Our Engagement and Inclusion team is made up of 24 local people from all over the Bradford district and is led by local Councillor, Richard Dunbar.
The team will be taking on the important job of rallying the whole city behind the bid, ensuring that local people are at the heart of the process and that the inspired ideas of those living in Bradford are the driving force behind what they hope will be a successful bid.
Part of the group are Cllr Imran Khan, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Education, Employment and Skills; Cain Lewis, trustee at Healthy Life Cycles and part of BMDC’s Stronger Communities Together Strategy collective and Penny Wangari-Jones, anti-racist activist, organiser and Director at the Racial Justice Network. The youngest member is fifteen-year-old student Zahabia Naveed, who is involved in the local Youth Service as an ambassador within Bradford East.
Throughout the autumn, the team will lead a series of consultations with communities across the Bradford district to develop themes and ideas for the bid. The team wants to involve as many people as possible at grassroots level and learn from local people and different cultures about how they would like to shape the bid and what must be included in Bradford’s bid for it to be authentic and truly reflective of the district.