Idris Mears was born in 1951 and studied English at Oxford University. He entered Islam in 1973 and attended Al Azhar University. He has been a publisher with Diwan Press and an educator with various Islamic education projects. He was director of the Association of Muslim Schools 2002 – 2008 and remains on its board as fundraiser. He is a founding trustee of the Bridge Schools Inspectorate, licensed by the Government to conduct statutory inspections of independent faith schools. In 2012, he brought funding to the Centre for Research and Evaluation in Muslim Education at the Institute of Education, University of London, and is on the advisory board and several working groups of the unit.