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.

Mohammed Amin MBE FRSA MA FCA AMCT CTA(Fellow), Chairman

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.” To support former members of the Armed Forces, Amin has been a member of the Royal British Legion since 2008.

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 

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

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.

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

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

Photograph of trustee Lady Sheikh

Lady Shaida Sheikh

Lady Sheikh was born in Nairobi, Kenya and came to the UK in 1967 as a teenager.

After completing her studies in London, she trained as a certified accountant before joining the BBC for seven years. After that, she worked for Yugotours rising to the position of Assistant Chief Accountant.

She was an adviser to Lord Sheikh in his work when he was the majority shareholder of the insurance brokerage Camberford Law plc (now Camberford Law Ltd), which employed over 200 people. She also ran and managed Lord Sheikh’s Parliamentary Office and staff.

For many years Lady Sheikh has been an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Conservative Muslim Forum, a grouping within the Conservative Party.

She is passionate about the education and empowerment of women, helping orphans in poverty in the third world, promoting interfaith relations and environmental issues.

She is also a Trustee of the Sheikh Abdullah Foundation which she founded with Lord Sheikh. She is also Patron of the charity Orphans in Need and a Champion for Roko Cancer Charitable Trust. She is a member of the RSPCA, RSPB, National Trust and supports the Gorilla Organisation, wildlife charities and the WWF. Shortly after Lord Sheikh’s death, she was elected as a trustee of the National Muslim War Memorial Trust.

Our Founder

Photograph of Lord Sheikh with the years of his birth and death

The Lord Sheikh 1941 - 2022

For many years, Lord Sheikh was passionate about the need to commemorate Muslims who had fought for the Crown. He took the initiative of pulling together the initial trustees and incoporating The National Muslim War Memorial Trust as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation. He gave both his money and very large amounts of time to NMWMT, and was working to take it forward throughout the time before his sudden death, serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees since inception.

We have created a special page to pay tribute to him.

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