Canon Noel Battye
Rev Dr Bert Tosh
Rev Dr Bert Tosh is an Irish Presbyterian minister who served in congregations in Belfast, Donegal and Londonderry before joining the BBC in Northern Ireland as a Religious Broadcasting Producer in 1984. He retired three years ago but continues to do some freelance production and broadcasting
Sister Gemma Simmonds, CJ
Gemma Simmonds is a Senior Lecturer in Pastoral and Social Studies and Theology at Heythrop College, University of London and a Sister of the Congregation of Jesus. After a career in secondary teaching she worked as chaplain in the Universities of Cambridge and London. After her return from study and missionary work among women and street children in Brazil in 1992 she was a chaplaincy volunteer in Holloway Prison until its closure in June 2016.
Gemma is director of the Religious Life Institute at Heythrop and president of the Catholic Theological Association of Great Britain. She is currently writing a book on Pope Francis’ ‘Revolution of Tenderness’.
Rev. Dr. Craig Gardiner
Craig Gardiner is originally from Northern Ireland but was ordained in Wales as a Baptist minister in 2003. He is a tutor at South Wales Baptist College, and an Honorary Lecturer in Theology at Cardiff University where he teaches Christian Doctrine, Worship and has a particular interest in Dietrich Bonhoeffer. He is a member of the Iona Community.
His Grace Bishop Angaelos
Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg
The Very Reverend John Chalmers
The Very Rev John Chalmers is Principal Clerk to the Church of Scotland's General Assembly; in 2014–2015 he served as Moderator. He was a Minister in West Dunbartonshire, and from 1986 to 1995 in the West End of Edinburgh. Before taking up the position of Principal Clerk in 2011 John served as Depute Secretary to the Board of Ministry and as the Church’s Senior Pastoral Adviser.
Rev. Dr. Stephen Wigley
Rania Hafez is Senior Lecturer in Education & Community Studies at the University of Greenwich and Fellow of the Muslim Institute. Rania has researched and published on professionalism, cultural identity, and Islam and education. Her current research is on the intersectionality of British Muslim Identity. In 2008 Rania founded ‘Muslim Women in Education’ a professional network for educationalists and researchers. In addition to her academic work Rania is a regular political and cultural commentator whose media credits include the BBC, Levant TV, and the Islam Channel.
Latest publication ‘Faith in the Academy’ in Hudson, C. & Williams, J. (eds) (forthcoming) Why Academic Freedom Matters, Civitas
The Reverend Dr Kirsty Thorpe
Sarah Joseph is Editor & CEO of emel media.. A powerful and popular public speaker, she has lectured on Islam globally for over 20 years. arah was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2004 for her services to interfaith dialogue and the promotion of women’s rights. She is listed as one of the 500 most influential Muslims in the world by Georgetown University and the Royal Jordanian Strategic Studies Centre.
Sarah’s Facebook page, which has a large global following, declares her passion “to get people to recognise their shared humanity, and our common responsibility to this Earth.”
The Reverend Clair Jaquiss
Clair Jaquiss worked for the BBC in radio from 1984. She has produced programmes across BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4 and regularly presents the Daily Service and Prayer for the Day.
She was ordained deacon in Chester Diocese in July 2008 and has a degree in Theology from Cambridge. She serves as assistant priest in the parish of All Saints with Ringway.
Fr Eugene O'Neill
Fr Eugene O’Neill was educated at St Andrews, Queens University Belfast and St Patrick’s College Maynooth.
Ordained in 1997 he has served in parishes in Ballymena, Belfast and Newtownabbey.
At present he is parish priest of Killyleagh on the shores of Strangford Lough.
Canon Patrick Thomas
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra
Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra serves as a scholar and imam in Leicester. He is a member of the World faiths Advisory Group at the University of Leicester and is the Muslim chaplain to Canary Wharf in London. He was elected to The Muslim Council of Britain in 2002.
Shaykh Mogra has been trained in classical theology and the traditional sciences of Islam. He holds religious credentials from Dar al-`Ulum, Holcombe, U.K. as well as advanced theological qualifications from the Al-Azhar University in Cairo.
As a local community activist in Leicester and a national leader in the MCB, Shaykh Mogra has been at the forefront in deepening inter faith and community relations in the UK and around the world. He has been an advisor on Islamic affairs to a range of UK government departments, ministries and agencies. And has also advised the Dutch and Australian governments on the training of imams and Muslim faith leaders.
The Rev Dr Alison Jack
Alison Jack is a senior lecturer in Bible and Literature at the School of Divinity in the University of Edinburgh.
Her research interests are focused on the Bible in Scottish literature, and on the parable of the Prodigal Son in literary texts.
Alison has worked in parish ministry in Edinburgh, Stirling and the Carse of Gowrie and she is keen to promote the training of ministers and lay people, especially in the leading of worship.
The Rev Kate Bottley
In March 2016 Kate presented BBC One’s flagship Easter documentary ‘In the Footsteps of Judas’. She is also a frequent contributor to the ‘Pause for Thought’ feature on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast Show and BBC One’s Songs of Praise and has written for a variety of newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Independent and Radio Times.
Canon Jenny Wigley
The Rev Tim Hughes
Gopinder Kaur Sagoo
Claire Campbell Smith
Bishop Libby Lane
In the Diocese of Chester Bishop Libby currently serves as Chair of the Diocesan Board of Education, and as Chair of the Foxhill Retreat Centre. Bishop Libby is Vice-Chair of The Children’s Society and the Chair of Cranmer Hall Committee of St John’s College Durham, as well as serving the national Church on various committees.
Stephen Cherry is Dean of Chapel at King’s College, Cambridge; he is also a Fellow and the Director of Studies in Theology, Religion and The Philosophy of Religion. He was previously Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Durham and a Canon Residentiary of Durham Cathedral and before that Rector of All Saints with Holy Trinity, Loughborough.
Stephen is the author of eight books of which Barefoot Disciple was the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book in 2011, Healing Agony: Reimagining Forgiveness was shortlisted for the Michael Ramsey Prize and the most recently published is The Dark Side of the Soul: An Insider’s Guide to the Web of Sin (Bloomsbury 2016). Stephen’s next book is coming out in January, and is called God-Curious: Exploring Eternal Questions (Jessica Kingsley Publishers) .
Rev Dr Karen Smith
Terry Waite CBE
For most of his life Terry Waite has worked in the area of international affairs and had worked in most of the worlds conflict zones. As a young man whilst living in Uganda he negotiated directly with the late General Amin for the release of hostages and as a member of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s private staff was successful in aiding the freeing of hostages in Iran, Libya and Beirut. It was in Beirut that he was captured and spent almost five years in solitary confinement. In the apartheid years he worked closely with Bishop Desmond Tutu and has continued his work for the disadvantaged in South Africa. He was a joint founder of Y-Care, an agency working for the development of young people throughout the world. He is Lifelong Patron of Emmaus for the homeless and a joint founder of Hostage UK shortly to become Hostage International. He has written several books ranging from a serious account of his years in captivity to his latest book, a comic novel, The Voyage of the Golden Handshake. He believes that it is vital that we retain our humour in the face of some of the grim realities of life and that laughter is therapeutic for all of us. He is both an Anglican and a Member of the Society of Friends.
Photograph credit: Gemma Levine
Rev Mary Stallard
Mary Stallard is a priest in the Church in Wales and currently works with young people. Mary is co-director of The St Giles' Centre for Religious Education and Faith Development in Wrexham. She also enjoys being Anglican Chaplain at St Joseph's Catholic and Anglican High School, the first shared faith high school in Wales.
Marie-Elsa Bragg is half French, half Cumbrian and was brought up in London. She is a Priest in the diocese of London, an Ignatian spiritual director, a therapist and a Duty Chaplain of Westminster Abbey. She is also an author and her debut novel is called 'Towards Mellbreak.'
Alison Murdoch is a Tibetan Buddhist writer who lives in Somerset. She is the former director of Jamyang Buddhist Centre in London and co-author of the 16 Guidelines for a Happy Life programme and app.