The Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield and Chair of the Conference and Chair of the Association of English Cathedrals. He was previously Director of Ministries and Training in the Durham Diocese, Senior Chaplain and Lecturer at Portsmouth University.
Geoff Miller is a British Church of England priest and former school teacher. He is the Dean of Newcastle, before which he had been the Archdeacon of Northumberland since 2005.
Dr Eve Poole, Conference Facilitator who earned a first degree in Theology (Durham), followed by an MBA (Edinburgh) and a PhD in Capitalism and Theology (Cambridge), with three different careers in between. Eve’s started her first career with the Church Commissioners. Her second, post MBA, was being a management consultant at Deloitte, and her third career has been teaching leadership and ethics at Ashridge Business School. She has written several books. Eve serves on several boards, and is Chairman of Gordonstoun School; Chair of Faith in Business at Ridley Hall Associate Research Fellow at the William Temple Foundation.
Fr James Martin SJ is an American Jesuit priest, writer, and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America. In 2017, Pope Francis appointed Martin as a consultant to the Dicastery for Communication. A New York Times Best Selling author, Martin’s books include The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, Jesus: A Pilgrimage, and Learning to Pray. He is a sought-after public speaker and media commentator on subjects such as the life and teachings of Jesus and Ignatian spirituality as inspired by the life and teachings of Saint Ignatius of Loyola.
Yejide Peters Priest, Church of England
Anne Richards National Adviser: mission theology, new religious movements and alternative spiritualities at The Church of England
Austen Ivereigh is a UK-based Roman Catholic journalist, author, commentator and biographer of Pope Francis. A former deputy editor of The Tablet and later director for public affairs of the former archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, he frequently appears on radio and TV programmes to comment in stories involving the Church. He is Fellow in Contemporary Church History at Campion Hall, Oxford.
Mark Kenneth Russell is a charity executive. Since 2019, he has served as the Chief Executive of The Children’s Society. He has additionally served as a lay member of the General Synod of the Church of England and of the Archbishops’ Council, both from 2005 to 2011 and from 2015 to 2019. He was previously a local preacher in the Methodist Church in Ireland, and is now a reader in the Church of England.
Selina Stone Lecturer in Theology, Spirituality and Social Justice.
Graham Usher is an Anglican bishop and ecologist. Since 2019, he has been the Bishop of Norwich; he had previously served as Bishop of Dudley, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Worcester.
Lorna Gold Activist for a liveable future, mum, author of Climate Generation, Director of Movement Building Faith Invest, Board Chair Laudato Si Movement (Formerly Global Catholic Climate Movement).
Julian Allwood is Professor of Engineering and the Enviornment. He leads the Use Less Group, aiming to support the mitigation of climate change through reducing demand for the energy intensive materials, particularly steel, cement, paper, plastic and aluminium.
Rogers Morgan Govender MBE, Dean of Manchester since 2006. He is a sixth generation South African and he was England’s first black cathedral dean. In 1983, he entered St Paul’s College, Grahamstown an Anglican theological college to train for ministry in the Church of the Province of Southern Africa. Rogers was ordained deacon in 1985 and priest in 1986. He was priest in charge at St Mary’s Church, Greyville, Durban from 1988 until 1993 when he was transferred to St Matthew’s Hayfields, Pietermaritzburg where he was rector and subsequently St Thomas’s Musgrave Road. He graduated from the University of Natal with a Bachelor of Theology (BTh) degree in 1997. He emigrated to the United Kingdom in 2002 after 15 years of service in the Diocese of Natal. On arrival in England, he was priest-in-charge of Christ Church, West Didsbury in South Manchester and Area Dean of Withington. In 2006 he was appointed Dean of Manchester.
In 2018 Rogers was awarded an MBE in the New Year Honours list for his services to interfaith relations and to the community in Greater Manchester.
Sharon Prentis Intercultural Mission Enabler & Canon Theologian at Lichfield Cathedral
Robert Beckford is a British academic theologian and currently Professor of Black Theology at The Queen’s Foundation, whose documentaries for both the BBC and Channel 4 have caused debate among the Christian and British religious community.
Fr. Azariah France-Williams is Pioneer priest at the Ascension Hulme, a member of the HeartEdge church network and Author of Ghost Ship: Institutional Racism and the Church of England.
Bernard Donoghue Director and CEO, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA) Chairman since September 2011 following a career in advocacy, communications and lobbying, latterly at a senior level in the tourism and heritage sector. In May of 2017 the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, appointed Bernard to be the Mayor’s Ambassador for Cultural Tourism and a member of the Mayor’s Cultural Leadership Board.
Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell SCP is a Church of England bishop. Since 9 July 2020, he has been the Archbishop of York and Primate of England; the second-most senior bishop of the church and the most senior in northern England. He previously served as Bishop of Reading (an area bishop in the Diocese of Oxford), 2004–2010, and as Bishop of Chelmsford, 2010–2020.
Hilary Ison. I believe I am a facilitator at heart – bringing a quality of presence and attention to people and processes to enable change in people and systems. One of the things I have most enjoyed doing was facilitating the process of establishing the Yorkshire Regional Training Partnership for multiple Church and educational stakeholders involved in delivering training for ministers, lay and ordained, in the Church of England and the Methodist Church.
Christopher Southgate is Professor of Christian Theodicy at the University of Exeter. He recently directed the project ‘How can congregations be helped in times of tragedy?’ which led to the edited volume ‘Tragedies and Christian Congregations’ (Routledge). Chris is also the author of ‘Theology in a Suffering World: Glory and Longing’ (CUP), and of eight collections of poetry, most recently ‘Rain falling by the River’ (Canterbury Press).
Patrick Boggon Helping charities fundraise effectively so they can make good things happen.
Andrew Peter Nunn SCP is a British Anglican priest. Since 2012, he has been the Dean of Southwark in the Church of England.
Marlene Rosemarie Mallett is a British Anglican priest and sociologist. Since March 2020, she has served as Archdeacon of Croydon in the Diocese of Southwark. Before ordination in the Church of England, she was research sociologist and academic, specialising in international development and ethno-cultural mental health. She was priest-in-charge and then Vicar of St John the Evangelist, Angell Town from 2007 to 2020.