Talib Hussain was born and brought up in Pharnal, a part of the village of Panyam in the Mirpur district of Kashmir in Pakistan.
Following graduation, he became a teacher for more than 7 years. After he was married, he moved to Sheffield in 1993, where he undertook further English studies to improve his language skills.
As a result of that, he became involved in literacy campaigns in various communities. He had a number of jobs before deciding to become self-employed, which he remains today.
Talib is married to Yasmin. They have four children between 9 and 19 years old, who are all studying in local schools.
He had been very active in local community activities and issues before he became active politically. It was as a result of his community and political activism that Talib decided to offer himself as a candidate.
He stood for election for the first time in May 2010, and was elected to Sheffield City Council to represent the Burngreave ward where he and his family live.
He was re-elected in May 2014. Talib is very proud to have been chosen and elected to represent the people of Burngreave the most diverse ward in the City. He says it is 'tough but enormously rewarding'.
As a councillor, Talib has been the Local Area Partnership Lead Ward Member for Burngreave and a member of the Planning and Highways Committee.
His interest in trying to ensure that every child reaches their potential has seen him as a member of the Children, Young People and Families Scrutiny Committee and the Corporate Parenting Board.
He has also served as a member of the Pensions Authority and the Police and Crime Panel.
Despite the demands of being a local Councillor, Talib has continued with some of his local voluntary activities as a governor at Firshill Primary school, and as a member of the Shirecliffe Forum and of the Parkwood Landfill liaison group.
In his spare time he loves to watch sports, particularly cricket and to meet people from all walks of life, especially those who are interested in making the local community and the world a better place in which to live.
Yasmin was brought up in Sheffield, first in Darnall and later in Burngreave. She went to Firshill Primary and then to Firth Park Secondary School. After school, she got a job as a trainee Legal Executive with ourselves.
Whilst there, she went to Sheffield Hallam University and obtained an honours degree in Public Administration. As well as continuing to work as a Legal Executive for more than ten years, Yasmin married Talib and started a family. She then changed career direction and moved to work in the NHS and, more recently, in a number of voluntary organisations.
In her spare time, Yasmin enjoys walking, reading and spending time with her friends.
Weekly List of Civic Engagements 5 July 2015