Shiraz typifies all that is good in people and a true testament to someone who has moved to this country from his origin country of Pakistan, and has made a substantial and ongoing contribution to the community. Shiraz has a long and varied history of community engagement work with people from many different walks of life, cultures and religions. His interest in community work began after a period of paralysis, brought about through a neurological virus, which prematurely ended his career in the defence industry. It was during his period of rehabilitation that Shiraz began to foster new links with his local community. In recent years, Shiraz has forged formal ties with a considerable breadth of local organisations such as the Shooting Stars Children’s Hospice, ROYAD (a charity that supports young people with learning disabilities) and a local Carers Network. He is a Governor of Kingston College, a Patron of Hillcroft the residential College for women, and is committed to improving equality & grassroots participation, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to contribute and, should they wish, to progress. Shiraz has opened two successful community halls which host a range of social, business and training activities to encourage community cohesion.
Contributions / Achievements:
Since 1998, Shiraz has served as a Councillor for the Royal Borough of Kingston, representing the Chessington South Ward. In 2000, he became Mayor, the first Asian to hold this position. Shiraz went on to become mayor again in 2007 and deputy mayor 2009.
Office of Police & Crime Commissioner – Assistant Commissioner for Ethnicity
Influence & Impact on the community:
Shiraz was recently awarded a second community hall in the borough of Kingston, after the very successful management of the first community centre, under the Shiraz Mirza Trust. What a wonderful legacy to his great work and contribution to all sectors of the community.