Oxford United in the Community have appointed Zaki Nuseibeh as a Trustee of the charity.
Zaki Nuseibeh, who is a director and shareholder of Oxford United has expanded his commitment by joining the board of Trustees on the U’s charity. The appointment further strengthens the links between the charity and football club.
He joins a board of Trustees that includes the club’s marketing consultant Matt Everett, former Managing Director Greig Box Turnbull as the Vice Chair, former Oxvox Chairman Jeremy Faulkner as the Chair and Leader of Oxfordshire County Council Ian Hudspeth as Trustee.
Zaki said: “The work of the football club’s charity is so important and I’m proud to have joined the board of Trustees. I’ve spent time learning more about what the charity is, what it stands for, what it does and where it ultimately wants to go and there is so much potential to expand the great work we do.
“I’m enthused by its commitment to the community of Oxfordshire and to helping improve lives in the county and this was the key factor for me in joining the board. I’m looking forward to working with a great team and helping forge closer ties with the club and developing deeper links in the community and improving our impact.”
Chris Lowes, Head of Operations at Oxford United in the Community, said: “This is an important strategic appointment for the charity, and we are delighted Zaki has come on board. Zaki’s experience and influence will be of immense value to us, especially as we work on a new and improved strategy to increase our engagement and positive impact across the county.”
Jeremy Faulkner, Chair of the board of Trustees at Oxford United in the Community, said: “This is another positive step forward for the club’s charity in our special 30th anniversary year. We believe the appointment of Zaki will enable us to become even closer to the club and by doing so achieve even more together in partnership.”
Greig Box Turnbull, Vice Chair, added: “Zaki further strengthens our board of Trustees which has a fantastic depth and breadth of experience. It also builds on the work we have done to raise the bar at the charity and build a team of people that are highly experienced, and crucially care about our community. We now have the platform to really build.”
Zaki is a London based financier and investor. He holds a postgraduate degree from the University of Oxford and is also a trustee of the Addar Foundation, an educational charity which supports Palestinian students. He joined the board of Oxford United in September last year.
Oxford United the Community’s strategic aims include increasing participation in sport and physical activity, improving mental well-being and engaging with isolated groups. Its coaching staff deliver programmes in nursery and primary schools across Oxfordshire. They are qualified not only in football coaching, but in teaching interventions including Real PE, which focuses on the development of agility, balance and coordination, healthy competition and cooperative learning. The charity also delivers the popular Manor Club to the over 50’s to help tackle isolation in the older community.
The charity is currently celebrating its 30-year anniversary and recently appointed club legends James Constable and Les Robinson as Patrons.