Ravji Patel

Mr. Ravji Patel


My Name is Ravji Patel.

Born in Nairobi (Kenya). Parents live in India.

Age 53.

Religion Hindu.

Married for 34 years with 3 children (two sons and a daughter)

Came to England in 1972 from Uganda when General Idi Dada Amin expelled all Asians from the country. Came to Oldham as a Ugandan Refugee family.

Studied at Fitton Hill School, Hathershaw, Oldham.

Started work at Hawker Siddeley in 1978 at the Chadderton site, British Aerospace and finally BAE Systems.

1 Year aircraft engineering training, went into plumbing dept, became Principal engineer in 1985.

In 1997 became manager for services in 2000 became works engineer for the site.

Left BAE Syetms 2004 after 27 years of service.

Achieved degrees in:

  • Degree in Building CIOB at Stockport College
  • Degree in Engineering Business Management at Warwick University

I have been an active member in the Indian Association Oldham for 25 years as a General Secretary and now at present a Vice President.

I represent the Indian Association Oldham on Interfaith Forum.

At present I am a self-employed businessman in the plumbing, heating and electrical field.

In 2003 I joined Her Majesty Court & Tribunal service as a Justice of Peace .

Roger Gould

Mr. Roger Gould

Vice Chairman

Roger was educated at Bolton School and Oxford University, where he obtained a Law degree.  He is a chartered accountant, who retired in 1999 after 27 years with Seton Healthcare Group plc, where he was Deputy Chairman and Company Secretary. He has also been a non-executive director of two other companies. He is a former Manchester Society President and national council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a former Manchester Branch Chairman and national Vice-Chairman of the Chartered Management Institute. He is a former governor of Manchester Metropolitan University and is currently a governor of University of Bolton and Bolton School.

He is a Methodist local preacher and  has held a number of offices in the Methodist Church.  He is a trustee of two pension schemes and several charities, including the Stoller Charitable Trust, and a member of the management group of the Town Centre Chaplaincy in Oldham where he has lived for the past 41 years.  He has been a member of the Oldham Interfaith Forum since its formation.

Father Philip Sumner

Fr. Philip Sumner


Phil Sumner is currently the Parish Priest of St. Mary's with St. Patrick's, Oldham.

He was Chair of the National Conference of Priests of England and Wales from 1997-2000.

He was the first Chair of the Oldham Inter Faith Forum. He is now Project Manager, in a voluntary capacity, for the Inter Faith Development Project in Oldham. From 2010 - 2015, he was Chair of Oldham Race Equality Partnership.

He is a member of Oldham's Safer and Stronger Communities Partnership Board and a member of the Oldham Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector Partnership.

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.