The William Temple Foundation’s small, dedicated staff team is supported by a council group of eight trustees. Together with our Associate Research Fellows, the Foundation encompasses a broad range of skills, experience and expertise.
Prof Chris Baker joined the William Temple Foundation in 2001 as Development Officer, before becoming Director of Research in 2003. He completed his doctorate on religion in English New Towns at the University of Manchester in 2002, where he taught urban and public theology until 2009. Chris holds the post of William Temple Professor of Religion and Public Life at the University of Chester and is Director of the Centre for Faiths and Public Policy.
Chris has researched and published widely on the role and contribution of faith to urban and public life, including nearly 40 articles and book chapters and eight books. Recent publications include Postsecular Cities – space, theory and practice (Continuum 2011), Christianity and the New Social Order (SPCK 2011) and A Theology of Christian Materialism – Entangled Fidelities and the Public Good (2015) He has also been involved in six research projects exploring the relationship of religion to public life, including a major Leverhulme Trust funded enquiry into religious and spiritual capital. His current research project for the ARHC is called Re-imagining Religion and Belief for Public Policy and Practice and is being conducted with Professor Adam Dinham at Goldsmiths, University of London.
He provides regular training and consultation events based on his research across the UK, Europe and Australia. Chris is passionate about cinema, live music and Charlton Athletic Football Club. Follow Chris on Twitter — @DrChrisRBaker
Dr Simon Reader joined the William Temple Foundation as Communications Manager in February 2017. Prior to joining the Foundation, Simon was Communications Manager for the Westminster Faith Debates and has also worked in digital communications and marketing for the Universities of Lancaster and Cumbria. During the course of two and a half years with the Westminster Faith Debates, Simon was involved with over 20 events bringing new research on religion and belief into conversation with politicians, academics and wide public audiences, helping to generate global debate and international media coverage.
Simon has a doctorate in Philosophy from Lancaster University and teaches at the University of Keele. He has published articles with The Conversation and published a book in 2017 with Palgrave Macmillan, entitled The Ethics of Choosing Children.
The Ven. Peter Robinson (Chair) is an ordained priest in the Church of England currently serving in the Diocese of Newcastle as the Archdeacon of Lindisfarne. Peter has a longstanding interest in social ethics arising from his ministry in both urban and rural areas of the north east. He has a particular interest in partnership working and developing the voice of the church in the public realm. He recently chaired the Anti-Poverty Commission in Northumberland and is committed to helping communities build their capacity by strengthening existing assets.
Dr Philip Lewis has advised Bishops of Bradford on Islam & Christian-Muslim relations for more than twenty five years. He lectures on ‘Religions, Conflict and Peace-making’ in the Department of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford. Philip’s passion is to find resources in both the Christian and Islamic traditions to shape public life for the common good.
Rev’d Dr Hayley Matthews is Director of Lay Training for the Anglican Diocese of Leeds which includes the role of Principal for the Leeds School of Ministry, Leeds Hub where she teaches Pastoral Care and Ethics. She has also taught at St Stephen’s House on Missional Communication. Passionate about equality and accessibility, Hayley is a UNITE Rep. for the Faithworkers’ Branch of UNITE and a member of the Church of England Clergy Advocates (CECA), writing regularly for Via Media on issues of inclusion. She is a keen advocate of missional communication on contemporary media platforms and of digital learning platforms that enable self-directed vocational and distance learning. Hayley has served at Lancaster Priory, as Chaplain to The Duke’s Theatre and the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, as Pioneer Chaplain to MediaCityUK and as a regular religious BBC broadcaster. Latterly Hayley was Rector of Holy Innocents’ Fallowfield during a considerable influx of Christian Iranian asylum seekers and was also Honorary Chaplain to St Peter’s House (Manchester University) and 6MI Battalion. Follow Hayley on Twitter @RevDrHayleyM
Dr Maria C Power is a graduate of Royal Holloway, University of London. She is a lecturer in religion and peacebuilding at the University of Liverpool where her work focuses on the role that religions can play in ameliorating violence and ethnic conflict. Maria has expertise in intra and inter-faith dialogue, the role of ethics in the work and business environment, and peacebuilding practices. She has published and lectured widely on these topics both nationally and internationally. Maria is also a regular contributor to the broadcast media with recent appearances on PBS and Monocle 24.
Dr Helen Reid is Director of Leeds Church Institute, a faith based organisation for lifelong learning. LCI is based in Leeds city centre and works city-wide. Its mission focuses on ‘Learning for a Faithful City’ through education and events, research, city engagement and a not-for-profit business. Previously, Helen has held three different posts each focused around education and action for better understanding between different faiths. She was awarded a PhD in Peace Studies (1997) for research into the role of conflict resolution in Religious Education in schools in Bradford and Leicester. This was a formative time in her career and she continues to be motivated by a commitment to acting with others for the city to be a better and more peaceful place for all.
Prof Hilary Russell is Professor Emeritus of Urban Policy at Liverpool John Moores University. Prior to retirement, her work evaluating regeneration schemes particularly focused on neighbourhood renewal, partnership working and community participation. As an Anglican, she has always been very involved ecumenically. She is Chair of Together Liverpool the joint venture partnership between the Diocese of Liverpool and Church Urban Fund. She is currently on the steering group and leading the research side of Together for the Common Good an initiative exploring how faith groups can work better together for social justice. Follow Hilary on Twitter — @HilaryERussell
Anna Ruddick is Community Engagement Associate for Livability having been involved in urban and community ministry since 2005. She is also a freelance facilitator, trainer, writer and speaker. Anna is currently researching perceptions of transformation in urban communities for a Doctorate in Practical Theology at the University of Chester. Anna lives in Leicester with her husband Andrew.
Peter Sedgwick was Principal of St. Michael’s College Llandaff, in Cardiff, and Ministry Officer of the Church in Wales, from 2004- 2014. In addition to training people for ministry, the college has a particular focus on chaplaincy, with the Cardiff Centre for Chaplaincy Studies. He is a member of the Anglican- Roman Catholic International Commission, where his particular focus is on social and personal ethics. Peter worked for the Church of England Board for Social Responsibility for many years and was Moderator of Church and Society for CTBI from 2007- 12. He is married to Jan Gould who is an Anglican priest at the Church of the Resurrection, Ely in Cardiff. Follow Peter on Twitter — @SedgwickPeter