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Welcome to our new associate non-executive directors

A big welcome to our two new associate non-executive directors Asma Nafees and Amo Raju who attended their first DCHS Board meeting last week.

You can read about them here:

Asma Nafees 


Asma joined us in June 2021 as an associate non-executive director.

Asma is also a non-executive director in the care sector for Birmingham-based Lisieux Trust, who provide supported living for adults with learning disabilities and has held leadership roles within the NHS technology sector for the past 11 years.

She is the associate director of business intelligence at NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit where she has worked since November 2020. Within Arden & GEM she is responsible for the provision of business intelligence services to NHS England, and has more latterly been involved in the development of the strategy for the future of directly commissioned business intelligence services within Integrated Care Systems.

A solicitor by background, Asma holds a Masters in Healthcare Leadership (NHS Leadership Academy) and she was part of the NHS’ NExT Director scheme to nurture talent for NHS Boards of the future.

Asma’s career path includes a previous role as deputy director of intelligence, planning and performance within the merged Coventry and Rugby/Warwickshire North Clinical Commissioning Groups, and she has experience of contracting, transformation, planning, performance and business intelligence in healthcare.

Asma grew up in the East Midlands and is looking forward to her role with us as an opportunity to come back to her home roots and offer a different lens on our work. She is passionate about equality, diversity, and inclusivity at all levels and championing the need for culturally appropriate services.

In her spare time Asma is kept busy with her four children (aged 12, 10, 8 and 2), as well as pro bono legal support within her communities in the Midlands.

Amo Raju

Amo joined us in June 2021 as an associate non-executive director.

Derby-based Amo is chief executive and a founding member of staff for Disability Direct, the biggest user-led disability group in the Midlands. For 20-plus years under his leadership Disability Direct has developed business services nationally for people with disabilities which now generate 95% of the income required to run activities in the local area. One of these business schemes is the Nimbus card, a widely recognised disability access card, which attracted 30,000 registered users soon after its launch on social media in 2020.

As a disabled person from a BAME background Amo has faced double discrimination. Now in his fifties, Amo left school without qualifications and has had to fight hard to overcome society’s expectations and use his experience to empower others. Amo believes passionately in diverse services delivered by a diverse set of people and has a successful track record of encouraging a culture of opportunity around him.

He runs his own consultancy business which supports and mentors tomorrow’s leaders and offers his expertise as a business mentor with Pilotlight UK to tackle disadvantage.

More recently, Amo has disclosed his life-long battle with depression across his social media platforms. A semi-biographical book is in production which charters his journey from a disabled child to his modern-day success.

He is married with three grown-up children and is a former Derby city councillor and also a former Bhangra singer, whose songs are still played on UK radio stations and on the dance floor.