Dr Marius Felderhof
Executive Director of Museum of World Religions
Dr. Marius Felderhof was born in Holland and emigrated with his parents, brothers and sisters to Nova Scotia, Canada aged 9. After his schooling, he attended Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS on scholarships and graduated with a BA honours degree, majoring in philosophy. He followed his philosophical studies with the study of Theology at St. Andrews University, Scotland where he graduated with an Hons. BD degree in Divinity. He subsequently completed an MA in Philosophy at Dalhousie and a Ph.D. in the Dept of Philosophy at the University of Wales, Swansea. He is a licentiate of the Church of Scotland and served in the parish of Burntisland for one year before returning to teach Systematic and Philosophical Theology at St. Mary’s College, The University of St. Andrews, after which he went to Westhill College, Selly Oak, Birmingham. There he taught Christian Theology to students training to become primary and secondary school teachers which stimulated his interest in religious education. Working closely with the Muslim community, he was instrumental in initiating a B.Ed. degree with Islamic Studies as its main subject and later developed a full undergraduate Islamic Studies degree programme. This did much to change the ethos of Westhill College so that it became renowned for training teachers from ethnic minorities in the City of Birmingham, not least because its main theology programme always included courses on Judaism, Hinduism, Islam and Sikhism.
After a number of years as Head of Religious and Theological Studies, the college and his department were integrated into the University of Birmingham and its department of Theology and Religion. In 2005 he was seconded by the University to the City of Birmingham to act as the drafting secretary to the Agreed Syllabus Conference which devised the groundbreaking 2007 Syllabus for Religious Education. This syllabus committed all the major faiths found in the City to supporting teachers in developing 24 dispositions in young people on the basis of their scriptures, traditions and practices.
He has published many articles relating to Theology and to Religious Education and is responsible for authoring and editing three books with a fourth at the publishers. He continues to advise the City of Birmingham on its RE provision as a member of its Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education.
Currently, Dr. Felderhof is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Theology and Religion and the Executive Director of the Museum of World Religions project in Birmingham.
Chief Executive of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
18 years in the service, initially in mental health and primary care before moving into hospital management. Toby worked for Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, University College Hospital, Mid Yorkshire Hospitals and Barts Health. He also spent two years in the Downing Street Delivery Unit (2003-05). SWBH NHS Trust is Toby’s fifth Board appointment and his first as Chief Executive.
Bhai Sahib Bhai Mohinder Singh
Chairman of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha
Chairman of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ), Bhai Sahib Bhai (Dr) Mohinder Singh holds two honorary degrees from the city’s universities, and aims to serve and uplift society through the practice of core values – nishkamta, or the spirit of selflessness, being one of them. Inspired by spirituality, the GNNSJ has generated a flourishing culture of volunteering, which has contributed immensely to transform its visionary projects into a reality.
For his services to religious faith propagation, community service, education and research, Bhai Sahib has been awarded two Honorary Doctorates from Birmingham’s Universities. He is passionate about values-based education and is the Patron of the Nishkam Primary School which opened in September 2011.
An internationally renowned ambassador for faith and service, Bhai Sahib was created a Knight last year by the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, in recognition of his dedicated work for Roman Catholic-Sikh relations and undeterred commitment to working for peace among people of all faiths.
Revd Paul Holley
Founder of the Anglican Health Network
An Anglican minister with 16 years experience of parish ministry in Manchester and Switzerland. With a growing interest in the role of churches in public services, Paul completed part time studies for a Master of Public Administration at Warwick Business School in 2006. This led to his increasing involvement with the Anglican UN representation in Geneva. Following some research on faith-based health services for the World Health Organization, Paul founded the Anglican Health Network in 2009, with a mandate from the Anglican Consultative Council. Building a membership of 550 people from all parts of the world, AHN has focused on promoting health mission within Anglican churches and amongst international agencies. The most prominent of its projects was a pilot programme of health micro insurance in Tanzania.
Paul is committed to developing more sustainable business models for church health services whilst expanding community based health promotion. Paul led the planning group for the Birmingham-based ‘Faith in Health and Healing Conference’ in April 2013.
Director of OSCAR Birmingham
Madge has accumulated over 30 year’ experience working within the voluntary sector specialising in educational management, project management, youth & community work and working with disadvantaged communities in a variety of settings.
One of her Greatest Achievements was receiving the Community Champion Award, afforded to her by Age Concern Birmingham in 2004 on behalf of the Home Office.
Madge currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer for OSCAR Birmingham the Organisation for Sickle Cell Anaemia Relief and Thalassaemia Support.
Nishkam Health and Social Care Trust
Working with Sikh medical professionals and the wider community to promote Health and Social care, which goes beyond mere functionality and clinical excellence. Drawing upon the interfaith Health and Social
care concepts of the Sikh Tradition, the Trust is developing innovative approaches to Health Care in the new millennium within society,marked by diversity, to meet the challenges of a global village. The Trust has invested community resources to create infrastructure and broaden medical provision within the area, committing to community regeneration.
Jyotveer Singh Gill
Founder of the AnonCare health network
A communications specialist who has worked across the UK to promote the public health agenda to a diversity of communities, Jyotveer saw the opportunity to develop a digital ‘faith inspired’ solution to the challenges in the NHS helping reduce over reliance on healthcare services by creating inter-dependency within the community.
The innovation brings together, patients, carers and healthcare professionals in the ‘shared management’ of personal health and wellbeing, ensuring individual well-being is everybody’s responsibility.
The AnonCare heath system was highlighted by the NHS Institute as a high impact innovation, dubbed by the media as the new ‘Facebook for health’ and endorsed by the International Charter for Compassion as a supporting partner.
This event will provide an opportunity to officially launch the exciting AnonCare innovation.