The 3FF Team

Staff

Phil ChampainDirector
  • Phil has a degree in History from Cambridge University and a PGCE from Bangor University in North Wales. He is currently completing an MA in Restorative Justice from the University of Hull.
  • Phil is passionate about education and peacebuilding; he has worked in many contexts affected by violent conflict, including the Philippines, Myanmar, Sri Lanka and the South Caucasus.
  • Phil joined 3FF to apply his peacebuilding experience more to a UK context, and he sees a lot of potential in combining peacebuilding and inter-cultural approaches to strengthening relations.
  • He also has a keen interest in music and plays flute and saxophone.

"We need to have enough faith in our world-view to work from it, but not that much faith that we think it’s the final answer." – Unfolding Meaning, David Bohm

Hannah TaylorHead of Operations

Hannah is responsible for operations including office management, HR and finance. She also manages 3FF's Internship/volunteer Programme.

  • Previously Hannah worked at the Institute for Strategic Dialogue specialising in the use of social media to influence attitudes, tackle intolerance and inspire social change.
  • With a background in equality and diversity, particularly in relation to faith, interfaith and LGBT issues, Hannah is also a Trustee for the LGBT Consortium.
  • BA Hons International in Philosophy and Theology & Religious Studies from Leeds University, including a year abroad at the University of South Carolina.
Josh CassDevelopment and Fundraising Manager
  • Born and raised in London, Josh has a BSc in Geology from Bristol University and an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS.
  • Josh is an experienced facilitator, trainer and project manager and works with many interfaith and conflict resolution organisations in the UK; Josh is interested in creative approaches to dialogue and engagement, in particular the use of drama-based methods.
  • To relax, Josh enjoys cooking and reading; if he had more time he would go to the theatre more, and swim, especially in open water. Josh also enjoys traveling, especially in Europe.
  • Josh was once in a play about the Tour de France and, in order to prepare for the role, had his legs waxed.
Philip YbringCommunications Manager

Philip is in charge of 3FF's communications, and manages everything from overall communications strategy to day-to-day PR, social and digital media.

  • Grew up in southern Sweden.
  • Studied Religion and Theology at Uppsala University and Philosophy at King’s College London before starting a career in media and comms.
  • 3FF's resident techie and IT guru.
  • Likes all things Japanese, reading and making music.
Vijay ChristianFinance Manager

Vijay is responsible for managing 3FF’s finances.

  • Vijay was born and brought up in India and moved to the UK in 2008. He has been working for NGOs the last 10 years.
  • He studied M.Sc. in International Accounting and Finance at London South Bank University.
  • He is a registered Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), having completing a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management.
  • He has got wide experience of working with religious charities and developing them to be sustainable.
  • He is interested in the religions and politics of different countries.
Abigail KayDevelopment Officer

Abigail works with Josh on fundraising, with particular focus on grant funding and individual donors.

  • She has a BA in the Study of Religions from Heythrop College, University of London.
  • She is passionate about immersive interfaith – at university, she was President of the Jewish Society, Vice President of the Islamic Society and on the Catholic Chaplaincy's Interfaith Team, and she is a 3FF schools speaker.
  • She was a member of the 2013-2014 Charityworks graduate management programme cohort, and has since worked in a number of charity sector organisations.
  • She spends her free time volunteering (including as a trustee for LGBT domestic abuse charity Broken Rainbow UK), singing, blogging, swimming, and doing adrenaline-rush fundraising challenges every year or so.

"I just want you to think. Do you know what thinking is? It's just a fancy word for changing your mind." – The 12th Doctor

Giulia SemeghiniOffice and Events Assistant

Giulia is responsible for the smooth running of the 3FF office and programmes and she gives support to the senior management team and helps organise events.

  • Born in Italy, her passion for travelling and learning about other languages and cultures has brought her to live also in Spain, Portugal and Belgium.
  • She has a BA in European Languages and Cultures from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia and a MA in International Relations from the University of Bologna.
  • Giulia completed a 3-month internship with the ParliaMentors team in 2012 and she is now back at 3FF after having improved her skills at an European association based in Brussels.
  • In her free time she likes going to concerts, to the theatre, singing and walking around London to discover its hidden corners.
Siobhán AndersonProgrammes Coordinator, Workplace & Community

Siobhán works on 3FF’s Workplace and Community projects, with responsibility for coordinating the internship programme and Faith Awareness Training for LGBT organisations and groups.

  • Siobhán holds an MA Religion in Contemporary Society from King’s College London and BA Theology with Philosophy from the University of Exeter.
  • Siobhán is an experienced facilitator and enjoys working with participants ages 8 to 80+. Siobhán also facilitates training for Near Neighbours, and runs independent Skills for Diversity trainings.
  • Siobhán is a member of the Sunday Assembly community and is passionate about including non-religious voices in interfaith spaces.
  • Siobhán is a vegan and animal lover and has previously worked in the Volunteering Department at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.
Andrea TuijtenProgrammes Coordinator, Schools

Andrea oversees the delivery of 3FF’s Schools work as well as curriculum, training and resource design and development.

  • Andrea holds an MA in Applied Theatre from Goldsmiths University of London and a BA in Cultural and Social Education from University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (The Netherlands).
  • She has a passion for creative cross-cultural encounters with a particular focus on participatory arts methodology and education.
  • Andrea has experience from various cross-arts and education fields as a theatre practitioner, facilitator, project manager and creative producer.
  • She currently also works an Associate Lecturer in Applied Theatre and Interfaith Dialogue at Goldsmiths University of London and is Co-Director of The MUJU Crew (London-based interfaith theatre company that brings Muslims and Jews together through a shared passion for creating theatre and bringing a Muslim-Jewish voice to the stage.)
  • Working for Ovalhouse and Rewrite, Andrea’s has developed valuable experience in disability arts and language acquisition through drama for young migrants/ refugees.

"Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing." - Arundhati Roy

Richard PringleProgrammes Coordinator, Schools

Rich leads on 3FF's schools work in Birmingham and the Midlands.

  • Rich previously worked for West Midlands Fire Service as a firefighter for 9½ years. In his last 2 years he worked in prevention, leading education on fire safety and road safety.
  • Rich is a pastor at his church in Shirley, Solihull.
  • Rich is passionate about education which is creative, fun, memorable and has a lasting impact.
  • Rich and his wife Becky love to travel particularly across Europe experiencing different cultures and food. Aside from traveling Rich enjoys cycling, football, walking, and going to the theatre.
  • One final passion of Rich’s is coffee. He has 5 different coffee brewing gadgets at home.

"It always seems impossible until it’s done." - Nelson Mandela

Clare IshamProgrammes Officer, Schools

Clare works on 3FF’s Schools programmes, with particular responsibility for managing the School Linking programme.

  • Clare is passionate about supporting young people’s development. She has spent five years working as a Teaching Assistant and an English Teacher in secondary schools in London.
  • To gain a wider understanding of the lives of some of the children she has taught, she has spent time volunteering with refugee and migrant charities.
  • Taught English in South Korea for a year. She picked up a love of Korean food whilst there!
  • Studied for an English Literature BA at the University of Manchester and a PGCE in English Secondary Education at The Institute of Education. When training to teach she focused particularly on supporting students learning English as an additional language.
Sarah KosterProgrammes Coordinator, Schools

Sarah works on 3FF’s Schools programmes, with particular responsibility for School Linking.

  • Sarah is a qualified Youth and Community Worker and has been working with young people for over 10years, working for different local authorities youth services delivering informal education, leading on youth action and participation work and managing programmes and youth centres.
  • She graduated in Community and Youth Studies and more recently qualified as a Primary School Teacher completing her PGCE at the IOE.
  • Sarah is passionate about empowering and challenging young people and communities and delivering informal education activities and programmes.
  • Sarah loves the Shrek films, eating sushi and swimming.

Interesting fact: I lived and volunteered in Kenya for 6months working with street children.

Favourite quote: "Be the change you want to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

Ana CoProgrammes Assistant, Schools

Ana works on 3FF's Schools programme.

  • Born and raised in Lisbon, Portugal, Ana has been living in London since 2010. Ana fell in love with London in her first visit to the city, and she decided that is where she wanted to study and live.
  • She has a BA (Hons) in Politics & International Relations from Kingston University. Besides English, Ana speaks Portuguese and Spanish.
  • Ana is passionate about social inclusion and youth leadership. She believes that the more inclusive a society is, less conflicts will exist, and the closer we could be from world peace.
  • In her free time, Ana likes to read, hang out with her friends, try new restaurants around London, and travel around Europe.

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.”- Jimi Hendrix

Eli TamirProgrammes Coordinator

Eli coordinates projects that are part of the Urban Dialogues arts programme.

  • Born in Israel, but grew up in London
  • Studied French, Spanish and European studies at the University of Birmingham, and was active in helping set up interfaith events on campus
  • Spent a year working on 3FF's School Linking programme.
  • Developed interfaith skills in Israel on the New Israel Fund's Social Justice fellowship, working at the Parents Circle Forum and Arous Elbahr association for Arab women in Jaffa.
Fiona RanfordProgrammes Coordinator

Fiona is our Events Co-ordinator. She works on our Urban Dialogues arts programme, with a particular focus on supporting communities in Rochdale and West London to develop interfaith initiatives.

  • Has worked for 5 years training and supporting people to take action for gender equality, social justice and environmental justice in their communities and internationally
  • Has an MSc in Gender & Globalisation from LSE, with a focus on grassroots organising and intercultural solidarity
  • Is passionate about tackling prejudice, and has a particular interest in building women’s confidence to influence their communities. Loves the outdoors, visual arts, participatory education and discovering new music.
Tim MortimerProgrammes Coordinator, ParliaMentors

Tim oversees our programmatic work in Universities including our UN Award-winning leadership programme, ParliaMentors.

  • Tim grew up as the only child of two vicars, an experience which has left him fascinated in how faith affects people’s lives in different ways
  • Particularly he is interested in youth-led interfaith, faith-based social action and intersections between the religious and the secular
  • He has 6 years experience in student engagement and also previously taught English to Buddhist monks in India
  • He has an MA in Religion and Public Life from the University of Leeds and has published his research into non-religious identification where he interviewed attendees of the Sunday Assembly
  • Tim likes running, reading, politics and pop music but not tidying his desk
Ben ShapiroProgrammes Officer, ParliaMentors

Ben works on the ParliaMentors leadership programme, with a special focus on the Alumni Network. He has specific responsibility for campuses in the West Midlands and SOAS in London.

  • Ben is from leafy Northwood in North London, and has just graduated from Cardiff University with a BA in Philosophy.
  • He loves playing tennis, when the weather permits, and hockey too. He also enjoys reading and talking about philosophy, particularly political philosophy, and when feeling extra nerdy he gets into Chalmers and his work on the problem of consciousness.
  • Ben would like to work in political areas, in particular in trying to engage younger people in politics. Working with the ParliaMentors team and the alumni network, and spending some time with Schools have given him skills to go forward and help him to meet others with a similar interest.

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." – Winston Churchill (after losing the 1945 General election)

Aqeelah MalekProgrammes Officer, ParliaMentors

Aqeelah works as a programmes officer on the ParliaMentors programme. She has specific responsibility for campuses in Manchester, Nottingham, and Queen Mary in London.

  • Aqeelah is from the great city of Leicester and she holds a BSc in Nutrition and an MSc in Law and Environmental Science (both from the University of Nottingham).
  • She is passionate about and has worked on projects relating to global food security, sustainability, social justice & race.
  • Aqeelah completed the ParliaMentors programme in 2015/16 and has remained engaged through her work on the ParliaMentors Alumni Committee. She has worked collaboratively to organise the annual Interfaith Summit as well as other interfaith activities planned throughout the year.
  • Aqeelah enjoys baking, knitting and exploring natural history in her spare time.
Miriam Feldmann KayeProject Director Middle East

Miriam managed the education programme and following her move to Israel in 2007 she started up the new branch of the Forum.

  • Has a doctorate in philosophy from University of Haifa.
  • Is researching comparative religion and inter-religious relations at Hebrew University.
  • Sits on the religion committee at the Jerusalem Centre for Ethics.
  • Is a fellow of the Susi Bradfield programme for Orthodox Jewish Women Educators.

     

    Consultants

    Harriet JohnsonSenior Media Consultant

     

    Jessica HazratiProject Consultant

    She interned with the ParliaMentors team from September 2016 to March 2017. She is excited to continue staying involved with 3FF’s work and is now supporting Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater London’s Council on Faith and organising 3FF’s inaugural Evening of Faith Recognition and Celebration.

    Jessica is currently studying at Heythrop College, working towards her Masters in Theology, having already studied Philosophy, Religion and Ethics there. She is interested in exploring the role of religious thought in the public sphere.

    In her spare time, she likes to explore London, her favourite place at the moment is the South Bank and ‘the new’ Tate Modern.

    Imelda ByeBookkeeper

    Following a long international career in publishing that sparked a deep love for travel and cultural difference, Imelda retrained in bookkeeping and accountancy – a field which afforded her the flexibility to forge a new career around her children and her secret passion for number crunching!

    She has been a fully qualified AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) Licensed Accountant and Member in Practice for over 6 years and now runs her own small practice.

    Imelda is particularly keen to use her professional skills to empower people and to strengthen social capital. She is fluent in French and Italian and, before starting a family, lived and worked in Asia for 5 years.

    Her strengths include a strong attention to detail and a keenness to gain a real understanding of her clients’ needs.

    Chanel NoelProgrammes Consultant

    Chanel consults on 3FF's work in schools and universities.

    • Chanel holds a BA in Theology & Religious Studies from the University of Bristol and a PGCE in Secondary Religious Education from Warwick University.
    • She has a passion in interfaith dialogue; an area she chose as the foundation of her undergraduate dissertation.
    • Chanel has spent 6 years in challenging schools in London and Birmingham teaching and leading both the religious education and PHSCE departments to outstanding success.
    • She has also worked as a fixed term senior leader with the National Citizenship Service [NCS] as the safeguarding lead and she has worked as a teacher of English and an additional language with Oslo Sommerskolen (summer school).
    • She is passionate about music; specifically playing the piano and singing, and travelling to beautiful destinations her favourite of which are Saint Lucia and the Commonwealth of Dominica.

     

    Interns

    Stefania CeptureanuParliaMentors Intern

    • Stefania was born in Campina, a small town in Romania close to the Carpathian mountains. At the age of thirteen she moved to the UK with her family.
    • She has recently graduated from Aberystwyth University with a BA in International Politics and the Non-Western World.
    • Stefania has been a Trustee at ‘New Generation International’ Christian charity for three years.
    • She enjoys activities such as: painting, writing, playing the guitar, crossfit , eating cake and searching for sweets around the house.

    Raheela ShahCommunications Intern

    • Raheela has recently graduated with a BA in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from King’s College London.
    • Her name means traveller and living up to her namesake she has previously visited Egypt, Tunisia and Kenya.
    • In her spare time she enjoys exploring London, particularly its galleries, museums and food spots.
    • She is left handed so can’t stand inky pens and scissors.
    Harriet JordisonAdmin, Operations and Volunteer Intern

    • Harriet is 23 years old and from Ealing, West London.
    • She undertook a BA in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Bristol. During her time there she completed a fieldwork project exploring the ways British Muslims reconciled their faith with western secular values.
    • She was drawn to 3FF as she saw it as an opportunity to gain practical experience of interfaith dialogue whilst also developing her professional skillset within the charity sector.
    • In her spare time she eats Mediterranean food and reads dystopian fiction.

    Maariyah DawoodParliaMentors Intern

    • Maariyah is from Hackney in North East London and is currently completing her undergraduate history degree at Queen Mary.
    • She was drawn to 3FF because she thought it was a unique charity where she could learn how to bring people of all faiths and beliefs together, something she wants to see more of in her local area.
    • In her spare time she listens to podcasts and is working towards a black belt in Taekwondo. A less productive pastime of hers is binge watching TV shows and then discussing them on the internet.
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    Matt AltonSchools Intern

    • Matt is 23 years old and lives in Croydon.
    • He recently graduated in Sociology from Anglia Ruskin University. For his dissertation he undertook a qualitative, ethnographic study of a Quaker school.
    • He was Events and Socials Officer, then President of his university’s Student Action for Refugees society. This, coupled with his Quaker faith and identity, has led to his interest in interfaith work. Matt currently serves on the Outreach Committee for a national Quaker event for 18-30s.
    • He enjoys reading, particularly non-fiction, and aims to read 26 books in the year following the end of his degree. He’d like to read more fiction and would love you to recommend/lend him a novel.

    Amina KhanSchools Intern

    • Amina is 24 years old, lived in Dubai for 18 years and returned to London 2 years ago.
    • Currently in her second year of her undergraduate programme at the University of Roehampton studying Theology, Religious Studies and History, Amina aims to complete her PGCE to teach Religious Education at Secondary level.
    • Amina was so inspired just on her first day of training at 3FF, she went home and founded the first interfaith society at her university, called ‘Roehampton Coexist’. She is excited to use the skills and knowledge she learns at 3FF to unite different faith-based societies together and have successful interfaith events!
    • In her free time, Amina enjoys exploring different areas of London(mainly for dessert purposes), filming/editing videos and dancing.

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