Faisal Hussain, who took up his first chair position in the voluntary sector just before his 19th birthday, brings a huge amount of experience in both the public, private and voluntary sectors, plus in local government and the NHS at board level.
Faisal, a C6 tetraplegic since 1989, is acutely aware of the challenges that charities such as Spinal Injuries Association (SIA), of which he is chair, currently face: “It is clear for anybody that lives in the UK to see how pressurised the NHS and the care sector is. There is a real deterioration in the services available to people with spinal cord injury both at major trauma centres and at some spinal injury centres.”
As a former non-executive director at the NHS, Faisal has witnessed some of the big issues that the healthcare sector is facing when it comes to spinal cord injured people, such as the pressure on staff who support newly injured people and the challenges to get people out and back into their communities, which is ever increasing.
He is committed to diversity, equality and inclusion and ensuring SIA’s services are accessible and equitable to all and their board, staff and volunteer teams are reflective of the communities they serve.
His leadership style is based on compassion and authenticity, which is underpinned by personal values based on openness, honesty and integrity.
He is passionately committed to ensuring all spinal cord injured people can live a fulfilled life.
A huge film buff and vinyl music collector, Faisal loves theatre, live gigs, travel—especially cruising—and is a big Leicester Tigers and England Rugby Football Union fan.