Iqbal Raakin

"The most exciting thing about Barking and Dagenham Giving is it's ambition, boldness and drive towards improving outcomes for the local community in ways that had not been done before ."

Why does working in Barking and Dagenham interest you?
I want to use my skills, knowledge and experience to improve outcomes for the community in which I live
What are some challenges you believe you may face in this role?

Distinguishing my role as a trustee to that of the charity’s workforce. Grassroot understanding of the diverse needs of the community

What are your ambitions for the borough?
For there to be a greater notion of oneness and equality amongst the different sections of the community and for local providers, voluntary and statutory, to support this process
What role does the community have in realising that ambition?
To engage and work with the support that is available and to mobilise and work towards improvement and equality at a neighborhood and borough level.

Iqbal Raakin


Iqbal is Strategy and Policy Officer at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Born in East London he has lived in Barking since 2018.