Thinking Faith Network is run by a very small staff team and a wider group of volunteers.
Our staff team
Gareth has twenty years' experience in pioneering small-scale projects in the public, private and charitable sector. He has an academic background in sustainable development, is a founding partner of CPM consultancy, and a former elder at The Light Church in Bradford.
Mark is a lively story-teller who has entertained many audiences with his down-to-earth spirituality. He has debated with atheists on Premier Christian Radio and appeared on Channel 4, the BBC World Service and the Australian ABC network. Mark taught philosophy and RE for many years and is now Director of RealityBites, where he blogs.
Richard has worked in academic research and teaching in Leeds, South Africa, Australia and France, specialising in plant and landscape ecology. He is an author on 15 scientific papers and book chapters in ecology and conservation science. He is on the Advisory Board for the Jubilee Centre and a Fellow at the University of Leeds. He now heads up our work with Faith-in-Scholarship and looks after the FiSch Fellows.
Communication, Operations and Finance, LifeMatters
Ben runs Bromeliad Services, a small agency specialising in design, websites, mailings, operations management and other services. A maths graduate from York University, Ben worked for the Fresh Expressions team for nine years, as well as pioneering a church for young people. A talented musician and keen Ultimate Frisbee player, Ben enjoys board games and skiing.
Cal is Sustainability Director for NG Bailey, a qualified Chartered Accountant and National Engineering Scholar. He has an MA in Philosophy, Politics & Economics from the University of Oxford, is a Reader at his local parish church in Leeds and is particularly interested in how business can better serve the kingdom of God. Cal is the Chair of our Trustees.
Cat worked for many years as a deputy director in the NHS before training for ordained ministry. She is now Assistant Curate at Bradford Cathedral, is undertaking a doctorate in Practical Theology and is Secretary to Thinking Faith Network.
David’s career as a consultant surgeon included senior lectureship at the University of Leeds. Formerly General Secretary of the International Association for Reformed Faith and Action, he has maintained links with Christian scholars in many disciplines around the world. David's wife Ruth - a researcher and teacher in psychology at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology and the unversities of Birmingham, Bradford and Leeds - founded Thinking Faith (then known as WYSCOS), along with her colleague, David Lyon.
Anne Burghgraef is a clinical therapist working at Solace in Leeds, providing counselling and therapeutic services for asylum seekers and refugees.
Steve is programme coordinator for the City of Bristol College, a distance learning tutor at St John's College, and maintains the reformational/neocalvinist website allofliferedeemed.co.uk.
John is a Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Liverpool, and head of Physical Chemistry teaching. He is also Treasurer to Thinking Faith Network.