The Patrons

  • Patron Cllr Mohammed Afzal Khan CBE LLB
  • Afzal came to the UK at the age of 11, studying and working in Nelson. Moving to Manchester he completed his education and joined GMP as a constable eventually going into law. Currently a partner at Khan Solicitors. He was elected councillor for Cheetham Ward in 2000, since when has served on a number of committees and was formerly Lord Mayor of Manchester. His extensive charitable and community work throughout the area is widely recognised and in 2008 he received the CBE. Currently along with his extensive charitable work, he is a national trustee of the British Red Cross, a board member of The University of Manchester and a Labour Candidate for European election.
  • Patron Arthur Burden OBE FCA
  • In 1959 Arthur became a partner at Beever & Struthers, and also took an increasingly active interest in the public, voluntary and charity sectors. In 1983 he became chairman of the family‚Äôs Charitable Foundation, set up by his father and partly funded through his shares in the Burden company. The Foundation continues to support causes both at home and abroad, including a school at Burkina Faso which the Foundation built in Ouagadougou and which currently has just over 300 children including a growing percentage of blind and visually impaired children.