Nasir Ilyas: “I am your lawyer.”
Mian Nasser Ilyas spent most of his life in Burnley. He attending Gawthorpe high school and Habergaham Sixth form, before going onto Manchester to complete his legal studies.
Nasir engaged in many voluntary / charitable sector activities in Burnley. Some of these activities are listed below.
Director of Jinah community development trust a charitable institution to specifically look after interests and community development of Asian community in Burnley.
Founding member of Daneshouse economical development trust. As founding member Nasir Ilyas wanted to ensure that one of the most deprived wards in the country had a strategy to engage in business and inward investment.
Founding member of Chai centre the centre was established to provide healthy eating and resources to the very deprived in the town. A special initiative was created to engage many of the house wives that lacked the capacity to engage in social activities. The centre attracted investment of £1 million from the new opportunities fund. For which Nasir Ilyas was instrumental.
Nasir Ilyas was appointed to the government ethnic minority business forum. The appointment came from the Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt secretary of state for Trade & Industry. Nasir Ilyas served for two years, highlighting trends in business and supporting the government policy in helping ethnic business move forward. He qualified as a solicitor in 2004, becoming a partner in Wolstenholmes Solicitors and eventually chief executive. The practice was a thriving business based in Cheshire.
Amongst many of the clients Nasir Ilyas acted for included:
Restaurant Bars and Grills
Amir Khan, the boxer
Nicholas Anelka, the footballer.
The practice was sold in January 2009, eventually the practice was intervened in December 2009, following the sale by Nasir Ilyas.
Nasir Ilyas is an outspoken individual who has raised many local and national issues. In particular advocating equality agenda and taking fight to the British National party.
Nasir Ilyas has appeared on BBC radio Four and five and various publications. He also served as secretary and vice chair of Burnley Labour Party, following his political pursuits and ventured into a selection system of a labour parliamentary party. He contested the Rochdale parliamentary seat being shortlisted and coming second to the current MP Simon Danczuk.
In 2009 following the resignation of Kitty Usher MP , Nasir Ilyas again contested the Burnley seat. On this occasion he came second again to curent MP Julie Cooper.
Nasir Ilyas is passionate about charitable sector having taken part in many charity activities. A cause close to his heart is eliminating poverty and capacity building of the underprivileged. In 2007 he led a successful delegation to Pakistan this included county chairman Terry Burns. The delegation explored many avenues in Pakistan and opportunities to work together, many high profile government and voluntary sector agencies were visited.
Nasir Ilyas is now excelling in the field of property development and charity sector. Working on major projects in the UK and abroad.