Core working group membership (This list is fluid and is not exhaustive)

Penny Smith-Orr

I am an Anglican Christian,

The organisation I'm linked with St Marks Church South Norwood where I am the treasurer and a member of the PCC.

I am a member of the core working group because as well as being a, main stream, Christian representative I am also the Religious education officer for Croydon council. I work with the Croydon Standing Advisory Committee on Religious education (SACRE) and advise teachers on the Croydon Agreed syllabus for religious Education. I am also on the managing committee of Croydon Faith Education Resources, a library of resources for schools and faith organisations.

Many years ago I worked with the Bishop Of Croydon's office to produce a Faiths Together newsletter and in 2005 worked on a document called Faith in the Community which included mapping all the worshipping communities in the Borough of Croydon.

I had been on the steering committee of Faiths Together in Croydon since its inception and think it is very important to the well being of Croydon. 


Ashtaq Arain

My faith: Islam (Muslim)

The organisation I'm linked with: Committee member for Muslim Association of Croydon


 I am a member FTiC of the Core Working group because I believe that it is important for all local communities as well as faith communities regardless of sex, age gender to work together to provide a community which can co-exist and benefit from one another. 

 Leslie Kemp

I am a Nichiren Buddhist and member of Soka Gakkai International UK (

Born in South London I was raised as an Anglican Christian, I adopted Buddhism in Croydon in 1989 and have responsibility for my organisations Buddhist members in the area. I have been involved in several interfaith circles in South London and attended the initial meetings of Faiths Together in Croydon. I am also treasurer of the United Nations Association UK, Sutton and Croydon Branch, a member of the Croydon Hindu Council Executive and Croydon Faith Education Resources management team.

I am a member of the Core Working group because understanding comes from working with others rather than watching from the sidelines. I believe everyone deserves respect and that respect extends to their choice of belief. There are many paths in life, but only one planet and one humanity and we are all members for the rest of our lives, lets enjoy it together.

Mahbub Sadiq Bhatti

I was born in Pakistan . I was educated in Kenya and served different voluntary organisations in Kenya such as Kenya Red Cross, Child Welfare Society of Kenya, Family Planning of Kenya. In 1979 I led a delegation of three to Geneva to represent Kenya Red Cross Society. Also, I served as a National Vice-Chairman of Child Welfare Society of Kenya for two terms. I am the external affairs secretary for Ahmadiyya Muslim Association Croydon for last three years.
I been a planning group member of the Old People's Network Croydon for last four years. For last ten years  served on the Broad Green Residence Association as Vice-Chairman and I am the Neighbourhood watch co-ordinator for Broad Green. I am also a  founder member of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) Croydon.
I serve on the Core Working Group because my motto is "Love For All Hatred For None" and I would like to practice that.

Hilary Fife

I am the Lead Chaplain at Croydon University Hospital (formerly Mayday)

I am also an Anglican priest.

Within the hospital the role of the Chaplaincy Department is to care for the spiritual and religious needs of patients, relatives, staff and volunteers and to act as a resource for staff in ethical and religious matters. At the beginning and end of life, as well as during times of sickness, knowledge of and respect for the faith of individuals is a crucial part of providing the quality of care all our patients deserve.

The hospital is in the midst of a very diverse community. Membership of the Core working group is invaluable for me because it enables me to link up with faith community leaders both to ensure communities are aware of the religious support offered at the hospital and to ensure our service is meeting people’s needs and fit for purpose. The hospital needs to hear from and work with people from every faith community in Croydon – being part of FTiC is one way of doing just that.

Tamkin Riaz

Tamkin Riaz a modern open minded Muslim that has worked in education since 1980.  A community leader that brings twenty five years of experience to bear to all faith & charity groups. Since August 2005  has been predominant in the media, business start ups and the events scene with the aim of bringing greater understanding and to share the commonalities in all faiths that bring many people closer together.

Tamkin is involved with AlKhair foundation, Read Foundation & Muslim Association of Croydon and assisting many more local groups. He has also done extensive relief and educational work, marketing charitable projects and has been instrumental in delivering aid in Haiti, Pakistan, Japan, Malaysia and many more countries. 

Tamkin brings much of his insights to the assistance of the local community and has an extensive network of contacts that he puts to use with the local community for business, charity & faith groups.

Al-Khair Foundation

109-119 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon, CR0 6BE, United Kingdom

Registered Charity No. 1126808

David Standley 

 I am a priest of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Southwark, recently retired.  
I live now in South Norwood, with a challenging cat called Titus, and linked to the parish of St Chad.
I have served in parishes in South London and Kent, and as a university chaplain. 
 I am currently Chair of our Diocesan Inter-Faith Network,  charged with encouraging Catholic Christians to more active
dialogue and cooperation with people of other religious traditions. 
I am happy to join others in promoting the work of Faiths Together in Croydon.

 Fr K

Father Kyrillos Asaad

I am a priest at St Mary & St Shenouda Coptic Orthodox Church, in Coulsdon. It is one of the parishes
of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of London & its affiliated regions led by Archbishop Angaelos. The
mother church is in Egypt and our Pope is HH Pope Tawadros the second.
I was born in Egypt & graduated as a medical doctor. I settled in the UK since the early 80s, trained &
progressed my medical career. I worked for a few years in the UAE. So, I lived & worked in 3
countries & experienced different communities. In 2014, I was called to priesthood & since then I am
serving as a parish priest. There is a lot in common between practicing medicine & priesthood.
As a Christian I believe in love, peace, respect & equality. We try to reach out to our local & the
wider community, through participation in different groups, including Faith Together in Croydon. It
does make us feel for each other & better understand different faiths & denominations.