Some members of the Executive have supplied photographs and personal profiles. They are listed below in alphabetical order of surname.


Mohammed Amin MBE MA FCA AMCT CTA (Fellow)

Mohammed Amin (personal website www.mohammedamin.com) has on several occasions been listed as one of the hundred most influential Muslims in the UK.

Amin has lived in the UK since 1952 and graduated in mathematics from Clare College, Cambridge and obtained a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Leeds University. He is a chartered accountant, an associate member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT). He served on the CIOT Council from 2003-2015 and was the first Muslim to do so.

Professionally Amin is a tax advisor, and he was the first Muslim partner in the UK at Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He was also an elected member of PwC's Supervisory Board and the first Muslim in that role. Before his retirement at the end of 2009, Amin was PwC's head of Islamic finance in the UK.

As well as Chairing the Conservative Muslim Forum, Amin is active in a number of other organisations including being Co-Chair of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester, a patron and Chair of Donors of Curriculum for Cohesion, and a member of the Consultative Council of the Three Faiths Forum. From 2012-2014 he served as a member of the Council of Salford University, but resigned to give more time to the Conservative Muslim Forum. He speaks and writes regularly on Islamic finance and on issues connected with politics and social cohesion. His writings on the Conservative Home website can be found at this link.

In the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2016, Amin was awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) for services to Community Cohesion and Inter-faith Relations in Greater Manchester.


Tahara Amin was born in Pakistan and came to the UK at the age of eleven and entered secondary school not speaking a word of English! Despite that, she was able to take her "A" levels and gain a place at Keele University from where she graduated in Chemistry and Biology combined with a certificate in Education. She taught Chemistry for two years at a Catholic secondary school before leaving after marrying Mohammed Amin.

When she re-entered teaching, she did so in primary schools, and for 10 years she was head teacher of the Manchester Muslim Preparatory School, awarded the best performing Muslim primary school in the North region of England at the Global Peace and Unity Awards in 2007 and 2008.

Tahara has been a Conservative Party member since around 2007 and has attended every Conservative Party conference from 2009 onwards. She was co-opted onto the CMF Executive in September 2015.


Raza Anjum LLB, LLM, LPC

Raza Anjum (personal website www.razaanjum.com) is a solicitor.

Raza was born in Lincoln where his grandfather worked with the Royal Air Force and raised in Saffron Walden. He read Law at Lancaster University and obtained a Masters in Law from University College London. He is now a solicitor with a leading global law firm. Raza has worked in London, Bahrain, Dubai and China.

Raza has been an active member of the Conservative Party since he was a teenager. He is a former Conservative councillor and when elected was one of the youngest British Muslim councillors in the country. After graduation, Raza worked as a Parliamentary Researcher to a Shadow Minister for Home Affairs. He was later employed by Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ) as a Policy Advisor to the Shadow Home Secretary and Shadow Attorney General. Raza has also served as an aide to the Mayor of London Boris Johnson during his election campaign.

Raza is an alumnus of the US Department of State's flagship professional exchange programme, the International Visitor Leadership Program which boasts among its alumni numerous British prime ministers, politicians, business leaders and professionals.

Raza is an advocate of citizen diplomacy and has engaged directly with foreign governments on issues concerning the rule of law, human rights and religious freedoms, working with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the European Union. In 2011 Raza received death threats from extremists for campaigning for human rights safeguards for the minority Christian communities in the Middle East and South Asia.


Hashim Bhatti BA(Hons) MA

Hashim Bhatti is 23 years old and joined the Executive in July 2012. He has a joint honours degree in Politics with International Relations as well as a Masters in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from York University.  His research has focused on the partition of Pakistan and India, the power of foreign lobby groups (where he was supervised by Baroness Haleh Afshar OBE) and how the British educational system has shaped attitudes to religions.

He has done several political internships, most notably, working at the Pakistan High Commission under the supervision of Mr Nafees Zakaria (Deputy High Commissioner). At university, he was selected for the Three Faiths Forum ParliaMentors Programme and was mentored by Anne Milton MP. Hashim is part of the Three Faiths Forum alumni group and has been an ambassador for the Oxford University Tutorial college. He is also part of the Royal Holloway University of London and York University alumni networks.


Rabia Bhatti

Rabia Bhatti was born in 1990. On 6 May 2011 she became the youngest Muslim female councillor in Britain and the youngest councillor in Buckinghamshire, representing the Newtown Ward in Chesham and served until 2015. Prior to election she held the post of being the first President of Aylesbury College which has an intake of around 6000 students, operates a commercial restaurant run by Michelin Star Chef, a commercial gym and hair and beauty salon.

At the age of 19, she was appointed a school governor and sits on the Personnel and Staff Dismissal Committee and was also given the role of SEN Governor. At the time of her appointment she was the youngest governor in Buckinghamshire. Apart from the above roles of Councillor, Governor and President, she is an Executive member of the Chiltern Racial and Equality Council, an Executive member of the Chesham and District Association and an Executive member of the Pakistani Professionals Forum. She was selected to attend a two week programme at Oxford University called the Young Muslim Leadership Programme along with 23 others from around the country. In July 2011 she was honoured to be invited by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gilani to have breakfast with him at his Presidential Suite in the Hilton Hotel.

In March 2011 she chaired the Chiltern Cohesion Conference which was attended by Lords, MEPs, MPs, Mayors and Councillors.


Taha is the Chair of the UK Asian Business Council (UKABC). In addition, he is the President of the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) International UK, and the Managing Director of Monkey Consulting Ltd, where he specialises in international business development and marketing, focusing on the following sectors:

  • Technology
  • Media
  • Healthcare
  • Renewable & Green Energy
  • Education & Sports
  • Real estate

His experience of 20 years in business spans across a number of geographical regions, including the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa. He works very closely with the public sector in India, consulting for various developments in the technology sector.

Taha holds several non-executive director roles in the private sector.


Cllr Jeanne-Marie Douglas

Jeanne is a Conservative councillor, elected by the Craven Ward to Melton Borough Council in May 2011, where she has responsibility for sitting on various committees and oversees residential concerns raised in her ward. She is also Mayor of the Borough of Melton Mowbray from May 2015 to May 2016.

Jeanne became interested in human rights issues in 2006, when she became a member of Embargoed!, a group established to address the international embargoes imposed upon Northern Cyprus. As a result Jeanne subsequently became actively involved in EU and international educational projects and educational exchange visits, programmes and seminars. Her involvement included various visits to the European Parliament and educational seminars in Brussels and even included EU projects as far afield as Konya, Turkey. Since January 2016 she has been working in the role of EU Coordinator with Embargoed!

As an experienced and qualified teacher of vocational education, she has pursued her own teaching career in various capacities in her local area. She also has a small business in astrology and writes horoscopes for several local publications.

Jeanne became a Member of the Conservative Muslim Forum at the Party Conference in October 2010 and became a Member of the Executive Committee in July 2012.


Dr Alam Ara Khan JP, MBBS, FRCS, FRCOG, FRCA

Dr Khan has lived and worked in the UK for over 50 years, qualifying as a Fellow of three Royal Medical Colleges: Surgery, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia. As a consultant anaesthetist and university lecturer she had busy commitments both in clinical practice and in teaching at the Central Manchester Hospitals.

She served as an elected member of the General Medical Council and became the first woman in its 150 years history to chair its committees. She was involved in the introduction of the fundamental guidance to doctors, "Good Medical Practice", and was instrumental in introducing in Pakistan the admission examination which is a requirement for Pakistani doctors hoping to work here in the UK.

Outside her work, she served on the Central Manchester Magistrates Bench, and is closely involved with Pakistan Community affairs. She served nationally on the Secretary of State's working party on equality and has a special interest in ethical issues.

Dr Khan continues to serve as adviser on hospital performance and health issues, and chairs the health meetings of the Conservative Muslim Forum.

For pleasure she has a particular fondness for Asian literature and poetry and contributes to and organises poetry meetings.


Faruk Miah MBE

Faruk Miah MBE is an educator with a wealth of experience in the Further Education and Adult & Community Education sector.

Raised in Leeds, Faruk moved to London in 2010 to take up a senior management position at Tower Hamlets Lifelong Learning Service, the Adult & Community Education section of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. He is currently responsible for developing partnerships as well as looking after the Business, ICT, Languages, Health & Fitness curriculum departments.

Faruk started his career with the local authority in Leeds in research & community development before joining Park Lane College as an ICT lecturer and then held management positions at various adult and community education centres across Leeds. He played a key role in the development of the College’s International Strategy in South Asia and the Middle East, working closely with the British Council and UKTI to promote the College and recruit international students.

Away from his role as an educator, Faruk firmly believes that it is important that we all make a contribution and play our part in our local communities. He is currently a school governor at both Parkill and Caterham in London Borough of Redbridge. Faruk is the host of “Community Matters” a current affairs TV programme on the Sky platform. Faruk has been very active on the CMF Executive with responsibility for Education and CPF activities.

In January 2010 he received an MBE from the Queen for services to further education and the community in Leeds. He is currently in the “British-Bangladeshi Who’s Who” which is an annual publication listing the most successful and influential members of the British-Bangladeshi community in the UK.


Mike Mogul MBA, PGDip (PropDev&ProjMan), CIOB Dip, CEnv; FCIArb; FCIOB, FCMI, FRSH, AIC (USA)

Mike has 35 years' experience as a senior manager in property, construction and facilities management in both client and contractor roles in the public and private sector and had overall management responsibility for prestigious projects such as the Bank of England Sport Centre, Harley Street Clinic Springfield Hospital-Tooting, Berkeley Hotel, Tower 41 and International Trading Estate-Hayes.

Mike has an MBA (Management) - Partnership/PFI, Economics & Marketing from Cass Business School, City University, London, a Post Graduate Diploma (Property Development and Project Management) from South Bank University – 1982. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Member of the Society for the Environment and a Chartered Environmentalist.

Mike is a freeman of the City of London and a retired liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Arbitrators. He is a Board Member of Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association, an LEA school governor and a Governor and Director of Norbury Manor Business & Enterprise College for Girls. Mike is also a Past Chairman of the Estimating Practice Committee of the Chartered Institute of Building, London and when a Councillor was a Member of the Planning Committee in Croydon.


Attic Rahman LL. B. (Hons)

Attic has over 10 years’ experience as a Solicitor specialising in property law and acts as the retained solicitor for a number of high net worth individuals and companies who he has worked with over the past six years.

Attic joined the Conservative Party in 2009 and stood as a council candidate in East Ham (London Borough of Newham) in the 2010 and 2014 council elections. More recently he acted as the political agent for the Parliamentary candidate in the 2015 general election and is the party's authorised agent for the East Ham constituency.

Attic was recently elected as the Chairman of the East Ham Conservative Association, having served for the past three years as a Deputy Chairman. As Chairman he is responsible for the overall strategy of the Association and represents the Association at the Party’s National Convention meetings.

In 2014, he was selected as one of “Britain Brightest 100 British Bangladeshis” for his work pro bono legal work and charity work including the 2013 ‘Rana Plaza’ tragedy in Dhaka, Bangladesh. More details at this link.

As part of the Conservative Muslim Forum, Attic is looking to promote ethnic minority participation and development in both local and national politics.


Ajantha Tennakoon

Ajantha has been a resident of the London Borough of Barnet for more than 30 years. She is married and has two adult sons. Her professional background is in the legal sector and she has worked within law firms as a conveyancing lawyer. She is currently engaged in organising professional training seminars and conferences.

She is a dedicated member of the Conservative Party and an active political campaigner for the Party. She stood as a council candidate in West Finchley Ward, London Borough of Barnet, in the 2014 council elections. Ajantha is involved in several political organisations including Finchley & Golders Green Conservatives, The Conservative Women’s Association and The Conservative Muslim Forum. As a member of the Conservative Party, she has taken an active interest in a number of national and local campaigns.

Ajantha is a school governorm serving on the governing body of Garden Suburb Infant & Junior Schools in Golders Green, where she serves on SEN & Pupils' Wellbeing committee and on the Staffing Committee. She is deeply passionate about community integration and has a desire to interact with people from different backgrounds. She is a member of Barnet Women’s Interfaith Network. She regularly organises interfaith events and in February 2017 organised a successful event in the House of Lords to mark UN World Interfaith Harmony Week 2017 which was hosted by Lord Sheikh.

She enjoys staying active, socialising, organising events and spending time with her husband and their two sons.


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