Akhter worked as Group Chief Auditor of Unilever until 2012 and has a wealth of experience in strategy development, business transformation and a sound knowledge of corporate governance. During his career he has worked in global and regional roles at Unilever and has led the regional Unilever finance teams in Latin America, South East Asia and Australasia.
Throughout Akhter's career he has gained experience in leading teams, developing and mentoring leaders and overcoming the challenges involved in managing change. He has more recently stepped down from full time employment, allowing him time to fulfil his new role at GOSH.
Akhter has an MBA in Finance and holds a non-executive director position on a multi-national company and is also a director of a not-for-profit foundation.
Commenting on his new appointment, Mr Mateen said:
"I am delighted to be appointed to the GOSH Board. This is a centre of excellence and I am looking forward to contributing to its development as the leading-edge clinical care provider to children and a centre for innovative research in treatments for children."
Akhter is Chair of the Audit Committee from September 2016 and a member of the Finance and Investment Committee.