Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail appointed as Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire

The University’s Muslim chaplain, Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail, is amongst nine people who have been appointed as Deputy Lieutenants for South Yorkshire.

This prestigious position means Sheikh Mohammad Ismail will fill in for Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, Andrew Coombe, as one of the Queen's representatives at ceremonial events.

Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail

Sheikh Mohammad Ismail is currently the Muslim chaplain in the University’s multi-faith chaplaincy, as well as a community adviser in safeguarding. He has worked as an independent education consultant and has served the community as a lead Imam, teacher, lecturer and community worker for more than 30 years.

At present, he is also the executive board member of the Sheffield Federation of Mosques, and a patron of St Luke’s Hospice and other charities in Sheffield. He has also helped the integration of different communities in the city as a member of Sheffield Faith Leaders Group.

Deputy Lieutenants represent the Crown across the United Kingdom and undertake duties such as the presentation of decorations and citizenship and the organisation of official Royal visits to their counties.

Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail said: “I am delighted and very proud to be commissioned by Her Majesty to serve Her in this region and am very grateful to Her Majesty for this selection. I hope and pray that I execute my duties delicately. It is an honour for me, for our University and for all our communities."

Our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, added: "My warmest congratulations to Sheikh Mohammad Ismail on this honour from our city and our nation.

“He has shown dedicated service to the people of the city and region, and I have personally only the greatest admiration for his wisdom and commitment to building bonds of understanding between communities.

It is an honour for me, for our University and for all our communities.

Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail

“He is also committed to learning and the support of students who travel to Sheffield from around the world - in him they have a true friend and teacher, and it is entirely appropriate that these qualities are now recognised in this role."

For more information about the University’s Multifaith Chaplaincy Service, click here.