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Advisory Council

Steering Committee

  • Prof Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral & Pastoral Theology, Christ Church, Oxford
  • ​Prof Joshua Hordern, Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Harris Manchester College, Oxford 
  • Dr Michael Lamb, McDonald-Templeton Postdoctoral Fellow, Harris Manchester College, Oxford
  • Dr Dave Leal, Lecturer in Philosophy, Brasenose College, Oxford
  • ​Dr James Orr, McDonald Postdoctoral Fellow, Christ Church, Oxford 

Council Members

  • Jonathan Aitken, a former Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister, holds degrees in both Law and Theology from Oxford University. A member of the board of directors of the McDonald Agape Foundation, he is also Chairman of the Prison Reform Policy Group of the Centre for Social Justice, and a biographer of Richard Nixon, John Newton, and Margaret Thatcher.
  • Dr Rufus Black, Master of Ormond College, Melbourne, Australia, holds a D.Phil. in Christian Ethics from Oxford University, is a partner of McKinsey & Co. and the author of Christian Moral Realism (Oxford, 2001).
  • Professor Andrew Briggs, Professor of Nanomaterials at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Quantum Information Processing Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration. He also holds a degree in theology from the University of Cambridge and is a member of the International Board of Advisors of the John Templeton Foundation.
  • William Chapman, C.V.O., Director of Policy at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and former Secretary for Appointments to the British Prime Minister. 
  • Major General (ret’d) Tim Cross, C.B.E. is Visiting Professor at Nottingham University, Adviser to the British House of Commons Defence Committee, and a Trustee of the Bible Society. He was the U.K.’s Deputy to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, 2003.
  • Sir Andrew Dilnot, C.B.E., is Warden of Nuffield College, Oxford and Chairman of the UK Statistics Authority. Formerly chairman of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support, Pro Vice-Chancellor at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, London, he recently presented BBC Radio 4’s series, “A History of Britain in Numbers”.
  • Claire Foster-Gilbert, founding Director of the Westminster Abbey Institute, co-founder of the St Paul’s Institute, National Policy Adviser to the Church of England, and a Research Fellow at King’s College London. She is also the author of The Ethics of Medical Research on Humans (2001) and Sharing God’s Planet (2004). 
  • Professor Eric Gregory, Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship (Chicago 2008), as well as numerous articles on just war, religion in America, and political theology. 
  • Lord (Richard) Harries of Pentregarth, Bishop of Oxford from 1987-2006, and currently Gresham Professor of Divinity and and Honorary Professor of Theology at King’s College, London. He is the author of books on a range of issues, most recently The Re-Enchantment of Morality (SPCK 2008) and, forthcoming, Faith in Politics? Rediscovering the Christian Roots of our Political Values (DLT 2010) and (with Stephen Platten) Reinhold Niebuhr and Contemporary Politics: God and Power (OUP 2010).
  • Donald Hay, former Head of the Social Sciences Division at the University of Oxford, and author of Economics Today: A Christian Critique (1989, 2004).
  • Jeremy Hill, former British Ambassador to Bulgaria and to Lithuania and a former Head of the Southern European Department in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. More recently he has served as Legal Adviser to the Consultative Group on the Past in Northern Ireland.
  • Simon Laver, co-founder of the international executive search firm Perrett Laver. With offices in the United States, Canada, the UK and Australia, the firm is a global market leader in its core sectors: Education, Science & Research, Global Development & Non-Profits, Healthcare and Arts, Culture & Heritage.
  • Professor Robin Lovin, Cary M. Maguire University Professor of Ethics, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, Director of Research at the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, New Jersey, former President of the Society of Christian Ethics, and author of Christian Realism and the New Realities (Cambridge, 2008).
  • David Loyn, former B.B.C. foreign correspondent, is now Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King's College, London. Winner of the Royal Television Society’s award as Journalist of the Year in 1998, he is the author of Frontline: The True Story of the British Mavericks Who Changed the Face of War Reporting (2006) and Butcher and Bolt: 200 Years of Foreign Engagement in Afghanistan (2008).
  • Professor Charles Mathewes, Carolyn M. Barbour Professor of Religious Studies, University of Virginia. His recent books include A Theology of Public Life and The Republic of Grace.
  • Dr Edwina Moreton, O.B.E., former Diplomatic Editor and Deputy Foreign Editor at the Economist, chair of VERTIC, an NGO working on treaty verification, an associate fellow at Chatham House, and an honorary fellow of the Strategy and Security Institute at the University of Exeter.
  • Professor Sarah Mortimer, Associate Professor of Early Modern History, University of Oxford, Student and Tutor in Modern History, Christ Church, Oxford, and author of Reason and Religion in the English Revolution: The Challenge of Socinianism (2010).
  • The Revd Dr Edmund Newell, Principal of Cumberland Lodge and an Associate Member of Nuffield College, Oxford, where he was formerly a Research Fellow in Economic History, and co-author of Ethics in Investment Banking (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
  • Elizabeth Oldfield, Director of Theos, the public-theology think-tank. Before joining Theos in 2011, she worked at the BBC in both television and radio production, most recently on The Moral Maze. She has a master’s degree in Theology from King’s College London and is a trustee of the Church and Media Network.
  • Sir Jonathan Phillips, K.C.B., Ph.D., former Permanent Secretary in the Northern Ireland Office and Warden of Keble College, Oxford.
  • Professor Tom Simpson, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and Senior Research Fellow, Wadham College, Oxford. A former officer in the Royal Marines Commandos, who served as aide-de-camp to the senior UK General in Baghdad, Iraq, and as an intelligence and operations officer in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, he has a special research interest in the ethics of trust.
  • Tom Tugendhat, M.B.E., M.P., holds a B.A. in Theology from Bristol University and an M.A. in Islamic Studies from Cambridge. A journalist and entrepreneur in Beirut, then an energy analyst in the City of London, he served as an Arabic-speaking intelligence officer in the Royal Marines in Iraq and as Pashto-speaking adviser to the governor of Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He was elected Conservative M.P. for Tonbridge and Malling in 2015.       
  • The Very Revd Dr Frances Ward is Dean of St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Cathedral and author of Why Rousseau Was Wrong (Bloomsbury, 2012).