Leadership

Leadership

The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair established the Tony Blair Faith Foundation in 2008 because he believed that religious ideology and its impact on the world would be the biggest challenge facing the 21st Century.

Our team is committed to increasing understanding of the impact of religion in the world and mitigating the damage caused by religious conflict and extremism. We advocate for open-mindedness, tolerance and secure and stable societies. If you share this determination you can find out more about working with us here.

Founder

Tony Blair
Founder
The Rt. Hon. Tony Blair is the founder of the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Tony Blair served as Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from May 1997 to June 2007. He was also the leader of Britain’s Labour Party (1994 to 2007) and the Member of Parliament for Sedgefield, England (1983 to 2007).

Trustees

The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is a registered charity in the UK. Its trustees are:

Dame Gail Rebuck

Robert Clinton

Jeremy Sinclair

Sir Michael Barber

Directors & Officers

Executive Team

Angela Salt
Chief Executive
Angela Salt joined the Foundation in August 2015 from VSO, an international development charity, where she was the UK Director. Previously Angela worked at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games for over 5 years as Head of Nations and Regions, and played a key operational communications role during the Games. She has also worked on other high profile events including the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. Angela has a background in communications and stakeholder management, largely working in the public and government sectors as well as consultancy. This includes Director roles at the Electoral Commission and Millennium Commission. Angela was awarded the OBE in 2000 for public service.
Perry Martin
Director of Finance and Operations
Perry is responsible for the finance and operations of the charity. Working as part of the executive team, Perry is additionally responsible for determining the Foundation’s strategy and regulatory compliance. Perry previously worked for the Office of Tony Blair where he was responsible for the finances of its charitable organisations. Perry joined the Foundation in 2011 to evolve and strengthen the financial controls of a rapidly expanding organisation. Perry brings more than 20 years of accounting experience to the Foundation, having previously worked in the commercial sector for a leading music and software games publisher. Perry also serves as Treasurer for the US registered charity, the Tony Blair Faith Foundation-US.
Matthew Lawrence
Director of Programmes
Matthew Lawrence joined the Foundation in 2013 and is responsible for the delivery, assessment and funding of the Foundation’s programmes. Additionally, Matthew is responsible, alongside the rest of the executive team, for determining the Foundation’s strategy. Prior to joining the Foundation Matthew spent 15 years in the Investment Banking industry - most recently as a Director at Deutsche Bank and J.P. Morgan Cazenove - advising UK and overseas companies on capital markets transactions and mergers and acquisitions, as well as on regulatory, stakeholder, communication and governance issues. He has had a long involvement with several education, health and faith based charities and initiatives.
Ed Husain
Senior Advisor and Director of Strategy
Ed Husain is a Senior Advisor and the Director of Strategy at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation. Author of the bestselling book The Islamist (Penguin, 2007), Ed writes and speaks extensively on international threats from radicalisation and terrorism. He has appeared on CNN, Fox, NPR, BBC, Al-Jazeera and writes regularly for publications including the New York Times, Financial Times and the Guardian. Ed founded the world's first counter-extremism think tank, Quilliam, in 2008, and has advised government leaders and policy makers around the world. An Arabic speaker, he has lived in Syria and Saudi Arabia and travels extensively across the Middle East. Ed is former Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, (CFR), where he focused on trends within Arab Islamism, perceptions of the West in the Arab world, and U.S. policy toward the Middle East. Ed's last policy memo for CFR led to the creation of a $200 million global fund, known as the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Funds (GCERF), designed to help communities combat extremism.