Meet the team
Mandy Aspland (Anglican Chaplain)
I have this habit of thinking deeply about things and I’m always happy to explore ‘big’ questions to do with living well, surviving the dark times that life tends to throw at us and becoming fully alive to all that we are made to be. The Christian faith hasn’t always been a part of my life so I’m particularly keen to be available to chat with anyone who is simply curious about what faith can mean in today’s world. If life is like a journey on the high seas, faith is the rudder, hope is the anchor and love is ... well love is the reason we set sail!
There’s usually a pot of tea on the go so please stop by and say hello if you’re anywhere near the Faith Centre. I should be around Tuesday to Thursday each week. All staff/students can gain access by swiping their id cards. Or simply get in touch by email/text or through the Faith Centre Hud Facebook page.
Tel. 07852 942501
Deacon Keith Ballard (Catholic Chaplain)
I'm based at St Patrick's Catholic Catholic Church in Huddersfield and will usually be around and about campus a couple of days each week. I'm married with three kids two of whom have recently left uni and another who's still there. As a result the joys, trials and tribulations of student life are quite well known to me.
I used to to play basketball but now my brain is writing cheques my body can't cash. I still talk a good game though! I'm firmly of the belief that God must have a sense of humour to have someone like me on His team!
I’m happy to meet with staff or students on a one to one or small group basis to offer Spiritual Accompaniment, prayer and other liturgy or just for a chat and cup of ‘Yorkshire Tea' / coffee.
Do contact me by calling into the Faith Centre, by email or mobile, or stop me for a chat after any of the weekend Masses at St Patrick’s.
Tel. 07749 241953
Marina Woodhead (Chinese speaking Christian Faith Adviser)
您好！Hello, my name is Marina. I am the leader of the Chinese Christian Fellowship at the Huddersfield Mission on Lord Street. I also preach in Methodist churches in the Huddersfield Circuit.
I am a Chinese from Hong Kong with an English husband. My native dialect is Cantonese and I also speak Putonghua. So, if you are Chinese or Chinese speaking, no matter which part of the world you are from, we should be able to communicate with each other.
I look forward to meeting you somewhere in the university campus! If you want to know more about the Christian faith, or what the bible says about life, or simply to have a chat on other matters, do feel free to contact me.
Mobile. 07821 550042
Mufti Mohammed Amin Pandor CEng MIMechE CMIOSH RSP CMIQA (Muslim Faith Advisor)
Salaams and Hi, I am Mufti Mohammed Amin Pandor. I completed my Islamic studies (Ifta) at the prestigious seminary (JKN) in Bradford. I am a Director at “The Peace Institute” an organisation that strives to show the peaceful nature of Islam.
I am also a Chartered Engineer and a former Civil Servant. I have experience in multinational organisations in the field of aerospace, petrochemical, healthcare, construction and manufacturing in Europe and the Middle East in various technical roles such as design, assurance, mergers and acquisitions.
I worked in Saudi Arabia for over ten years and yes I am fluent in Arabic, Urdu, Gujarati and now learning Persian (Farsi). I try to be in the University as often as a can, so don’t be shy, come and talk to me about anything. In fact, I challenge you to ask me anything that you dare not ask anyone else for fear of offending them. I am always available by phone and email.
Knowledge is an ocean without a shore, so I still consider myself a student. The more I learn, the more I understand how little I knew yesterday. I am married with children and grandchildren. One of my sons is undertaking his PhD at this University.
One of my favourite verse of the Quran is “And we have not sent you but a mercy to the worlds” (Quran 21:107) and the saying of Prophet Mohammed (peace be upon him), “The best people are those who benefit others”.
Tel. 07479 464428
Moulana Irfan Soni (Muslim Faith Advisor)
My name is Moulana Irfan Soni and I possess an undergraduate degree in Islamic Theology. During the day I am teacher at a Secondary School, where I teach the Arabic Language and Islamic jurisprudence and in theevenings I teach at an Islamic School (Madrassah), where students vary from the age of 4 -16.
During my free time I am part of many voluntary organisations which enables me to be more eager to achieve things. Being a member for these organisations gives me utmost pleasure as it also enables me to contribute to society and help people; it’s an honour being part of them.
An organisation that I am part of is The Institute of Islamic Scholars, in which I am an executive member. This organisation has up to 250 Scholars, who are committed to community cohesion and portraying the true image of Islam in the west. We are also heavily involved in charity work, dealing with local and national issues, arranging and co-ordinating events.
I am also a member of the Kirklees Faith Forum. This forum encompasses Muslim, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs from across Kirklees to tackle common issues faced by all faith communities and develop cohesion. Another organisation I am part of is Community Welfare Forum. This forum is a group of like-minded people dedicated to equality and justice for all within Kirklees. I am also a key presenter for Radio IMWS, in which a lot of topics are discussed, such as present topical, ethical and moral issues to the Muslims and Non-Muslims of the wider communities.
So in short that is me, Moulana Irfan Soni. If you would like to know more about me, about Islam or require help regarding any other issue then feel free to contact me. Thank you for taking out your time out to read about me and I look forward to meeting and supporting you.
Mufti Tayyaba Afzal (Muslim Faith Advisor)
A bit of background information about me: I have recently completed the Takhassus fil Fiqh (Mufti) post graduate course specialising in Islamic Jurisprudence at JKN institute in Bradford. I wanted to study this course as I wanted to improve my knowledge in Jurisprudence and this course is the highest level of Islamic academic study. It is a very intense course requiring a lot of research and study - of course it was well worth it. I have also written three research essays as part of the course which are due to be in print soon In sha Allah.
I graduated as a scholar from JTI boarding madressa in Bradford in 2003. I have been teaching Islamic legal maxims, Jurisprudence, Hadeeth, Quran with Tajweed, Arabic grammar, seerah and Urdu since graduation. Currently I have completed 17 parts Hifzh (memorisation) of the Quran (In sha Allah I will complete the rest with Allah's help asap!). I co-founded and launched Madni Dawah Academy in Lancashire four years ago which is the first academy to offer the Alim course in Burnley and Pendle.
At present I am working part-time at Madni Dawah Academy as a teacher. I have a son (8) and a daughter (7) - (YES -I am a very busy person!) however when I have free time I love reading and outdoor activities.
Feel free to text or email me any queries you may have - I will respond as soon as I can In Sha Allah.
Kiran Bali MBE JP (Hindu Faith Advisor and Interfaith Minister)
Kiran can help with spiritual, religious and general advice and guidance and can be contacted on the email address below. If you wish to meet up with her, you can either meet her at the University, or at the Shree Sita Ram Hindu Temple, 20 Zetland Street, Huddersfield.
Rabbi Eli and Rivka Magzimof (Jewish Chaplains)
The Chaplains for Jewish students in Yorkshire and Humberside are:
Rabbi Eli and Rivka Magzimov
Tel. 07815 108260
They are based in Leeds but will be in Huddersfield from time to time.