Board Members

Members of the South East England Regional Board
Eastern Sub-Regional Area

Dr Iyadh Daoud

IyadhDaoudActive role in interfaith work from its early “Informal” years, then in the formation of CIFN as an organisation and recruitment of a Development Worker.

As Vice-Chairman of the Management Committee and Chair of the Events Sub-Committee, worked hard together with others, to get CIFN to become a well-known and respected partner with all stakeholders in Crawley.

The engagement and participation of Crawley Mosques and Muslim organisations in CIFN activities and events was a gradual process which I pursued with passion, the success of which was due to being an active voluntary worker serving that community.

  • As organiser of talks to local schools, I have forged a friendly and strong relationship with all major faith groups in Crawley.
  • Worked for 30 years as a Chartered Biochemical Engineer, then part time for 10 years with Social Services supporting adults with learning difficulties.
  • Trustee Crawley Council for Voluntary Services.

I believe that Networking at the regional level is important for supporting individual groups to form stronger links with local and national organisations and to gain from shared experiences, for the benefit of all “Grassroots” members in the region.

Timothy John Miller

TimothyJohnMiller58 years old – German wife and 4 grown up children. Qualified children and families social worker. Faith – Unificationist (Unification Church of Rev Sun Myung Moon) Chair of Hastings and District Interfaith Forum. Trustee of Hastings Voluntary Action. Member of Steering Group for Sussex Pathways Vice President Universal Peace Federation Europe Active in Interfaith since 1990 when involved in a working group to set up an interfaith forum in Manchester.



Thames Valley Sub-Regional Area
Members of the Regional Board

Emel Soylu

EmelSoyluEmel is a linguist, teacher/translator of Turkish and English as well as a journalist/writer. She also has a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology.

She has worked in Turkey for 17 years as a linguist and journalist, before moving to the UK in 1988. She has worked at BBC Monitoring Service Research Unit for 16 years where she has retired as a senior researcher.

Emel has been working for Art Beyond Belief as a psychologist, where she co-develops digital art projects which allow vulnerable individuals to create their own artistic vocabulary. She has worked with a diversity of clients, ranging from offenders to victims of domestic violence and from people with mental health problems to people with autism and dementia.

As Secretary of Slough Faith Partnership, she has been actively working in the last ten years to establish a solid and diverse database for the organisation, encouraging memberships, promoting the profile of the organisation, organizing meetings and coordinating events, searching events, conferences and other interfaith activities.

As a liberal Muslim, she brought a fresh approach to Slough Faith Partnership and offers this experience and knowledge to SEEFF.

Emel believes that the future of communication is in digital media and has a strong flair and experience in setting up and maintaining Facebook and Twitter pages and Linkedin profiles for both Art Beyond Belief and Slough Faith Partnership and keeps them up to date.

Emel is a member of British Psychologists Society. She is a keen reader and still writes for Turkish media. She has also translated several novels from English into Turkish and vice versa.

David Sparrow

David SparrowDavid trained in photography, and worked in local journalism before starting his own photographic business, which he ran for thirty years before founding Art Beyond Belief in 2005.

He has illustrated many books on automotive design and motoring, and his work has been featured in high profile magazines and journals.

David is the creative lead and project manager for all Art Beyond Belief projects. His first ABB project was the Via Dolorosa, in which a traditional Christian narrative was interpreted by artists of different faiths. He has since managed Faith Junction – a series of interviews between ordinary people of faith, the Festival of Dialogue, which incorporated discussion forums, a ‘borrow-a person’ scheme at Slough Library, an interfaith conference, Sacred Spaces – video work created by sixth formers, Who Am I? – Religious Identity of young people and currently running Why Do I? – a project part of Fear, Faith and Friendship Project that examines embedded codes of behaviour.

In addition, David also develops and delivers ABB’s mental health and well being programmes, designed to foster self-confidence and self-determination to vulnerable groups in the areas of domestic violence, mental health, dementia, autism and learning disability.

David’s other interests include art and music. He is a member of the Wynkyn de Worde typographical society, a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and a member of the Thomas Merton Society.

Central Sub-Regional Area
Members of the Regional Board


Elizabeth Jenkerson

Elizabeth_JenkersonThough an American, Elizabeth has lived in the UK for over a decade. A librarian by profession, she is semi-retired and primarily does editing and proofreading now.

A member of the Hampshire Interfaith Network, Elizabeth serves on various national Baha’i committees and represents the Baha’i Faith on three SACREs in Hampshire.

She also assists in the chaplaincy at the Royal Hampshire Hospital in Winchester.

Trevor Jones

Trevor_JonesMy interest in inter-faith stems from having a number of Muslim student lodgers in my home. On the Guildford Inter-Faith Forum, I represent the Guildford (Portsmouth Road) United Reformed Church, of which I’ve been a member since moving to Guildford in 1990, and where I have in the past organised a few small inter-faith meetings. I would like to see SEEFF becoming at least partly funded by members, both individuals and organisations, paying a modest annual subscription.

My organisational experience should be valuable to SEEFF. I was for a few years not long ago an unpaid Director of Railfuture, which became a company a few years ago. I was the  Treasurer and a past Chairman of its London & South-East Branch. I represent the Society internationally in the European Passengers Federation.

I am Secretary of the Surrey Border Chess League and the second-team (Under-180) captain for the Surrey County Chess Association. I organise tournaments and captain one team for the Guildford Chess Club. In the past, I was “Grading Programmer” for the Southern Counties Chess Union.

I have a Cambridge University degree in Mathematics, did 6 years’ school teaching, was an IT professional for over 25 years, and most recently have worked in railways, finally as Revenue Protection Data Analyst manager for South West Trains from 2007 until the post was cut in January 2009, after which I have been retired from paid employment. Separately from Rail future, I also represent Guildford rail users at meetings with South West Trains. I was born in 1948.

Stephen Vickers

Stephen_VickersPhD International Law, teacher, chartered secretary
Chief Exec, Vocational Training Charitable Trust
Formerly Religious Studies Officer for Oxford Exam Board
Formerly on Oxfordshire and Leicester SACREs.
Member, RE Council of England and Wales since 1988
Vice President, South, United Nations Assn, UK
Chair, Qualifications Standards Group, UK NARIC
Exec member, Federation of Awarding Bodies
EU “expert” in technical and vocational education Member, Baha’i RE Agency


Kawther Akhtar Hashmi 

Kawther Hashmi has done a BA in Accounting and Finance alongside Religious Studies both in UK and abroad. She has worked as a Development Officer for a Charity organisation in Lancashire where she delivered a project focusing on BME girls aged between 9 – 18 years. She has lead a youth group, which organised various events in the community including hosting a program on a five-year community radio in Lancashire.

Kawther has voluntarily taught Religious Studies for 14 years and continues to do so while currently residing at Shah Jahan Mosque, Woking, as the Imam’s wife.

Kawther delivers talks about Islam to various faith groups and organisations including Humanists, Amnesty International and church groups to demystify Islam and address misconceptions of Islam. She has been involved with interfaith work for more than 10 years to promote community cohesion, develop understanding of each other’s faiths and acceptance of all as part of humanity.

Kawther works to promote the Faith Infrastructure and its engagement in developing, improving and extending services in communities across the county of Surrey. She is Faith Links Adviser for the Diocese of Guildford, Church of England.

Kawther is a founding member and trustee of the Surrey Muslim Association, which aims to be a platform for Muslims in Surrey, to work with and improve communications to the wider community. She has been involved with organizing events to address issues on hate crime, mental health, climate change and supporting refugees in Surrey. She is also the Muslim representative on Surrey SACRE.

She has also helped to set up interfaith forums to bring people of all faiths and no belief together to develop understanding and friendship. Kawther is an active member of the Woking Debates committee – the debates consider topics of peace and social justice, climate, housing, vulnerable children and many other topics of interest for the people of Woking and the wider world.

Kawther is also currently working with Surrey and Borders Partnership as Multi Faith Spiritual Coordinator.

Chair of South East England Faiths Forum