Prior to his appointment as Director of St Philip’s Centre and Bishop’s Adviser on Interfaith Relations, Canon Dr Hall was Director of Social Responsibility for the Coventry Diocese, Chair of the West Midland’s Regional Faith Forum the Bishop of Coventry’s Officer for Inter-faith work, and a Member of the West Midlands Regional Assembly. John’s PhD thesis, completed in 2006, was on ‘The Discourse of Race and Racism’.
Faith Training Development Manager
Riaz Ravat BEM
Riaz is Development Manager for the faith training programme. He wrote Leicester’s first audit of faith-based social action in 2004 and was part of the team that set up the ICLS course for young adults and the Faiths Regeneration Network. He also has experienceof working with patient groups in the NHS. He is Advisor to MBCOL, Faith-based Regeneration Network. UK and a member of the Government’s National Community Forum. Riaz was most recently awarded a British Empire Medal in the Queen’s New Years Honours List of 2013.
Corporate Programmes Assistant
Margaret Bonney MA DPhil
Churches Training Officer
Revd David Dean BA MDiv
Before coming to Leicester Revd Dean served12 years as a Higher Education chaplain in the UK and USA, served on the General Council of SCM and was member of CHELG, CEUC and NCMA, professional bodies engaged in best practice of HE ministry provision in the UK, Europe and USA. Conversant in Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed Church denominational life, David has tutored courses in Merseyside and West Midlands
for laypersons serving as local church leaders.
Near Neighbours Development Officer
After gaining a BSc in Environmental Studies John has spent the past 27 years working widely across UK voluntary sector and in international development. He is a specialist in helping faith-based organisations deliver social action and make better use of their people and buildings. A qualified fundraising advisor and author of toolkits on neighbourhood activity, his work ensures that multi faith communities in Leicester can benefit from the funding and support of the Near Neighbours programme.
Dick was Head of Finance for Gartree Prison for many years before taking up his post at St Philip’s Centre. He is a former international middle distance runner and a member of Market Harborough Baptist Church. He serves as a volunteer chaplain at Glen Parva YOI, volunteers with Samaritans and enjoys playing guitar in his spare time
Centre Support Services Manager
Maureen joined the staff in November 2009 as part-time Administrator/Registrar. Maureen has previously worked as a Medical Secretary and later as a Church Administrator and in her spare time co-ordinates the children’s work at her local church. She has recently completed the Diocesan Certificate in Christian Discipleship and hopes to continue her theological studies in the future.
Marketing & Communications Officer
Susan Darrall BA MCIPR
Susan joined St Philip’s Centre in May 2012. She has over 25 years experience spent in marketing and advertising agencies in London, Milton Keynes and Leicestershire. Susan has worked for both the public and private sector. Her role is to define and develop the brand and assist in publicising the growing reputation of the centre as the provider of choice for inter faith training. Susan is currently studying for an MA in Inter-Religious Relations at De Montfort University, delivered by the Centre.
Finance & IT Officer
Chris is the ‘cranky office lady’ (her words) who works two days a week looking after finance and IT. She’s good at fixing things and sorts out the computers. Chris is a Church of England sister in the Community of St Francis
Kanta was born in Uganda and came to Britain in 1970 for further studies. Her parents joined her in 1972 when then President Idi Amin expelled all Asians from Uganda. She joined St Philip’s Centre in 2007 and works part-time, providing invaluable support to colleagues in course preparation and general admin.
Since September 2011, Elly has worked as a youth intern at St Paul’s Church in Oadby where she hosts an open Friday night youth club for 10 – 18 year olds. Her vision for youth work is that young people of Leicester regardless of faith should come together to celebrate their similarities and differences in a friendly and fun environment.
Suleman Nagdi MBE.DL
Suleman has lived in Leicester for over thirty years. His experience in business and management sector knowledge has skilled him and widened his networking capabilities on community affairs. He was awarded the MBE by Her Majesty in 2002 in recognition of his long years of involvement with local community work related to regional and national issues. In 2008 he was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire.
Associate Consultant (Retired as Director 31.1.10)
Revd Canon Dr Andrew Wingate
Andrew was involved in theological education for 25years- at the Tamilnadu Theological Seminary, in Madurai; as Principal of the West Midlands Course at Queen’s College Birmingham, and as Principal of the College of the Ascension at Selly Oak. He moved to Leicester in 2000, and was the first Director of the St Philip’s Centre until his retirement in 2010. He is a Canon Theologian of Leicester Cathedral and was appointed Chaplain to The Queen in 2008.
In ‘retirement’ Andrew is spending time with the Swedish Dioceses of Gothenberg, Lund and Linkoping in training and education in the Christian response to other faiths and inter faith understanding.
Author of many articles and eight books, his two most recent books, published by DLT, are Free to Be, and Celebrating Difference, Staying Faithful: how to live in a Multi Faith Society.