Head of Partnerships and Media
Fiyaz Mughal OBE FCMI
Fiyaz Mughal’s working history includes over 18 years’ experience in the community and voluntary sectors in positions that have included social policy lobbying, project and general management, conflict resolution work, and working with leading organizations as the Chief Operating Officer. Fiyaz has also worked in a number of organizations providing training to women through to European transnational faith-related programmes, and advice and information projects.
Fiyaz is currently a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust. He is also the director of Faith Matters, which he founded. Faith Matters is a trusted not-for-profit organisation that for over twelve years has worked to tackle extremism and to build resilience within various faith and other communities in the UK, Europe and the Middle East. Its work includes tackling Daesh-inspired extremism and all associated false narratives, including their underpinning rhetoric and discourses, with a particular emphasis on online safeguarding.
Faith Matters also works generally and extensively on education, civic engagement, leadership development, community cohesion and prevent programmes at local, national and international levels. Successful projects have included conflict resolution work in countries such as Pakistan, Lebanon and Syria.
Faith Matters collaborates with central government departments, local authorities, police forces and civil society groups, representing all faiths and none. It also provides secretariat to the APPG on hate crime. Through its research and publications it works to promote dialogue in society and the integration of all people into their respective communities, and wider society as a whole. Recent reports include FAITH, HOPE AND CLARITY: The Reintegration of Terrorist Offenders after Custody, and The Changing Face of Hate in Poland: From Antisemitism to Anti-Muslim Racism.
Fiyaz is also the founder of the anti-Muslim hate crime monitoring project, Tell MAMA. Tell MAMA is the leading project countering anti-Muslim hate and prejudice in the UK. It is a measuring and reporting service and provides advice, signposting, emotional and case support for victims. It also provides court support. Furthermore, Tell MAMA provides training for local authorities and other bodies in understanding the changing nature of anti-Muslim hate, Tell MAMA’s work and has led to over 1,000 arrests. Since its inception in 2012 it has assisted over 15,000 people.
Working globally – Impacting locally In 2015 Fiyaz founded the annual No2H8 Crime Awards ceremony which provides a platform for over 17 national hate crime agencies to honour those organisations, individuals, politicians and young people who tirelessly counter hatred, prejudice and intolerance. This national event has attracted support from the Mayor of London, senior government ministers, and from police forces and nongovernmental agencies across the United Kingdom.
Fiyaz has also served on various Parliamentary committees in an advisory capacity and in 2016 was an Adviser to the Women and Equalities Committee. Between 2012–2014 Fiyaz was part of the Government’s Advisory Committee on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred, administered by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Fiyaz was previously a Councillor in Haringey (2006–2010) and a Councillor in Oxford (2002–2004). A former Deputy President of a mainstream political party in the UK, he has also campaigned heavily on Black and Minority Ethnic (group) inclusion within discourses and political parties. Fiyaz was also appointed to the Working Group for Communities that was linked to the Extremism Task Force developed in 2005 after the 7/7 bombings. In early 2008, Fiyaz was successful in becoming an elected member IDeA Peer Mentor for national work with local authorities on the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda.
Fiyaz was also previously appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP) as a member of the Local Delivery Advisory Group on Preventing Violent Extremism. Between 2009–2010 Fiyaz was the Advisor to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, on interfaith matters and preventing radicalisation and extremism.
Fiyaz is the head of Partnerships and Media for The Unity Initiative.
In June 2009 Fiyaz was honoured by Her Majesty the Queen and was bestowed with the Honour of the Order of the British Empire.