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Revd the Lord Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port



The Revd the Lord Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port
OWW’s Patron

Leslie Griffiths has 40 years experience in development issues: in Haiti, where he lived from 1970-80, he worked in education and led initiatives in: community development, the provision of basic needs, reforestation and spiritual development; later work took him to countries throughout Africa. Currently he is Vice-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Cambodia in the House of Lords. He has wide experience in education at all levels and involvement in many social projects in the UK. He is known to many as a regular columnist for the Methodist Recorder, a contributor to Thought for the Day and for the inspiring international and culturally inclusive services broadcast from Wesley’s Chapel.

The Revd the Lord Griffiths of Pembrey and Burry Port's message to OWW:

“It was a pleasure almost beyond words to be invited to offer my support since I’ve been a beneficiary of One World Week since it began its operations almost thirty years ago. It has stimulated my thinking, provided me with materials and ideas, and offered wonderfully open approaches to world development issues which ecumenical and mixed groups could join together to enjoy.”

Richard Becher,

OWW National Co-ordinator, August - December, 2015 

Ordained as a Minister in the United Reformed Church in 1996 our OWW National Coordinator has recently retired and moved back to Birmingham where he managed a project for homeless young people before entering the ministry. His wife at that time, Virginia Becher, was OWW Coordinator in Birmingham but sadly died in January 2000.

Prior to moving to Birmingham in 1988, Richard had experience of Village Development work and managing a children's home in Kenya; worked with the Vietnamese Boat people for Save the Children Fund and Refugee Action and before that was a journalist so joined OWW with some varied experiences.

Ingrid wilson





Ingrid Wilson

Trustee and Treasurer

With experience as a teacher in Sierra Leone and Wales, Ingrid now runs the consultancy IDEAS (Intercultural Development Education & Arts Services) alongside many community activities.

Jonaid Jilani


Jonaid Jilani currently works for the University of Oxford.

Formerly he worked as a press officer for the Oxfam media unit, his specialist area being ethnic media in the UK disaster risk reduction and climate change.

Before joining Oxfam in 2009, Jonaid worked for Muslim Aid as a Communications Manager, it was during this time that he was advising OWW on the Ubuntu project. He also has a background in film and video production and has worked extensively with ethnic TV channels in the UK, travelling around the world to document issues of poverty and development.




Sarah Hirom


Involved with OWW since 1978, Sarah oversees the Website, and, locally, is involved in local OWW initiatives in S.E. Hampshire.  She was a University Lecturer (Geography and Development Studies) in Ghana and England, has travelled widely in Africa. She is also a Trustee of the Global Justice Now and Co-ordinator of her local Fairtrade Group. She has been reinspired by Traidcraft's "Meet the people Visits" to Cuba, South India, South Africa and Chile.

Sarah Hayward

Trustee (retired 2014 due to ill health)

Sarah Hayward  worked in development throughout her career first with Christian Aid, later World University Service and most recently with community led organisations working in countries emerging from conflict.   She was the first Director of Skills for Southern Sudan. She first came to know of the work of One World Week while working at Christian Aid.




Jeff Lynn

Project Manager for Ubuntu Project 2009-11, now acting as an occasionale consultant to OWW

Jeff has many years' experience working in the corporate sector in IT, Project Management and Customer Services. He is currently Regional Coordinator at South East England Faith Forum, and Owner/Partner at Two Wings Partnership.  His work at OWW  brings together his organisational experience with his interest in inter faith dialogue and action and his belief in One World that is fundamental to his Baha'i faith.

Almenia Comrie

Finance/Administrative Officer until May 2015

Mina worked with OWW from 2008, She saw it take on a new lease of life with the website, online resources, Facebook and Twitter.






Laura Bigoni

OWW Advisory Group Member 2008 -11

Laura is the CAFOD (Catholic Agency Overseas Development)Diocesan Officer for the Catholic Diocese of Portsmouth. CAFOD shares One World Week's mission of promoting global justice. Laura has a keen interest in development issues and enjoy s lobbying and campaigning, together with being actively involved in her parish church (Justice & Peace, fair trade, liturgy).

Mahmooda Qureshi

OWW Advisory Group Member 2008 -11

Having taught in secondary schools, Mahmooda is now at home bringing up her 3 young children.  She has been coordinating the Islam Awareness Week in Birmingham for a number of years.  Having been involved in community development work for the past decade, it is her ambition to help work towards a more integrated, just and caring society.  By being involved with One World Week, she believes, is one of the ways that ambition can be ‘globalised’.

Samia Ahmed

OWW Advisory Group Member 2008 -11

Samia was the Senior Development Education Coordinator for Islamic Relief, an international NGO where she was responsible for strategically leading the unit and managing activity in the London region.  Samia was born, raised in London and graduated from City university business school in 1996 with a Bsc Hons Management and Systems science degree and obtained a Masters degree in Islamic Studies in 2005. Samia has had a variety of leadership and management roles and started working for Islamic Relief in March 2009. Her work involved raising awareness on poverty and related issues through presentations, producing written materials and advocacy. She has been on the Board of Directors for Jubilee Debt Campaign and was on the advisory board and as a consultant to One World Week. She has edited, written and produced resources, publications and articles on a wide range of topics related to poverty offering Muslim perspectives.