John Irvine practiced at the criminal bar for six years before ordination. After a theology degree from Oxford, he was curate at Holy Trinity, Brompton from 1981 to 1985 where he was involved in the development of the Alpha Course. In 1985, he and his wife Andrea led the first church plant from HTB to St Barnabas, Kensington where they served for 16 years. In 2001, John was appointed Dean of Coventry where he recruited and trained Justin Welby! In 2012, he became Associate Vicar of Holy Trinity, Cambridge. John and Andrea have four grown up children and six grandchildren. He enjoys theatre, walking and supporting Tottenham Hotspur.
After graduating from Newnham College, Cambridge, Sibella joined the British Council, with whom she worked for ten years before deciding to retrain as an ESOL teacher and teacher trainer, which stood her in good stead as she moved around the world (mostly the Middle East, since they both speak Arabic) with a husband in the Diplomatic Service. They lived in a variety of Arab countries, including seven years in Saudi Arabia, and have an abiding interest in the Arab world - its history, social customs, politics and language - and in interfaith dialogue. Since 2008 the Laings have lived in Corpus Christi College where Stuart is Master. Their family, all of whom went to Cambridge University, are committed Christians, and Sibella is a Lay Reader in the Church of England. Her other interests include drama, poetry (she has started a College poetry society for Corpus Christi), running, wild swimming, and desert exploration.
Margaret Masson is Vice-Principal and Senior Tutor of St Chad’s College Durham where she also does some teaching in the University’s English and Theology departments. A Scot brought up in Zambia, she lectured in English in the USA (Calvin College) for a number of years.
She was a board member and Trustee of Traidcraft for many years, is a member of the Leech Research Fellowship Management Committee and co-organises the Durham EcoFest.
Margaret is married to Robert Song and they have two children, Iona (16) and Jamie (12).
Hugh has been the Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech since 2005. Before that he was Vicar of St Andrew’s, Histon for 14 years and Priest in Charge of St Andrew’s, Impington for 8 years. He therefore has experience of suburban ministry and more recently as archdeacon rural ministry. He is passionate about growing churches, community engagement and discipleship.
He is married to Ruth and has three grown up children. Hugh enjoys cycling and can often be seen around the Fens on his bike. He grows vegetables (badly) and enjoys visiting art galleries and good theatre.
He is Trustee of a number of local organisations including Wisbech Grammar School and Cambridgeshire ACRE, as well as President of the Huntingdonshire Society for the Blind.
Simon is a former Vice Chairman of the investment banking division of UBS. He is also a trustee of Wycliffe Hall Oxford and the IAM, the UK’s leading road safety charity. He was educated at Harvard and Oxford, is married, and has two grown up children.
Stephen is a barrister and Queen’s Counsel specialising in environmental, energy and planning law. He is currently head of his Chambers, 39 Essex Street, London. He is the author of a number of books on topics such as environmental impact assessment, nuclear law and contaminated land. He is married to Caroline with 3 grown-up daughters, and lives near Cambridge. He worships at St Andrew’s Histon and heads up the team for the St Andrew’s Centre, a £1.6 million redevelopment of the church halls to provide church and community facilities and a cafe. His hobbies are reading, concert-going, tennis and oil-painting.
Bishop Urquhart came to Birmingham in 2006 and has an equal focus on the church and the wider world.
After 10 years of commercial management with BP and theological study at Oxford, he served as a parish priest in Hull and Coventry and as Bishop of Birkenhead.
He is actively involved with education, industry and commerce. Bishop Urquhart co-ordinates Birmingham’s Social Inclusion Process and in 2013 chaired the University of Birmingham’s Wealth Distribution Commission. He is as passionate about growing new Christians and strengthening the life of the Church as he is about social cohesion, interfaith relations and economic justice.
Bishop Urquhart also has a profound interest in global politics and international relations. Chair of the Church Mission Society from 1993 to 2008, he maintains close links with DR Congo, Uganda and Malawi. He is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Envoy to China, Chair of Ridley Hall, Cambridge and Prelate to the Order of St Michael and St George. He is also a member of the Banking Standards Board. As a member of the House of Lords he comments regularly on finance, business and local government while taking every opportunity he can to promote developments in Birmingham and the surrounding region.
Jo Bailey Wells is Bishop of Dorking in the diocese of Guildford.
She served on the staff of Ridley as Tutor for OT and Biblical Studies from 2001 to 2005. Other roles have included Dean of Clare College in Cambridge, Director of the Anglican Episcopal House of Studies at Duke University in North Carolina, USA (a theological college within a larger divinity school) and Chaplain to the Archbishop of Canterbury. The latter role included bringing to birth the Community of St Anselm on behalf of Archbishop Justin as part of his first priority, the renewal of prayer and religious life.
Jo has degrees from Cambridge, Minnesota and Durham Universities, in Natural Sciences, Intercultural Communication and Theology respectively. Her PhD explores the significance of God’s holiness for the people of God, across the Old Testament and into the New. At Ridley she delighted in re-shaping the Old Testament introduction course, not least to encourage students to think about what it means (in the present) as well as what it meant (in the past) – and how the two relate to each other for the sake of preaching. She has written two books – God’s Holy People (Sheffield, 2000) and a one-volume commentary on Isaiah (BRF: 2006 and 2010).
Jo is married to Sam, who is also ordained, and they have two children.
The Right Revd David Williams (aged 53) studied Social Policy at Bristol University and after some years working with CMS in Kenya, trained for the ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford. He served his curacy in the Diocese of Sheffield at All Saints, Ecclesall from 1989 to 1992 after which he became Vicar of Dore, an adjacent parish. He was made Rural Dean of Ecclesall in 1997 and served in this role until moving south in 2002. During these years he was also a Chaplain at Aldine House Secure Children’s Home.
Moving to the Diocese of Winchester in 2002, he became Vicar of Christ Church Winchester and was made an Honorary Canon of Winchester Cathedral in 2012. He was elected to General Synod in 2010 and became Chair of the House of Clergy of Winchester Diocesan Synod in 2012.
David grew up in Uganda and retains strong links with East Africa. He is married to Helen and they have 2 children, Sarah (25) and Mark (22). David owns a small racing yacht and spends days off sailing in the Solent. Together with his son, Mark, he also completed 2 long motorbike journeys across Eastern and Central Africa in 2010 and 2012.
Keith joined The City in 1966, initially on the Bank of England management development programme. He subsequently moved into investment banking for a period of 17 years undertaking various management and operational roles. In 1990 he joined a newly established City law firm and, as Chief Executive, made a significant contribution to the rapid growth in the firm's overseas expansion and exceptional profitability over the next 21 years. He retired in 2012 after 45 years' service to the City. Since retirement he has pursued interests in Rotary, keeping fit, studying a PPE degree and barbershop singing. Keith has a wife, Ruth, and two adult daughters. He lives in Huntingdon.