Faith Advisory Group

The Faith Advisory Group was established in 2019. The purpose of the group is to advise Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) staff on engaging with the UK’s diverse faith groups and supporting them to mark Holocaust Memorial Day in their local communities.

The group is chaired by the Reverend Canon Mark Poulson, a member of the HMDT Board of Trustees and Canon for Interfaith Relations at St Paul’s Cathedral.

We aim to include full representation of the UK’s diverse faith and religious communities in our work, and as such, the membership and work of the Group is under continuous review.

The current membership of the Group is as follows:

Reverend Canon Mark Poulson- Canon for Interfaith Relations at St Paul’s Cathedral

Laura Marks OBE- Chair of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust; founder of Mitzvah Day and Nisa-Nashim; former Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews

Dr David Ryall- Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Gurmel Singh MBE- Chief Executive of the National Sikh Museum; CEO Sikh Conmunity and Youth Services and former Secretary General of the Sikh Council UK (2010-17)

Imam Qari Asim MBE- Senior Imam at Leeds Makkah Mosque; Deputy Chair of Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred/ Islamophobia Working Group; Chair of Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board

Dr Kishan Manocha- Head of the Tolerance and Non-Discrimination Department at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

Representative from the office of the UK Prime Minister

Imam Asim Hafiz OBE- Islamic Religious Adviser to the Chief of the Defence Staff, UK Ministry of Defence

Reverend Michaela Youngson- Chair of the London District of the Methodist Church

Rabbi Dr Yoni Birnbaum- Rabbi of the Toras Chaim Community in Hendon; Jewish Chronicle columnist; lecturer in Jewish studies

Two additional places to be confirmed