Rev Charles Kwaku-Odoi, Co-Chair
Charles is a Christian Minister of Religion overseeing a number of churches in the UK and Africa. He currently serves on a number of Boards including Command Prayer Centre Ministries Int., Manchester Street Pastors and Manchester City of Sanctuary. Charles has expertise in stakeholder engagement, policy formulation, systems & process development and change management.
Qaisra Shahraz, Co-Chair
Qaisra Shahraz is Vice-Chair of Faith Network 4 Manchester and a trustee of Manchester Multi Faith Centre. She is also an executive member of the 'Muslim Jewish Forum' and 'We Stand Together'. She currently devotes a lot of her time and energy to interfaith activities to promote messages of tolerance, peace and community cohesion in Greater Manchester and in the UK and abroad through her literary tours.
Qaisra is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a prize-winning and critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter, with two Masters Degrees in English & European literature. She was recognised as being one of 100 influential Pakistani women in the Pakistan Power 100 List (2012). She is a Director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators partnership. Her novels, The Holy Woman, Typhoon and Revolt are translated into several languages. The Holy Woman (2001) won the Golden Jubilee Award, and has become a bestseller in Indonesia and Turkey. Her award-winning drama serial 'Dil Hee To Hai' was broadcast on Pakistani Television in 2003. Her work, including her first story, "A Pair of Jeans" is being studied in schools and universities.
Qaisra also enjoys a further career in education as an Ofsted inspector, a quality manager, consultant and teacher trainer, including working under the auspices of the British Council.
Grange Williams, Vice Chair
Grange is a former research scientist, recently returned from living in Australia. His interest in interfaith stems from a 30-year membership of the Bahá'í Faith, which has as a central tenet the equality and unity of all religions.
Revd. Bob Day, Treasurer
Bob is a former Teacher and Minister in the United Reformed Church (URC). He is a qualified counsellor with 24 years of ministry in urban situations. His particular interests are in community development, serving as National Coordinator for the URC Church Related Community Programme, and in mental health, acting as Chair for The Roby for nine years, a preventative mental health project in Longsight. He has particular expertise in fundraising, partnership working and project management. He is Treasurer of the Christian Muslim Forum in Manchester, Synod Interfaith advocate and a Trustee of Together Dementia Support.
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Jonny Wineberg, Advisor
Jonny has been involved with FN4M since 2006, initially as Convenor of Faith Youth Manchester and in several other roles supporting developments such as In Your Faith, Faith Dialogues, the establishment of Manchester Multifaith Centre and our Business Plan. Has a degree in Management Sciences, a post-graduate in Youth & Community Work and is a qualified Teacher in Further & Adult Education. He was formerly Deputy Principal Youth Officer for Manchester City Council and for the last 9 years has been a consultant for not-for-profit organisations. His voluntary roles include Vice-President of the Jewish Representative Council of Greater Manchester & Region and Executive Member of the Muslim Jewish Forum Greater Manchester, of which he was Co-Chair from 2007 until earlier this year. His areas of skill include project development, governance, business and action planning, supervision & appraisal, monitoring & evaluation and needs analysis.
Rupa Shah Flynn, Executive Member
Rev. David Gray, Executive Member
David has a background in mental health, youth work, homelessness, counselling and social work. David has been a Franciscan since 1990, an Anglican priest for close to fourteen years, with an overlapping period as a recognised Methodist minister. Since 2011, he has been the Progressive Christian Alliance¡¦s UK servant leader. His ministry focuses on Gorton Community Ministry and the Growing Faith in Community project. David qualified as an Interfaith Minister and Spiritual Counsellor in 2010.
Sanal Mahta, Executive Member
Yuin Mo, Executive Member
Amer Salam, Executive Member
Hani Singh, Executive Member
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