Our team

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Samra first learned to cycle in 2010 teaching herself by cycling around Hyde Park.   Following a knee injury a few years later, she was advised to take up regular cycling as part of her recovery.  She bought her first ever bike in 2014 after deciding to take part in a relay team for a 70 mile challenge called Tour De Salah.  Samra is now a keen cyclist who commutes around West London by bike, cycling with a local group most weekends or on solo adventures to discover her local area.  

Alongside her role at Cycle Sisters Samra is dedicated humanitarian with over 15 years in the charity sector. She is currently working for a Street Support Network, a Manchester-based charity connecting and supporting local people and organisations to tackle homelessness. Samra has brought her expertise in fundraising, strategy and communications to the Board of Cycle Sisters advising the team as well as coordinating our Cycle Sisters Hounslow group

Khadijah started cycling when she was five, having taught herself in the family living room! She commuted by bike during her university days in Oxford, but stopped when she moved back to London.
Khadijah joined Cycle Sisters and within a couple of months she was cycling everywhere, all the time! Khadijah trained as a Ride Leader and still supports our Waltham Forest group rides.

Khadijah graduated in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford and then worked for the government's healthcare regulator for six years. Following this she went on to become Head of Fundraising at Muslim Youth Helpline. In 2018 she trained to be a National Standards Cycling Instructor and was acknowledged in the ‘100 Women in Cycling List’ 2019. She also started a personal blog and instagram ‘Cycle and Jam’ with advice about cycling on many subjects including ‘Cycling in Islamic dress’.

Saba is a qualified Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with over 17 years of experience working in private practice at both  Partner level and also as a Consultant, overseeing the

accounts for both private clients and SMEs.

 

Saba has recently transitioned to working within the not for profit sector and is currently leading the finance and compliance function of a North London all inclusive Arts Centre for vulnerable adults and young persons where she has played a significant role in the turnaround of the finances of the charity.

 

Inspired by the work of Cycle Sisters, Saba joined the Board in September 2020 with a view to facilitating the development of a strong Finance function with a focus on regulatory compliance.

Samra Said
Chair

Khadijah Zaidi

Secretary

Saba Khan-Ahmed

Treasurer

Emma Pajarillaga

Director of Operations

Seema Vawda

Teen Bikers Coordinator

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Sarah Javaid 
Founder & CEO

Sarah started Cycle Sisters in 2016 after not finding any cycle groups she could identify with when trying to get back into cycling as an adult.  Realising how a safe and supportive space that met the needs of Muslim women would have helped her, she set out to start a group of her own.   

 

Sarah went on to train as a Ride Leader and a National Standards Cycle Instructor and has been recognised in the ‘100 Women in Cycling List’ 2018, as one of 50 people in the Lucozade Sports inaugural Movers List, the winner of Cycling UK’s ‘Exceptional Individual in  a Cycling Programme’ award in 2019 and the winner of the ‘Volunteer of the Year Award’ in the Women’s Cycling Awards 2020.

 

Prior to Cycle Sisters, Sarah has held leadership roles in the charity sector for over 10 years including co-founding and leading a Muslim youth charity.  Her experience includes organisational strategy, programme development and fundraising.  

Emma was one of Cycle Sisters’ first participants and hadn’t ridden a bike since she was a teenager when she joined her first ride back in 2016. It was love at first peddle!  Emma quickly went on to buy a bike and then trained as one of Cycle Sisters' first Ride Leaders for our Waltham Forest group.  

 

Emma has worked in the charity sector for the past 12 years where she has gained a broad range of experience in project management and volunteer management. She brings this expertise to her role at Cycle Sisters where she oversees the charity’s day to day operations. She currently also works part time at a local community organisation in Waltham Forest running active travel projects and was acknowledged in the ‘100 Women in Cycling List’ 2019

Seema was first taught to cycle at a young age, and loved cycling around the block. However, school, university and work got in the way and Seema didn’t think about cycling again until she watched her children learn. 

 

Seema came across Cycle Sisters and after her first ride was hooked. Now she is a Waltham Forest Ride Leader, has a key role in the Waltham Forest Committee and is our Teen Bikers Coordinator - leading on projects to encourage more teenage Muslim girls to cycle.  She is currently training to be a Cycling Instructor, and was acknowledged in the ‘100 Women in Cycling List’ 2020 for her contributions to cycling.

 

Seema’s previous roles have included being a Microbiologist for the NHS and working in a local school as a Teaching Assistant.

Sabeha Miah

Tower Hamlets Project Manager

Sabeha learned to ride as a child and stopped as she became a teen. She got back into cycling 35 years later during lockdown, and absolutely enjoyed the freedom of being on a bicycle and exploring new parts of London that she never realised existed…all while also increasing health and wellbeing and really discovering how fantastic cycling is!

 

In addition to her Cycle Sisters role, Sabeha has been working in the charity sector for over 16 years. She manages, develops and delivers services for BAME women to overcome multiple barriers, exclusion and social isolation in East London. She is also an entrepreneur and co-founded an award-winning social enterprise, which trains and employs BAME women, providing empowering, meaningful and well-paid work.