Fiyaz has a wealth of experience in the community and voluntary sector, working on issues of hate-crime, extremism and conflict resolution for over eighteen years. During this time, he has assumed various positions that have included social policy lobbying, project management and Chief operating director for organisations. The SAFE project was set up by Fiyaz in November 2017, after he identified a gap in service provision for families affected by extremism and terrorism.
Fiyaz is the founder and director of Faith Matters (www.faith-matters.org, 2005), the umbrella not-for-profit organisation of SAFE, which works on counter-extremism and community cohesion. He also founded Tell Mama (tellmamauk.org), an anti-Muslim hate crime and monitoring project for England and Wales; the only nationally recognised project in this area. Since its inception in 2012, the project has assisted over 14,800 people and ensured over 940 arrests across the country in the campaign against hatred and street based bigotry.
Last year (2016) he initiated, the national annual No2H8 Crime Awards ceremony that provides a platform for national hate crime agencies to honour those individuals, communities and organisations who are tirelessly dedicated to countering hatred, prejudice and intolerance. This national event has engaged over seventeen national hate crime agencies and attracted wide support from the Mayor of London, senior Government Ministers, Police Forces and non-governmental agencies across the United Kingdom.
Previously, Fiyaz was appointed on the working group for communities, which was linked to the extremism task force developed in 2005, after 7/7 bombings. In early 2008, he became an elected member of the IDeA Peer Mentor for national work with local authorities on the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda. He was also appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP) to be a member of the Local Delivery Advisory Group on Preventing Violent Extremism. Between 2009-10, he was the advisor to the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, on interfaith and preventing radicalisation and extremism. Fiyaz was honoured in June 2009 by Her Majesty the Queen and was bestowed with the Honour of the Order of the British Empire for his continuous efforts to protect the safety and flourishing of our communities.
Fiyaz has also served in an advisory capacity to the Committee on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred (2012-2014) and the Women and Equalities Committee (2016). He is currently a dedicated trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Charity.