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Shahin Bekhradnia is the granddaughter of a renowned Iranian Zoroastrian priest, poet, stargazer and mathematician. She was born and grew up in England, obtained her undergraduate degree in Modern Languages and post-graduate degree in Anthropology from Oxford University. She founded a successful 6th form college & language school in Oxford, and was a teacher, interpreter for the immigration appellate, and a legal consultant for a tour operator.
She has completed 29 years’ service as a magistrate in the criminal and family courts in Oxfordshire. Shahin is also a long-standing trustee for SMART, which helps people marginalised by substance abuse and homelessness find their way back into society. Shahin started the Pourchista Skills Foundation in Yazd Iran to enable young women to earn a living and helped to open a senior citizens’ day centre in the same town. She has stood as a candidate for the green party and is known and respected for her detailed knowledge on environmental policies.