Canon Professor David Wilkinson
Chief Project Director and Principal of St. John’s College.
David is a professor in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University and has PhDs in astrophysics and systematic theology.
He is a regular contributor to Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ and has lectured and written widely on the relationship between science and religion.
His most recent book When I Pray what does God do? (2015) is widely available.
Professor Tom McLeish
Co-Project Director and Chair of the Education Committee at the Royal Society.
Tom Mcleish is co-Project Director and Chair of the Education Committee at the Royal Society. He is also Professor of Natural Philosophy in the Department of Physics, York University. His research interests emerge from polymer physics but he has wide experience of working across scientific disciplines and in collaboration with industry.
He is also involved in science-communication with the public via regular radio, TV and schools lectures, discussing issues from the Physics of Slime to the interaction of Faith and Science. Tom lectures widely and is an Anglican lay reader.
His most recent books are Let there be Science: Why God loves science, and science needs God (2017) (co-authored with David Hutchings) and Faith and Wisdom in Science (2014).
The Rt Revd Dr Richard Cheetham
Bishop of Kingston and Co-Project Director.
He combines senior leadership in the Church of England with a passion for and expertise in physics, philosophy and the role of the media.
He is an Honorary Research Fellow at King’s College London, and also Whitelands Professorial Fellow in Christian Theology and Contemporary Issues at the University of Roehampton.
The Revd Dr Malcolm Brown
Church of England Partner and the Director of Mission and Public Affairs for the Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England.
He leads the team which engages at national level with Parliament, government and policy makers and with other faiths and beliefs, and which works to resource the dioceses and parishes in their mission and evangelism.
He has been a parish priest, an industrial missioner and Director of the William Temple Foundation. He has taught ethics and practical theology in several universities, and was Principal of the Eastern Region Ministry Course.
The Revd Dr Kathryn Pritchard
Joined the team in 2015 as Project Manager and Research Fellow.
Kathryn is based, primarily, at the Mission and Public Affairs Division of the Archbishops’ Council. There she is working alongside policy advisors, bishops and senior Church of England leaders to identify the Church’s strategic resourcing needs in its public engagement in matters scientific and ethical.
Her areas of responsibility include the development of innovative networks of scientists and scientist- theologians, bespoke resources for Common Awards, and allocation of grants for the new Scientists in Congregations project.
Dr Lydia Reid
Joined the team in 2015 as Postdoctoral Research Fellow.
Lydia’s background is in the Sociology of Religion. Her PhD was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and explored religious university students’ experiences of studying at a secular institution, as well as their attitudes more broadly to the secular arguments of the New Atheists (Dawkins, Hitchens, Dennett and Harris).
Her interests lie in qualitative research, religion, non-religion and scientific arguments. Lydia will also be working alongside Research Consultant to the project Dr Tim Drye.