing human rights, or ensuring experts by experience are at the heart of decision-making.

3. About Z2K

Z2K is an anti-poverty charity that uses holistic advice and casework to prevent homelessness and help Londoners to access the Social Security benefits they are entitled to.  Last year, we supported over 1,000 households, including over 450 disabled people appealing against the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) decisions to deny them disability benefits.  We use evidence from all our work to campaign for the changes needed to end poverty and restore fairness and dignity to the Welfare State.  Z2K’s latest campaign is to challenge the Government’s refusal to uprate the benefits of disabled people during the COVID-19 crisis.  Click here to support the campaign.

For further information, please contact Marc Francis on

marcfrancis@z2k.org