Judges

Angela Daniel  M.Ed B.A. (Hons) NLE

Having trained as a secondary music teacher, Angela has been privileged to have taught most year groups from Reception to Year 8 and is passionate about the importance of enabling every child to flourish by providing an inspirational and excellent education. Whilst ensuring that there is a rigour and high expectation for all in reading, writing and maths, she understands the benefits of a broad curriculum that develops the whole child. Angela has a personal enthusiasm for music and the arts (BA Hons. in Music). She also understands the importance of spiritual, social, moral and cultural education. Angela studied RE at Birmingham University (M.Ed. 2005) and serves on the Hereford Dicoesan Board of Education and Hereford SACRE. She has been privileged to be a SIAMS inspector since 2011. Having grown up in Wolverhampton, she is eager to open children's eyes to a bigger world and is committed to inclusion and diversity. She has been instrumental in promoting local links with schools in Tanzania.

Since September 2017 Angela has been the headteacher of St. Paul’s Church of England Primary School in Wolverhampton. Prior to this she was the headteacher of Kingsland Church of England Primary School in Herefordshire for twelve years. During that time it had retained its Ofsted 'Outstanding' in all areas rating (October 2007). SIAMS inspections (April 2015) have understood Kingsland CE Primary to be 'outstanding' in all areas. Angela has taught in Middle and Secondary schools.

As a National Leader of Education, Angela is eager to encourage and enable colleagues to identify and respond effectively and confidently to the unique needs of their schools; rejoicing and building on all that is good.

She is deeply committed to building bridges of understanding between faith communities; recognising our shared values and beliefs and celebrating our differences.


Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail Deputy Lieutenant

Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail is a prominent British Muslim scholar from Sheffield. He worked as a school inspector, education and safeguarding consultant. He served the community as a Lead Imam (Khateeb), teacher and lecturer for more than 35 years. Previously he served in HMS as prison chaplain in 1980s. He supported and shared coordination in the NIACE national faith leaders’ training programme in the North which helped in integration of different faith communities. After studying Islamic theology, Arabic and Eastern languages, he joined Sheffield Polytechnic and Sheffield University to study and conduct research in education. He was a lecturer for 10 years in social and community education in Rotherham College of Arts.

He is amongst nine people who have been appointed as Deputy Lieutenants for South Yorkshire. This prestigious position means Sheikh Mohammad Ismail will fill in for Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, as one of the Queen's representatives at ceremonial events.

He is very actively involved in multi-faith work and with different Muslim theological groups nationally and locally for more than 30 years. He through his position as a Lead Imam and through his work in education is effectively promoting community cohesion. Mr Ismail conducted training and lectures on Cultural Awareness and community cohesion in Northern Residential College Barnsley for 4 years. In South Yorkshire where he lives, he served the United mosque council for a very long time.

At present, he is the executive board member of Sheffield Federation of Mosques. He is a patron of St Luke Hospice and other charities in Sheffield. Nationally he is a member of The National Council of Imams and Rabbis and an executive member of UK Interfaith Network. Locally he is a member of Sheffield faith leaders group. At present he is the Muslim chaplain at The University of Sheffield and a member of Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.


Rabbi Benjy Rickman, CMgr ,MCMI, FRSA

Rabbi Rickman is an experienced educator and religious broadcaster. As Head of Religious Studies at King David High School in Manchester, he has been successful at transforming the running of his department which was graded Outstanding by school inspectors. He is a reflective learner, and is considered a very approachable educator. His advice and guidance for life, is sought by students and parents.

Rabbi Rickman has experience as a community Rabbi and has conducted life cycle events, from birth to death. He was recently appointed as Assistant Rabbi in a Manchester Synagogue. He has a unique ability to understand his audience and communicate a message that is both timely and relevant.

Rabbi Rickman launched an interfaith portfolio opening lines of communication between Abrahamic faith schools.  The media has covered a number of his projects on both local and national news outlets on TV and radio. He was praised by OFTSED School inspectors for his lead role on incorporating the teaching of British Values within a religious framework. He was asked to join the national advisory panel for the Faith Matters Charity based in London.

He has a very busy lecturing circuit with almost weekly adult education lectures and many invitations to other schools to teach about faith and religion. He proudly stand as a mouth piece of the Jewish community on local BBC radio and has written for national and local Jewish print media. He has an effervescent smile that demolishes barriers and wins people over, “People matter to me and I communicate that to them.”


Ms Shabnam Khan, Executive Director: Education & Support Services VIP Minds.  

Shabnam is a Head Orthoptist by profession and currently works at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital in London. Previous to this she worked at the Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital just shy of 6 years.    

From the age of 15 years Shabnam has been passionately involved with many local community projects and supplementary school reform programmes. She volunteered at the Muslim Youth Helpline and a community radio station (as a presenter and progressed to be part of the management team) for some years. She has been a TV presenter for Islam Channel and also featured in a youth show series on Iqra TV and YouTube. In 2015 she was the presenter of radio show 'The Power of Intention' for a Midlands based community radio station; Unity FM.  

As a Director of VIP Minds, Shabnam has been involved in many community initiatives and interactive forums working closely with young people and their families of different faiths, and has been worked on successful programmes in bridging the gap between businesses and support services for those in need. She has been awarded a Youth Achievement Award 2010: Celebrating Future Leaders, hosted by the Universal Peace Federation & the Women’s Federation for World Peace at the House of Lords by Late Lord King. Over the years she has provided advice on Education within primary and secondary schools and acting as a consultant to various educational bodies nationally, including examination boards, OfQual [The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation] and the Association of School & College Leaders (ASCL).  

She has been the Education Secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain [MCB] since May 2012 and is currently part of the MCB's National Council. Her role to date involves supporting schools, parents and students across the country for various aspects of school life".


Sheikh Babikir Ahmed Babikir  

Sheikh Babikir completed his studies of traditional Islamic Sciences under many great Scholars and Sheikhs of Africa and the Middle East.

Arriving in Britain in 1977, Sheikh Babikir has been working hard to promote Islam’s spiritual message in the UK. He began organising programs at London Central Mosque in Regent's Park, and in Muslim Welfare House in North London, where he first met His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. The Sheikh served for some time as a member of the board for Mosaic (a charity founded by the Prince of Wales) at the request of His Highness.

He completed a B.Ed degree in Mathematics at Greenwich University as well as a Certificate in Personnel Management and Diploma in Administrative Management.

Up until recently Sheikh Babikir was working as the Imam and spiritual director at the Islamia Schools Centre, founded by Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) in 1983. Whilst there, he provided teacher training and assisted in educational workshops and conferences.

Sheikh Babikir is the Director and Founder of Rumi’s Cave, a vibrant community hub in North-West London. Loved by many for his warm manner and wise counsel, he continues to spread his message of compassion and mercy with an unmistakable charm across the UK and abroad.


The Rt Revd Clive Malcolm Gregory

Bishop Clive is the area bishop of the Wolverhampton epsicopal area, covering the Black Country and southern part of Staffordshire.

He was educated at Lancaster University, graduating in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts honours degree (BA Hons) in English. In 1985, he started training for the ministry at Westcott House, Cambridge, gaining his theological degree (a BA from Queens' College, Cambridge) in 1987. Per Oxbridge tradition, this BA was upgraded to a Cambridge Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1989.

Made a deacon at Petertide in 1988 and ordained a priest the Petertide following (2 July 1989) — both times by Robert Runcie, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Canterbury Cathedral, he began his career with a curacy at St John the Baptist, Margate; was then senior Chaplain at the University of Warwick (1992–1998) and then (before his appointment to the episcopate) Team Rector of the Coventry East team of churches.

Gregory was appointed as Bishop of Wolverhampton, a suffragan and area bishop in the Diocese of Lichfield, in 2007. He was ordained and consecrated a bishop on 19 April 2007, by Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, at Southwark Cathedral and installed as Lichfield Cathedral on 5 May 2007.

In his spare time, he has a liking for cricket and books.