Oxford Branch held its annual Dialogue Iftar at Oxford Academy

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

The Oxford Academy Sandy Lane., Oxfordshire, OXFORD OX4 6JZ

Adrianne Hopkins

Director of EDI, Oxford Brookes University

Cllr Lubna Arshad

Lord Mayor of Oxford

Cllr Susan Brown

Cllr Susan Brown

Leader of Oxford City Council

Education: London School of Economics (LSE) and University of Texas.

Council services in which particularly interested: Housing, services that affect my constituents. Other bodies on which she serves: St. Mary Magdalen Parish Charities (Council appointee), Labour Vice Chair of the District Council Network (DCN).

Employment: Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Hobbies and interests: Spending time with family and friends, reading, film, theatre.

Imam Monawar Hussain

MBE DL FRSA, Chairman and Founder, The Oxford Foundation

Louise Gordon

Vice President, Oxford Jewish Congregation

Nora Ward

Headteacher, The Oxford Academy

Revd Kate Harford

Revd Kate Harford

University Chaplain and Pastoral Care Lead

She is a Christian priest and leads the Multifaith Chaplaincy and offers spiritual and pastoral care to any member of the university (of any or no faith). She works closely with other Chaplains to ensure that all staff and students can access the Multifaith Chaplaincy for support and coordinate the events in the Multifaith Chaplaincy. She was ordained in November 2015 by the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC).

Revd Kay Blackwell

Chaplain, The Oxford Academy

Superintendent Bruce Riddell

Superintendent Bruce Riddell

LPA Commander – Oxford

Superintendent Bruce Riddell joined Thames Valley Police at Banbury police station in 1996 and since then has worked in a range of roles including as a Neighbourhood Sergeant, a Detective Inspector on the Serious and Organised Crime Unit, a secondment to the National Crime Agency (NCA) and most recently as the Silver Commander on the force response to the COVID pandemic. Superintendent Riddell is also the lead for the Force Hostage and Crises Negotiators.

Tahmeena Ajmal DL

Tahmeena Ajmal DL

Deputy Lieutenant of Oxfordshire

Tehmeena started her career in community development and then learning and development in Manchester City Council. She joined the NHS in 1994 in Ealing Hospital to lead their work on equal access to services; and continued this in Oxfordshire across health and social care. She is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Berkshire Healthcare Trust running mental health and community services and a trustee of Age UK Oxfordshire. Her interests include supporting children and young people to improve their mental health and wellbeing and developing community capacity and capability.

The Oxford Branch’s 2nd Annual Iftar Event, in partnership with The Oxford Academy, Oxford Brookes University, and The Oxford Foundation, was held on March 20, 2024, at The Oxford Academy with the theme of Peace and Unity. This inclusive gathering brought together academics, students, their parents, community, and civic leaders from over sixty different organisations. Participants enjoyed traditional Iftar rituals, including breaking the fast with dates and water, followed by a delicious meal provided by Dialogue Society. The atmosphere encouraged cultural exchange, fostering understanding and unity among attendees from diverse backgrounds.

We extend our sincere gratitude to The Oxford Academy, Oxford Brookes University, and The Oxford Foundation for their collaboration in organising this meaningful event. Special thanks are also due to all volunteers and supporters whose efforts made the evening possible. As we reflect on the spirit of unity and compassion embodied in the Iftar tradition, let us strive to promote harmony and inclusivity in our communities, working together towards a brighter and more interconnected future.