The important work we do at Faith Network for Manchester would not be possible without our dedicated team of staff and trustees.
We work tirelessly to bring people of different faiths together on issues of community cohesion, regeneration and common concern.
Rabbi Warren Elf
Director, part time
Rabbi Warren Elf coordinates the day-to-day running of Faith Network for Manchester, with responsibility for organising activities, supervising and supporting the Women of Faith Peer Workers, preparing reports for the board, financial management, liaison with key partners and the development of relationships with current and potential stakeholders.
Miss Kadija Ollow
Administrator, part time
Miss Kadija Ollow is in charge of the office and administration of Faith Network for Manchester. She writes and sends our monthly newsletter, manages social media, communications and answers queries.
Rev Fujo Malaika
"My roots are African, my heritage is the Caribbean and my experience is the UK, as this is where I was born. As the vice chair of Faith Network for Manchester, I am very blessed to hold several roles within the community as an interfaith minister, peace ambassador, trustee/volunteer for several charities, radio presenter and a local florist and crafter.
As an interfaith minister, my belief is that like an umbrella, there are many ways to practice your faith, but at the top there is one truth. People of all faiths and those of none are equal to me. I am passionate about celebrating and promoting inclusivity, peace within communities and acknowledging the thread within us regardless of your faith, race, culture, sex or background; we are a human tribe.
My other interests are mental health, supporting issues effecting the Afro-Caribbean community and holistic therapy.
My motto: I am me, you are you, we are one."
Jeremy is the lead Chaplain for Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS FT. He has been a healthcare Chaplain for 13 years. Prior to that he was a Vicar though didn’t like it too much. He values being a part of FN4M and learning about faith and belief across GM and the cultural diversity that makes up the wonderful city of Manchester. He is a native of Stockport, and has trained and worked as a psychiatric nurse over 35 years ago and has lived experience of mental illness. Most importantly he is a son, brother, and very recently, became a husband and ultimately a friend to many people. The FN4M strap line, fostering cohesion, understanding and harmony means a lot to him. If we can see the person standing before us then there is always hope.
Elizabeth has worked for 20 years across the Public , Private and third sector, Adult and Children’s social care and Youth services specialising in the area of User Participation Engagement ,Democracy at the highest of decision making. Elizabeth has recently had a role with the Church of England working with Whitefield schools and All Saints Parish and is a contributor to the wider Faith movement, specifically Dean Govender’s, Challenging Hate forum, CARJ Catholics Against Racial Injustice, Faith in Black Lives Matters events. She is a proud practising Roman Catholic who has been part of the Salford diocese since childhood. Elizabeth for many years carried out the Sacramental programme at Our Lady of Grace Prestwich, which is part of the parish community at Our Lady of Dolours, ‘the Servites, Kersal where she is both Eucharistic Minister and Liturgical Minister and ran the Children’s liturgy for a number of years inn the past. She is also a qualified Person centred Christian facilitator.
Mohammed is the centre manager at Khizra Mosque and Communities for All based in Cheetham Hill. He is the co-founder and trustee of Islamic and Family Services and also a trustee of Cheetham C of E Community Academy and Cheetham Hill Advice Centre. He is a volunteer for many grass root organisations and a promoter of health and wellbeing and getting people more active through cycling and walking.
Margaret is a Quaker (a member of the Religious Society of Friends). She is currently an Elder for Quakers in Manchester and Warrington area, and also a Trustee for Manchester and Warrington Area Meeting. Apart from nursing specific education, Margaret holds a BA in European Humanities and an MA in Medical Humanities. Margaret retired from the NHS after working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology. As a young woman she lived in the USA; with her family she lived in the United Arab Emirates; more recently she did voluntary work in Australia. Each of these experiences revealed multiple injustices based on religion, class and colour, injustices that are replicated in Britain. This led directly to her involvement in interfaith dialogue, particularly in areas of spirituality, storytelling and deep listening, and social justice.
Revd Charles Kwaku-Odoi
Charles is a Christian Minister of Religion overseeing a number of churches in the UK and Africa. He currently serves on a number of Boards including Command Prayer Centre Ministries Int., Manchester Street Pastors and CAHN (The Caribbean and African Health Network). Charles has expertise in stakeholder engagement, policy formulation, systems & process development and change management.
Sukhbir is a member of the Sikh Community and has been a Trustee of FN4M for many years. He is very passionate about working together with all faiths and none in Manchester to create greater peace, love and unity, by celebrating what we have in common and understanding each other. He believes lives of our communities will be enriched and together will help create a stronger society, through sharing knowledge of our different faiths and none too much wider audiences to create respect and to create a harmonious city. He is also married with four fantastic daughters and has worked for a multi-national IT company for more than 40 years and is on the boards of a number of charities.
Cody was born in Flint, Michigan where he attended the local Unitarian-Universalist church with his family. He felt a call to ministry when he was 16, but initially pursued a career in music. He came to Britain to study at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2006. Cody began his ministerial training at Harris Manchester College, Oxford, in 2011 under the Rev’d Dr Arthur Stewart. He was appointed minister at Cross Street Unitarian Chapel in 2015. He serves on the Unitarian Peace Fellowship, Manchester District Association, and has recently undertaken to act as a mentor to ministerial students. In addition to Faith Network for Manchester, Cody attends the Challenging Hate Forum, and works with Shelter and Christian Aid to contribute to vulnerable communities. He lives in North Manchester with his wife Catherine and son Thomas. His interests include music, computers and cycling.
Sonal Mehta is trustee of Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Dharampur UK, a spiritual movement for inner transformation. Through this position, Sonal has made great strides in shaping a strong relationship between spiritual, Jain and other faith organizations. Promoting a compassionate way of life and helping those in need, she follows the goal of the mission to realize one true self and serve others selflessly. She is also in charge for Shrimad Rajchandra Divinetouch (SRD), a global chain of value-based education classes for children. In 2019, Sonal led the project to unveil a 9-foot-high bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the Manchester Cathedral, which was preceded by an inter-faith service of non-violence, peace and unity. Her efforts in the wider community are centered around three pivotal pillars: leading by example, engaging in interfaith activities and a compassionate way of life by helping those in need.
Yuin Mo has been involved in many social cohesion, interfaith and multifaith activities and initiatives for decades. He has helped in the establishment of churches, mosques, gurdwaras, Buddhist temples, organisations and conventions, Baha'i projects and initiatives. He has supported activities of various religious organsiations, charities and student societies. He also started with some friends a different form of scripture reasoning sessions involving a wider range of faith traditions at the universities in Manchester before the current popular version and format was initiated. He is academically trained on the subject of several faith traditions, as well as a wide range of disciplines from science and engineering to humanities and management. He has helped run the Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies courses at the Manchester Metropolitan University, and supported the evening public talk series on multiculturalism, Sikhism, Jainism and other faith and cultural traditions at the same university.