29 June 2018

Oxford Research Group’s Board of Trustees elected Fiyaz Mughal OBE as its new Chair on 28 June.

Fiyaz is a social entrepreneur who has founded and directed a number of not-for-profit organisations working on community cohesion, interfaith dialogue, conflict resolution and conflict prevention programmes at a local, national and international level. These include Faith Matters, the national anti-Muslim hate crime monitoring project TELL MAMA, and the NO2H8 Crime Awards. Since 2005 he has been appointed to advise various government and parliamentary committees and political leaders on minority inclusion and equalities issues. He was awarded an OBE in 2009 in recognition of his services to the voluntary sector.

“ORG has gone from strength to strength in its work, from documenting ethical concerns around the actions of armed forces, through to developing conflict resolution and peace-building programmes in some of the most difficult parts of the world,” commented Fiyaz Mughal. “I am particularly proud to join ORG as the Chair at this period of time when the organisation has built a solid foundation and where its impact can be widened. ORG is in an excellent place to lead on such issues in the global context whilst also having significant impacts in the UK. I hope to support wider engagement and stronger communications and bring with me a determination to make ORG a well-recognised brand in the UK and internationally”.

ORG Chief Executive Richard Reeve said, “I am delighted to have Fiyaz join the Board at this exciting time for ORG. His experience of developing NGOs from the small to medium size and of boosting their connections and influence with policy-makers will prove invaluable as ORG grows and implements a new strategy for 2018-2021. I very much look forward to working with him to help the UK and other states break out of their cycles of conflict and violence.”

Fiyaz succeeds Kevin Nunn as Chair of the Board. Kevin served as Chair from 2013 and helped to guide ORG through a period of organisational restructuring and development. Richard Reeve commented, “Kevin’s faith in and enthusiasm for ORG and its work have been fundamental to the success of the organisation over the last five years and I am delighted that he has chosen to stay on as a trustee to share his wisdom and experience.”

ORG aims to recruit at least two new Trustees to join the Board before the end of 2018. If you are interested, please see the role description on our website.