Presidents and Trustees

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The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has agreed to take over from Dr Rowan Williams as official patron of the UK’s largest Christian-Muslim inter faith organisation, the Christian Muslim Forum.
 
Speaking after meeting of the Forum’s trustees in March 2013, the Archbishop said: "I’m excited to support the important work of the Christian Muslim Forum, as Christian-Muslim relations is a key global issue which it is vital to get right – and can have tragic consequences if we don’t."
 
 
Co-Chairs and Presidents of the Christian Muslim Forum (also Trustees)

Rt Revd Paul Hendricks & Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra    

Rt Revd Paul Hendricks (Catholic Auxiliary Bishop, South West London) with responsibility for the South West of the Southwark Catholic Archdiocese. He was ordained by Archbishop Kevin McDonald in February 2006.  He studied for the priesthood at the English College, Rome (1979 – 1985).  He obtained a Licence in Philosophy from the Gregorian University, Rome.  He was ordained priest at Holy Innocents, Orpington in 1984.  His first appointment, in 1985, as assistant priest was to St Boniface, Tooting. In 1989 he was appointed Philosophy Lecturer and Bursar at St John's Seminary, Wonersh. His next appointment was as parish priest of Our Lady of Sorrows, Peckham, in 1999. He serves on the Diocesan Finance Committee and is the Diocesan Advisor on New Religious Movements and Cults.

Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra (Sunni) serves as an imam and scholar in Leicester. He was born in Malawi into a family of Indian origin and emigrated to the UK at the age of 18 to study and settle. He has been trained in classical theology and the traditional sciences of Islam. He holds religious credentials from Daru-`Ulum, Holcombe as well as advanced theological qualifications from Al-Azhar University in Cairo. Shaykh Mogra undertook a postgraduate degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He is the founder and Principal of Khazinatul-`Ilm, Madaris of Arabic and Muslim Life Studies, in Leicester. He was elected as an Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain in 2008. Prior to that, he was chair of the Council’s Masjid and Community Affairs Committee as well as the Inter Faith Relations Committee, of which he is still chair. As a local community activist in Leicester and a national leader in the MCB, Shaykh Mogra has been at the forefront in deepening interfaith relations in the UK and around the world. He is chair of Religions for Peace UK, Advisory Board member of the Three Faiths Forum, and a member of the Congress of Imams and Rabbis for Peace. He continues to serve as a specialist advisor on Muslim affairs to meida outlets including the BBC, Sky News, ITN and several newspapers.
 
Current Presidents
 
The Rt Revd Dr Toby Howarth,Trustee, is our third Anglican President, appointed in 2016.  He was born in Kenya and went to school at Haverstock Comprehensive School in North London. He received scholarships to study at high school and Yale University in the United States, including a summer teaching Afghan refugees in northern Pakistan. On coming back to Britain, he worked as a research assistant for the Reverend Dr John Stott for two years before becoming a postman in the East End of London. 
After ordination training for the Church of England in Oxford, Birmingham and Uganda, combining Christian theology with an MA in Islamic Studies at the University of Birmingham, he served in an inner city parish in Derby. Subsequent to this he moved to India with his family where they lived for five years, during which he researched Islamic preaching for a PhD from the Free University of Amsterdam.
Returning to Europe, he worked in inter-faith relations in Rotterdam before moving back to Birmingham where he taught Islamic studies and served as a Tutor and then Vice Principal at Crowther Hall in Selly Oak.
In 2004 he took up parish work again as Vicar of St Christopher's, Springfield, a church in a majority Muslim area of the city. In addition to the parish role, Toby was the Bishop of Birmingham's Adviser on Inter Faith Relations until April 2011. 
Toby is married to Henriette, who is also ordained and they have three children. They like travelling together, particularly linking up with friends across Britain, Europe and further away. On a day off or holiday Toby enjoys visiting a museum or gallery, reading a novel, playing music, camping or going for a bird-watching walk or cycle ride.
Toby was consecrated as Bishop of Bradford in York Minster on 17 October 2014.
 
Anjum Anwar MBE (Sunni),Trustee, works to promote interfaith understanding and dialogue in Lancashire. She was appointed dialogue development officer at Blackburn Cathedral in April 2007, working on its community cohesion, education, outreach and interfaith development programme. Prior to her role with the Church of England, she was awarded an MBE for her work in the community including the project she spearheaded between Lancaster Council of Mosques and Lancashire County Council’s LEA called Understanding Islam, a post 9/11 project.  Anjum is regularly invited to speak and deliver workshops by local authorities, the police, educational institutes.  She presents a programme on the Ummah TV channel on issues that concern Muslim communities and how international events impact local communities.  She also travels internationally to present her work on peace building and community cohesion, including visits to South Africa, Oman, Austria, Pakistan and Jerusalem.  Anjum has recently worked alongside Canon Chris Chivers, Principal of Westcott House and Chair of Trustees for the United Society (Us) and communities in Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, developing a framework and resources that examine interreligious living.  They have been identifying resources which help foster better relations between different faiths, ethnicities and self-identified groups and considering whether there are distinct ways to live with and ease the tension in these complex and many layered arenas.  Anjum is the Chair of Woman's Voice and in 2013 received the Muslim News Awardfor work at Blackburn Cathedral.

Rev’d Trevor Howard - Free Church President.  Trevor is on the Board of the Free Churches Group and is the International Co-ordinator of Churches in Communities International, a network of independent churches, ministries, chaplains and networks in the UK and several nations with mixed Christian/Muslim populations. 

He holds a BA (Hons) in Arabic and French with Middle Eastern and European Studies, an MA in Urban Education and an MTh in South Asian Islamic and Christian religion and politics.  He travels regularly in Africa and South Asia. 

Trevor is also a member of the Churches Commission on Inter Faith Relations (of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland).

 Rt Revd Dr Donnett Thomas (Pentecostal) was consecrated in July 2003.  She is Senior Pastor at Power of the Living Word Ministries International in London and has Apostolic Covering Churches in Mombasa, Kibwezi, Kitui in Kenya and in Pradesh, India.  Bishop Donnett has a missionary heart and believes it is our Kingdom responsibility to help the poor.  She is an experienced and articulate international preacher and teacher having spoken all over the world in Houston, California, New Jersey, Chicago, Antigua, Jamaica, the Philippines, Kenya, Zambia, Ghana, Nigeria and Botswana.  Bishop Donnett is Chair of Churches Together in South London.
 
Toufik Kacimi (Sunni) was born in Algeria and came to London in 1996. He is the CEO of the Muslim Welfare House in Finsbury Park, where he participates in community work on education and counselling, as well as providing a mosque. 
 
Toufik Kacimi is a member of Islington Faiths Forum.
 
 
Professor Sayyid Milani, Shia president. Ayatollah Milani has been honoured with a PhD in Islamic Philosophy from Oxford University in 1994, in addition to many academic qualifications from the College of Fiqh in Najaf, the School of Law in Lebanon, Arabic Literature from the University of Baghdad and Professor entitlement from the University of Amman, Jordon. Ayatollah Sayyid Milani has more than forty years experience in teaching Islamic studies. He has published many books in Arabic, Persian and English and he is the Dean of International Colleges for Islamic Studies in London. He is also the imam and spiritual leader of the Imam Khoei Islamic Centre in London. Currently he is supervising students who are compiling their theses for PhD in Islamic studies. Ayatollah Milani is a Professor of Islamic Law at the Islamic College London and Middlesex University.
 
 
Aliya Azam MBE is representing Professor Sayyid Milani at the Forum.  She is a graduate from UCL, BSc (Hons) in Psychology, holds an MA in Islamic Societies and Culturesfrom SOAS and a PGCE in science from the Institute of Education. "My current and past positions have been, Secondary Head of Science in Al Sadiq and Al Zahra High Schools for twenty years and part of the educational management committee at the Al Khoei Foundation." Aliya's responsibilities also include organising inter-faith and community cohesion projects, Shi’ah Muslim representation on the Brent Inter-faith network and Brent SACRE.  She has produced audio-visual materials for teacher training purposes to promote a better understanding of Islam called the ‘Spirit of Islam’. ‘The Spirit of Unity’ in collaboration with the Mulberry School has been produced explaining the diversity within the faith and the ‘Spirit of Hijab’ has been launched at St Ethelburga’s Centre. She has contributed to the ‘Faith and Football’ programme organised by the Football Association and the Three Faiths Forum.  Aliya was awarded an MBE in 2015 for her voluntary and charitable services to community cohesion, particularly through the Al Khoei Foundation.
 
 
 
 Former Presidents
 






The Revd. Dr. Nicholas Wood




Dr Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour

Rt Revd David Gillett


Dr Ataullah Siddiqui




The Revd Esme Beswick MBE




The Rt Revd Michael Evans (deceased)

Shaykh Haytham Tamim

Musharraf Hussain
 

The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham has been Bishop of Kingston in Southwark Diocese since 2002 and was the Forum's Anglican President from 2007 until 2015. Before moving to London he was Vicar of St Augustine of Canterbury, Luton, where he was involved in the early stages of the Luton Council of Faiths. Bishop Richard is co-leading “Equipping Christian Leadership in an Age of Science”, looking at scientific perspectives on reality and whether they are compatible with faith in God. He is also concerned with issues of justice, poverty and ecology. With Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra, Bishop Richard leads the Forum's "Shared Perspectives" visit to Jerusalem each year.  He is currently a Scholar-Practioner with the Forum.
 
Abbas Ismail (Shi'a) - Adjunct Lecturer, Islamic College for Advanced Studies (the same institution as his predecessor Dr Bahmanpour), Assistant Secretary General, The World Federation of Khoja Shi’a Ithna-Asheri Muslim Communities, with specific remit for Islamic Education including Interfaith Activities (Shi’a)
 
Dr Musharraf Hussain OBE, Vice-Chair of the Christian Muslim Forum until 31/12/2010 and head of the Karimia Institute in Nottingham. A well known speaker and teacher, who will be recognised by some as one of the two representatives of MCB who went to Iraq to seek the release of Ken Bigley. Appointed President 2006, appointed Chair 2008. Musharraf was awarded his OBE in the 2009 New Year's Honours list. 

Dr Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour, Principal, Islamic College for Advanced Studies, Willesden, London. A Shi'a scholar and also editor in chief of the monthly magazine Echo of Islam. Appointed 2006, retired 2008.

Rt Revd David Gillett retired early as both Chair of the Forum and Bishop of Bolton to care for his wife. Some of the highlights of Bishop David's time with the Forum were: our statement on Religious Festivals at Christmas 2006 (an idea he brought to the Forum), which generated a great deal of media interest and followed his own Hallowe'en campaign; the first imams and ministers conference (our third event is planned for April 2008) and our first annual lectures with the Archbishop of Canterbury and Prof. Tariq Ramadan.  Appointed 2006, retired 2007.
 
Dr Ataullah Siddiqui, former Vice-Chair of the Christian Muslim Forum and Director of the Markfield Institute of Higher Education and head of the Islamic Foundation's Inter Faith Unit. Has a long history of engagement with Christians since his youth. Has published many books and articles on Christian-Muslim relations. Appointed 2006, retired 2008.
 
The Revd Esme Beswick MBE, founder and president of the Joint Council for Anglo Caribbean Churches. She has served on several ecumenical bodies including Borough Dean of Lambeth, Chair of Brixton Council of Churches, Churches Council for Britain and Ireland and the former Inner Cities Religious Council a government public body. Patron of Race Equality Employment Programme, and formerly a President of Churches Together in England. Appointed 2006.
 
The late Rt Revd Michael Evans, Roman Catholic Bishop of East Anglia. Canon theologian of Southwark archdiocese. He has been involved in ecumenical dialogue for the last fifteen years. He was recently chair of the Archdiocese of Southwark Justice and Peace Coordinating Committee.
 
Shaykh Haytham Tamim, the chairman and founder of Utrujj foundation, a leading Islamic educational institution in the UK. He has provided a leading vision for Islamic learning which has influenced the way Islamic knowledge is disseminated in the UK. While responsible for orchestrating the design and delivery of over 200 different courses, Shaykh Haytham Tamim's vast teaching experience has manifested in changing many lives. He is an Independent consultant in Islamic finance and is on the Shari'ah supervisory board for Gatehouse Bank PLC (London), Gulf Finance House (UK), Europe Arab Bank, The Utrujj Foundation, and Al-Qalam Shari'ah board (UK).
 
The Revd. Dr. Nicholas Wood, also Trustee/Honorary Treasurer, Fellow and Tutor in Religion and Culture at Regent's Park College, University of Oxford, and Director of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture. A former schoolteacher, he is a minister in the Baptist Union of Great Britain and a member of the Oxford Faculty of Theology.
 
Revd Alison Tomlin (Methodist)
 
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