We wouldn’t be who we are, or achieve the wonderful things we do, without the invaluable work of our dedicated staff, volunteers, patrons and trustees. Here are the people who make The Feast what it is.


Canon dr Andrew Smith
Chair and Founder
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Andrew is the Director of Interfaith Relations for the Bishop of Birmingham. He previously worked for Scripture Union, and it is here where he developed the work that led to the founding of The Feast. He believes passionately that young people have an important role to play in building relationships between people of different faiths, and that whenever people of different faiths come together it should include laughter, good food and possibly a canal boat.
Sue Proctor
Vice Chair
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Sue is a businesswoman and a long-serving volunteer and supporter of The Feast. She attends St John’s Church in Kenilworth where she is involved in the youth work. Sue is passionate about ‘Fairtrade’ and is Chair of the local Fairtrade Action Group in Kenilworth.
Martin Bull
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Martin is a Finance Consultant in the healthcare sector. A consultancy he held for 5 months in 2010-11 took him to Doha, which he really enjoyed as it had a huge impact on his faith and perception of Islam. Martin attends Knowle Parish Church in his hometown, and has one daughter.

Tim Sheail
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Tim is the Housing Services Director at Staffordshire Housing Group and a member of Riverside Church in Birmingham.

Advisory Group

The Feast’s Head Office is in Birmingham, where our Trustees are based, but we also work in Bradford and Keighley, Tower Hamlets and Luton. These locations are managed by Local Advisory Groups (LAGs). LAGs are groups of local volunteers who are committed to developing the work of The Feast in their region, and to promoting cohesion between young people of different faiths and cultures in their communities. They work with and under the guidance and authority of our Trustees. We are really grateful for their support.

If you would like more information on the Local Advisory Group in your area, please contact The Feast’s Office in Birmingham. If you are interested in exploring the idea of establishing The Feast’s work in your community, please contact us too.


Carolyn Merry
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Following in the footsteps of Tim Fawssett, I am also from Australia (Melbourne), although born in London. My Christian faith has led me to living and working with people of many different cultures and faiths around the world over the last 20 years, through the humanitarian, international development and peace building sectors, often in places of violent conflict, extreme poverty, repressive discrimination and exclusion of those most vulnerable. It is a privilege, having witnessed so much suffering, to now come and lead The Feast in this new phase for the organisation. I believe the work of The Feast is absolutely vital and a much-needed expression for young people of all faiths in how to truly love their neighbour in our world at this time.

Nahim Khan
Associate Birmingham
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Hi I’m Nahim and I joined The Feast in January 2012 as their first Muslim employee, and have enjoyed being a part of a very interesting and unusual charity. I have done a lot of youth work in the past with Birmingham City Council and various projects, and so it is good to use my experience with young people, combined with my faith, to help them get on better. The Feast is like a diverse and crazy family, and we hope lots more people can join in and see how much fun we have. I’m no longer on staff but am still very involved as an Associate.

Dumaeza Nhlapo
Youth Worker, Tower Hamlets
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I’m a South African who was born and raised in Soweto. I first came to England in 2003 to do a Youth Work diploma in North Devon. While there, I met an amazing lady named Janet-Marie, who is now my wife. We moved to London in 2008. I love being a husband and father more than anything; and I think a meal doesn’t count as a real meal unless it contains meat (fish doesn’t count). I started working for The Feast, Tower Hamlets in February 2014, and work 3 days a week. I’m excited to see the impact that our work will have in Tower Hamlets, as we help young people of different faiths grapple with their own faith, and show them how they can better love their neighbours (of different faiths, nationalities and ethnicities).

Jill Appleton
Development Worker, Birmingham & Schools Consultant
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Hi, I’m Jill and I joined the team in January 2016. I’ve spent the last thirty years teaching in secondary schools but now I’m loving my role leading the Birmingham staff and volunteer team, and supporting our work in schools nationally. It’s great to be part of a wonderful organisation. When I’m not at work, I’m usually found eating chocolate - a habit I seem to share with other members of The Feast team!

Sandra Langston
Administrator, National Office
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I joined The Feast in July 2016 to continue my career in admin and following my training to be a Reader in the Church of England Birmingham. Born and raised in Birmingham I worship at Immanuel, Highters Heath, and serve there as a Reader and a Guider with Girlguiding UK. This is a fabulous opportunity to provide support to The Feast team through my skills and experience in work and faith.
Ulrike Hunt: Development Manager


The Feast is very pleased to announce the support of its Patrons. Our Patrons are of remarkable standing in their faith communities, as well as in the field of building better relations between people of different faiths.

Previous Patrons include the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, who served as patron from 2010 until he retired from his role as Archbishop in December 2012.

Professor Mona Siddiqui
OBE, University of Edinburgh
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A British Muslim academic, Prof Siddiqui is Professor of Islamic and Inter-religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, and was previously at the University of Glasgow where she was also the Director of its Centre for the Study of Islam. Prof Siddiqui is also a regular contributor to ‘Thought for the Day’ and ‘Sunday’ on BBC Radio 4, and several national newspapers. Siddiqui was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2011 Birthday Honours for services to inter-faith relations. Mona Siddiqui has served as a Patron of The Feast since 2010.

The Rt. Rev’d David Urquhart
Bishop of Birmingham
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The Feast was founded in Birmingham 6 years ago, and as one of the UK’s most culturally diverse cities, Bishop David is acutely aware of the need for young people and our future leaders to engage in healthy discussion and dialogue across all groups, be it on the basis of religion, culture or nationality. As a Bishop in the Church of England, in the largest UK city outside London, he is actively involved with education, industry and commerce. Chair of the Birmingham Social Inclusion Process and the University of Birmingham’s Wealth Distribution Commission, he is passionate about social and economic justice. David promotes inter-faith ‘presence and engagement’ in one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse regions, and is an enthusiastic practitioner of ecumenical Christian mission. Bishop David has served as a Patron of The Feast since 2014.

Shakyh Ibrahim Mogra, Iman
Scholar and Community Activist
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Ibrahim is passionate about young people across all religious, cultural and racial groups, being able to engage in healthy dialogue and discussions. Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra was born in Malawi into a family of Indian origin and emigrated to the UK at the age of 18 to study and settle. Ibrahim is a local community activist in Leicester and Assistant Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, and has been at the forefront in deepening interfaith relations in the Midlands, across the UK and around the world. Ibrahim continues to serve as a specialist adviser on Muslim affairs to the print and broadcast media. Ibrahim has served as a Patron of The Feast since 2014.

Jasvir Singh, OBE
Chair of City Sikhs
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Jasvir is the Chair of City Sikhs, which provides a voice for progressive Sikhs in the UK and which has over 7,000 members. In 2012, he launched the British Sikh Report, which provides robust data each year about the British Sikh community.
He is currently Co-Chair of the Faiths Forum for London, working with the capital’s nine main faith communities in encouraging and promoting interfaith projects.
He is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day, an established family law barrister, Chair of the Grand Trunk Project, an Associate of St Paul’s Institute and an Honorary Fellow of the Edward Cadbury Centre. He was given an OBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours at the age of 36, becoming the youngest Sikh to hold that honour at that time.