Council Members

Co-Chairs

Fr Gerard Mitchell SJ

Fr Gerard Mitchell SJ

London Church Leaders – Faith: Christian

Fr Gerard is the Parish Priest at St Anselm’s Church, Southall, as well as the Dean of Ealing in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Westminster. He was ordained in 1983 after an earlier career as a teacher. He is Chair of Governors at St Anselm’s Catholic School and on the Governing Council of St John’s Beaumont School. Fr Gerard is on the Board of Reference for Heathrow Chaplaincy and active in the Southall Council of Churches. He is a Leader for West London Citizens and is an activist on local homelessness.

jasvirJasvir Singh

City Sikhs Network – Faith: Sikh

Jasvir is a Director of the City Sikhs Network, a professional networking organisation for Sikhs and non-Sikhs alike. He is involved in community cohesion and integration projects throughout Britain and actively promotes political engagement within the British South Asian community. He is also a barrister specialising in Family Law and Landlord & Tenant Law.

Vice-Chairs

Dr Natubhai Shah, MBEDr Natubhai Shah, MBE

Jain Network – Faith: Jain

Dr Natubhai Shah, retired doctor with a PhD in Jain Religion, is the author of Jainism: World of Conquerors (2 Volumes). He represents Jainism at the highest level and is Founder Chair/CEO of the Jain Network and Founder President Jain Samaj Europe. He was mainly responsible for the creation of the Jain Centre in Leicester and is now involved in establishing a Jain Centre in North London. He is Trustee of IFN, FbRN, Barnet Multifaith Forum and member of Barnet SACRE and Chair of Council of Dharmic Faiths. He was selected ‘Man of the Year’ by ABI, awarded ‘Jain Ratna’ by Prime Minister of India in 2001 and ‘MBE’ in 2012 by the Queen for his services to the Jain Community and Interfaith Relations.

Leonie LewisLeonie Lewis

London Jewish Forum – Faith: Jewish

Leonie Lewis is Director of the Jewish Volunteering Network. She has a Masters in Sociology of Education & is an MBA UJIA Ashdown Fellow. She is particularly interested in faith, young people and community development issues and holds several voluntary positions including Trustee of the Faith Based Regeneration Network (FBRN), Co chair of the Faith Forum in London, Advisor to the Children’s Aid Committee, & Trustee of AJ6 & JLGB.

 Dr Deesha ChadhaDr Deesha Chadha

Hindu Forum of Britain – Faith: Hindu

Dr Deesha Chadha is currently a lecturer at King’s College London, having gained her PhD in 2005 from the University of Surrey. She is an interfaith committee member with the Hindu Forum of Britain and is also on the national executive committee for faiths and beliefs in further education.

Council Members

Koser Shaheen

Association of Muslim Lawyers – Faith: Muslim

Koser Shaheen has retained the role of General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Lawyers since 2010. She is a Knowledge Management Attorney for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, a leading international law firm. She is also Vice-Chair of the Law Society’s Ethnic Minority Lawyers Division, a Law Society Solicitor for Social Mobility Ambassador and a member of Cleary Gottlieb’s London Diversity Committee. Before working at Cleary Gottlieb,Koser did her Legal Practice Course as part of a training contract with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP where she qualified as a Capital Markets Associate. She graduated from Birmingham City University in 2007 with the highest first in her year.

Ven Bogoda SeelawimalaVen Bogoda Seelawimala

London Buddhist Vihara – Faith: Buddhist

Venerable B. Seelawimala is the Head of the London Buddhist Vihara. He is also Chief Sangha Nayaka of Great Britain. He did his monastic training in Sri Lanka and came to the UK in 1992 as a resident monk at the London Buddhist Vihara. This is the oldest Buddhist monastery in the UK. He is also an executive member of the InterFaith Network in the UK and a Buddhist Chaplain to various hospitals in London.

Dr David MuirDr David Muir

London Churches – Faith: Christian

Dr Muir is a political scientist and theologian. He graduated with a degree in Politics & Government and subsequently with an MA in Political Education and Public Policy from London University. Studying under Professor Keith Ward, David earned a PhD in Political Theology from King’s College, London University. He taught history and politics at London University, African American culture and history at the University of East London, and Black British political history at London Metropolitan University. He has served as UK Government Adviser on policing and citizenship and chaired the first public inquiry, The Virdi Inquiry of the Metropolitan Police Authority where he was Deputy Chairman. In 2005, he joined the UK’s Evangelical Alliance as Executive Director responsible for Public Theology and Public Policy. He served as adviser and Executive Board Member of the African Caribbean Evangelical Alliance (ACEA) and a Consultant for the Council for Christian Unity.

Jon Dal DinJon Dal Din

London Church Leaders – Faith: Christian

Jon Dal Din has been Director for London Church Leaders since July 2008, he is a married permanent Deacon and before joining Westminster Interfaith he was a lecturer in Further Education.

Revd Kumar RajagopalanRevd Kumar Rajagopalan

London Church Leaders – Faith: Christian

Rev Kumar Rajagopalan has been the LBA Regional Minister responsible for Racial Justice since 2003, he is also responsible for Inter-Faith issues; ppreviously he was the Minister of Westbury Avenue Baptist Church. Whilst at Westbury Avenue, Kumar was chaplain to Haringey police force and was also actively involved in Pray Haringey. He was co-opted to the Board of Directors of the LBA during 2002. Kumar has very wide experience having studied chemistry at Aberdeen and worked as a chartered accountant.

Captain Nick CokeCaptain Nick Coke

London Church Leaders – Faith: Christian

Captain Nick Coke is a Salvation Army officer based in Stepney from the East End of London. As well as leading a local church, for the past 9 years he has been heavily involved in working across faith in Tower Hamlets through dialogue, joint social action and campaigning for social justice.

Revd Michaela YoungsonRevd Michaela Youngson

London Church Leaders – Faith: Christian

The Revd Michaela Youngson is a Methodist Minister currently serving as Chair of the London District. She is an Honorary Vice-President of the Christian Muslim Forum; of which she was a founder specialist member. Her ministry has involved time in Burnley and Accrington, as well as working in London, firstly as Secretary for Pastoral Care and Spirituality for the Methodist Church in Britain, then in a local ministry in Ealing and now as one of the three Chairs of the London District. An author and broadcaster, Michaela’s wide range of interests include discipleship development, gender justice and in her spare time she fuses glass to make art pieces and jewellery.

Rabbi Deborah Young-SomersRabbi Deborah Young-Somers

London Jewish Forum – Faith: Jewish

Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers teaches at Leo Baeck College on a course called World Religions 101 which allows students to explore their own encounter with other faiths, and dialogue between faiths. She was ordained by Leo Baeck College in 2009 whilst also earning a distinction for her Ma. Her first degree was in Religious Studies (1st class hons) at Lancaster University (2001), and she was a Buber Fellow at Paideia, the European Centre for Jewish Studies (2003). Having volunteered in the Interfaith world for several years, and served as the Chair of the Young Leadership Council of the International Council of Christians and Jews, Debbie worked at the UK Council of Christians and Jews from 2003-2004. Her first Rabbinic post was at West London Synagogue where she co-ordinated Interfaith activities and the Jewish Preparation programme, as well as developing an interfaith programme for teenagers. She is currently working at the Movement for Reform Judaism as the Community Educator. She has been published in magazines and journals, and is a regular contributor to Radio 2’s Pause for Thought and for the Jewish News.

Sayed Yousif Al-Khoei, OBESayed Yousif Al-Khoei, OBE

Al-Khoei Foundation – Faith: Muslim

Sayed Yousif is the Director of Public Affairs at the Al-Khoei where he is engaged in Interfaith, community cohesion, capacity building and academic projects locally, nationally and at the UN. Sayed Yousif is a founding member of the Mosque and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) which was set up in 2006. He was a founding member of FAIR (Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism), is a founding member of the National Council for the Welfare of Muslim Prisoners, a member of the Prison Service Chaplaincy Council and is the Shia Muslim advisor to HM Prisons. In 2008, Sayed Yousif was awarded an OBE for services to community relations.

Dilowar Hussain KhanDilowar Hussain Khan

London Muslim Centres Group – Faith: Muslim

Dilowar Khan is the Executive Director of the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre, which is one of the largest Mosque and Islamic Centre’s in UK. He has been working in community/voluntary sector for the last 24 years and is actively involved in inter-faith and broad based community organising work for the last 15 years in London and beyond.

Rosalind MillerRosalind Miller

Network of Sikh Organisations – Faith: Sikh

Rosalind Miller is Development Director for Islington Faiths Forum, one of the most active inter faith forums in London representing many faiths, and for eight years until December 2012 was Chief Executive of the Sikh Charity, the Guru Ram Das Project. She currently represents the Sikh Community through the Network of Sikh Organisations, working with Lord Singh CBE, and sits on the Governing Council for Faiths Forum for London as a Sikh representative. Rosalind undertakes part-time consultancy work covering items such as health inequalities, refugee and migrant integration, and disabled user engagement. Having spent the first ten years of her working life in the private sector, Rosalind transferred her interest and skills to the voluntary, community and faith sector and hasn’t looked back since. She enjoys delivering work for the benefit of everyone in the community and is passionate about supporting projects that promote understanding, create stronger communities and empower individuals.

Malcolm DebooMalcolm Deboo

Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe – Faith: Zoroastrian

Malcolm M. Deboo is President of Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (ZTFE), established in 1861 to look after interests of Zoroastrians in UK. ZTFE is the oldest Asian religious voluntary organisation in UK. The first three Asian MPs elected in UK were all ZTFE members. At the ZTFE, Malcolm’s primary responsibilities are to coordinate interfaith activities and disseminate information on Zoroastrianism, especially to inter faith and educational establishments, local and national government agencies.

Co-Opted Members

Catriona RobertsonCatriona Robertson

Co-Opted – Faith: Christian

Catriona Robertson graduated in Psychology from St Andrew’s University. She has established two local multi-faith forums and the European Network on Religion and Belief. Concerned with how we live equitably and cohesively without having to be the same, she works at the interface of religion and belief, public policy and local community life. Catriona convenes the London Boroughs Faiths Network.

Revd-Steven-SaxbyRevd Steven Saxby

London Church Leaders – Faith: Christian

Revd Steven Saxby is the Executive Officer of the London Church Leaders Group for Social Action and part time Priest-in-Charge of St Barnabas, Walthamstow. Steven was ordained into the Church of England in 1998 and has since then served in the Diocese of Chelmsford. In addition to his Cambridge (Westcott House/Fitzwilliam) degree in theology, he has MAs from Heythrop College (Inter-Religious Dialogue) and University College, London (Cultural Heritage). Steven has a strong record of social action, ecumenical and multi faith engagement, including London Citizens, where he has been active in the City Safe campaign and a key member of Walthamstow Migrants Action Group. Steven also founded the London Boroughs Faiths Network in 2002. Most recently he served as Area Dean of Waltham Forest, from 2007-2012 and Ecumenical Borough Dean convenor, engaging with civic leaders, ecumenical and other faith colleagues on social action issues.

Margaret CaveRevd Margaret Cave

London Church Leaders Member, Team Rector, East Greenwich Team Church of England Ministry.

 

the-ven-duncan-greenThe Ven. Duncan Green

Oversaw the Church of England’s involvement at the London 2012 Games, was installed at St Paul’s Cathedral in April 2013.

As well as representing the Church of England during the Summer Games, Duncan was also seconded to the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games as a faith adviser and then in Spring of 2010 became their head of multi­faith chaplaincy services; a role in which he oversaw the chaplaincy service for 20,000 athletes and officials, 200,000 staff and volunteers as well as 26,000 reporters and broadcasters. He current is the Archdeacon for Northolt and is the inter faith lead for the Bishop of London.

Talat Shaikh

Talat Shaikh is the chairperson of Muslim Community & Education Centre (Palmers Green Mosque) and one of its founder trustee. With a background of IT and Management he has been working in the Charity sector since 1992 and is a trustee (inc. past chair) of Enfield Racial Equality Council and also is part of the Executive board of Enfield Over 50 Forum.

Bishop Donnett Thomas

London Church Leaders Member, Chair of Churches Together in South London (CTSL) is the umbrella ecumenical body that encourages and supports inter‐church work, worship and witness in the London boroughs of Greenwich, Lewisham, Southwark, Lambeth, Wandsworth, Croydon, Merton, Sutton, Kingston, and Richmond south of the River Thames. Senior Pastor of Power of the Living Word Ministries in Clapham Park.

Annabel Djalili

Representing the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá’ís of the United Kingdom.