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 has a book forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan.
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 Hayley Matthews is Rector of Holy Innocents’ Fallowfield, Manchester and an Honorary Chaplain at St Peter’s, Manchester University. A former Chaplain to MediaCityUK, Hayley continues to contribute to BBC radio as a guest writer/broadcaster. She teaches Missional Communication and Social Media at St Peter’s, Oxford and elsewhere. Passionate about equality, together with Lancaster University Management School, Hayley is currently writing ‘No Faith in Equality and Diversity – The Management of Gender and Sexuality in Faith Based Organisations Exempt from Equality and Diversity Legislation‘. Follow Hayley on Twitter — @Holyinnocentsff
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. Follow Anna on Twitter — @Anna_Thompson
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
John Battle was Labour MP for Leeds West and for 10 years the Prime Minister’s interfaith envoy. He retired early to help community projects in the social economy in the Leeds area.