Sabin has held numerous positions of leadership within civil society, local authority and Government and is currently on a secondment from the Home Office working to advance global policy and analysis. She leads Counterpoint’s research and policy programme on the social dynamics of resilience and security in times of uncertainty. She is also a Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and at Queen Mary University of London.
Sabin has worked in the Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT) at the Home Office over the past 10 years. She played a significant role in establishing OSCT as a Centre of Excellence, advanced the Government’s work on counter-terrorism and the evolution of its response to the threat of Islamist radicalisation. Her always encouraged the department to be more inclusive and outward facing, and to bring together a wide range of academics, community practitioners and policy makers. She has been central to the development of several counter-terrorism initiatives and Government reviews, has provided advice to the highest levels of Government at critical moments of national security, and represented the UK at numerous global counter-terrorism forums.
In her previous role Sabin was the Community Cohesion Officer for the London Borough of Hounslow where she led two sub-regional Pathfinder Programmes on Community Cohesion and Preventing Violent Extremism. In 2009 Sabin secured ‘Beacon Status’ for Hounslow Council from the IDeA for delivering ‘excellence, knowledge and innovation’. In 2005 Sabin was involved as a ‘Critical Friend’ to the first Peer Review of Oldham Council with Professor Ted Cantle and the Institute of Community Cohesion. The Review was to evaluate the progress of Oldham Council and key partners in promoting Community Cohesion since the 2001 social disturbances.
In 2008 Sabin was appointed by the Prime Minister to serve on the National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group to support women’s groups tackling violent extremism. In 2006 she was appointed by the Minister for Women and Equality to serve as a Commissioner for the Women’s National Commission. Since 1991 Sabin has addressed, challenged and shared her expertise with thousands of people from diverse backgrounds across the UK and overseas.