Our Admin Staff
Gaynor Paterson, MAAT
Gaynor is one of the longest standing members of staff, Gaynor is responsible for the finance/HR at MIHE. She gained the Level 4 qualification with the Association of Accounting Technicians in November 2013. Her roles previously as bookkeeper and office administrator at The Islamic Foundation before joining MIHE were the starting point for a long and illustrious career.
Benjamin Abu Ismail, MA, MA
Head of Academic Operations
Benjamin joined MIHE early 2020 as Head of Academic Operations. He holds a Master’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the University of Leicester and an MA in Islam & Sustainable Development. Before moving to Markfield, he lived in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for seventeen years where he taught English at King Abdul-Aziz University and the University Of Business & Technology, also heading the English preparatory programme. On returning to the UK he got involved in the charity sector in Leicester. Benjamin is also the welfare officer and first-aider on campus.
Sarvat Ujra Mulla, BA, MA, PGC
Administrator for Outreach/Alumni & Welfare Officer
Sarvat is a graduate of MIHE’s MA in Islamic Studies programme, and has worked periodically as an administrator for MIHE since 2008. Sarvat is also employed as a trainer for supplementary school teachers on the ‘Effective Teaching Skills’ course. She is responsible for the MIHE alumni and outreach programmes as well as a support/welfare officer for students on campus.
Ruqaiyah Hibell, BSc (Hons), MA, MPhil
Office Administrator/Supervisor of Chaplaincy Programme & Dissertation Module
Ruqaiyah joined MIHE in 2010. Currently, she is the course leader for the Certificate in Muslim Chaplaincy course. She also oversees the research degree programmes at the Institute and teaches academic writing skills. Her academic background is in social policy, European studies and security institutions. Ruqaiyah has produced reports on conversion to Islam and regularly writes for The Muslim World Book Review, where she is a member of the editorial team.
Shahama Rafeek, BSc (Hons)
Office Adminstrator/Admissions Officer
Shahama Rafeek joined the Markfield Institute of Higher Education in 2021. She completed her BSc in Psychology at Oxford Brookes University. In her spare time, she also works as an editor for an Islamic life coaching company. Shahama is often the first point of contact for all new students applying, as the admissions officer, as well as those attending the campus.
Israr Iqbal specializes in support services to educational institutions and organisations. He manages Networks and provides support across many of the institutions applications. In his spare time Israr practices Jiu-Jitsu.
Jack Winter started working as an IT apprentice alongside our full-time consultant and now having completed his Level 3 Apprentice qualification he continues to work in IT support. He has worked at improving the IT solutions for staff and students and has used his acquired skills and training to further build his practical knowledge in the field. Jack has been instrumental in setting up the new digital studio in the library as well as other technical improvements.
Abdul Hayee, BA
Abdul Hayee has worked in the library for the last 15 years and is currently responsible for the development and management of the library.