Wakkas’s first involvement with Mosaic was as a mentor on Mosaic’s Young Muslim Offenders Mentoring Programme at Her Majesty’s Prison Forest Bank. He is a member of Mosaic’s North West Regional Leadership Group, providing support and advice to Mosaic’s North West regional management. Wakkas is a member of the Mosaic Associates.
Wakkas is an award-winning community organiser, social entrepreneur and dental surgeon. He qualified from the University of Manchester in dentistry in 2004 and is currently a general dental practitioner based in Cheshire. Wakkas’ passion is to make a positive contribution to people’s lives. He has dedicated much of his life to working to try to bridge gaps in understanding and encourage dialogue, interaction and mutual appreciation.
Wakkas currently sits on the General Dental Council, the regulatory body of UK dentistry. The GDC is the most senior body in UK dentistry and as such has the responsibility for overseeing the protection of the public as well as the regulation of the dental team. Within his role at the GDC, Wakkas has sat on the Audit Committee and currently sits on the Remuneration Committee. Wakkas also takes a deep interest in international development and was involved in raising money for the flood victims of Pakistan with the Pakistan Recovery Fund, a charity founded by His Royal Highness, Prince of Wales.
Wakkas has been an advisor to a number of government departments. His work in building stronger communities was recognised when he was appointed to the Faith Advisory Panel of Experts to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. As a member of the Government Home Office Task Forces ‘Preventing Extremism Together’, Wakkas’ team presented a number of proposals to the Home Secretary to consider in tackling deprivation, disaffection and disengagement amongst Muslim communities. Furthermore, as part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s ‘Engaging with the Islamic World Group’ Wakkas was invited to visit a number of countries as an ambassador for British Islam.
Wakkas grew up in Manchester and was a community governor of St Chrysostom’s Primary School, the inner city school that he attended as a child. He recently facilitated a mentoring relationship between Mosaic and St Chrysostom’s. Wakkas has also been a governor of the Christie Hospital, one of the largest cancer centres in the world, treating over 40,000 patients a year. He currently sits on the General Assembly of the University of Manchester and is also a trustee of the Manchester Youth Foundation.
Regarding Mosaic, Wakkas said: “I have met remarkable children of all faiths and races and believe that it has never been more important than ever that every child is able to fulfill their God given potential. The greatest success of Mosaic is that it empowers children to aspire, to dream and to believe that the world is theirs too.”
About Mosaic Associates Wakkas added: “The Associates brings together like minded people of success and influence who believe that it is imperative to create as many opportunities for the youth as imaginable, and to put down as many ladders for children as possible. It is this constellation of individuals that are today shaping the world that we will leave tomorrow for the next generation.”