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

Rachel SilveiraDeputy Director

Rachel is passionate about engaging people in challenging discussion about values and identity, subjects she specialised in during her MA in Culture, Language and Identity in Education.

  • Experience is in informal and extra-curricular programmes (UK and South Africa).
  • Worked in a variety of social justice and cultural organisations including The British Library, The Jewish Council for Racial Equality and Save the Children UK.
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 responsible for all aspects of 3FF’s communications strategy - including social media and PR.

  • Grew up in southern Sweden.
  • Studied Religion and Theology at Uppsala University and Philosophy at King’s College London.
  • 3FF's resident techie: Likes to try out new social media networks, apps and gadgets.
  • Likes Japanese things, reading and making music.
Hannah TaylorOperations and Volunteer Manager

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.
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.
Yasmeen AkhtarProgrammes Manager

Yasmeen oversees 3FF’s programmes in Schools and Universities, including primary and secondary Workshops, CPD Teacher Training, Faith School Linking and our leadership development and mentoring scheme ParliaMentors.

  • From a British Pakistani background and closely involved with building capacity in faith communities, consulting on relevant issues for local and national Government
  • Background in developing sustainable and innovative programmes in education and in communities with a focus on addressing conflict, managing diversity, and effective collaboration.
  • She is a trained facilitator and mediator, experienced in developing and delivering engaging seminars, workshops and training across sectors.

Interested in spirituality, ecology and building community.

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.
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,   Arts & Culture

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,   Arts & Culture

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 Officer, ParliaMentors

Tim works on the mentoring programme, ParliaMentors.

  • Tim previously worked for Childreach International where he set up an international volunteering programme for students in Morocco, Nepal and Tanzania.
  • He previously spent six months teaching English to Buddhist monks in India.
  • He has an MA in Religion and Public Life from the University of Leeds and is particularly interested in faith based social action and interfaith dialogue.
  • He likes running and cycling and once cycled from Leeds to Berlin.
Sean TurnbullProgrammes Officer, ParliaMentors

Sean works on the mentoring programme ParliaMentors.

  • Sean previously worked for the National Union of Students supporting policy and campaigns regarding student welfare. He also supported the NUS Campus Cohesion, Faith and Belief Project.
  • He has an MA in History of Political Thought and Intellectual History from the University of London and a BA in English and History from the University of Leicester.
  • He is interested in politics, philosophy, history, creative writing and plays the guitar.
Ben ShapiroProgrammes Assistant, ParliaMentors

Ben works on the ParliaMentors leadership programme, with a special focus on the Alumni Network.

  • 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)

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.
    Jeremy HanemanChoir Director

    Jeremy is the conductor and a founder of the Mixed Up Chorus, 3FF's intercultural choir.

    • Jeremy is a conductor and vocal coach who specializes in choral and operatic repertoire.
    • Since 2011 he has been the inaugural Community Chorus Director for the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
    • He has conducted concerts in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Festival Hall, as well as on tour in major venues and cathedrals across Europe, USA and Australia.
    • For seven years Jeremy was the Chairman of Hafla, a registered charity he founded that creates cultural events that bring together Jewish and Arabic peoples, which involved cross-cultural concerts at the Royal Academy of Music.
    • Jeremy is a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and he did the inaugural Master of Music in choral conducting at the University of Cambridge. He is a Practitioner Council member of the Association of British Choral Directors and a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts.
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