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.

 

The Revd., Hugh Ellis

Vicar of All Saints Church and Team Rector of High Wycombe

Before becoming a priest in the Church of England I trained as an RAF Pilot and served as a Navigator on Nimrod Maritime Reconnaissance aircraft. At the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell I trained RAF Cadets to be Officers. I retired from the RAF in 1988 to fulfil my vocation to be a priest in the Church of England.

I trained at Ridley Hall Theological College, Cambridge and my first post as priest was in East Reading. Subsequently, I became a Rector to a parish in Berkshire during which time I Chaired the Council of Christians and Jews in that county. I then moved to be Team Rector of 8 parishes in Somerset, there, I chaired the South Somerset Multi faith Forum.

I am now Team Rector of High Wycombe and Vicar of All Saints Parish Church. My inter-faith work includes being Vice Chair of the CCMR and Chair of the Wycombe Refugee Partnership. This latter pioneers the housing and integration of (mainly) Syrian refugee families in High Wycombe. I am also the Chair of a local Jewish, Christian, Muslim group which, amongst other things, works on Scriptural Reasoning (the consideration of each other’s scriptures).

I am also the Warden of The Guild of St. John and St. Mary Magdalene, an International network, which supports members in prayer and in practical ways catering especially for those less well off or marginalised.

Through the years I have found myself being drawn into interfaith work and have delighted in finding in other faith communities, people who are motivated by love, kindness and compassion. The God who is at work in them is clearly the same God whom I worship and serve. They, like me, respond to God’s love for us and dedicate themselves to showing that love in the work they do and the relationships they make.

Laurence Smy

Chairman of the “Think Tank”

Laurence Smy studied History and Theology at Selwyn College, Cambridge and completed his initial post-graduate studies at Cuddesdon College, Oxford and Birmingham University. He worked as a social worker before becoming a teacher.

His first headship was of a comprehensive school and his second was as Headmaster of Sir William Borlase’s Grammar School in Marlow. He later worked for UCAS and then 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 organise study tours for teachers and students to international institutions in Europe and the USA and conferences for sixth form and university students in schools and universities.

For the past 10 years he has chaired the “think tank” of the CCMR and has organised joint Christian/Muslim meetings on inter-faith issues.

Together with an Imam and a Christian minister he visits secondary and primary schools to discuss issues with pupils and help towards a clearer understanding of what Christians and Muslims share. He is also a licenced lay Minister at All Saints, High Wycombe, is married with 3 children.

    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
    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
    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)