Our Faith Research Centre has an Advisory Council of experienced academics and community leaders who bring rigour and scrutiny to our flagship open source National Faith Survey.

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Angela Salt is an independent consultant. She previously led the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, whose purpose was to counter prejudice and religious extremism. Prior roles include Director VSO UK, Head of Nations & Regions for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and senior communication roles for the Millennium Commission, the Electoral Commission and the Catholic Church.

31675523534_d92e35d2c7_o (1)David Cowling is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College, London and former Head of Political Research at the BBC.


davidvoas-july2015David Voas is Professor and Head of the Department of Social Science at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. His research focuses on religious change, beliefs, values and attitudes more generally, in developed societies. He is on the leadership group of the European Values Study and is co-director of British Religion in Numbers.


31675518784_3f8362b2b4_o (1)Farah Elahi is a research and policy analyst at the Runnymede Trust. Farah’s work focuses on documenting ethnic inequalities in the UK, and she has also researched experiences of minority faith communities in British mainstream schools.


francis-campbell (1)Francis Campbell is Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and previously served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See. Francis is a Member of the Advisory Panel of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, is a governor of St Mary’s University, St Elizabeth’s School, Richmond and Carlow College, Ireland.  He is a Trustee of St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney and Forward Thinking a London based NGO and think-tank.


francis davisFrancis Davis is Professor of Communities and Public Policy at the University of Birmingham and Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. He also serves as a non-exec director of an NHS Trust and a trustee of social integration charity Near Neighbours.


Jonathan Hellewell, LVO, is the Prime Minister’s Special Adviser for Faith Communities, based in Downing Street and has previously worked for the Archbishop of Canterbury, HRH the Prince of Wales and three leaders of the Conservative Party. He is currently a Board Member of The Prince’s Trust’s 40th Anniversary Campaign Board and is on the Advisory Board of the Commonwealth Initiative for Freedom of Religion and Belief.


Mandip Sahota is the Chief Executive of the Baroness Warsi Foundation, and former Private Secretary to the House of Lords Minister at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. In both roles, Mandip’s work has focussed on global human rights, increasing professional diversity and developing a more nuanced understanding of faith in the public sphere. Mandip is also co-founder of Sikhs in Government, a civil-service wide staff network.


Zaki Cooper works in philanthropy and communications in a family office in London. His background is in communications and public affairs, including roles as an Assistant Press Secretary at Buckingham Palace and in the Chief Rabbi’s office. He is active in inter-faith relations, including as a Trustee of the Council of Christians and Jews.

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