The strategic direction of FSTC UK is provided by a Board of Honorary Trustees lead by the Chair, Peter Fell. The Board draws on the expertise of a Panel of Special Advisors, including the Founder, Professor Salim T.S. Al-Hassani and key associates. These experts, scholars and supporters, offer their charitable services predominantly for free and are supported by mainly UK based employees and volunteers.

Professor Salim T.S. Al-Hassani, Founder & Honoury President

FSTC founder, Salim T.S. Al-Hassani is an Emeritus Professor of Mechanical Engineering and an Honorary Professorial Fellow at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures, Faculty of Humanities, University of Manchester, UK. Having developed an interest in the cultural roots of science in the later years of his career, he made his mark by utilising applied modern engineering analysis to recreate, in virtual 3D space, ancient machines, especially those invented during the Golden Age of Muslim Civilisation such as the machines of the Banu Musa, Al-Jazari and Taqi al-Din. He has authored and edited hundreds of publications and given numerous national and international talks on science and technology in Muslim heritage. In September 2009 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of The British Science Association for his work in promoting the scientific and technological achievements within Muslim cultures. In November 2010 he was presented with the New York Hall of Science’s Global Award for Science in recognition of his exceptional leadership in science, technology, innovation and education.

Peter Fell, Chairman

Peter Fell has been Director of Regional and Economic Affairs at the University of Manchester since 2000. He is responsible for managing the university's complex civic and regional strategic relationships. He has a wide understanding of the region's political and business environment having worked previously at senior level for a number of public bodies - including the North West Regional Assembly, Stockport Council and Merseyside TEC. Peter has a particular expertise in civic and regional governance matters and the arts and sits on numerous regional and city boards and committees. He is a member of the CBI Regional Council, 4North West's Economic Development Committee, Chair of All about Audiences, Board Member of the Corner house, Chairman of the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester (MOSI), a Trustee of the Manchester Monastery and a member of Council for Tate Liverpool. Pete is also the Deputy Chair for the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Muhammed Hafiz, Trustee

Muhammad Hafiz is Managing Director of Goldfayre Ltd. He has been successful in the textile, food, car and steel industries. A distinguished member of the Muslim community in Manchester, he is wellknown for his work with charities and youth organisations. He provides general business and financial advice to FSTC UK.


Dr. Anne-Marie Brennan, Trustee

Dr Anne-Maria Brennan, is an alumnus of Imperial College, London, and Principal Lecturer in Bioscience and Forensic Biology, having been Deputy Head of the Department of Applied Science, at London South Bank University. She has authored various texts including ‘First Ecology.’ She has over 28 years of involvement with the British Science Association, in which she has served as a member of Council and Trustee of the Association. She was also one of the contributing editors of the 1001 Inventions book, supervised the production of the 1001 Inventions Teachers.

Andrew Edwards, Trustee

Andrew is a Chartered and Certified Accountant, with a wealth of knowledge and hands on experience to support the ever increasing demands of today’s business community. He is Partner at Dunhams Accountants and has years of relevant experience in managing the accounts of charitable organisations and making them more tax efficient and compliant.



Yassir Al-Hassani, Trustee

Yassir is a Business Economist, completing a M.Sc. at the renowned Manchester Business School. He is MD of 105 Solutions, a Management Consultancy specialising in Business Intelligence. He has assisted FSTC’s non-profit organisation since 2006 and consulted on its commercial operations with 1001 Inventions on book editing, production, international sales, contracts for language rights and quality control. Also on trademark & IP, exhibition sales & sponsorship for their global awarding exhibition tour including advising on film production with Sir Ben Kingsley & Omar Sherif.



Panel of Special Advisors

The Panel of Special Advisors is listed in alphabetical order: Please click here


FSTC has worked with many partners and sponsors. Please click here


- About Us

- Message from the President 

- Aims & Mission

- Background of FSTC

- Global Impact