SACRE members

Sue ElbrowThe Free Churches

Sue Elbrow

Sue Elbrow was born in Brighton and moved to Slough in 1973. She is married to Roy and has one grown up daughter. She became a follower of Jesus and His teachings when she was 18 years old and has been a primary school teacher for 41 years. She enjoys meeting and working with people from other nations and cultures and loves reading, writing, walking, swimming and coffee shops.


Julie Siddiqi

Julie SiddiqiJulie is a mentor, consultant and activist with a specific focus on women’s issues, interfaith relations and social action. She has a background in community grass roots work spanning 20 years and founded a local charity for Muslim women's needs. She is national co-ordinator for 'The Big Iftar' and during Ramadan 2014 the first ever Iftar reception was held at Lambeth Palace hosted by Archbishop Justin Welby
Julie was the Executive Director of the Islamic Society of Britain from 2010-2014 and led on several national campaigns during this period. She spearheaded a national community based campaign against sexual grooming and child exploitation and was very involved in peace initiatives following the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich. She has spoken on many major news programmes including Radio 4's Today and Newsnight, at the Christian festival, Greenbelt and the Jewish festival, Limmud, and at receptions hosted by the British Armed Forces. She was a recent contributor to Vanessa Feltz' Pause for Thought on Radio 2.
Julie converted to Islam in March 1995, got married and moved to Slough in 1996, is happily married to Naved and they have four children.

Waqar Bhatti

Waqar BhattiWaqar travelled south from Leeds around 12 years ago and settled in Slough with his family. He is a Chartered Chemical Engineer currently working in the energy, oil and gas sector with experience in water and wastewater treatment, environmental engineering and design safety.

Waqar has a longstanding record of working within communities spanning over 25 years. Key highlights from that include 2 years as Chairman of Omar Mosque in Leeds, 8 years as a founding member and in the creation of the Hamara Healthy Living Centre in Leeds (providing a community health resource for addressing health issues and social exclusion), 10 years – and ongoing – as a Deputy Head of the Slough Community School (a weekend supplementary school targeting academic underachievement in children; providing tuition on Maths, English, Islamic Studies, Sports, Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning from Year 3 to GCSE Year 11).

More recently, a dodgy knee has limited his ability to play football (and he’s sticking to that story) but that has enhanced his availability to pursue the game from the comfort of his couch with a variety of savoury snacks (and that’s beginning to show).

Zubayr Abbas Bowkan

Zubayr Abbas BowkanZubayr was born in Taplow and grew up in around Slough and Stoke Poges. He studied Software Engineering and Artificial Intelligence at University and then went on to complete a Masters in Human Networking and Doctorate in Neural Networks. Outside of his secular studies, Zubayr has been fortunate enough to study and be trained in Islamic Theology (Jurisprudence, History, Finance, Logic and Arabic etc.)

He has held senior management roles with some of the biggest technology companies in the world and currently serves as Head of Operations/COO for a Cloud Technology company in London; his career has allowed him to travel all over the world and experience many different cultures, languages and applications of faith. Zubayr has been active with charities within the UK since he was in his teens, ranging from fund raising, community work & support, to establishing food banks and shelters.

More specific to Slough, he is the founder and Vice Chair of Eden Girls School and co-founder of SWIS (Slough Weekend Islamic School); a weekend school that has been running in Slough for almost 10 years with over a 100 students, ranging from ages 5 to 16. His hobbies include Equestrianism, Rugby, Archery, Golf, Islamic Art and Horology.


Ashpreet Singh NainuAshpreet Singh Nainu

Ashpreet was born and raised in Slough. He read Religious Studies at Heythrop College, University of London. He recently finished his Masters in Religious Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. In 2012 he helped to renew the Sikhism section of the Pan-Berkshire RE syllabus. He is a regular volunteer within the Sikh community, from helping in religious services to organising and running an annual Sikh summer camp in Slough. He currently represents Sikhism on SACRE.

Ashpreet enjoys earning about history, cultures and politics (especially watching Question Time). He delights in exploring the solar system and wondering about alien life on the moons Europa and Enceladus.

Christine IslesThe Church of England

Christine Isles

Christine was born in London. She has been a primary school teacher in Slough for 20 years and represents the Church of England on SACRE. She is a member of St. Paul's Church and is married with two grown up sons.

Christine loves to travel, especially to the developing world to experience the culture, art and history of ancient civilisations.

Reverend Andrew Allen

Andrew was born in Reading and trained to be a Pharmacist and is now Rector of the Church of England parish called Upton cum Chalvey, which is Victorian speak for the centre of Slough.

He is at present on the governing body of two schools. In the past he has served on the SACRE in Torbay where he also acted as a Church Schools OFSTED inspector. This year his age caught up with him as he became a grandfather!

Andrea SparrowAndrea Sparrow

Andrea is one of the Church of England representatives on SACRE, and is from the Upton-cum-Chalvey parish in central Slough. She was born and raised in the town and works for local charity Art Beyond Belief and for publishers Research Information in Burnham.

Andrea’s interests include equality, social inclusion and the environment; in her spare time she enjoys music and reading.

National Union of Teachers

Lynda Bussley

Lynda BussleyLynda Bussley was born and raised in Slough. She currently works as a primary teacher at Montem Academy where she teaches RE to KS1 and KS2.
Lynda has always had a passion for the town she grew up in and has served as a councillor from 1986 - 2001, representing Chalvey. She has also been a school governor of a nursery school, junior school, and two local secondary schools. Lynda served on SACRE in Slough at its
inception in 1997 representing the local authority and now serves
representing associations representing teachers.
Lynda still enjoys being involved with the local community and serves on Chalvey Community Forum and her local DCC and PCC.
Lynda enjoys all sports and manages the boys team of WSEH athletics club during the outdoor season.

Linda LewisVOICE

Linda Lewis

I was born and brought up in Harrow but moved to Slough 30 years ago when I married. I have taught in Hillingdon and Slough for the past 31 years with a break when my children were small.

I am currently the nursery teacher at St Marys School. I am the union rep for VOICE. I am a member of St Paul's Church Slough. I enjoy running to keep fit.

Professional Advisor to SACRE

Jo FageantJo Fageant

Jo has taught in primary, secondary and higher education (initial teacher training) contexts. She has been a local authority and diocesan RE adviser. Whilst working in the Anglican Diocese of Oxford she has been actively involved with nine SACREs either as a Church of England representative or as professional adviser and has overseen the development of many agreed syllabuses for RE. She continues as adviser to three of SACREs, one of which is Slough. Jo was also for several years on the executive of the National Association of SACREs and served for two years as its secretary. She now provides ongoing Section 48 inspector training in number of dioceses and is a member of the team which trains new church schools inspectors for the National Society as well as undertaking both primary and secondary church school inspections herself. Jo is a governor of a Church of England junior school and a trustee of the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust. She has a MAEd from the Open University and has co-authored RE text books and contributed to RE and collective worship books published by Bible Reading Fellowship (brf).


Cllr P BrookerCouncillor P. Brooker

I was born in London. I have worked in public transport for 33 years and have worked at uxbridge on the buses for 23 years. I moved out to Slough with my wife 28years ago. I have been married for 27 years. I have a 16 year old daughter. My wife and I sing in a church choir and I am also a church warden. I recently became a church governor for churchmead school. I have been a labour councillor for 3 years. I am also a union rep. Currently I do not get much spare time because I also work full time. I have a very understanding wife Shirley who runs the home. I make sure I spend my Sunday's with my wife.

Councillor A. Dhaliwal

Councillor M.K. Rana

Councillor M. Zarait