Leadership of TELL MAMA

Shahid Malik – Chair

Shahid Malik

Shahid Malik Became a Member of Parliament in 2005 under Prime Minister Tony Blair and in 2007, the then new Prime Minister Gordon Brown appointed him as International Development Minister, making him Britain’s first Muslim Minister. He went on to hold roles as Justice Minister, Home Office (Interior) Minister, and then Communities & Local Government Minister until the Labour government lost the General Election in May 2010.

Prior to entering Parliament, Mr Malik worked in the investment, development and regeneration fields having held numerous chief executive roles. He also held a number of board positions both as Chairman and non-executive director in the UK and internationally.

He served as the Member of Parliament for Dewsbury from 2005 till 2010 when 65% boundary changes (re-districting) turned the area into a marginal Conservative (opposition) constituency seat.

In December 2005 Mr Malik won the prestigious House Magazine Award for the ‘Best Maiden Speech’ awarded every five years, beating off over 100 other new MPs, and was runner-up in Channel 4’s Rising Star Award. He was also Parliamentary Pool Champion each year he served as an MP.

In the global fight against poverty and disease Mr Malik possesses a valuable insight and understanding of the complex architecture of international development. He has worked at the highest levels of government with Heads of State and Government Ministers across a diverse range of countries including: Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nepal, Yemen, Pakistan, Kosovo, Senegal, Somalia, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Afghanistan, Tunisia, Malaysia and Indonesia.


Former Communities Minister Shahid Malik Reflects on Cameron’s Comments on ‘Muslim Communities Doing More’ to tackle extremism

Former Minister Shahid Malik talks about the need for mosques to play a role in tackling extremism

Richard Benson – President

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Richard is Director of Property for Gerald Ronson’s Rontec who operate over 200 petrol stations across the UK under the Shop’N Drive brand. Richard joined Rontec on 1 October 2013 having retired as Chief Executive of the Community Security Trust (CST) a registered charity with UK-wide responsibility for the physical and political defence of the Jewish community, its synagogues, schools, community buildings and events, which he led for 12 years. Richard continues his involvement with CST having been appointed a member of the Board of Trustees.

The CST is the largest community based security organisation in the world and is Anglo-Jewry’s defence agency representing all parts of the community – both religious and political. He led a team of 60 full-time staff and 3,000 security volunteers.  Richard had responsibility for delivering the service to the Anglo-Jewish community, covering security, marketing and communications, information and research, Government and Police liaison, international engagement and fundraising. The London headquarters based in NW London is supported by regional offices in Manchester and throughout the UK wherever there are Jewish communities.

Richard became a committed volunteer while working in Commercial Real Estate. He joined the staff as Head of Security in 1998 and became Chief Executive in 2001 on the retirement of his predecessor. His role included initiating and co-ordinating strategic planning, managing financial administration, liaising with community leaders, senior police officers at Scotland Yard, National Police Constabularies, Association of Chief Police officers, representatives of Government and statutory authorities, all main Political parties as well as with a board of trustees who have a wide range of interests and influence.

Richard also sits on many boards and forums on behalf of the community. Richard was involved with the UK’s Parliamentary Inquiry into antisemitism and is member of the Government’s inter-departmental Task Force on antisemitism which was established by Government following the key recommendations of the Inquiry.

Richard also organised and ran the professionals and experts track at the 2010 Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism Conference in London.

Richard is also a board member of two other Jewish organisations; Maccabi GB which is one of Anglo-Jewry’s main youth organisations and UJS (Union of Jewish Students).


Fiyaz Mughal OBE – Founder & DirectorFiyaz Mughal

His working history includes over 15 years experience in the community and voluntary sector in positions that have included social policy lobbying, project and general management, conflict resolution work and leading organizations as the Chief Operating Officer.

Fiyaz has worked in a number of organizations providing training to women right through to European transnational faith related programmes and advice and information projects. Currently, Fiyaz Mughal is currently the Founder and Director of a not for profit organization called Faith Matters (www.faith-matters.org) which works on reducing extremism and developing platforms for discourse and interaction between Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish communities right across the UK. Faith Matters also works extensively on community cohesion, interfaith, conflict resolution and prevent programmes at a local, national and international level.

Fiyaz is also the founder and Director of the national anti-Muslim hate crime monitoring project called TELL MAMA. TELL MAMA ensures the mapping monitoring and measuring of anti-Muslim hatred across England and Wales and is the only national project that works in this area. Since 2012, the project has assisted over 7,100 people and ensured over 540 + arrests across the country. Modelled on the Community Security Trust, it has fast become a well-recognised brand in the field of hate crime work and has been a project that tackles far right extremism and has actively disrupted far right anti-Muslim networks. (The project stands alone and is not part of Prevent).

Fiyaz was previously a Councillor in Haringey (2006-2010) and a Councillor in Oxford (2002-2004). A previous Deputy President of a mainstream political party in the UK, he has also campaigned heavily on Black and Minority Ethnic (group) inclusion within political parties and discourses. He was also appointed to be on the Working Group for Communities that was linked to the Extremism Task Force developed in 2005 after the 7/7 bombings. In early 2008, Fiyaz was successful in becoming an elected member IDeA Peer Mentor for national work with local authorities on the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda.

Fiyaz was also previously appointed in 2008 by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP) to be a member of the Local Delivery Advisory Group on Preventing Violent Extremism. He was also appointed as the Advisor to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, on interfaith and preventing radicalisation and extremism between 2009 – 2010. Fiyaz was honoured in June 2009 by Her Majesty the Queen and was bestowed with the Honour of the Order of the British Empire for his work with communities.

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