Business for the Kingdom conference
A conference for people from all business sectors and corporate structures, to all who either long for or are intrigued by business that embodies kingdom values.
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27-29 March 2015 at Ridley Hall, Cambridge
In his teaching, Jesus used many striking workplace images – from a builder working out his estimates to a merchant buying a precious stone. Business is a powerful metaphor for the kingdom of God. It is also a key area of life where God is seeking to extend his kingdom. But for business to be a place where God reigns, a spirit of enterprise, dynamic and caring leadership, and a culture of integrity are all crucial factors. Our responsibility as God’s stewards also requires us to give special attention to sustainability.
The conference will bring together three strands:
- New research on entrepreneurship
- Christian business leaders telling their stories
- Theological insight and ethical analysis
- Gary Grant – The Entertainer
- Andy Henley – Aberystwyth University
- John Revess – Rexam plc
- Eve Poole – Ashridge Business School
- Matthew Kimpton-Smith – Cygnet Group
- Peter Heslam – Transforming Business
- Cal Bailey – NG Bailey
The conference will begin with registration at 6pm on Friday 27th March and ends with lunch at 1pm on Sunday 29th.
See below for more information on the speakers and programme.
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New research on entrepreneurship
Andy Henley is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Regional Economic Development at Aberystwyth University. Drawing on his research into the link between entrepreneurship and religious faith, he will show why faith-based initiatives and communities may provide a fertile seedbed for enterprise, notably enterprise with integrity.
Peter Heslam is Director of Transforming Business at Cambridge University and the Entrepreneurial Leadership Initiative at Oxford University. He has carried out extensive business research around the world that demonstrates the potential of Christian faith to transform business and to impact the transformative role of business in society.
Richard Higginson is Director of Faith in Business. He will give an interim report on the research that Kina Robertshaw and he have been doing on Christian entrepreneurs in the UK.
Christian business leaders telling their stories
Gary Grant is the founder and Chief Executive of The Entertainer, Britain's largest independent toy retailer. It operates over 100 stores, mainly in the Midlands and the South of England. Gary will tell the story of his business career, in particular the way that he witnesses to his Christian faith; the issues on which he has taken a moral stand; the ethics of managing a complex supply chain; and his views on giving - encouraging employees and customers to be generous as well as himself.
Matthew Kimpton-Smith is Group Managing Director of the fast-expanding Cygnet Group, which produces engineering solutions in the areas of technical fibres and oil and gas technology. He will talk about how God has called, equipped and guided him as an entrepreneur; the role that a values statement plays in shaping Cygnet's corporate ethos; and his programme for developing people - building on their strengths and compensating for their weaknesses.
John Revess joined Rexam plc in June 2005 as Marketing Director Beverage Can Europe. In 2012 he moved to a global position becoming Rexam's Director of Group Sustainability. He is a chartered Mechanical Engineer. currently pursuing a part-time Masters in Sustainability Leadership at Cambridge University. He will talk about the role of values, integrity and conduct within Rexam; defining a company’s contribution towards sustainable development and the challenge of embedding sustainability within a business; how being a Christian makes a difference; and our personal role as Christians in supporting and promoting 'one planet living'.
Theological insight and ethical analysis
Eve Poole teaches Leadership and Ethics for Ashridge Business School, and is Chair of Faith in Business. Her PhD was published as The Church on Capitalism (Palgrave, 2010), and her next book is called Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions (Bloomsbury, March 2015). She also co-edited Ethical Leadership (Palgrave, 2010) and keeps a blog. A rare business school theologian, Eve will offer theological insight and ethical analysis about leadership in business, and an opportunity for conference participants to discuss emerging themes.
Cal Bailey has spent 10 years working for global businesses followed by 20 years at the £400m sales family engineering and IT services business, NG Bailey, where he started 3 new businesses and is now Sustainability Director. He is a Reader in the Church of England and chairs the West Yorkshire School of Christian Studies. Cal will consider what it means to be a kingdom people at work and propose an alternative vision both for the business world and for Christians’ goals within it.