HFA Impartiality Committee

We have established an independent Impartiality Committee to provide continued confidence in the HFA by the community, stakeholders and wider halal industry. This Committee will ensure and confirm that all HFA’s decisions are based on independent confirmation of conformity and are not swayed by any other interests / outside factors.Details of all of HFA’s financial and corporate dealings with clients will be available to the Impartiality Committee to inspect, and regular meetings will take place to ensure continued compliance and impartiality.

Our Impartiality Committee will also put measures in place to ensure that:

  • HFA auditors always reveal and disclose any potential compromises of impartiality and probable conflicts of interests in regards to any of our clients / business that we deal with.
  • HFA trustees and staff members have no personal connections with and to the companies that we certify, neither do they have any commercial or financial interests in our certificated entities.

As an organisation, the HFA are committed to providing complete transparency and to outwardly promoting our honest operations; the Impartiality Committee will serve as a guardian of its core principles.

The committee is comprised of academics, professionals and entrepreneurs having strong educational and technical backgrounds, and proven record of relevant experience to fulfil the objectives of the Committee. The members of the Committee represent the interests of consumers, trade and industry and HFA clientele, and possess the required analytical and investigative skills to review and verify the information provided to them in order to meet the expectations of the respective segments of the halal fraternity and stakeholders.

The Committee comprises of the following members:

Mr  Chauhdry Shafique, MBE (Chairman)

Fmr. Mayor of High Wycombe

Chauhdry Mohammed Shafique MBE is the founding chairman of The Council for Christian and Muslim Relations in High Wycombe where he has led this influential body for many years with many pioneering outcomes for bringing diverse communities together. The quality of this vital work in these times has had an international impact and has taken him on delegated visits to a number of countries such as Armenia, Georgia, Iraq, Israel & Palestine and Pakistan. Recently retired from Buckinghamshire New University with 25 years distinguished service as an Economist where he became an academic Head of Department followed by further progress into top management as Director of Equality and Community Cohesion with related responsibilities for International Relations. He has served on the Thames Valley Police’s Force Strategic Independent Advisory Group and became the Mayor of High Wycombe for the year 2012/2013. Was twice chairman of the local Race Equality Council and a long standing vice-chairman of The Muslim Parents Association. His many other services include being a Governor (For many years as Vice Chair) of a major secondary school, member of The European Atlantic Movement and being a co-leader on creating and supporting  Inter-Community Linking Associations with the Caribbean island of St. Vincent & Grenadines and Mirpur in Pakistan. He was awarded an MBE by Her Majesty The Queen for his outstanding contribution to public life.

Mr  Shaheen Zar

BSc (Hons), MSc CMCIEH, FRSH

A Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, who has gained a wide ranging experience of enforcing food law. He is perceived to be the first local authority enforcement officer who had successfully taken formal actions against meat retailers, including a successful prosecution, for mis-describing non-halal meat and poultry as halal.

He has also acquired over 8 years valuable experience, as a civil servant, whilst serving at the Food Standards Agency; where, inter alia, as the Head of Food Fraud and Diversity branch, he was responsible for providing secretariat support to the Muslim Organisations’ Working Group, and for giving advice and guidance to local authorities’ food law enforcement officers on halal and other food law related matters. Since then, Shaheen has developed a special interest in the integrity of halal certification systems in the UK.

Mr  Kazim Raza

Operations Director
Halal Kitchen Ltd / Express Cuisine

Kazim is a senior operations Director at Halal Kitchen Ltd – the largest Muslim-owned Sandwich manufacturer in Europe. Kazim is a qualified Food Safety Instructor recognised by CIEH (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health). He is also the Director of Stockport Muslim Foundation. Kazim’s talents flow widely from production knowledge, product development & even marketing, his research and efforts are widely recognised in the industry. Kazim is also a Technical Group member of BSA (British Sandwich Association) and is very heavily involved with the community in Manchester.

Dr.  Phil Hadley

Head of Global Supply Chain Development,  Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, Beef and Lamb

Dr Phil Hadley is Head of Global Supply Chain Development for AHDB Beef and Lamb and responsible for activity in the Halal sector. He has a Master’s Degree in Meat Science & Technology (University of Bristol) and a PhD in Animal Production (University of Nottingham) and is also an experienced Meat Hygiene Inspector for both red and white meat.

Mr  Rizvan Khalid

Director, Euro Quality Lambs

Rizvan is a senior director at Euro Quality Lambs Ltd – the largest Muslim-owned lamb abattoir in Europe. A Chartered Accountant by profession he has completed an MSc in Meat Science & Technology (University of Bristol) and has published a paper on religious slaughter.  He has been appointed to many industry boards including the AHDB (Beef & Lamb) levy body and the Association of Independent Meat Suppliers (AIMS). Further information can be found at:www.linkedin.com/in/rizvankhalid.

Sh Khalifa Ezzat

Head of Religious Affairs, Islamic Cultural Centre and London Central Mosque

Khalifa Ezzat is a senior Imam and head of religious affairs in the Islamic Cultural Centre and London Central Mosque. He was born in Egypt and memorized the Qur’an at an early age. Following his graduation from Al Azhar University in Cairo, he studied MA in Islamic studies in the School of Oriental and African Studies [SOAS], London University. He is now PhD researcher. He has translated and wrote over twenty books about Islam, published in Cairo and London.