Dr Bill Gent – who has education-related degrees from Oxford (1973), Birmingham (1982) and Warwick (2006) universities – taught for 15 years in Birmingham before moving into advisory and inspection work in the London Borough of Redbridge (1988-2008). There, he served in a variety of roles, including school adviser, Ofsted-trained inspector, senior adviser and acting principal inspector. He is an experienced speaker and workshop leader as well as an author of a number of books, book chapters and numerous articles. As editor of the journal of the National Association of Teachers of RE (NATRE), he was awarded the prestigious Shap Award in 2012 for its contribution to education in religions. In 2012, he also chaired the national expert panel during the opening phase of the RE Council’s review of RE in England. As an Associate Fellow of the Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit at the university of Warwick, much of his work in recent years has involved research into aspects of Islamic education for which he has a growing international reputation. He is also an inveterate collector of proverbs and sayings.