Third sector leaders receive Honorary Doctorates from Leeds Beckett University

The Chief Executives of two leading third sector organisations have, this week, received Honorary Doctorates from Leeds Beckett University.

Sally-Anne Greenfield and Nahid Rasool receiving Honorary Doctorates Sally-Anne Greenfield is the founder of the Leeds Community Foundation, which channels financial resources to help local organisations across the City.   The citation from the University acknowledged the role of the Foundation as being “a true catalyst for positive change in Leeds. It connects people who want to make a real difference to our city and gives less privileged people access to new opportunities that a thriving city like Leeds presents. She is an exemplary female role model for our graduating students, and shows just what can be achieved from small beginnings. Her leadership in creating what is now one of the most successful Community Foundations in the country is to be applauded.” 

In accepting the award Sally-Anne said “I love my job… I meet some ordinary people undertaking truly extra-ordinary things in our local communities.  I truly believe that their incredible contribution helps give Leeds its vibrancy and character.  And it is genuinely on their behalf that I accept this honorary degree.”  

Nahid Rasool is the CEO of Shantona Women’s Centre who provide crucial support to women of all different cultures and backgrounds.  University Chancellor, Sir Bob Murray CBE, said: “Nahid’s drive, determination and passion has made a real difference to people’s lives, and we are delighted to recognise her huge contribution to society. She herself faced many challenges and prejudices as an Asian woman when she first visited and lived in the UK, and she decided she wanted to do something positive about it, which she most certainly has. Nahid’s ambition to help reduce the inequality and discrimination faced by BME women and girls who live in this country has seen her work tirelessly to ensure the Shantona Women’s Centre continuously evolves to meet their needs, providing vital support and bridging gaps in society. She is a real inspiration who has been fundamental in empowering many women and children. 

Nahid added: “I’m delighted to receive this award and it’s brilliant that the Shantona Women’s Centre has been recognised for the amazing work it carries out."