British Muslim Heritage Centre

Rethinking Radicalisation in Manchester

November 25, 2014 | Nick Taylor

The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace will host a workshop in Manchester this evening (Tuesday 25th November 2014) at the British Muslim Heritage Centre, Whalley Range, Manchester, M16 8BP.

The workshop will be considering matters relating to the PREVENT agenda and community cohesion and will act as an important engagement tool between authorities such as the Council and the Police in dialogue with members of the community. The workshop takes place the evening before the Government plans to introduce a new Counter Terrorism and Security Bill and on the day that the House of Commons debated the report by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee into the death of Lee Rigby.

Kelly Simcock, Director of Commissions, and who will facilitate the workshop said: “It will enable people to express their views and to gather knowledge and understanding as to what people think should be done, what can be done and where the challenges and opportunities lie.

“The Foundation is appointed to facilitate the event as we hold a position of neutrality and impartiality and there is a real need to provide opportunities for debate and discussion on what people consider to be thorny issues, and that threaten to polarise communities.”

The event is now over subscribed but we have invited people from all backgrounds, positions and beliefs in order that differing perspectives and positions can be shared. People attending will include a mix of people including from the public, councillors, police officers, council officers, community workers, youth workers etc.

There will also be a panel of speakers sharing their experiences including: Abu Muntasir (Muhammad Manwar Ali), the chief executive of JIMAS, a Muslim educational charity organisation, Colin Parry OBE, Chairman and Co-founder, along with his wife Wendy, of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, and Dr Duncan Morrow, the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Ulster. Biographies are reproduced below:

Abu Muntasir (Muhammad Manwar Ali) is the chief executive of JIMAS, a Muslim educational charity organisation.

He serves as chaplain for University Campus Suffolk, Suffolk New College, and the Ipswich Hospital, and sits on the Suffolk Police & Crime Panel, scrutiny panel for the Crown Prosecution Service as well as being on the trustee board of the Ipswich and Suffolk Council for racial equality.

Abu Muntasir runs a Marriage Service and offers Relations Management as well as teaching services for the Workers Education Association and a community governor for a primary school. In a previous life, Abu Mantasir was engaged in violent jihad. He is married with 12 children.

Colin Parry OBE is the Chairman and Co-founder, along with his wife Wendy, of the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace, set up in memory of his son Tim, killed by an IRA bomb in 1993.

Colin has his own company as a business & leadership coach to the private, public and voluntary sectors. He is also a motivational public speaker.

Colin’s work as a peace ambassador is internationally recognised. He holds an Honorary Doctorate form the University of Chester in recognition of his work for charity and in peace building, He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University Department of Peace Studies for outstanding contribution to peace building and the 2004 Rotary International Award for World Understanding and Peace.

Colin has worked in television and radio hosting his own show on Granada and was awarded for his part at the New York Radio Festival for best news programme for ‘An Ordinary Boy from an Ordinary Town.’

Dr Duncan Morrow is the Director of Community Engagement at the University of Ulster.

He is also a lecturer in politics, where he has published widely in the fields of conflict resolution, Northern Ireland politics and the relationship between religion and politics.

For nine years Duncan was the chief executive of the Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland. He remains active in key work with victims and survivors of conflict, as well as on interfaces between communities, parading, and regeneration.

In 1998 Duncan was appointed sentence review commissioner responsible for implementing early release arrangements for prisoners following the Good Friday Agreement. Since 2012 he has chaired the Scottish Ministerial Advisory Group on Sectarianism. Duncan is married with three children/young adults.