Mohammed Amin MBE MA FCA AMCT CTA (Fellow)
Mohammed Amin, known as Amin, was born in Pakistan but has lived in the UK since the age of 1¾. Although his parents were poor and illiterate, he went on to obtain a Mathematics degree from Cambridge University and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education from Leeds University.
Professionally, Amin is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser. He was the first Muslim in the UK to become a partner in Price Waterhouse (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) and served as an elected member of the firm’s Supervisory Board and its UK Head of Islamic Finance. Since retiring, Amin spends his time helping society through activities such as promoting interfaith relations, speaking to schoolchildren, pro bono mentoring, writing, as well as chairing the Conservative Muslim Forum.
Amin has been a Conservative Party member for over 30 years because the Conservative Party always has the best policies for the economy. Amin’s passion is explaining to Britons of all religious beliefs and all ethnic backgrounds why the Conservative party is the best party for all British citizens.
On several occasions Amin has been listed as one of the hundred most influential Muslims in the UK, and Clare College chose him as its Alumnus of the Year for 2014. 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.
Amin is married to Tahara who also serves on the CMF executive and they have four children who have 9 degrees between them. Amin’s personal website is www.mohammedamin.com
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 and re-elected in March 2017.
Cllr Hashim Bhatti BA(Hons), MA, GDL, LPC, LLM
Cllr Hashim Bhatti has a master’s degree in Economics, Politics, Philosophy and Law. He also has a joint honours degree in Politics with International Relations. Hashim works for a corporate law firm in the City where he specialises in private equity and corporate finance.
In May 2015, Hashim was elected as a Conservative Councillor for the Clewer North Ward in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. He is the first British Pakistani selected by the Conservative Party in Windsor for the local council elections and is one of the youngest Conservative candidates to win. He has previously worked as a political adviser to an influential peer in Parliament where his work has included scrutinising the Intellectual Property Bill. He was also selected for the prestigious UN ParliaMentors programme at Royal Holloway, University of London (where he was on a scholarship) and completed the Oxford University Summer School.
His research interests have focused on the partition of Pakistan and India, the power of foreign lobby groups, how the British educational system has shaped attitudes to religions and most recently, the extent to which the competition rules in articles 101,102 and 106 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union applied to the NHS in the UK.
Hashim has 10 years of experience in interfaith relations and under his leadership London’s first Interfaith Summit was founded in November 2015. Alongside this, Hashim regularly hosts events in Parliament to raise awareness for various causes around the world.
Hashim is also an Ambassador for the charity, Care Pakistan, a blogger for Huffington Post, a member of the Patchwork Foundation and the Society of Conservative Lawyers. He is currently on the US Embassy’s flagship future leaders’ programme (YLUK).
In 2016, Junior Chamber International named Hashim as one of the UK’s 10 Outstanding Young Leaders. Hashim was also one of the finalists at the 2016 British Muslim Awards.
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. Until 2014 he was a Board Member of Poplar Housing and Regeneration Community Association, and continues to serve as a Planning Group Member. From 2000 to 2013 he was an LEA school governor at Downview Primary School. From 2009 to 2013 he was a Governor 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 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.
Lady Shaida Sheikh
Lady Sheikh has been an active supporter of the CMF since its inception, and has been an elected member of the Executive Committee since 2014.
She was born in Kenya and arrived in the UK as a teenager, completing her education in the UK. Lady Sheikh worked in accounting for many years, and is also a director of three property companies.
Lady Sheikh is the administrator and a trustee of the Sheikh Abdullah Foundation, a charity which supports causes in the UK and abroad. She is also a Patron of Orphans in Need and a Champion for ROKO Cancer Charitable Trust. She helps to raise awareness and funding for both charities. Lady Sheikh also supports the Cambridge Islamic College, and numerous other charities including rescuing and finding homes for cats, as well as being a member of the RSPCA, the RSPB and the National Trust
Lady Sheikh also contributes to her locality, being the treasurer of her Residents Association and an active member of her local Conservative Association.
Ajantha has been a resident of the London Borough of Barnet for more than 33 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 and she is the deputy chair fundraising of the CWO London North West area team. As a member of the Conservative Party, she has taken an active interest in a number of national, local and mayoral election campaigns.
Ajantha is a school governor serving on the governing body of Garden Suburb Infant & Junior Schools in Golders Green, where she serves on the 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.