People

Acting Trustees

Canon Giles Goddard is Vicar of St John’s Church, Waterloo, London. St John’s hosts the Waterloo Festival and is closely involved in the South Bank arts scene, and is noted for its work on climate change, inclusion and interfaith. Giles is a member of the Church of England’s General Synod and the Environment Working Group. His book, “Space for Grace – creating inclusive churches” was published by Canterbury Press. Previously he worked in social housing and at the John Lewis Partnership.

Jamie Cresswell is a member of the Soka Gakkai International-UK and has practised Buddhism for nearly 30 years. His Buddhist background includes a degree in Buddhist studies and practice and study in many traditions and schools.

Jamie is the Director of the Centre for Applied Buddhism, President of the European Buddhist Union, a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders and chairman for Religions for Peace UK. In his spare time Jamie sings with a male voice choir, attempts to compose music and walks in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside.

Talia is the CEO of Sadeh Farm, a UK-based Jewish farm and environmentally-focused retreat centre. Talia founded Sadeh in 2016 as a charity that promotes Judaism and environmental education. Through Sadeh Farm she applies regenerative farming practices as she transforms the site into a space that can host a variety of occasions, from celebrating Jewish festivals to offering volunteer fellowship programmes. Talia's love of food-growing was inspired during her attendance at the Adamah Programme at the Isabella Freedman centre in the USA, 2015. Talia can most often be found weeding and planting her vegetable beds at Sadeh. She is also involved with the climate activist group Extinction Rebellion Jews. Her Jewish faith inspires her activism, and her activism aims to encourage others to be inspired to care for people and the planet.

Guy has served in many roles as a priest in the Church of England, in urban parishes in Coventry, Guildford, Birmingham and London. He was Archdeacon of Bradford for five years and in 2005 he was interfaith adviser for Archbishop Rowan Williams and the Church of England. He is currently rural dean for 30 parishes in Herefordshire. He was co-chair of the Faiths Forum for London, adviser to the European Council of Religious Leaders, trustee of the Near Neighbours charity and its Catalyst programme, and Secretary to the Church of England’s Christian-Jewish theology group.

Before ordination he worked in a wide variety of countries, cultures and sectors: in Kenya, Uganda and Mauritius on international development issues; in Belgium in the Commission of the European Communities; and in the UK as a director of an international food manufacturing company. In his role as inter-religious affairs adviser, he travelled extensively in the UK, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia. He sees care for creation and the natural environment as a core concern across all the faiths.

Jagbir is a senior lecturer in Sikh Studies in the Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham. She is the only academic in the UK who has the official title Senior Lecturer in Sikh Studies. Jagbir has over 17 years’ experience in teaching and research, and provides extensive knowledge and experience in Sikh theology, inter-faith dialogue and contemporary issues facing the Sikh community. Her research covers issues of gender inequality, Sikh identity in the diasporic community, mental health, racialization and mistaken identity and other contested issues that confront the Sikh community. Her work in the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion looks at public policy, social and political engagement issues as they affect and are affected by the British Sikh community.

Jagbir was a Commissioner on The Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life (CORAB), convened in 2013 by The Woolf Institute. She is a board member of ESITIS - European Society for Intercultural Theology and Interreligious Studies (ESITIS) an international and interdisciplinary society for the scholarly study of intercultural theology and interreligious relations. She is also a board member and trustee of a number of charities that focus on gender and climate change.

Jagbir is a presenter on the Thought for the Day segment on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Husna is the CEO of Global One 2015, a faith-based international NGO focused on women.

With a PhD in International Environmental Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Husna is the former Group CEO of Faith Regen Foundation, a multi-faith UK charity. She is a board member of Faith In Water and Palmers Green Mosque (the MCEC), and a former board member of BOND. She is a co-chair of the UN Inter-agency Task Force on Religion and Development’s Multi-Faith Advisory Council, and the Coordinator for the Alliance of NGOs and CSOs for South-South Cooperation (ANSSC), which works in collaboration with the UNOSSC.

Husna also sits on the Steering Committee of the World Bank’s Moral Imperative Initiative. She is an author and thought leader who has presented many papers internationally, focusing particularly on faith and the environment. She is the secretary-general of the World Muslim Leadership Forum. She was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the New Year’s Honours list in 2010 for her services to disadvantaged people, for work promoting social justice within disadvantaged communities. She is an honorary fellow of the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion, Birmingham University.

Trupti Patel is the first female President of the largest UK Hindu umbrella organisation, the Hindu Forum of Britain. She has over 40 years' experience in highways, traffic and transportation, managing various divisions at Salford City Council, Manchester City Council and Three Rivers District Council. She now runs a consultancy supporting network management, sustainable transport, environmental improvements, road safety, and climate change issues.

Trupti trained as a civil engineer at Sardar Patel University in India, then after moving to Britain, achieved her postgraduate degree at City University and became a fellow of the Charter Institute of Highways and Transportation UK while working full-time. In 2004, she became the first female civil engineer of Asian origin in the UK to hold high office in local government as Assistant Director at Salford City Council, and she was the first female chairperson of the Northwest Branch of the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.

Trupti's involvement with community organisations has spanned her career. She was a Trustee of the Community Arts Northwest and Voluntary Community Faith Partnership until moving back to London from the Northwest. In 2019 she was elected the first female Director of the Interfaith Network UK for the Hindu Faith in 2019, and since 2015 she has sat on a Home Office panel for the Security of Faith Buildings. She is a member of the Women's Economic Forum, and a regular participant on various BBC television and radio channels.

Imam Razawi is the Chief Imam and Director General of the Scottish Ahlul Bayt Society (SABS). He is also a Director and Associate at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, as well as being a Visiting Scholar at the University of Strathclyde.

Nationally, he has served as an advisor on the United Kingdom’s Independent Sharia Review commissioned by Theresa May and participates as a member of the Oxfam GB Zakat Advisory Panel.

Internationally, Imam Razawi is a trustee and member of multiple international organizations and non-governmental bodies including an international Trustee of Religions for Peace (RfP), a member of the European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL), a member of the United Nation (UN) Multi-Faith Advisory Council, and an advisory board member of the Islamic Reporting Initiative (IRI).

Steering Group

Canon Giles Goddard is Vicar of St John’s Church, Waterloo, London. St John’s hosts the Waterloo Festival and is closely involved in the South Bank arts scene, and is noted for its work on climate change, inclusion and interfaith. Giles is a member of the Church of England’s General Synod and the Environment Working Group. His book, “Space for Grace – creating inclusive churches” was published by Canterbury Press. Previously he worked in social housing and at the John Lewis Partnership.

Maria Elena Arana works at CAFOD, the Catholic agency for Overseas Development, part of the Caritas Federation, one of the largest aid networks in the world working in 165 countries. Maria Elena was born in Chihuahua, Mexico but grew up outside of New York City. For the last 28 years, her work life has spilled over into the rest of her life as she has worked for CAFOD as the outreach campaign manager mainly involved with overseas partners, volunteers, regional staff, and UK allies especially Catholic, interfaith and green networks. She is also the livesimply Award Coordinator which is the Catholic parallel scheme to Eco Church and Eco Synagogue.

Olivia has practiced Buddhism for over 30 years and is a local women’s leader for the Buddhist lay organisation Soka Gakkai International (SGI-UK). She is a research fellow for the Centre for Applied Buddhism and has an MA in Reconciliation and Peacebuilding.

Her particular interests are in the peacebuilding capacities of religions and how they can mobilise for social change and climate action. Since 2019 she has been the project coordinator for the Network of Buddhist Organisation’s Eco Dharma Network supported by Religions for Peace and FFTC. Professionally she works as a freelance opera and theatre director.

Luke Harman is a campaigner and activist, passionate about people-powered change. Luke has campaigned professionally at Christian Aid since 2011, leading a team developing engagement strategies and campaign tactics on tax and climate justice. Over the past 3 years, he has managed Christian Aid’s campaigns team and is driving a shift towards a movement building approach.

Luke is vice-chair of the Jubilee Debt Campaign and has helped lead trustees through a change in governance structures. Luke is an avid runner (2 marathons so far!), walker and cyclist who enjoys the restorative power of being in nature.

Susanna runs the sustainability programme at FWCC, the world Quaker body. She coordinates sustainability action with Quakers around the world and represents Quakers both at international and local interfaith events. Prior to this she worked at the sustainability consultancy the Carbon Trust; the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association; and with the Faith & Belief Forum (formerly Three Faiths Forum) in London. She attends Tottenham Quaker Meeting in North London.

Neville had a career in accountancy where he became senior partner at his firm of Chartered Accountants. He has had a lifetime involvement in the leadership of The Movement for Reform Judaism, in the Youth Movement, the foundation of Finchley Reform Synagogue, and as Chair of the Movement for Reform Judaism. As Chair he represented the Reform Movement at the Board of Deputies of British Jews, where he founded the Board's Social Action Group focussing on environmental issues.

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Maria Zafar is the Campaigns and Community mobilisation Coordinator at Islamic Relief UK. Islamic Relief UK recognises climate change as one of the greatest moral, social and environmental issues facing humanity. Inspired by Islamic teachings on justice and stewardship, Islamic Relief UK helps communities become more resilient to climate change, improve learning on environmental issues among staff and supporters, aim to reduce our carbon footprint and undertake advocacy to promote substantial reductions in greenhouse gases.

Team

Shanon Shah balanced careers in human rights advocacy, journalism, and theatre and music in his native Malaysia before relocating to London in 2010. He holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from King’s College London and is a Fellow of the London-based Muslim Institute, contributing regularly to its flagship quarterly publication, Critical Muslim. Shanon became Interim Network Coordinator of Faith for the Climate in March 2020. 

Cheki is Interim Communications Officer at FFTC. Her work has spanned the voluntary sector, the arts, and academia, including community-facing and volunteer management roles. She was most recently Communications Officer at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and a trustee for the Cambridge Volunteer Centre. She holds degrees in English literature and social anthropology, and is a Buddhist of Jewish family origin, practising within the Triratna community. She is a member of Extinction Rebellion, and lives in Cambridge with her husband and two young children.  

Lizzie is UK Director for international peacebuilding NGO Search for Common Ground. She holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and MSc in International Relations. Lizzie worked at the House of Commons, the European Parliament, and in the voluntary sector, before joining the Home Office, leading strategy and policy teams on violent crime, women offenders, and restorative justice. Lizzie was Director of the UK Restorative Justice Council from 2009-13, and joined Search for Common Ground as their UK Director in 2014. Through her work with Search, Lizzie was asked by Rabbi Jeffrey Newman to help set up Jewish Action on Climate Change, and in 2018 became Network Co-ordinator of Faith for the Climate.

In February 2020, Lizzie stepped down as our Network Coordinator to move to Cornwall, where her husband was appointed Bishop of St Germans in Truro Diocese. Lizzie continues to support Faith for the Climate leading on our key partnerships with GreenFaith International, Religions for Peace UK, the Climate Coalition and the Inter Faith Network. Lizzie is a Christian and a GreenFaith Fellow.

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