Leadership

Meet the Board

The Trustees have been chosen for their skills, knowledge and integrity and serve unpaid. They take all important decisions collectively and are legally responsible for  ensuring that the Trust operates in accordance with the law, safeguards its money, and fulfils its mission.

Photgraph of Lord Sheikh

The Lord Sheikh, Chairman

Lord Sheikh was born in Kenya and brought up in Uganda. His family originated from the Punjab. 

Lord Sheikh has been honored by the presentation of several personal awards which have been given to him for his achievements, leadership, business and community work. 

He has also been awarded an honorary doctorate for Humanitarian work which he undertakes.

Lord Sheikh was elevated to the House of Lords in 2006.  He is an active Peer and speaks regularly in the House of Lords on a variety of subjects including issues relating to the Muslim Community.  

He founded the Conservative Muslim Forum and was its Chairman for several years. He is now President of the Forum.

He is the Chairman of companies relating to Property and other businesses.  

Lord Sheikh is also a writer. His first book on the Maharaja Ranjit Singh was very well received, and his second, An Indian in the House, is on the first four Indians who were members of British Parliament. He has nearly completed his third which is a historical novel based in India. 

Lord Sheikh has spoken in the House of Lords and held events to commemorate the contributions of the Indians and the Muslims during the World Wars.

He has been a visiting lecturer at Universities and acts as an advisor to a British University.   

He is the Chairman or a senior official of several All-Party Parliamentary Groups which includes the Group on Islamic Finance.

He has been described as a businessman, academic, philanthropist and writer.

Major General (Retd) Charles Fattorini WO MA FCMI psc+, Vice Chairman

Charles Fattorini retired from the British Army in April 2018 as a Major General, having gained considerable experience in international, diplomatic, ministerial and head of state engagement. His last appointment was on secondment to the Sultanate of Oman as a security and defence advisor and head of the UK military mission.

He has held numerous leadership roles and has broad managerial experience within both the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office having served in Pakistan, East Africa and the Middle East. His is a Trustee of the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, a member of the Anglo-Omani Society, and of the Pakistan Society.

The Lord Lexden OBE

Lord (Alistair) Lexden OBE is a Conservative peer and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. He contributed to Conservative Party policy as Deputy Director of the Conservative Research Department during the Thatcher and Major years. 

He worked on behalf some 1,300 independent schools (where around 500,000 children are educated) as General Secretary of the Independent Schools Council when Labour was in power after 1997. 

Throughout his career he has written and lectured on modern British history. A series of debates in the House of Lords marking the centenary of the First World War fostered his interest in the magnificent and indispensable Muslim contribution to victory in that searing conflict, and to Britain’s military achievements more generally.

Full information about his parliamentary and historical work can be found on his website www.alistairlexden.org.uk

Makhdum Ali Chishty QPM, SI, LLB (Hons), PGFHId

Mak Chishty retired in 2017 as a Commander at New Scotland Yard after 32 years of exemplary service in policing and was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal (QPM) in 2009 for Distinguished Police Service.

As a Chief Police Officer, Mak was a Commander at New Scotland Yard where he was assigned command responsibility for the North and West London areas leading circa 6,000 officers. It was in this role that he was entrusted to lead Scotland Yard’s response to the community following the riots, which gripped London in August 2011.

He is noted for his skill and experience in working with communities to rebuild trust and confidence and in 2014, he was appointed by the Commissioner of Police to lead on community relations, working at the intersection of counter-terrorism, counter-extremism, security and public order operations across London. He provided national leadership on sectarian extremism, violent extremism, and radicalism at a time of high risk and was commended by the Head of Counter Terrorism for the U.K.

In March 2018 the President of Pakistan awarded Mak the national honour of Sitar-I Imitiaz for security and protection for Pakistan and Global Peace.

Post-retirement Mak has become a prominent media commentator on policing and security issues whilst also providing executive advice to nation states on security, protection, and community policing matters.

Mohammed Amin MBE FRSA MA FCA AMCT CTA(Fellow)

Mohammed Amin, born in Pakistan, has lived in the UK since 1952.

Despite illiterate parents, Amin graduated in Mathematics from Clare College, Cambridge and obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, with distinction, from Leeds University. After a year teaching, in 1977 he became a Chartered Accountant, after coming fifth nationally in the PE1 examination out of over 4,000 candidates. In 1978 he qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor with an examination distinction. In 1995 he became an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. His Chartered Institute of Taxation Fellowship thesis received the medal for the best thesis submitted in 1999.

Amin was the first Muslim admitted to the Price Waterhouse partnership in the UK. For six years he served as an elected member of PwC’s 15-person Supervisory Board, responsible for overseeing PwC’s management. He also served as PwC’s UK Head of Islamic Finance.

In retirement, Amin focuses on building a cohesive society in the UK. In April 2016 he gave the second Annual Religious Freedom Lecture of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society UK and Ireland Chapter: “One Muslim’s Perspective on Religious Freedom.”

He is Co-Chair of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester and Chairman of the Islam & Liberty Network.

 For his community work, Clare College designated him Alumnus of the Year 2014. In June 2016 he was awarded an MBE for services to Community Cohesion and Inter-Faith Relations in Greater Manchester. For more information on Amin visit his website www.mohammedamin.com 

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