Our People


Baroness Butler-Sloss GBE

The Right Honorable Baroness Butler-Sloss of Marsh Green, was the first female Lord Justice of Appeal and, until 2005, was President of the Family Division of the High Court, making her one of the highest-ranking female judges in the UK. In 2006, she was appointed an Independent Peer in the House of Lords. She has chaired many notable inquests and inquiries, including the inquest into the death of Princess Diana and the Cleveland Inquiry. She recently chaired the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.


Farmida Bi

Farmida is a Partner at a global law firm. She specialises in debt and equity, emerging markets, mergers and acquisitions and Islamic finance. Farmida has previously served as a trustee of the Muslim Youth Helpline and the Peabody Trust.

Francis Campbell

Francis has served at No.10 and as a member of Her Majesty’s Diplomatic Service in the EU, the United Nations Security Council, Italy, and at the FCO in London. He also served on secondment with Amnesty International as the Senior Director of Policy and has several Honorary Doctorates from Universities across the globe. He is currently Vice-Chancellor of St. Mary’s University, London.

Trevor Pears CMG

Trevor is a British businessman and philanthropist. He is a director of the William Pears Group, one of Britain’s largest property companies, run together with his brothers Mark and David. The business was founded in 1952 by their father and grandfather. Trevor is Executive Chair of the family’s charitable foundation, Pears Foundation, set up in 1992. The Foundation supports issues affecting the wellbeing of people in the UK and across the world.

Michael Wakelin

Michael worked as Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC. He joined TBI in 2010 as Executive Producer for Pause for Thought, produced Travellers Tales for Premier Radio, and is now also Producer of Radio 4’s Something Understood. He is currently also an Executive Associate in Public Education for the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, and Director of Programmes for Coexist House.

Jenny Watson CBE

Jenny served two terms as Chair of the Electoral Commission. She is the former Chair of the Equal Opportunities Commission and was Vice Chair of the Commission into Islam and Participation in Public Life established by Citizens UK. She is currently a non-executive director of the Financial Ombudsman Service and a primary school governor.


Mohammed Aziz

Mohammed is a former Senior Advisor to the UK Government. He has also served on a number of commissions, including the Commission for Racial Equality, the Equal Opportunities Commission, the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the TUC’s Commission on Vulnerable Employment. He was Chair of the European Network Against Racism and Vice Chair of the Equality and Diversity Forum. He has led various policy research projects at Cambridge University. He is a Trustee of the Aziz Foundation.

Nazmul Toropdar
Deputy Director

Nazmul is an accountant and project manager with considerable commercial experience. With his passion for the community he has led the Corporate Social Responsibility agenda for a blue chip organisation. Nazmul has significant business development and marketing experience from both corporate and third sector organisations. His interest lies in community development and therefore volunteers for a number of community organisations.

Omayma El Ella
Programmes Manager

Omayma is the former Operations Manager of the Muslim Charities Forum, where she spent three years leading on outreach and coordination between the Muslim charity sector and wider humanitarian systems. Having engaged in global advocacy efforts concerning counter-terrorism measures and its impact on aid, Omayma also possesses experience in conflict and economic development research, and government liaison. Her works have led her to the post-conflict environments of Sri Lanka, Lebanon, Libya, Bosnia & Herzegovina and the Central African Republic.

Shenaz Bunglawala
Research, Policy and Media Manager

Shenaz is the former Head of Research at MEND where she led research and advocacy on Islamophobia, media portrayals of Islam and Muslims and the impact of counter-terrorism legislation on Muslim communities. She has written extensively on Islamophobia and its effects on Muslim civil society and on religion in the public sphere. She has served as an advisor to several AHRC/ESRC funded research projects on Islam and Muslim communities in Europe. She is a Director of the Byline Festival Foundation for inclusive journalism and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Tufyal Choudhury
Research and Policy

Tufyal is lecturer in law at Durham University and has been seconded to the Aziz Foundation. Having graduated from SOAS and Cambridge, he joined the Bar as a member of the Inner Temple in 1997, has been a research associate at the Centre for Public Law, Cambridge University and the Centre for Migration, Policy and Society, Oxford University. He is a director of the Democratic Audit.

Saadia Mahmood
Grants Officer

Saadia has worked for the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the UK’s Department for in International Development (DfID), the James Caan Foundation and the Muslim Charities Forum. She has also worked on projects in Pakistan and Kashmir.

Aftab Ahmed
Programmes Officer

Aftab’s career has seen him teach English in universities across several Arab countries, including the King Fahd UPM, the Al-Akhwaayn University and the American University of Sharjah, before becoming director of a thinktank in Jordan and manager of a renowned UK-based publishing house.

Naima Khan
Arts, Culture & Communications Officer

Naima is the former Theatre and Film Editor of Spoonfed Media. She has since worked as a theatre critic and a radio producer and presenter. She joins us with seven years’ experience producing content on the arts, religion and the third sector.

Nadeem Nayab
Finance Officer

Nadeem is a Management Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in working for global luxury brands. As former Manager of the accounts for CSR initiative, The Burberry Foundation, following its inception seven years ago, he specialises in establishing processes and reporting on charitable activities.

Faz Chowdhury
Programmes Officer

Faz has been working as a consultant in the banking and utilities sectors for over two decades. He works as a conduit between business and technology carrying out Business Process Re-engineering and management of business led projects. He is passionate about energizing and developing disadvantaged communities; and has been involved as a volunteer in community empowerment projects for over three decades.

Ilknur Kahraman
Programmes Officer

Ilknur has worked in the voluntary sector for two decades and has been the co-director of the Dialogue Society. She sits on the boards of several community empowerment initiatives and joins us as our new Beehive Programmes Officer

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