About

Award-winning journalist, writer, content consultant.

I’m an author,  journalist, editor and speaker specialising in social justice, equality, diversity and voluntary and community issues. I’m a Guardian journalist and write for other national press including The Independent and Byline Times. I was the Evening Standard’s social affairs correspondent, a reporter at The Times and the news editor of a series of central London local weeklies. I’ve written for Marie Claire, Cosmo and Time Out and for specialist magazines on housing and community affairs. My book Made Possible is out now, an anthology on human rights and diversity inspired by my youngest sister who happens to have a disability. I’m the chair of Sibs, the charity for siblings of disabled people, an ambassador for the National Development Team for Inclusion and an RSA fellow (Royal Society of Arts). 

For more, see LinkedIn. Or check out my poetry 😉

Journalism

Journalism

Recent work

Click on the images below, see my author pages on The Guardian, The Independent or Byline Times websites, or ask me for other articles.

You can also see my writing on The Social Issue blog.

Consultancy

Consultancy

Editorial support

With a focus on social affairs, voluntary and community issues, I write and edit engaging, human interest content – from reports to articles, thought leadership pieces and web content. I project manage supplements, website redesigns or special communications campaigns, and offer one-to-one editorial coaching sessions.

Recent reports:

Above and Beyond – how the voluntary sector adds value to communities, (for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group).

Space to Live – home ownership for disabled people (for Disability Rights UK and Advance Housing & Support).

Another Way – improving care for learning disabled people (for the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group).

Making it Real – guide to good practice in social care (for national care partnership Think Local, Act Personal).

Get in touch to see other examples of my consultancy work.

The book: Made Possible

The book: Made Possible

Made Possible

Stories of success, by people with learning disabilities – in their own words

Made Possible, influenced by my learning disabled sister Raana, is a book about success by people with learning disabilities – in their own words.

It’s about diversity, human rights and features first person stories from successful people in theatre, film, music, art, sport, campaigning and politics.

Sally Phillips: ‘A bold wake-up call for those who doubt what people with learning disabilities can do.’ 
Sir Norman Lamb: A call to arms to confront continued discrimination.’ 

Made Possible’s press coverage includes Radio 4’s Today programme, the Guardian, The Week Junior, gal-dem magazine and the Eastern Eye

The book has also been featured in London and Sussex newspapers, by regional BBC radio and in magazines like Community Living, Enable, Learning Disability Today, The MJ, My Family Our Needs and Friendili

I’ve spoken about Made Possible with the book’s contributors at numerous events including talks at City Lit college, at a leadership event hosted by Massachusetts Institute of Technology, at the Manchester Histories Festival (watch from 4:04:19) and at Disability Rights UK‘s annual conference. I’ve been interviewed by the Challenging Behaviours podcast and the Shelf Help Club

You can read the five star reader reviews on Amazon, GoodReads and Waterstones

Contact me about speaking, events and interviews.

Testimonials and awards

Testimonials and awards

What people say about my work

‘Good quality reporting and a passion for crusading journalism.’ The late Brian MacArthur,  Fleet Street veteran.

‘An authoritative writer’.  Sarah Jewell, Guardian supplements and microsites editor.

‘Saba’s guidance, knowledge, research skills and writing abilities delivered informative resources of the highest quality.’  Bob Green OBE, Stonewall Housing chief executive.

‘A talent for turning complex issues into powerful stories.’  John Adams, OBE, independent social care and charity advisor.

‘A talented news reporter and writer.’ Mike Leese, ex-Evening Standard news editor.

I’m a finalist in the media category for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2020. I was a finalist in the British Journalism Awards for Specialist Media 2018 and as the Journalist of the Year in the European Diversity Awards 2016 My work to relaunch trade magazine Housing Today helped the title win several press awards, I was runner up in the Commission for Racial Equality Race in the Media Awards and won the best writer award on my postgrad journalism course.

Get in touch

Contact

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