Mohammed Al-Rahim - Vice Chair


Mohammed was born in London of Anglo-Turkish-Egyptian-Nubian extraction. After living and working in Africa and the Middle East for many years, Mohammed moved to Birmingham from London in 1989, after recognising a gap in psychological and practical support for those diagnosed with HIV and AIDS.This was borne out of his personal experience of African and English friends who died of AIDS prior to his move to Birmingham.

Using his skills in business and therapy Mohammed founded Freshwinds in 1992 which began life operating from one room in a house in Erdington. Today, Freshwinds is a holistic charity providing support, care and enablement to those living with life threatening illnesses, or experiencing social exclusion.

Mohammed’s motto is that there should be room at the inn for everyone and as a result, Freshwinds provides services for people with a variety of challenging health and social situations. Examples include life-threatening conditions (such as cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis), unemployment, disabilities and vulnerable adults and children. Freshwinds today is a major provider of services across Birmingham supporting over 7,500 people.

As well as being the Founder, President and CEO of the Freshwinds, Mohammed is the Chair of Trustees of the African Community Council for the Regions and has been a board member of BVSC for the last 5 years. He also sits on a number of other boards, networks and forums and is dedicated to assisting the aspirations and needs of the citizens and communities of Birmingham, bringing them together to achieve their shared goals.