Starting in cell signalling with an active interest in both science journalism and events management, a different form of communication beckoned via arts and humanities. Several years followed working in academia and charity organisations in a variety of settings (art/science/business/creative learning/homelessness/music) which ensure a solid foundation for strategy and direction. Prior to setting up ‘On The Edge’ Fiona paid dues as executive director for a London-based National youth organisation specialising in big band jazz.
Amran Ellahi Trustee (advisory)
Amran Ellahi is a prominent Community Leader who encourages British Muslims to be inspired by their faith and fulfil their responsibilities and obligations as British citizens. Currently, Amran heads and teaches Music & Citizenship at a Muslim Secondary School in the heart of Birmingham.
Amran has spent his years serving numerous community initiatives, which includes:
- Establishing an internationally renowned Muslim music band, Aa’shiq al-Rasul;
- Working as a Music and Culture Consultant in training teachers and music leaders in Muslim Music and Arts for integration into the National Curriculum;
- Setting up Musituality: Amran is one of the founding members of this organization together with Mick Perrier and Rich Batsford – three men of different faiths who each found music an inspirational part of their spiritual journey. Building on the success of an initial collaboration, the organisation seeks to promote harmony and understanding amongst people of all faiths and backgrounds by creating musical events featuring religious or spiritually inspired music to soothe the spirit and inspire the soul (www.musituality.com);
- Being a founder of The H.E.ART Centre (focal point for community activities);
- Developing The Innocence Project (designed to empower youth from deprived backgrounds).
One constant in Amran’s purpose in this wide range of programs and services, is his intent to increase people’s understanding of one another by helping to build social bridges whilst working with all faiths and cultures towards sharing a message of peace, love and hope.
Rachel Adams Trustee
Local cheerleading squad organiser and mother. Rachel’s daughters have both participated in ‘On The Edge’ events. Rachel supports ‘On The Edge’ trustee administration.
Cllr James McKay Hon. Secretary
James has been a Birmingham City Councillor for Harborne ward since May 2011. In May 2012, he was apppointed Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City. Prior to that, he was a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham, working in the field of Contemporary History. His co-authored volume, The Politics of Expertise: How NGOs Changed Modern Britain, was published by Oxford University Press in late 2012.
Jeffer Kyle Junior Trustee
Having recently graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire and taken up a post-graduate course in London, Jeffer Kyle had firsthand experience of youth music and personal development. She shared her skills as a musician and junior trustee.
We are currently recruiting for additional trustees to complement the current board.
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