Associate Members

The Associate Members are younger individuals with special skills and abilities, chosen by the Trustees, and committed to helping the Trust accomplish its goals. For legal reasons, they do not vote on Trust decisions. Like the Trustees, Associate Members are unpaid.

Zaid M. Belbagi

A trusted political adviser to high profile individuals, foreign royals, dignitaries and leading international organisations, his particular specialism is strategic communications and advisory. A graduate of both the Middle East Centre at the University of Oxford and the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics, he retains a great interest in history and current affairs.

Zaid is a Partner at Hardcastle Advisory and also Ambassador for leading auction house Christie’s in the Middle East. With a deep interest in the history of Morocco, he is currently writing the first English language biography of Sultan Moulay Ismail Ibn Sharif and is similarly dedicated to highlighting the efforts of North African allied soldiers through the National Muslim War Memorial Trust (NMWMT).

Dr Ikhlaq Hussain

Ikhlaq is a fundraising and marketing specialist who has raised millions of pounds for good causes – he is passionate about helping philanthropists connect with their aspirations for a better world through social investment and philanthropy.

Ikhlaq was included in the list of the 25 most outstanding fundraisers by Fundraising Magazine in 2018 and was awarded a fellowship by the Chartered Institute of Fundraising in 2019 to recognise his services to the fundraising community.

Ikhlaq is also an academic with a PhD from the University of Hull awarded for his thesis on Marketing and Business Strategy. He teaches at Bayes Business School, and at the University of Chichester. Ikhlaq was previously a trustee of Mind in Harrow and a Mosaic Enterprise Mentor at The Prince’s Trust. He regularly writes and speaks for various sector led media outlets.

Rayla Javaid

Rayla Javaid, BSc(Hons), CPE, LPC

Rayla is currently working for one of the largest public regulatory bodies in the UK as an advisory lawyer. 

Rayla started her career with a legal charity at the Royal Courts of Justice providing pro bono legal advice to litigants. Due to her success in obtaining costs orders, she was asked to become a Costs Ambassador for the Access to Justice Foundation. She then moved on to HMRC where she worked on strategic litigation specifically relating to tax avoidance.

Rayla is also the current Vice President of the Association of Muslim Lawyers where she supports advocacy. Rayla has a particular interest in international human rights and community work. 

Samir Thantrey BSc (Hons), FCCA

Samir Thantrey is a qualified Chartered Certified Accountant and is a fellow of the
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He has a Bachelor of Science
degree in Chemistry from Queen Mary University (University of London).
He started his career at Prager Metis LLC. He continued his career at mid-tier firms
before joining one of the Big 4. Samir has extensive experience in the Entertainment,
Not for Profit, Property and Technology sectors.

He is the current serving as Treasurer of the Conservative Muslim Forum and has
represented the Conservative Muslim Forum at a number of events, conferences
and international visits.

Samir is actively involved in charitable work across the charity sector where he
primarily focuses on educational projects around the world.

Away from work, Samir enjoys spending time with his family, eating out, travelling
and experiencing new cultures. He is also an avid collector of sporting memorabilia,
rare coins and antique carpets.