ONE of the leading figures in the UK charity sector has been honoured by the University of Salford.
Javed Khan, Chief Executive of children’s charity Barnardos, received an honorary doctorate at a ceremony today at the Lowry, MediaCityUK.
At Barnardos Mr Khan leads a staff team of over 8,500, with 16,000 volunteers, making it the seventh largest charity in the UK. Every year the charity helps transform the lives of more than 240,000 of the UK’s most vulnerable children, young people and their families. Many more were helped by campaigning to change policy and public opinion.
As a British Pakistani, he is the first non-white CEO in Barnardos 150 year history. After gaining a degree from the University of Salford in the 1980’s he began his career as a teacher in the West Midlands, and then made rapid progress through the education sector holding posts of Head of Mathematics, Assistant Principal and then Director of Development in a large further education college.
Javed has dedicated his life to public service and the protection of the vulnerable. In 2016 Javed was also named ‘Spirit of Britain’ at the prestigious British Muslim Awards.
Mr Khan said: “I had a fantastic experience at Salford University, which gave me a brilliant education in Mathematics and in life. I’m really grateful to the professors who believed in me, and the friends who inspired me – it’s thanks to Salford that I have got to where I am today.
“Ever since graduating, I’ve worked with young people and communities to achieve a positive future, first as a Maths teacher, and then as a leader in Education and in Local Government, and now as Chief Executive of Barnardo’s.
“It’s a great privilege to be awarded this honorary doctorate and to come back to Salford to share the journey that I have been on. I hope it sends a message to young people across the UK that regardless of where they’re from, or the challenges they have faced, the future is theirs for the taking.”