Board of directors

Mr Foysol Choudhury MBE


Chair of ELREC. Businessman and community activist, involved in various organisations. One of the founding member of Edinburgh Mela. (more…)

Mr Shami Khan DL

Vice Chair & Convenor - Personnel and Policy Subcommittee

Mr. Khan has been involved with ELREC in difference capacities since 1984 and now he is  the Vice-Chair. He has served on the Boards of various national and local organisations. He was the Chair of Edinburgh Mela. He contributed to the setting up of many organisations devoted.. (more…)

Mr Rajnish Singh

Company Secretary

Mr. Singh has been elected on ELREC Board in 2016 and he is now the Company Secretary. He is a person from Indian origin based in Edinburgh since 1999. During the period he had been actively engaged in community activities through different organisations. Apart from the office bearer position at ELREC, (more…)

Cllr Carl John


Carl John is the Treasurer of the Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council (ELREC) and has been a board member for nine years. He is also an elected Councillor for the West Lothian Council and the diversity spokesman of his party group. (more…)

Mrs Irina Lazarenko

Convenor - Finance and General Purposes Subcommittee

Mrs Lazarenko is ELREC Board Member, Convenor of Finance and General Purpose Subcommittee. Throughout her student life in Ukraine, Mrs Lazarenko was involved in many organisations. She has lived in Scotland for about 20 years. Though she is an educated person, she found it difficult to deal with issues like harassment, discrimination, housing, medical etc. (more…)

Mrs Azra Sharif-Qayyum

Convenor - Volunteer Subcommittee

Mrs Sharif-Qayyum is Board member at ELREC, Convenor of the Volunteer Subcommittee. She is the Local CPD Officer for Lothians and the Borders for the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), she holds the position of Chair of the Lothian and Borders Branch of the IBMS and sits on the Scottish Committee of the IBMS. (more…)

Ms Jessica (Zonghong) Yang

Convenor - Membership Subcommittee

Ms Jessica (Zonghong) Yang is originally from Beijing, China. She moved to the UK in 2000. Having first gained a degree in music, she then graduated with a Masters degree in tourism management at Napier University. She runs a tourism business in Edinburgh mainly for business exchange and arts performance groups between China and the UK. (more…)

Ms Magdalena Sajnaga

Convenor - Education Subcommittee

My desire for ELREC is to create an environment within and around the organisation that helps guide and lead our members/ volunteers to make a mark and a difference wit our program. I believe that is very important to surround yourself with people on the same mission as you. I have admired ELREC for a long time and I would be honoured to help you on that journey.

Mr Ijaz Nazir

Board Member

ELREC Board member and businessman. Actively Involved in the community and in other organisations. Board member of Edinburgh Mela.

Mr Irshad Ahmed

Co-opted Board Member

I am a businessman living in Edinburgh, I am involved in many voluntary organisations such as Muslim Forum, and director of Pakistan Society Edinburgh. I am committed to Equality and human rights