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 Goldsmiths, University of London.
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 Tim Middleton joined the William Temple Foundation as Communications Officer and Research Bids Co-ordinator in July 2018.
Tim holds degrees in both theology and science, including a PhD in Earth Sciences from the University of Oxford. He is currently a postgraduate student in the Faculty of Theology and Religion at Oxford, where his research focusses on intersections between eco-theology and strands of contemporary philosophy. He has previously worked in science journalism and has written widely on religion and science. He is also an Associate of the Faraday Institute of Science and Religion, a member of the Society for the Study of Theology, and a regular speaker for God and the Big Bang, a national project which runs conferences for schools on science and religion.
The Venerable 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.
Revd 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, 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 Power is a Research Fellow at Blackfriars, University of Oxford. Her academic research 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. She is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Benedict XVI Research Centre at St Mary’s University and in 2019 she will be a Holland Visiting Fellow at the University of Durham.
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.
Dr Anna Ruddick is a freelance community theologian and researcher working to resource the church in its engagement with communities. Her doctoral work, Missional Pastoral Care, innovation in charismatic evangelical urban practice (2016), took an ethnographic and practical theological approach to incarnational urban mission and Evangelical identity. Publication of the thesis is pending. Anna currently represents Livability, as Community Engagement Associate and Urban Life as a Core team member, she is also a Research Fellow at Bristol Baptist College. Living in Leicester and working nationally Anna is an active reflector, facilitating theological reflection and learning by coaching leaders, leading learning processes for congregations and enabling strategic development in Christian organisations seeking to deepen and strengthen their relationships with their local community. Working within Practical Theology Anna continues to explore issues in mission and the role of the church in the public sphere, poverty and marginality and religious identity.
Revd Dr John Reader is a parish priest, theological educator and practical theologian with over 30 years experience in rural ministry. John has degrees from Oxford, Manchester and a Ph.D from the University of Wales, Bangor. He is Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester and a Senior Tutor in Christian Rural and Environmental Studies at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. John is both interested and involved in current educational developments and the role of RE in community relations. John’s most recent publications are ‘A Philosophy of Christian Materialism: Entangled Fidelities and the Public Good’ (Ashgate, 2015) co-written with Chris Baker and Tom James, and Theology and New Materialism: Spaces of Faithful Dissent (2017) published by Palgrave Macmillan. Follow John on Twitter @DrJohnReader