Ali’s family moved to Newcastle in 2001 when Ali was a teenager. He quickly began to call Newcastle his home. This is the place that Ali truly deems as his hometown, which is evidenced by his support of Newcastle United, a club that he is a season ticket holder to. His passion for football has driven him to become an FA qualified referee. Ali is a keen squash player, enjoys swimming and helps to promote sport for the young and old alike.
Ali attended St Mary’s Comprehensive School in Longbenton and then went on to study a master’s degree in pharmacy at Sunderland University. Soon after this, he started his career as a pharmacist and is now the area manager for an independent chain of pharmacies in the North East of England. Ali is based in a pharmacy in Newcastle’s West End, where he draws on his passions to help the local community. Ali is a registered Dementia Friend and helps the pharmacy and other local businesses to be friendly and accessible to disabled people. Ali believes that mental health is a very important but often a neglected issue today and must receive more attention from Health & Social Services.
Ali feels that one of the biggest threats in modern society comes from environmental issues and helps to combat this by campaigning for recycling, reducing waste and cutting energy consumption across the community.
In 2007, Ali joined the Liberal Democrats and in May 2019 was elected as councillor for Castle Ward in Newcastle upon Tyne.