Anil Kara - Chair

Mr Anil Kara of Shree Swaminarayan TempleMr Anil Kara of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple Lee Street, Oldham

Father Philip Sumner - Treasurer

Father Phil SumnerFather Philip Sumner - Treasurer

Phil Sumner is currently the Parish Priest of St. Mary’s with St. Patrick’s, Oldham and the Rural Dean for Oldham, Ashton and Mossley.

He was the first Chair of the Oldham Interfaith Forum and still serves as a Trustee of that organisation. He is also a Trustee of the national Catholic Association for Racial Justice. He was, for several years the Chair of Oldham’s Community Cohesion Partnership and then of Oldham’s Race Equality Partnership (finishing as the latter in 2015). He was Chair of the National Conference of Priests of England and Wales from 1997-2000.

He gained his Masters and Licence in Canon Law from Ottawa University and serves as an Ecclesiastical Judge in the Salford Diocesan Matrimonial Tribunal. He is also one of a team of Presenters for the BBC Radio 4 “Daily Service”. In February of 2006 he was the Individual and “Overall” winner of Oldham’s first and only Diversity and Equality awards and in September 2006, he was named in a British national newspaper as amongst the top fifty British “campaigners, thinkers and givers transforming our world” (The Independent Newspaper’s “Good list”, 1st September 2006).

He has lectured for UNESCO on “Intercultural mediation processes” in Barcelona in 2006 and (Feb. 2008) in Brazil at the World Conference on the Development of Cities. In February 2011, he was a witness on the Moral Maze (BBC Radio 4) speaking in favour of multiculturalism.


Hindu: Jit Kara

Muslim: Qari Manzoor, Ahmed Shakir