Revd Dr Tom Wilson - Director
Prior to his appointment as Director of St Philip's Centre, Tom served in two Church of England parishes in the poorest and most diverse communities in Gloucester and acted as the Diocesan Interfaith Advisor. He served his curacy in Toxteth, Liverpool having trained for ordination at Wycliffe College, Oxford. He has been involved with schools, his local Credit Union and he has particular expertise in Islam. His doctoral studies examined Christian leadership in a church school set within a multi-faith area. He writes popular bible study notes, scholarly articles and books on Christian theology, lived religion and interfaith relations.
Mr Riaz Ravat BEM DL - Deputy Director
Riaz joined the Centre in 2008 and his responsibilities include heading up religious and belief literacy training courses, community relations engagement, financial administration, media communications, quality assurance, crisis management caused by national and global incidents and business and partnership development. His work brings him into contact with many organisations including local and central government, other agencies and overseas partners.
Riaz has contributed to many national initiatives including the Commission on Religion & Belief in Public Life, the establishment of national Inter Faith Week, the Prime Minister’s Extremism Task Force and pioneered Catalyst – a young adults' leadership programme. In 2014, he was invited to Oman to present the work of the Centre to an international audience including the UN and Omani Ministry of Religious Affairs.
In 2013, Riaz was conferred a British Empire Medal by HM the Queen for services to interfaith understanding and later in the same year was named Alumnus of the Year by De Montfort University for ‘uniting different cultures, races and religions’. In 2010 he was the first recipient of the Leicestershire First Citizenship Award. Riaz has been instrumental in leading St Philip’s Centre to receive many significant commendations for its work including the European Diversity Award, National Diversity Award, Award for Bridging Cultures, Sewa Day Pioneers Award, Mitzvah Day and Learning Outside the Classroom.
Riaz serves as a member of the Crown Prosecution Service’s East Midlands Hate Crime Panel, the ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers) Prevent Challenge Panel, Leicester Cathedral Council, Bishop of Leicester’s Faith Leaders Forum and Leicester College Multi Faith Chaplaincy Service. He has completed terms of office for many other bodies including as Governor of Leicester College, member of the DCLG’s National Community Forum and Public Relations Officer for the Burton upon Trent Inter Faith Network.
In 2015, Riaz was commissioned as a Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire.
Mr Sean Arbuthnot - Prevent Co-ordinator
Sean is the Prevent Co-ordinator for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. He has previously worked to deliver the Prevent agenda in Northamptonshire and has a background within the Police Force.
Miss Aysha Badhiussaman - Administrative Assistant
Aysha Badhiussaman supports Maureen in the office in keeping everything running smoothly. Aysha originally hails from Sri Lanka but has been living in the UK for seven years now. She completed her secondary education in Gateway College and then went on to complete a Business Administrator Level 2 Apprenticeship with St Martin’s House through Leicester College.
Mr William Baldet - Regional Prevent Co-ordinator
Formerly Northampton’s Prevent Engagement Officer, Will joined St Philip’s Centre to become the first non local authority employed Prevent Co-ordinator in the country and has now become a Regional Co-ordinator. Will brings to the post,a wealth of experience to assist him in this sensitive area.
Barbara Cairns is the Centre's Finance Manager. She is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in the accountancy profession for over 25 years. Barbara enjoys racket sports and socialising with family and friends.
Maureen is the Company Secretary and Centre Support Services Manager. Maureen joined the Centre in 2009, having previously worked as a Medical Secretary in the NHS, and later as a Church Administrator. She completed the Diocesan Certificate in Christian Discipleship/Certificate of Higher Education and hopes to continue her theological studies at some time in the future. She is very involved with her local church helping with fundraising, outreach & social activities and as a member of the Messy Church core team.
Alastair’s first career was in policy and management in the fields of social housing and social care. He has lived and worked in London, Sheffield and Leicestershire. A few years ago Alastair completed the Leicester University PGCE course, and he brings primary school teaching experience to his role. Outside work he is a keen cyclist and a member of the choir of St James the Greater, Leicester.
Dr Laura Johnson - Churches' Training Officer
Laura is the Churches' Training Officer for the St Philip’s Centre, encouraging interfaith engagement amongst Christians of all denominations – be that a visit to a Mosque, one of our Taste of Faith sessions or bespoke training for Christian leaders and communities.
Laura’s background is as an academic with a passion for Hindu-Christian dialogue – her PhD research focused on Christian inculturation in India and double religious identity. Until recently she lived in a small village in Herefordshire, where she was the Young Vocations Adviser for Hereford Diocese and worked alongside the Interfaith Officer there to encourage interreligious learning in a largely rural setting. She enjoys living in Leicester and all the culinary delights it has to offer!
Ms Gail Kenney - Programmes Officer
Gail Kenney joined St Philip’s in January 2017 as the new Programmes Officer, to oversee the co-ordination of courses, training and school visits for the Centre, while supporting both the Prevent Coordinator and the Deputy Director. Gail has a background in Government funded training programmes, dating back to the YTS days in the early 90’s through to Modern Apprenticeships and bespoke training programmes into the 2000’s. She has recently returned to Leicester after 10 years living in County Cork, Southern Ireland.
Mr John McCallum - Near Neighbours East Midlands Development Officer
John has spent the past 28 years working widely across the UK's 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 throughout the UK can benefit from the funding and support of the Near Neighbours programme. John has an MA in Inter Religious Relations from the De Montfort University.