Our Team



Rebecca Bellamy - Project Manager
Rebecca has substantial experience in creative project management and development. She has been a driving force within Salaam Shalom since December 2010 and under her leadership, the charity has received awards for its commitment to fostering tolerance.

Rebecca also manages the day-to-day workings of the research Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace at the University of Winchester, where she produces the public programme 'Talking Peace: A Forum for Exploring Conflict' as well as working with a range of religious, academic and humanitarian organisations nationally and internationally looking at sustainable approaches to peace.

Rebecca is also a freelance Curator and has worked with hundreds of artists and creative facilitators, with a keen interest in using arts as a tool for social change.
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Ben Nathan - Actor/Theatre Project Officer
Ben Nathan has been a stage actor for nearly fifteen years working his way up from fringe theatre to the West End, acting in political dramas, light comedies, musicals and contemporary drama. He's starred in several plays, including the Middle East political drama Reading Hebron. Ben is working with Salaam Shalom to produce a theatre piece, 'Swords into Plowshares'

Mark Smulian - Advocate, Musician, Workshop Presenter
Mark Smulian is an award-winning music producer, educator and social mediator. He's been working with Salaam Shalom since 2012 in varied capacities. He is founder of http://www.lydianstream.com/

A highly accredited producer and bass player within the Israeli music scene, Mark has produced Platinum and Gold albums for a number of internationally successful Israeli artists. In addition to producing, he has had a huge involvement in the Middle-Eastern crossover music scene. He worked with a variety of musicians from both the Israeli and Palestinian regions with artists from a vast range of different cultural and political backgrounds. He founded the first Palestinian-Israeli band, White Flag which toured globally for many years.

He is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of Jamaà[1] a world music collective that represents artists and bands from the Middle East.

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Karan Sahota - Project Officer
Karan has worked with Salaam Shalom since 2012 in varied capacities and has worked across projects including co-curating Salaam Shalom's first Muslim-Jewish Art Exhibition in 2015 and supporting Salaam Shalom's Proud2B project delivered in Primary schools, She has a degree in Education Studies.

Ruby Szarowicz - Event Coordinator
Ruby works for Salaam Shalom coordinating and running the PROUD2B project for primary school children. Since graduating from an English Literature and Creative Writing degree in 2011, she has gained experience managing member relationships and organising events for charities, NGO’s and non-profit organisations. She has also spent time working in the West Bank as an activist, journalist and coordinator and works with local community groups campaigning for human rights.

Wendy Rayment - Assistant Curator
Wendy is assisting the curation of Salaam Shalom's art exhibition in 2016. Wendy has a degree in Arabic and Islamic studies and worked in the middle east for some years. She has strong experience of event coordination and management and an interest in the Arts.

Kim Sherwood - Events Producer
Kim Sherwood recently completed her Ph.D in critical and creative writing at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and teaches part-time on the Creative Writing MA at the University of Sussex. Kim’s first novel focuses on human rights and the impact of the Holocaust. Beyond her writing, Kim is committed to pursuing interfaith communication and understanding. Kim’s Events Production experience includes working with numerous literary salons, such as the Book Club Boutique, Words and Women, and Elbow Room Live.

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Martin Vegoda LL.B, MPhil (x2) - Trustee and Chairman
After qualifying as a lawyer and a sociologist, Martin became a senior manager at Birmingham Social Services, managing University research teams. Martin joined the Bristol University’s Social Work Department and School of Medicine, teaching trainee social workers, teachers, nurses and doctors about their future professional collaboration when working in the fields of child protection, learning disability and mental health. He was a Secondary School Governor for eleven years, a member of Bristol Racial Equality Council Executive Committee for the same period, latterly Vice-Chair and then Chair for five years, and Chair for some years of Avon Citizen Advocacy. Martin was a senior manager for Bristol Cyrenians, managing services offered to single homeless people. He became a Non-Executive Director of Bristol North NHS Primary Care Trust and Chair of the Bristol Sure Start based in Easton. Before retirement Martin worked as a management consultant in the voluntary sector. He is a founder Board member of Salaam Shalom.

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Hussain Hassan - Trustee
Hussain has a background in research, with academic focus on law and politics. He has a long-standing interest in justice and human rights. With his final MA research project focussed on the disproportionate use of stop and search powers by the police, and the knock on effect in relation to the substantive citizenship and human rights of minority communities. His charity work includes contributing to the launch of a project supporting pupils who learn with English as an additional language, producing fundraising events which enabled the direct delivery of aid to areas affected by conflict in Iraq in 2011. His work with Hope Medical Enterprises led to him present his research on behalf of the charity at the Fourth Session of the Conference of State Parties, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York; where he challenged the views of foreign ministers and other panel members. He also has a keen in interest in music and creative events.

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Peter Brill - Trustee (BA (hons), DipJourn (Radio), MCIPR)
Managing Director of content specialists, Net.Mentor Ltd and a media and personal communications expert with extensive experience at a senior management level. He was Head of Public Relations for RAC Motoring Services. He also spent five years in financial and sports broadcast journalism and worked as a Media Conference Team Leader and Reporter at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. Peter has worked extensively for the charity sector and regularly raises funds for a number of chosen charities through activities such as trekking and cycling. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations and is co-Author of the Not-for-Profit PR section of the PR Handbook (Ed. Theaker, 3rd & 4th Editions, Routledge).

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