The Core Team

Henry Strickland

Corporate Strategy and Organizational Development

Henry Strickland has over 40 years of experience as a management consultant. During that time he has led multiple assignments in corporate strategy, organization-wide culture change, operations management, and innovation, for a global and widely diverse client base.

 He was with Arthur D. Little for seven years, before setting up his own consulting practice, Henry Strickland Associates, which specialized in developing and implementing successful change programmes for clients

Riaz Ravat

Education, Local Government, Community Relations and Resiliience

Deputy Director of St Philip’s Centre – a charity based in Leicester focused on advancing interfaith understanding. He also serves as Secretary General of Baraza e.V. – an international peace-making NGO based in Germany. Riaz has extensive national and international experience promoting religious and belief literacy and training, community engagement and working with public services.

He has been involved in international initiatives to promote freedom and pluralism, and has expertise in governance, educational programmes and partnerships. 

Riaz has previously contributed to the Prime Minister’s Extremism Task Force and completed two full terms on HM the King’s Public Service Honours Committee.

Riaz continues to serve numerous bodies including the UK Government’s Anti-Muslim Hatred Working Group and Liverpool FC’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Fan Forum.

He received the British Empire Medal in 2012 for “services to interfaith understanding” and was commissioned as one of HM Deputy Lieutenant in 2015. He was named Alumnus of the Year by De Montfort University in 2013. Riaz holds a Master’s degree in Inter-Religious Relations, a Master’s degree in European Politics and a BA (Hons) degree in Politics.

David Hobbs

International Relations and Security

David Hobbs is a former Secretary General of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, with over 35 years of experience in international relations and security.

As Secretary General, he guided and managed the Assembly’s political agenda and extensive programme of activities. 

Having joined the Assembly in 1983, he was involved in its post-Cold War transformation, including new democracy assistance programmes to help partner nations develop their parliamentary practices and institutions.

 His leadership through subsequent shifts in the strategic landscape played a key role in raising the Assembly’s stature and influence. From 1993 to 2005 he was a member of the research advisory council of the Chemical and Biological Arms Control Institute, and from 2009 to 2014 he was a member of the Senior Steering Group for NATO’s Special Operations Headquarters