Young Leaders Award 2021 Winner Announced

Each year, Young Professionals Society honours an outstanding young professional who has demonstrated in their professional career:

(i) Excellence

(ii) Leadership

(iii) Outstanding achievements.

The Young Leaders Award uses the following criteria to select the winning candidate:

  1. Achievements
  2. Impact
  3. Sustainability

Similar to last year, we received some excellent nominations and outstanding candidates for this year’s award and the YPS Awards Committee had an extremely difficult task in selecting the winner.

After extended discussions and difficult decisions, YPS is pleased to announce the winner of the Young Leaders Award 2021 to be Zahra Niazi from the Bradford Council.


Zahra Niazi is currently the Programme Lead at Bradford Council for Integration and Cohesion Strategy, which runs under Bradford for Everyone.

Zahra throughout her career has demonstrated leadership and championed diversity and equality amongst all people of Bradford and beyond.


She is also the recipient of a number of other awards and honours for her outstanding work in the field including:

  • Leader of the Year- Bradford Council October 2020.
  • Emerging Leader for Yorkshire – Northern Asian Power list November 2020.
  • 20 Most Influential South Asians in Bradford- covered in the Asian Standard January 2021.


YPS congratulates Zahra Niazi on winning the Young Leaders Award 2021.


Zahra Niazi will be receiving the award in person and speaking at the inaugural YPS Conference to be held on 25 September 2021 at the Manchester Conference Centre.


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