Assist Strategy Board
Yasmin Khan is Assist’s Goodwill Ambassador for 2020.
Welsh Government National Advisor – for Violence against Women Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence.
Founder / Chief Officer of Halo Project – National Charity for Forced Marriages, HBV and FGM
Yasmin has secured the role of a Government Advisor in Wales, she provides expertise on how most effectively to implement the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015. Her work includes working with victims, survivors and stakeholders to shape and inform improvements in the way services are planned, commissioned and delivered.
As a strategic leader and partnership builder she is Founder and Chief Officer- Halo Project Charity National Charity -Award winning National Charity and held a plethora of senior advisory roles and proactively highlights service gaps, identifies potential improvements and opportunities with respect to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.
Yasmin has a well-respected reputation within the International community, with a clear focus on facilitating successful change management through strategic knowledge and understanding of Equality and Diversity. She is a College Governor with portfolio responsibilities for standards and safeguarding as well as a Board of Trustee for Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation.
Yasmin has worked with communities and particularly women in addressing inequalities in the field of employment, education and training. Establishing a Strategic Community Partnership to provide support for Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence Victims in the North East of England, Yasmin has established a pioneering programme of work across the Tees Valley This has resulted in developing the first Forced Marriage/HBV case scrutiny group across the UK.
Yasmin has a wealth of experience in the field of Equality & Diversity and as such held the position of Chair of the Strategic Independent Advisory Group for Cleveland Police and CPS NE Race Scrutiny Group. Yasmin has successfully led a multi-million pound European programme -EQUAL where she promoted a cultural shift in the Housing Sector. This programme has mainstreamed BME employment programmes within Europe and the UK as well as improved supplier diversity for SME’s.
Yasmin has been awarded the Citizen of the Year and Mayor’s Award for her contribution for her contribution to the Diversity and Inclusion works she undertakes and in 2014 been involved in a Parliamentary briefing as part of a UK Summit to stop early childhood forced marriages and violence against women agenda.
She continues to provide innovation and better outcomes for victims by addressing issues such as lack of housing and inequalities in service provision and has recently been awarded the 2018 Tees Business Women Inspirational Award. Yasmin has recently been appointed as the International Ambassador for the HARM (honour abuse research matrix) Network.
Since joining Assist I have been invited to events including Hidden Women of Teesside, where I had the chance to network with local business women and build contacts. I felt very welcomed and part of something supportive of where I'm at today and what I'm trying to achieve. I now have an experienced mentor for the next year to help me focus and build my dreams. Lastly I was invited to the Assist Christmas meal which was amazing as being self-employed and a small grassroots organisation, it can get lonely so I was grateful for the opportunity to connect with other women feeling the same way and trying to achieve great things.
Annalice Argyle – Trac UK (Teesside)
Independent Recovery Advocates and Consultants & Lobster Recovery
Having struggled for a while to find a womens network in Teesside, i stumbled across of the Assist events by chance. How happy i am that i did. Ann and the team make the networking fun and relevant, informative and comfortable. I've made several really good business connections, but mostly i've met some great women who i know i could turn to for advice, or even just to meet for a coffee. We all face the same issues within business and personally and the Assist meet's allow collaboration, suggestion, support and smiles. Thank you Assist x
Katie Kendall – Hays Recruitment
I found Assist through a love of books and a desire for personal development but what I discovered was so much more. Whatever you come to Assist for it will benefit all aspects of your life; personal, professional and community. It is positive action for women on Teesside to support and empower each other and most importantly, to thrive. Why would you not want to be a part of this?
Hayley Mclean – Anderson Barrowcliff LLP
ASSIST is just the most wonderful organisation. Filled with decent, powerful, creative, useful, intelligent and interesting people. And, the networking meetings smell so much better than normal ones :)
Jackie Dack of TEAL
Personal Performance Coach