Chief Executive and Director, Overcoming the Barriers to Engaging with Prostate Cancer Project
Ali has over 30 years of executive management experience in the field of Public Health, specialising in cancer prevention, HIV and within the third sector.
A trained nurse and qualified social worker, Ali is a BSc Honours graduate of Sociology Applied Social Studies with CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work). He is also a trained UK BSL Stage I & II (British Sign Language) interpreter from Durham University and holds a certificate in Training & Development.
Prior to Orchid, Ali worked for The British Heart Foundation (BHF), The Prostate Cancer Charity (TPCC) and NAZ Project London, where he oversaw national and regional strategies.
Ali is known for his innovative, mixed-media approaches to health messaging. He developed and produced the acclaimed short film, “A Letter to my Unpresented Self” to help healthcare professionals better understand diagnosis of prostate cancer in the black African and black Caribbean communities. He has also produced the short film ‘Uncle Mike’ which explores a young man’s mission to raise awareness of prostate cancer following the death of his uncle.
With a proven track record in procurement and fundraising, Ali is experienced in securing full cost recovery funding for public cancer awareness programmes.
As a passionate advocate of accessible and inclusive services, Ali believes the intersectional experiences of marginalised people’s lives must be recognised and addressed if the gap between poor health outcomes for different communities is to be reduced.
Ali is also the Chair of Cancer Equality, a charity committed to improving access to cancer information and support for BME and refugee communities.