Shazad Sarwar joined the ELHT Trust Board as Chair on 5 December 2022. Shazad has an extensive amount of experience both in the NHS and externally, as well as a wealth of Board and senior management expertise in community engagement, corporate governance, performance and risk management.

Shazad has previously been a Non-Executive Director (NED) on the ELHT Trust Board. He is a former Deputy Chair of Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, where he led the CQC Board Assurance Committee, following their Care Quality Commission inspection. He has also been a NED at neighbouring mental health and community Trust, Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (LSCFT) since December 2018, where he was the Chair of the Finance and Resources Committee and Board lead for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).  Shazad was most recently appointed as NED on the Greater Manchester Integrated Care Board (ICB) in February 2022 and chairs both the Remuneration Committee and the People Committee and is the Board lead for Net Zero.

Outside of the NHS, Shazad also holds a range of portfolio roles. He has been an Independent Member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Audit Committee since 2019 and Lay Member of the Lord Chancellor’s Magistrates Advisory Committee for Cumbria and Lancashire since 2016. He was also a NED at Together Housing Group from 2021-2022 and he is starting as a member of the Risk Management and Audit Committee at the same Group from January 2023.

He served as an Independent Member of the Lancashire Police Authority, where he led on strategic planning and performance, and is now Managing Director at a niche consultancy, specialising in strategic support and advice to the private, public and third sectors across the UK and Europe.

Living with his family in Pendle, he has a passion for change and innovation and is an advocate of asset-based community development and making sure that services are informed and developed in collaboration with service users. 

Shazad Sarwar - Chair