Our Faith Research Centre has an Advisory Council of experienced academics and community leaders who bring rigour and scrutiny to our flagship open source National Faith Survey.

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Angela Salt leads the Tony Blair Faith Foundation, which helps counter prejudice and religious extremism, and has previously run VSO UK, led UK-wide activity for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and worked for the Millennium Commission, the Electoral Commission and the Catholic Church.

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David Cowling is Senior Visiting Research Fellow at Kings College, London and former Head of Political Research at the BBC.


David Voas is Professor and Head of the Department of Social Science at UCL Institute of Education, University College London. His research focuses on religious change, beliefs, values and attitudes more generally, in developed societies. He is on the leadership group of the European Values Study and is co-director of British Religion in Numbers.

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Farah Elahi is a research and policy analyst at the Runnymede Trust. Farah’s work focuses on documenting ethnic inequalities in the UK, and she has also researched experiences of minority faith communities in British mainstream schools.

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Francis Campbell is Vice-Chancellor of St Mary’s University, Twickenham, and previously served as Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See. Francis is a Member of the Advisory Panel of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, is a governor of St Mary’s University, St Elizabeth’s School, Richmond and Carlow College, Ireland.  He is a Trustee of St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney and Forward Thinking a London based NGO and think-tank.

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Francis Davis is Professor of Communities and Public Policy at the University of Birmingham and Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. He also serves as a non-exec director of an NHS Trust and a trustee of social integration charity Near Neighbours.

Mandip Sahota is the Chief Executive of the Baroness Warsi Foundation, and former Private Secretary to the House of Lords Minister at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. In both roles, Mandip’s work has focussed on global human rights, increasing professional diversity and developing a more nuanced understanding of faith in the public sphere. Mandip is also co-founder of Sikhs in Government, a civil-service wide staff network.

Our vision is to help improve the quality of knowledge about religion and belief by providing robust and impartial evidence of current religious identity, belief, practice and behaviour.