About us


Who are we?

Redbridge Faith Forum (RFF) is an independent organisation that aims to give Faith Communities in Redbridge a collective voice by identifying and addressing issues that affect residents.  RFF’s inaugural meeting took place in December 2003 and was registered as a Charity in 2006 (Reg No 1118675).

Our vision is to work towards and build a community that respects, co-operates with and  understands the integrity of each other’s beliefs, culture and traditions

Redbridge Faith Forum is a strategic partner of the council, has an office in the Town Hall and supports the Redbridge Compact (see Resources page for more information about the Compact).  The charity employs two part-time members of staff who are assisted by a much-valued team of volunteers and has a Board of Trustees drawn from faith practitioners from all the main religions represented in the borough.

Our Trustees

As a Charity we have a Board of Trustees made up of volunteers, and faith practitioners from the main religions represented in the Borough.  Trustees are active on many statutory and community boards and committees and contribute to other voluntary sector events.

These currently include

  • Redbridge Safer Neighbourhood Board
  • The Redbridge Compact
  • Redbridge CVS
  • The Redbridge Dementia Partnership
  • Local Safeguarding Children’s Board
  • Community Tension

They also regularly contribute to public consultations from statutory bodies such as the Department of Health and London Borough of Redbridge.

The Board of Trustees meets usually on a weekday, at 5:30 pm, and has collective responsibility for fulfilling the aims and objectives of the Redbridge Faith Forum. During these meetings, there have been presentations and speakers from a variety of organisations and agencies.

Phil Butcher – Co-chair

Phil has been a Christian representative on our Board of Trustees since 2011 and is currently Co-chair.

Phil serves as Steward of the Gospel and is on the parish council at St Cedds Roman Catholic Church, Goodmayes.   Phil holds an MA in Pastoral Theology (Dominican University Chicago). Phil worked for the Diocese of Brentwood for 8 years as Director of the Commissions for Social Justice and coordinator for Marriage and Family Life.

Phil is married to Kathy and has been blessed with a son and daughter and five grand-daughters. Phil has lived in Redbridge for almost 40 years and is a regular at the Valentines Park Run each Saturday morning.

Mo Dedat - Co-Chair & Treasurer
Appathurai Ramukumar – Secretary – aka Ram
Angela Banner
Rabbi Lawrence Becker
Rev Pethigamuwe Hemaratana
Mrs Carol Khorsandyon
Dr Sundara Suhasini aka Suhas
Rev Bernardino Mandlate
Mrs Vinaya Sharma
Harmander Singh
Mr Harbans Singh Seehra
Imam Khurram Rafiq
Mohamed Omar

Our Staff & Volunteers


Saira Yakub works on a part-time basis as the Project and Finance Officer.

Karen Kent works on a part-time basis as the Project Development Worker.

Redbridge Faith Forum is grateful for the support of our enthusiastic volunteers who assist staff with administrative tasks both in the office and at events and activities.