Leading participants at 2013 Conference

Those who took on a leading role at the T4CG conference in Liverpool, September 2013.

Rt Hon John Battle KCSG, Phillip Blond, Claire Dove MBE DL, Rt Hon Frank Field MP, Dr Eliza Filby, John Flamson DL, Revd Ruth Gee, Lord Maurice Glasman, Rt Revd David Hamid, Rt Revd Dr Rupert Hoare, Neil Jameson, Pat Jones CBE, Revd Phil Jump, Clifford Longley, The Most Reverend Bernard Longley, Revd Dr Peter McGrail, Robin Millar, Roger Phillips DL, Professor Gerald Pillay DL, Rt Revd Stephen Platten, Dr Anna Rowlands, Max Steinberg CBE FRSA, Dame Mary Tanner DBE. Scroll down for biographies:

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Rt Hon John Battle KCSG is a fellow at Blackfriars Hall Oxford, on the board of Las Casas Institute, Oxford, consultant to Three Faiths Forum, and a Fellow of Leeds Trinity University College. He was the national director of Church Action on Poverty (1983-1987). He was Labour MP for Leeds West (1987-2010), Minister of State at the DTI and the Foreign Office (1997-2001) and the Prime Minister's Faith Envoy (2001-2005). He is now the Chair of the Yorkshire and the Humber Churches’ Regional Commission.

Phillip Blond is the founder and Director of the think tank ResPublica. He is an internationally recognised political thinker, and social and economic commentator.  Prior to entering politics and public policy he lectured in theology and philosophy at the Universities of Exeter and Cumbria. He is best known as the author of Red Tory (2010) which sought to redefine the centre ground of British politics around the ideas of civil association, mutual ownership and social enterprise. ResPublica's latest report, 'Holistic Mission: Social action and the Church of England' was published in July 2013.

Claire Dove MBE DL is Chief Executive of Blackburne House, Women's Technology and Education Centre. She is Chair of Social Enterprise UK, and was one of the three commissioners on the national worklessness panel that produced the Houghton Review. She has recently chaired the Liverpool Fairness Commission. She is also Deputy Chair of Liverpool Community College and Governor of Liverpool John Moore’s University and was voted nationally as an exemplary leader in Regeneration. 

Rt Hon Frank Field MP DL is the Labour MP for Birkenhead. He has served under successive governments and as a prominent backbencher, leading the debate on welfare and poverty. He chaired the Social Security Select Committee (1990-97), served as Minister for Welfare Reform (1997-98) and was appointed to chair the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances under the coalition government (2010). He was Director of Child Poverty Action Group (1969-79) and Director of the Low Pay Unit (1974-80). He chairs the Pension Reform Group, the Cathedral Fabrics Commission for England, the King James Bible Trust and Liverpool City Region Poverty and Life Chances Commission. He is an advisory member on the Boards of the think tank Reform, the Global Strategy Forum and The Centre for Social Justice. 

Dr Eliza Filby is a lecturer in Modern British History at Kings College London and author of the forthcoming ‘God and Mrs Thatcher: Religion and Politics in 1980s Britain’. Uniquely, she has extensively researched the archives of both Archbishop Derek Worlock and Bishop David Sheppard. In 2006, while working on the Church of England’s involvement in politics in the 1980s, she convened a seminar on the 20th anniversary of the publication of ‘Faith in the City’, at the Institute of Historical Research. 

John Flamson DL is Director of Partnerships and Innovation, University of Liverpool. Previously he fulfilled numerous city planning and regeneration roles in North West organisations including Merseyside Development Corporation (1984-1992); Liverpool City Challenge (1992-1996) and Wigan Borough Partnership (1996-2000). As Deputy Regional Director of the Government Office for the North West from 2000 - 2008 he oversaw the huge European investments into Merseyside, which were to have a significant impact on the area’s renaissance.  

Revd Ruth Gee is President of the Methodist Conference for 2013-2014. She has been the Chair of the Darlington Methodist District since 2008. She represents the Methodist Church on Churches Together in England, the Free Churches Group and the Joint Implementation Commission, which supports the Anglican Methodist Covenant. Ruth was a teacher of Religious Studies before responding to a call to ordained ministry. She has been enthusiastic for ecumenism since visiting Taizé as a young adult and values the diversity of gifts and insights offered by various churches and traditions.

Lord Maurice Glasman is an English academic, social thinker and Labour life peer in the House of Lords. He is best known as the originator of Blue Labour, a term he coined in 2009. He is a senior lecturer in Political Theory at London Metropolitan University, and Director of its Faith and Citizenship Programme. His research interests focus on the relationship between citizenship and faith and the limits of the market.  Author of Unnecessary Suffering (1996), Lord Glasman worked for ten years with London Citizens and through this developed an expertise in community organising. He has a long standing interest in Catholic Social Thought.

Rt Revd David Hamid is Anglican Suffragan Bishop in Europe and the current Anglican Co-Chair of IARCCUM (the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission). He was Mission Co-ordinator for Latin America for ten years and then Director of Ecumenical Affairs and Studies of the Anglican Consultative Council before becoming a bishop in 2002. He chairs the Porvoo Panel of the Church of England, has been a consultant to the World Council of Churches and was appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury as the lead bishop on the international Muslim-initiated dialogue. 

The Rt Revd Dr Rupert Hoare is Dean Emeritus of Liverpool Cathedral and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Manchester. A theologian specialising in social ethics, justice and urban issues, he was Principal of Westcott House Cambridge (1981-93) and worked to develop RC participation in the Cambridge Federation of Theological Colleges. His inner city ministry included roles as a parish priest and/or canon in Birmingham, Coventry and Manchester and as Bishop of Dudley (1993-99). He was involved in The Meissen Agreement between the C of E and the EKD, Chairman of the Merseyside council of Faiths (2001-06) and a member of the Anglican-Methodist International Commission (1992-96). He is the former Co-Moderator of The (international) Anglican-Lutheran Society. 

Neil Jameson is Founding Executive Director of Citizens UK and Lead Organiser of London Citizens. He is the most experienced Community Organiser in the UK, with an exceptional understanding of building and funding broad based Citizens Organisations. He has developed and taught the Citizens UK Community Organising curriculum to over 3,000 local leaders drawn from some of the country’s most disadvantaged areas. He has also established the first professional Guild of Community Organisers. Originally qualified as a social worker, he later worked as a Development Director for Save the Children and as Regional Director for The Children’s Society before establishing Citizens UK in 1989.

Pat Jones CBE was a close friend and colleague of Archbishop Worlock. Involved in ecumenical work in Liverpool throughout the 1980’s, she was also Adviser and Director of Adult Christian Education for Liverpool’s Catholic Archdiocese (1982-1992). She was Assistant General Secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales (CBCEW) (1992-1998), Deputy Director of CAFOD (1998-2004) and Director of the Prisoners’ Education Trust (2008-2012). She holds several degrees in theology and religious studies, and was awarded a CBE in 2012 for services to prisoner learning. 

Revd Phil Jump is Regional Minister for the North Western Baptist Association and Chair of the Industrial Christian Fellowship. A graduate engineer and former Material Control Manager for the Cammell Laird Shipyard, he is also a trustee of the Light Project and author of 'The Big Society: 10 Questions for Churches' (2011).  He has worked on a number of high profile community programmes including chairing one of the first 12 Education Action Zones at London Borough of Croydon. He is also a trustee of Churches Together in Cheshire, Churches Together in the Merseyside Region, the Liverpool and District Free Church Federal Council and chairs the management group of the Churches Officer North West.

Clifford Longley is an author, broadcaster and journalist. A biographer of Archbishop Derek Worlock, he wrote The Worlock Archive (Geoffrey Chapman 1999). He has specialised for over four decades in the coverage of British and international religious affairs, and had weekly columns in the Times and the Daily Telegraph. A well known Catholic commentator, he now writes regularly for the Tablet and various national newspapers and has featured on such BBC radio programmes as The Moral Maze and Thought for the Day.

The Most Reverend Bernard Longley is Archbishop of Birmingham and co-chair of ARCIC III (the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission). In 1999 he was Moderator of the Steering Committee of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and also Assistant General Secretary of the CBCEW with responsibilities for Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs. In 2010 he was appointed as a member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization at the Roman Curia. 

Revd Dr Peter McGrail is Director of the Institute for Pastoral Theology and Associate Professor of Catholic Studies at Liverpool Hope University, where he is also Head of the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies. He is a member of the T4CG Steering Group. He has had several years’ parish experience and was Director of the Department for Pastoral Formation in Liverpool Archdiocese (1996-2003). He is the author of two books exploring the gap between formal liturgy and life. He is a member of the Liturgy Committee of the CBCEW, and the RC observer on the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England.

Roger Phillips DL is a journalist and presenter with BBC Radio Merseyside, where he hosts the Lunchtime Phone-in programme every weekday and challenges callers to defend their views on current affairs. A well known and trusted figure, known as ‘the Voice of Liverpool’, he has lived in the city since the 1970s and was an actor, a cabbie and a salesman before entering the world of broadcasting. He is the winner of many awards, including the Gold Sony Award for News And Talk Broadcaster Of The Year, and in 2011 was given a lifetime achievement award by the Radio Academy. He has received honorary awards from Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University.

Robin Millar is Director of Millar Consulting, helping the leaders of councils and housing associations to transform lives their communities. He worked on international engineering projects before starting a consultancy focused on local government and is currently working on social and public sector transformation projects in Manchester and Croydon. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Social Justice, writing up a paper with the working title "Mending Broken Britain". He is a co-founder of the Newmarket Festival CIC and a Trustee of the Conservative Christian Fellowship. He is the Cabinet Member for Families and Communities on Forest Heath District Council, a former Mayor of Newmarket and was a parliamentary candidate in 2010.

Professor Gerald Pillay DL is the Vice-Chancellor of Liverpool Hope University. After lecturing at the University of Durban-Westville, he was appointed Professor of Ecclesiastical History at the University of South Africa in 1988. From 1997 to 2003 he was Head of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies and later Head of Liberal Arts at Otago University, New Zealand. A citizen of New Zealand, he was born in Natal, South Africa; he is widely published and lectures internationally.

Rt Revd Stephen Platten is Bishop of Wakefield, and Chair of the T4CG steering group. He has authored and edited numerous publications, is a member of General Synod of the Church of England and a member of the House of Lords. During the 1990s he was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Secretary for Ecumenical Affairs, serving Archbishops Runcie and Carey and was also the Anglican Co-Secretary of ARCIC II. He chairs the Governors of the Anglican Centre in Rome. He is a member of the Association of Teachers of Moral Theology. He is Chair of the Church of England’s Liturgical Commission and is a member of the Cathedrals’ Fabric Commission for England.

Dr Anna Rowlands is a Lecturer in Theology and Ministry at King's College, London. She is also a Research Associate at St Edmund’s College, Cambridge and is the founding Chair of a new Centre for Catholic Social Thought and Practice. She spent seven years working in theological education in Cambridge helping to educate students training for ministry in the Anglican, Methodist, URC and Catholic traditions.  Working with an inter-disciplinary style at the interface of political, moral and practical theology, she also has a long track record of working with faith-based organisations and brings to bear the resources of theology for public conversations in the life of Church, academy and civil society. She is currently working with CAFOD, Citizens UK and the Caritas Social Action Network. 

Max Steinberg CBE FRSA is Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision. His four decades’ civic experience in Liverpool and the North West includes 25 years at Liverpool Housing Corporation, directing Investment and Regeneration North, and chief executive roles at Elevate East Lancashire and Regenerate Pennine Lancashire Ltd. Max was awarded the OBE in 1997 for services to Housing and Regeneration on Merseyside and was made an Honorary Fellow at Hope University in 2012 in recognition of his significant work on housing.

Dame Mary Tanner DBE is currently the President for Europe of the World Council of Churches. She was a member of ARCIC II and IARCCUM (2000-2008) and has been engaged on an international level in many roles, such as Co-secretary of the Meissen, Porvoo and Reuilly Conversations with the Evangelical Church in Germany, the Nordic and Baltic Lutheran churches and the the French Lutheran and Reformed churches. She was General Secretary of the Council for Christian Unity (1991-1998) and was involved in its creation. Within the Church of England she consults on many areas including ecumenical matters and Women and the Episcopate.