Mr Mohammed Amin MBE

On Friday 1st March Mr Mohammed Amin MBE visited the College and addressed Year 12, under the auspices of the Speakers4Schools charity.

Amin was born in a Pakistani village and came to the UK as an infant in the early 1950s. Both his parents were illiterate. He went to Grammar School in Manchester and won  a place at Clare College Cambridge to read Mathematics. After graduating he qualified as a teacher he trained as a chartered accountant and tax advisor, practising for 233 years, 19 of them as tax partner at Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, the first Muslim to be admitted to the PWC partnership in the UK, specialising in international tax and led the firm's finance and treasury tax network, becoming their head of Islamic finance in the UK.

In retirement Amin uses his time to contribute to the community including as Chairman of the Conservative Muslim Forum, co-chair of the Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester and by visiting schools and colleges, speaking and broadcasting. In 2014 he was selected as Clare College's Alumnus of the year and in 2016 he was awarded an MBE for services to community cohesion and inter-faith relations in Greater Manchester.

Amin focused his talk on key characteristics and attitudes required to achieve success in life and on the relationship between Christianity, Islam and Judaism and inter-community relations. He answered a range of perceptive student questions, including topical ones linked to the Shamima Begum case and political and religious extremism. Mr Amin made a great impression on his audience and professed to enjoy his visit. It was a privilege to hear him speak and to hear the perspective of a distinguished Muslim on a range of contemporary issues.
On a related note our 6th Form Politics students were generously praised by West Kirby Grammar school for their demeanour at a talk by local MP Margaret Greenwood later on Friday afternoon.

Miss R. Long