Our People

Patron

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.

Advisors

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.

Prof. Timothy Winter

Prof. Timothy Abdul Hakim Murad Winter is Dean of Cambridge Muslim College, Aziz Foundation Professor of Islamic Studies at both Cambridge Muslim College and Ebrahim College, Director of Studies at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

Team

Mohammed Aziz
Director

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.

Shenaz Bunglawala
Assistant Director

Shenaz was Head of Research at a leading Muslim civil society organisation 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.

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.

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.

Zain Sardar
Impact and Evaluation Officer

Zain is a graduate of the University of Kent and the LSE and completed his Phd in Law at Birkbeck University of London. He worked in higher education administration and policy before joining the Foundation.

Ferdousur Rehman
Communications Officer

Ferdousur has built a career in curating and producing academic content for a diverse audience. He worked as a Social Sciences Specialist at the British Library, cataloguer in Islamic manuscripts at the Institute of Ismaili Studies and a production editor for a number of periodicals.

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