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 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.

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 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.

Council Members

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 Foundation 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.

fred-ashmoreFred Ashmore

London Church Leaders – Faith: Christian

Fred Ashmore is a member of Quakers, primarily as a worshipper and Clerk of Kingston upon Thames local Quaker Meeting but also active in many roles within the Religious Society of Friends including interfaith work in London and with London Quakers. He seeks to follow George Fox’s advice…..”walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in every one”.

 

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.

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.

bhavesh-dharniBhavesh Dharni

National Hinu Students’ Forum (UK) – Faith: Hindu

 

 

 

unnamedAnnabel Djalili

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

 

 

Margaret CaveRevd Margaret Cave

London Churches – Faith: Christian

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

 

Captain Nick CokeCaptain Nick Coke

Salvation Army – 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.

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.

rajnishRajnish Kashyap

Hindu Council UK – Faith: Hindu
Working in Credit Management Profession for last 35 years, in depth knowledge of Export and Freight. Director/Trustee Hindu Council UK. Secretary Council of Dharmic Faiths UK. General Secretary Arya Samaj Middlesex. Faiths forum for London. Speaker on Hinduism, Promoting Social Justice & welfare for Hindus in UK, Providing a voice that represent voluntary and community-led organizations. Interfaith outreach

 

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 Centres 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.

speaking2-2Revd David Musgrave

London Churches – Faith: Christian

David is a Methodist minister currently serving in the Lambeth Circuit (South London), where he is involved in a number of inter faith contacts including the managing committee of Faiths Together in Lambeth. He is inter faith co-ordinator for the London Methodist District. He travelled widely during his previous career in the diplomatic service and has a lifelong passion for encountering and embracing the ‘Other’ in cultural and linguistic as well as in faith terms. Earlier inter faith experiences have included conversations with Sikhs in Southall and living on the Christian-Muslim encounter line in Nigeria. David participated in the Cambridge Co-exist Leadership programme in 2013, bringing together faith leaders from Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities. He represents the Methodist Church in a number of inter faith fora including the Inter Faith Network.

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; previously 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.

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.

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.

talat-sheikhTalat Shaikh

Muslim Community & Education – Faith: Muslim

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.

 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.

Rt Revd Dr Donnett Thomas

London Churches – Faith: Christian
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.

Co-Opted Members

the-ven-luke-miller-archdeacon-of-hampstead-320x320The Ven. Luke Miller

Co-Opted – Faith: Christian

The Ven. Luke Miller has been Archdeacon of London since January 2016, and was previously Archdeacon of Hampstead. Between school and university he came to London for a year as Pastoral Assistant at St James Sussex Gardens in Paddington before training for the priesthood at St Stephen’s House Oxford where he completed a degree in Theology.He was ordained in 1991 and served as curate of St Matthew’s Oxhey in the Diocese of St Albans. In 1994 he was appointed curate of St Mary’s Tottenham, and became vicar of that parish in 1995. The parish is one of two straddled by the Tottenham Hale development and he was involved at the very beginning of the project to establish church work on the site there, as well as planting a church nearby in Tottenham. From 2005-2011 he served for two periods on Diocesan Synod and was Area Dean of East Haringey. Fr Luke became Archdeacon of London in January 2016. He is currently a member of the General Synod and Chair of the London Diocesan Board for Schools. He chairs the Faith Sector Panel of the London Resilience Forum and is responsible for helping Faith Communities across London be ready to respond in major incidents.

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 (LBFN).

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.