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Background: This group was originally formed at the start of the Department of Health strategic partnership in 2009 and amalgamated FaithAction’s VCS Task Force (which was drawn from government departments and other stakeholders), some representative member organisations and the original three founding members, Faithworks, Faith Regeneration Foundation and Lifeline.
The Purpose: The Advisory Group provide FaithAction with a sounding board as we seek to serve the faith and community sector. The relationship with the group members will also provide FaithAction with a vital source of intelligence. Thus FaithAction will be able to deploy our resources as accurately as possible.
The Members: The Group has a broad range of members, who represent different stake-holders;
Introducing Our Newest Members:
Seeta Lakhani has a BSc in Anthropology and writes textbooks on Hinduism. She has been teaching Hinduism at GCSE and A level at the Hindu Academy in London for the past five years, has been the Hindu contributor to RE Online and provided guided tours of the South Asian galleries at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Seeta currently works as a fundraiser at London based Charity and she has extensive experience in trust and grant funding.
Francis Davis is a consultant, speaker, commentator and social entrepreneur and was previously a Policy Advisor to the UK Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. In 2011 he directed the Mayor of London’s Inter-Faith Conference at Somerset House. The author of numerous policy and academic publications on the inter-related themes of faith/ religious communities, government, cohesion, migration, education, civic action, he closely involved in a number of initiatives to harness faith buildings to drive job creation and social innovation.
Francis is excited to be involved in FaithAction’s development especially as it works with Westminster and local authority decision makers.