Ms Julia Unwin CBE is Chair of Civil Society Futures, the Independent Inquiry about how English civil society can flourish in a fast changing world. Previously she was Chief Executive of Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust (JRHT) since 2007.
Julia was a member of the Housing Corporation Board for 10 years and a Charity Commissioner from 1998-2003, as well as Deputy Chair of the Food Standards Agency.
She previously held a position as chair of the Refugee Council from 1995 until 1998, and is currently a member of the University of York’s Council, and a Governor of NIESR. In 2010 Julia was awarded the Outstanding Leadership Award at the Charity Awards.
Julia chairs the Institute for Social Renewal advisory board at the University of Newcastle and is a member of the Advisory Board for Policy Scotland, University of Glasgow. In January 2016 Julia was appointed as an independent Non-Executive Director of Mears Group Plc.
She has Honorary Doctorates from the University of South Wales and from York St John University, and in 2016 was made a Provincial Canon by the Archbishop of York.
Professor Nigel Biggar - Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology After reading Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford, Nigel Biggar proceeded to study religion, theology, and ethics in Canada and the USA. On his return to Oxford in 1985 he became Librarian and Research Fellow at Latimer House, and then for most of the 1990s he was Chaplain and Fellow of Oriel College. In 1999 he took the Chair of Theology at the University of Leeds; and in 2004 he moved to the Chair of Theology and Ethics at Trinity College Dublin. He arrived in Christ Church in the autumn of 2007 and is currently Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at the University of Oxford, Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life in Oxford and a Canon of Christ Church, Oxford. His name was entered in the Ministry of Defence’s register of Independent and Scientific Advisors in 2016 and he was appointed to the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life in 2017.
His research interests include the ethics of nationalism and empire; the ethics of individual rights and of jurisprudence about them; ‘just war’ reasoning; the principle of double effect and the ethics of killing; the concept of proportionality; the moral vocation of universities; and the relationship between (Christian) religious concepts and moral life.
His published works include: "Specifying the Meaning: Jesus, the New Testament, and Violence" (2006); “Religious Voices in Public Places” (2009); "Theology and Atrocity: Just War Doctrine and the Righting of Atrocious Wrongs" in The Religious in Responses to Mass Atrocity, ed. Brudholm and Cushman (CUP, 2009); Behaving in Public: How to Do Christian Ethics (Eerdmans, 2011); In Defence of War (Oxford, 2013, 2014); Ethics and International Affairs, 27/4 (Winter 2013); “Christian ‘Just War’ Reasoning and Two Cases of Rebellion: Ireland, 1916-21, and Syria, 2011-present”; Between Kin and Cosmopolis: An Ethic of the Nation (James Clarke, 2014); “Right to Fight”, Scottish Review (January 2015); “Imprudent Jurisprudence? Human Rights and Moral Contingency”, Journal of Law and Religion, 30/3 (October 2015); “Rhodes, Race, and the Abuse of History”, Standpoint (March 2016); “After Iraq: When to Go to War?”, Policy Exchange, January 2017; “What the United Kingdom is Good for”, These Islands, October 2017.
His recreations include reading history, playing cards, walking, and making pilgrimage to military cemeteries.
The Reverend Canon Dr Malcolm Brown is Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Church of England, leading a team with responsibility for the church's national-level engagement in politics, public policy and ethics, and support for dioceses in mission and evangelism. Ordained in 1979, he has served as a parish priest in a commuter belt suburb and later in the Southampton City Centre parish where he held the portfolio for relating to the city’s industry, commerce and unemployed people. There, he developed Youth Training Schemes and an agency for setting up co-operative businesses. He moved in 1990 to be Director of The William Temple Foundation in Manchester (a think tank on theology and economic issues), and in 2000 became Principal of the Eastern Region Ministry Course based in Cambridge, training people for ordained ministry, moving to his present post in 2007. His first degree (University of Oxford) was in theology and philosophy and his doctoral studies (University of Manchester) were on conceptions of plurality in ethics and economics. He has taught Ethics and Practical Theology for a number of universities and has published widely. His recent publications include Anglican Social Theology (CHP 2014), Tensions in Christian Ethics (SPCK, 2010) and a chapter in the Oxford History of Anglicanism (ed. Jeremy Morris, OUP, 2017) on Global Poverty and Justice.
Malcolm is married to Angela, a heritage worker, and they have two adult sons. He enjoys competitive rowing on the river Cam in a veteran’s crew, and spends his holidays driving steam trains on a Welsh heritage railway.
Ms Kersten England is Chief Executive, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council. Bradford has one of the youngest populations of any City in the UK and an ethnically diverse and entrepreneurial population. The District is enjoying a period of economic growth; growth of local companies and inward investment, major capital schemes and expansion of the retail and leisure offer. Her main challenge is to tackle longstanding problems with education outcomes for children in the District and to secure a significant uplift in results across all schools.
Kersten was previously Chief Executive of York for six years in which the city, experienced strong growth and the strongest education results in Yorkshire. Highlights included the introduction of the living wage by many employers in the city, development of the first ‘gigabit city infrastructure’, designation as a UNESCO ‘City of Media Arts’ and hosting a stage start of the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014.
Kersten is the lead Chief Executive for innovation and growth in the Leeds City Region, a trustee of Nesta (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), a member of the Council of the University of Bradford and of the National Media Museum’s Advisory Board and a Director of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone based in Bradford.
Kersten's career has included work in the voluntary sector, higher education, central government as well as 23 years in local government. She is passionate about building resilient and confident communities, diversity and equality, supporting local democracy and sustainable and inclusive urban growth.
The Right Reverend Christine Hardman is the Twelfth Bishop of Newcastle. She holds a BSc (Econ) from the University of London and trained for ordination on the St Albans Ministerial Training Scheme. She later studied for a Master’s degree in Applied Theology from Westminster College, Oxford. She became a Deaconess in 1984 and was ordained Deacon in 1987, serving in the Diocese of St Albans. She took up the role of Tutor and Course Director on the St Albans Ministerial Training Scheme from 1988-1996. During this period the Scheme merged with the Oxford Ministry Course and she became its Director of Mission Studies.
Bishop Christine was ordained Priest in 1994 and became Vicar of Holy Trinity and Christ the King, Stevenage in 1996 and also Rural Dean of Stevenage in 1999. She served as Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich from 2001 to 2012.
In 2012 Bishop Christine became Assistant Priest at Southwark Cathedral and received the Bishop’s Permission to Officiate in the Diocese of St Albans where she has been acting Warden of Readers. She has a special interest in mission studies and the social implications of the Gospel.
In January 2016 Bishop Christine became a Lord Spiritual with a special interest in economic affairs and the rural economy.
Lord Peter Hennessy
Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History
Peter Hennessy is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History and Director of the Mile End Institute for Contemporary British Government, Intelligence and Society, in Queen Mary University of London.
He has been a journalist and leader writer for the Times, and has written for the Economist, the New Statesman, the Independent and the Tablet. A writer and broadcaster, his publications include “Sources close to the Prime Minister” (1984), “What the papers never said” (1985), “Never Again: Britain 1945- 1951″ (1992), “The Hidden Wiring: unearthing the British Constitution” (1995) and more recently “The New Protective State, government, intelligence and terrorism” (2007).
His recreations include reading, music, watching West Ham and searching for the British Constitution.
He has been a Crossbench peer since 2010 as Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield.
Sir Philip Mawer is the Chairman of Allchurches Trust Ltd, the charitable owner of the Ecclesiastical Insurance Group. He is currently also a member of the Business Committee of the General Council of the University of Edinburgh. In November 2014 he was appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to be the Independent Reviewer of grievances and concerns arising from the consecration of women as bishops.
Sir Philip’s previous career included periods of service as an ethical regulator (Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards 2002-07; the Prime Minister’s Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests 2008-11); Secretary General of the General Synod 1990-2002 and a civil servant in the Home Office and Cabinet Office 1971-1990. Born and brought up in Hull, he was knighted in 2002 for his services to the Church of England.
Professor Oliver O’Donovan is Emeritus Professor of Christian Ethics. He was born in 1945 in London, was educated at University College School, Hampstead, at Balliol College and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, and at the University of Princeton. He was ordained an Anglican priest in Oxford in 1972. He was Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology and Canon of Christ Church at the University of Oxford from 1982 to 2006, before which he taught at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (1972-7) and at Wycliffe College in the University of Toronto (1977-82). From 2006 to 2012 he was Professor of Christian Ethics and Practical Theology at the University of Edinburgh, and has been an Honorary Professor of Divinity at the University of St Andrews since 2013. He has written on the ethical theory of St Augustine, on the theological basis of moral concepts, on contemporary bioethical dilemmas, on political theology and on the ethics of war. He has served the Church of England as a member of the Board for Society Responsibility, the Doctrine Commission, the Faith and Order Advisory Group and the General Synod.
He is a past President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, a Fellow of the British Academy since 2000 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh since 2007. He is married to Joan Lockwood O’Donovan. They have two sons.
Dr Andrew Sentance CBE is a senior business economist based in the UK, now working with PwC as their Senior Economic Adviser. Before joining PwC, he served for five years (2006-11) on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), through the global financial crisis and its aftermath.
Prior to joining the Bank of England, Andrew held senior positions at the CBI, London Business School and British Airways, where he was Chief Economist and Head of Environmental Affairs and advised the airline on business strategy, regulation and major policy issues. He has provided economic advice to businesses, the UK government and international institutions throughout his career, as well as being a regular contributor to the media and publishing widely in academic and business books and journals.
Andrew Sentance studied economics at Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, where he gained his PhD. He is the author of a recent book - “Rediscovering growth: After the crisis” which was published in late 2013.
He was awarded the CBE in the 2012 New Year’s Honours list. He is a Vice-President of the Society of Business Economists and is also a part-time professor at Warwick Business School.
Andrew is married with 2 adult children. His wife Anne is a Lay Reader at St Augustine’s Broxbourne, where they both worship and contribute to ministry and church music.
Mr Maurice Wren joined the Refugee Council as Chief Executive in March 2013, having previously been the Director of Asylum Aid (2002 – 2013). Prior to Asylum Aid, Maurice held senior positions in the homelessness field at Shelter and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT).
Maurice was a co-founder of the Independent Asylum Commission (2007-09) and of Detention Forum (2009-present). He is presently co-Chair of the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum at the Home Office and Chair of the Refugee Week Steering Group.
Maurice is a Trustee of Migrant Voice; Every Casualty Worldwide; and the European Network on Statelessness; and was recently appointed a Patron of Action Foundation.