Professor Adeeba Malik CBE DL made her Oath of Declaration on 25th March

Professor Adeeba Malik CBE DL has made history as the first ethnic minority woman to be declared High Sheriff for West Yorkshire.

In the historic appointment, Ms Malik made her Oath of Declaration in the formal Declarations ceremony, presided by High Court Judge Sir Nicholas Hilliard at Leeds High Court on Monday 25th March.

Adeeba’s declaration follows on from another historic first; last year’s High Sheriff appointment saw Mr Zulfi Karim DL – the first member of the Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) community take up the Royal appointment in the county.

The year-long Royal appointment, which is non-political and unpaid, continues a tradition which stretches back over 1,000 years. The Office of High Sheriff is the oldest secular Office in the United Kingdom after the Crown, and dates from Saxon times. 
The Office of High Sheriff is carried out on a wholly voluntary basis. It is appointed by The Crown that represents King Charles in upholding all matters related to the judiciary and law and order.

Adeeba with Ed Anderson CBE, Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire CAP: Adeeba Malik with Mr Ed Anderson CBE, Lord Lieutenant for West Yorkshire

Born in Bradford the daughter of Pakistani immigrants, she began working as a teacher in Bradford and Hull before dedicating her career to creating social and economic opportunity for disadvantaged communities across the country.
Ms Malik said: “It is an enormous honour to take on this important role. I look forward to serving my home county and meeting the many different people who do so much good for West Yorkshire.

“It will be a privilege to support those who work so hard in crime prevention, as well as those from the public, private, community, charity, and voluntary sectors, who create such positive impact for the region.”
She added: “West Yorkshire, like the rest of the UK, has faced many challenges over decades.

“However, through my years of work in the county, I know there is so much good work taking place by so many different people, and I want to acknowledge that in my year as High Sheriff, and champion those people who do great work across our communities.”
As High Sheriff, Ms Malik’s more formal duties will include attending royal visits throughout West Yorkshire, and supporting His Majesty’s High Court Judges.
Ms Malik has a 27year track record working across Whitehall, holding numerous ministerial and non-ministerial roles on various boards in Bradford, Yorkshire, and nationally.
Some of these include Yorkshire Forward, The Waterways Trust, Ethnic Minority Business Forum, Sheffield Hallam University, British Waterways, The Cabinet Office Race Disparity Advisory Board, and the Women and Work Commission.
From facilitating integration to shaping government policy, she has become a leading voice for the socially disadvantaged.

Ms Malik of the Bradford-based national ethnic minority-led charity, the QED Foundation, has been with QED for over 32 years, helping it become one of the most influential organisations of its kind in the UK.

Currently, she is a Board Member of the Home Office Strategic Race Advisory Board, Director of the Bradford Culture Company, Member of a State Honours Committee, and Member of Nurture Academies Trust.  She is a Visiting Professor at York St John University and a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire.

Ms Malik has won many accolades and awards over the years, including the Yorkshire Post Top 20 Influential Women of Yorkshire and Top 50 Northern Power List for Women. In 2023, she was the recipient of Woman and Home magazine’s, Amazing Woman Award.

In 2004, she received an MBE, and in 2015, a CBE for her contribution to mainstream public bodies.

Dr Mohammed Ali OBE, CEO of the QED Foundation, said: “When I set up QED 34 years ago, I stated a vision, which was to see ethnic minorities play full roles in Britain’s mainstream social and economic life.

“Adeeba’s appointment as the first ethnic minority woman High Sheriff for Yorkshire is a great example of that. I’m immensely proud of Adeeba and all her achievements and contribution to QED over the years. She’s already a much-loved and respected force for good in our region and beyond.”