The ABCurry Club – Thursday 29th November 2018 at Virgin Money


The amazing ABCurry Club returns on Thursday 29th November 2018 starting from 5:30pm at the astounding Virgin Money offices in Regents Centre, Newcastle.


One of our guest speakers for the evening will be Tim Arthur of Virgin Money.

Tim Arthur is Virgin Money’s Creative Director. Before joining VM he was Global CEO for Time Out and a presenter on BBC Radio London. In a varied career Tim has been CEO of homelessness charity Cardboard Citizens, Artistic Director of Derby Playhouse and Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and has worked as a journalist and playwright and theatre director. During his period as Editor-in-Chief of Time Out London he took the publication free and transformed their digital offering. He’s had two books published, has a daughter called Caitlin, a wife called Amber and a dog called Dusty.


Shahda Khan will also be speaking on the evening.

Shahda Khan is an activist and campaigner and is highly experienced in the field of equality, inclusion and gender-based violence and exploitation as well as countering extremism. Shahda has an extensive professional portfolio of projects, strategies and collaborations including delivering both the Cohesion and Prevent Programmes.

Shahda was until recently, the Chair of Cleveland Police’s Independent Advisory Group and is a Governor at the University of Teesside as well as a member of ITV Tyne Tees Diversity Panel, NE Race Equality Forum; Shahda is a member of Nisa Nashim( National Jewish Muslim Women’s Network) and Co-Chair of the NE group.

Shahda is an alumna of a number of national and international programmes. In 2015, she was one of 25 women from across the world( only one from England), who were nominated to take part in initiative tackling issues of extremism. This involved travelling to Washington, New York and San Francisco to liaise with the likes of Facebook, Google, NYPD and the UN.

In her work and volunteering history, Shahda demonstrates a consistent commitment to ensuring equity and social justice is positively valued. In 2010, as part of the Queen’s New Year honours, Shahda was awarded a MBE for services to Local Government & Diversity. In 2016, she was recognised as the Civil Servant of the Year at the national British Muslim Awards. In 2017, she received awards both from the Chief Constable of Cleveland Police for her contribution to cohesion across Teesside as well as from the Police Crime Commissioner for her work addressing community safety.


Please note that these events are usually sold-out and we would recommend reserving your space early to avoid disappointment. You must reserve your space by registering via EventBrite or alternatively emailing

The Event is free to ABC Members and Supporters with any donations being made on the evening for the PIE Project Charity.

This event is a great chance to meet inspirational people from all over North East, as well as, the opportunity to listen to key speakers that provide fantastic insights into the world.

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