Council Officers


Chauhdry M Shafique MBE

Chairman – CCMR

Chauhdry Mohammed Shafique MBE is the founding chairman of The Council for Christian and Muslim Relations in High Wycombe where he has led this influential body for many years with many pioneering outcomes for bringing diverse communities together.

The quality of this vital work in these times has had an international impact and has taken him on delegated visits to a number of countries such as Armenia, Georgia, Iraq, Israel & Palestine and Pakistan. 

Recently retired from Buckinghamshire New University with 25 years distinguished service as an Economist where he became an academic Head of Department followed by further progress into top management as Director of Equality and Community Cohesion with related responsibilities for International Relations.

He has served on the Thames Valley Police's Force Strategic Independent Advisory Group and became the Mayor of High Wycombe for the year 2012/2013. Was twice chairman of the local Race Equality Council and a long standing vice-chairman of The Muslim Parents Association.

His many other services include being a Governor { For many years as Vice Chair} of a major secondary school, member of The European Atlantic Movement and being a co.leader on creating and supporting  Inter- Community Linking Associations with the Caribbean island of St. Vincent & Grenadines and Mirpur in Pakistan.

 In 2015 he was appointed chairman of the high powered Impartiality Committee of the UK based Halal Food Authority, a leading halal certifying body in the world.

He was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen for his outstanding contribution to public life in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.


Laurence Smy

Vice-Chair – CCMR

Laurence Smy studied History and Theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge and completed his initial post-graduate studies at Cuddesdon Theological College, Oxford and Birmingham University. He worked as a social worker before entering teaching where he taught History.

He became Headmaster of a comprehensive school and after 8 years moved with his family to High Wycombe to become Headmaster of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow. After another 8 years he moved out of teaching and worked for UCAS and as the Director of United Westminster Schools.

Now retired, he is Chairman of The European Atlantic Movement, an educational charity which “promotes in-depth understanding of world affairs for teachers and students”. In this capacity he helps organises study tours for teachers and other multipliers to institutions of international cooperation in Europe and the USA and conferences for sixth form (Years 12 &13) and other students in universities and schools.

His local activities include membership of the Council for Christian Muslim Relations (CCMR) where he is the acting Vice Chairman. For the past 5 years he has chaired the “think tank” of the CCMR and has organised joint Christian Muslim meetings on “A common word between us and you” and “Who am I? Questions for Christians and Muslims.”

Together with Imam Sultan he takes part in visits to secondary and primary schools to discuss issues with pupils and to demonstrate what Christians and Muslims have in common. He is also a licenced lay Minister at All Saints, High Wycombe, is married with 3 children and lives in High Wycombe.


  Anne Bowker
Chair: Wycombe Sharing of Faiths
Imam Sultan Mahmood Imam- Totteridge Road Mosque
Raja Amir Dad Khan
(Hon) Burgess: President – Pakistan Forum
Hafiz Khushbukht-ur- Rehman
Imam- Jamia Rehmania Centre (HW)
Mohammad Azad
Community & Diversity Officer – Thames Valley Police
Deacon Ruth Shepherd The Avenue, Methodist Church, Castlefield
Laurence Smy
Chairman: TEAM – The European Atlantic Movement
Zafar Iqbal
Chairman – Mosque Committee
Paul Hodson
Community and Diversity Officer
John Bajina
Vice-Chair, Community Consultative Group, School Governor.
Dr Katy Simmons
Chair of Governors, Associate Member MPA, Lecturer Open University & Author.
Marcus Smeeth
University Chaplain volunteer
Pastor Jeff Atherley
The Church of God of Prophecy
Paul Goodman MP
Member of Parliament, High Wycombe.
Dr Greg Livingstone
Doctorate in History of Muslim-Christian relations. With Hope Consultants International, a charity
Rev Andrew Varghese
Chairman, Tabernacle South Indian Christian Community (HW)