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Men and Boys Coalition appoints three new Trustees

The Men and Boys Coalition is delighted to announce the addition of three new sector-leading Trustees to the Board.

Yousif Ahmed Esq., Dr Caroline Flurey and Dr Maz Idriss, joined the Coalition’s Board of Trustees in April, all three are long-standing members of the Coalition with a passion for supporting the wellbeing of men and boys and a vast depth of knowledge and expertise in their respective fields.

Dan Bell, CEO of the Men and Boys Coalition said: “We are absolutely thrilled and honoured to welcome Yousif, Caroline and Maz to our Board. They bring a vast depth of experience to the team from a wide range of perspectives on issues affecting the wellbeing of men and boys in the UK today. The Men and Boys Coalition has ambitious plans for the future, their insights will be invaluable assets to help us achieve them.”

Yousif Ahmed Esq. is an award-winning international lawyer and Chief Executive Officer of The Better Days for Men Foundation, a charity that provides advice, information, support and ultimately hope to men who are going through a tough time or experiencing some kind of hardship or difficulty. He has a keen interest in a variety of issues that can and do adversely affect men and boys. Yousif has also previously led an important national campaign in Scotland that highlighted legal loopholes in the country’s international child abduction laws and has been instrumental in lobbying the Scottish Government in this area to help protect children and parents in Scotland.

He said: “It was an honour to be invited to join the MBC Board. The prospect of working with and alongside high calibre people who have a shared and common interest in helping to make a difference for men and boys is an exciting proposition. There is a lot of good work that we can do in this space to help make a difference for this demographic, and by extension our society as a whole.

There is a critical and pressing need for a lot more awareness, focus and support on issues affecting men and boys and the work of the MBC in this space is vital. I am very much looking forward to working with other members of the Board and offering my contribution towards the important work of the MBC.

Dr Caroline Flurey is Senior Lecturer in Health Psychology at University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol. Dr Flurey’s main research focus is men’s health, with a particular interest in support provision for men with long term conditions. Her current work focuses on developing tailored support for men with auto-immune rheumatic diseases. 

She said: “I’m delighted to become a Trustee for the Men and Boys Coalition. I’ve followed the Coalition’s excellent work as a member, and I’m honoured to be joining a Board with such extensive and diverse expertise on issues affecting men and boys. With my research focus on men’s health, it feels particularly timely for me to join the board with the recently launched campaign for a much-needed UK men’s health strategy. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to contribute to initiatives and advocacy to promote wellbeing for men and boys.”

Dr Mohammad Mazher Idriss LLB (Hons), LLM, Cert. Ed., PhD. is Senior Lecturer in Law at Manchester Metropolitan University. Dr Idriss’ main research interests lie within domestic abuse, ‘honour’-based violence and forced marriages for both men and women. He is editor of a ground-breaking book on male victims entitled ‘Men, Masculinities and Honour-Based Abuse’.

He said: “I’m really excited to join the MBC because I want to highlight the inequalities and injustices facing men and young boys, particularly as a representative of minority communities. I want to join the cause for change and action that can improve the lives for both men and women, striving to improve equality and justice for all”.