The No2H8 Crime Awards honour those individuals and organisations who stand against hatred, prejudice and intolerance. These are annual awards that go through a public nomination process and through two national judging panels. They are usually held in September of each year.
The No2H8 Crime Awards highlight the values and the work of individuals and organisations countering hate, as a way of re-enforcing and inspiring others to defend the values of respect for pluralism and diversity and in protecting the social space so that people can be who they want to be in our society. With rising levels of antisemitism, disability, LGBT, trans and anti-Muslim hatred, the Awards fill a gap in the area of hate crime work, by inspiring others and by bringing together major organisations working on various hate crime areas and in building strength through solidarity.
Key Leadership Team
Richard Benson OBE – Chair
The Chair of the No2H8 Crime Awards is Richard Benson OBE who was the Chief Executive of the Community Security Trust for 12 years and he joined the CST in 1994 and continues his involvement with them as a member of the Advisory Board. During his time at the CST, Richard led a team of 60 full-time staff and 3,000 security volunteers and raised an excess of £6m per annum. Richard had the responsibility for delivering the service to the Anglo-Jewish community, covering security, marketing and communications, information and research, Government and Police liaison, international engagement and fundraising.
Richard was deeply involved with the UK’s Parliamentary Inquiry into antisemitism and as a result, Richard was appointed a member of the Government’s inter-departmental Task Force on antisemitism which was established by Government following the key recommendation of the Inquiry.
Richard is also a member of the Board of Deputies of British Jews and for the last 3 years was Vice Chair of the Board of Deputies Defence Division. Richard is now a member of the Board of Deputies Community, Education and Interfaith Division.
Fiyaz Mughal OBE – Co-Founder
Fiyaz Mughal is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the No2H8 Crime Awards. Having been an elected councillor for many years, he has worked for over 20 years in the Third Sector and founded Faith Matters, Tell MAMA, the No2H8 Crime Awards and Muslims Against Antisemitism.
Between 2012–2014 Fiyaz was part of the Government’s Advisory Committee on Tackling Anti-Muslim Hatred, administered by the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Fiyaz was also appointed to the Working Group for Communities that was linked to the Extremism Task Force developed in 2005 after the 7/7 bombings. In early 2008, Fiyaz was successful in becoming an elected member IDeA Peer Mentor for national work with local authorities on the Preventing Violent Extremism agenda.
Fiyaz was also previously appointed by the Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local Government (the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP) as a member of the Local Delivery Advisory Group on Preventing Violent Extremism. Between 2009–2010 Fiyaz was the Advisor to the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg MP, on interfaith matters and preventing radicalisation and extremism. He is also a trustee of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.
Iman Atta OBE – Co-Founder
Iman Atta has worked on numerous international and national projects that have spanned interfaith, hate crime and developmental aid projects. She has worked on human rights projects in the Middle East and is an advocate of women’s rights in the Middle East. She is also the Director of Tell MAMA and sits on various non-Executive boards in the United Kingdom.