A Word from our Chair.
We are thrilled that at the conclusion of our 10th anniversary year we have another new patron who is a keen supporter of our work. Julie Siddiqi is well known for her interfaith activities as well as the speaking on matters of faith and interfaith relations. We have gotten to know Julie over the past couple of years and are delighted that she accepted our invitation to become a patron. As our anniversary draws to a close, it’s lovely to be able to look forward to the future knowing that people like Julie are joining with us in daring to imagine a better world for young people of all beliefs and backgrounds.
~ Canon Dr Andrew Smith
Our Newest Patron: Julie Siddiqi.
Julie Siddiqi is a mentor, consultant and gender equality campaigner with a specific focus on Jewish-Muslim and other interfaith relations and on applying that to social action work together. She has a background in community grass roots work spanning 20 years and founded a local charity for Muslim women’s needs, which she led for 10 years. She is Co-founder of The Big Iftar during Ramadan, which has seen such events as the first ever Iftar (breaking of the fast) reception at Lambeth Palace hosted by Archbishop Justin Welby in 2014.
Julie was the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Britain from 2010-2014 and is a Fellow in the Faith and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths University.
She was previously a member of the Government’s National Muslim Women’s Advisory Group and mentor for the Prince of Wales Charity, Mosaic. She is a Governor at Eden Girls School in Slough.
Julie was previously listed in the Times Newspaper’s 100 Most Influential Muslim Women in the UK and is a regular voice on BBC Radio 4’s Thought For The Day.
She is Founder and Director of Sadaqa Day, a one-day Muslim-led focus on social action and is Co-founder of the Jewish and Muslim Women’s Network, Nisa-Nashim. She is Co-founder of Open My Mosque, a campaign to highlight and speak out about inequalities in UK mosques.
“I am thrilled to have been asked to become a patron for The Feast. The principles of young people coming together, leading the way on developing friendships and involving food, is surely a winning formula! I think it will continue to give hope and practical solutions to us as we enter a new decade finding more ways to connect and not allow those who seek to divide us to succeed”
~ Julie Siddiqi