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Peter Heslem   Richard Higginson
Peter Heslam
Director of Faith in Business
  Richard Higginson
Chair of Faith in Business

Peter is Director of Faith in Business. With a broad academic background at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, he has a focus on the intersection of business, faith and development. Read more...
Peter S Heslam is Director of Faith in Business. This is a part-time post (one day per week). Peter's research, writing and speaking is wide ranging within the general field of whole-life Christianity. Some of it is focused on the interface of business, faith and development. Although largely overlooked, he believes greater understanding of this interface will help deliver practical change that increases human and environmental well-being. He also has a research focus on the social entrepreneur, statesman and theologian Abraham Kuyper and is inspired by Kuyper’s vision for whole-life discipleship.

Peter has a broad academic background that includes various positions at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. Before them, he was on the faculty of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC), the Cambridge Theological Federation, and Ridley Hall. In his work as a doctoral supervisor at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and as a Research Associate of the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide, he seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of whole-life mission.

In directing an international research project on Christian entrepreneurs, Peter has interviewed scores of business leaders in many different countries. He previously directed Transforming Business (a cross-disciplinary project based at Cambridge's Faculty of Divinity but with close ties to its Judge Business School) and the Oxford and Cambridge Symposium on Enterprise, Ethics and Development (SEED), and has held various visiting professorships at universities and business schools around the world.

Peter writes an article for every edition of Faith in Business Quarterly and is a frequent contributor to LICC's Connecting with Culture blogs. He is involved in parish work in an honorary capacity as an ordained minister in the Church of England and provides regular reflections to help people live out their faith in ordinary everyday life. These include his God on Monday series on 'purpose', published online on Mondays by Faith in Business (sign up here).
 
 
Richard Higginson was Director of Faith in Business at Ridley Hall from its inception in 1989 until May 2018. He combined this role with those of Lecturer in Christian Ethics and Director of Studies. Read more...
Richard Higginson was Director of Faith in Business at Ridley Hall from its inception in 1989 until May 2018. He combined this role with those of Lecturer in Christian Ethics and Director of Studies. He is founder-editor of the journal Faith in Business Quarterly, and the author of several books, including Called to Account, Transforming Leadership, Questions of Business Life, Faith, Hope & the Global Economy, and (with Kina Robertshaw) A Voice to be Heard. He is a national and international speaker on Christianity, capitalism and culture, business ethics, and theology of work. He became chair of Faith in Business in succession to his predecessor Eve Poole. He retired from Ridley Hall in August 2018.
 
     

Our Team

Working alongside Peter and Richard is a volunteer team of enthusiastic, experienced and talented business people. The team plan, carry out and oversee Faith in Business activities. 
     
Rob Allin   Steve Apted
Rob Allin
Treasurer
  Steve Apted
Trustee

Rob leads Business Partners, a Cambridge-based Chartered Accountants firm that he founded in 1998. He also serves as Stewardship Pastor to Cambridge’s C3 Church. Read more...
Rob leads Business Partners, a Cambridge-based Chartered Accountants firm that he founded in 1998. He also serves as Stewardship Pastor to Cambridge’s C3 Church whose name encapsulates the church’s vision to be Christ-centred, Cause-driven, and Community-focused. The church is known for social outreach in deprived communities and its dedication to equipping believers for service and influence in various spheres, including government, education, and business. Rob heads up the C3 at Work ministry hosting monthly breakfasts and other events.
 
 
Steve worked for 30 years in three publicly listed companies in a variety of procurement, supply chain, project management and operations roles. Read more...
Steve Apted worked for 30 years in three publicly listed companies in a variety of procurement, supply chain, project management and operations roles. For the last ten years he was worked in the faith-based not-for-profit sector, both in running his own consulting and interim management company and as a direct employee. Steve’s focus is on helping organisations to be the best they can through their people, operational processes and external expenditure. He currently works for the Salvation Army at their UK territorial HQ in Central London, managing all the non-property-related procurement activities.
 
     
David Ball   John Bloomer
David Ball
Trustee
  John Bloomer
Trustee

David has spent his career as an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and community figurehead. In 1970 his idea of making specialist sands for the concrete industry led to his founding the David Ball Group (DBG), which exports quality sands all over the world. Read more...
David has spent his career as an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and community figurehead. In 1970 his idea of making specialist sands for the concrete industry led to his founding the David Ball Group (DBG), which exports quality sands all over the world. As the global market leader, the group also produces the world’s first and most successful concrete waterproofing compound, PUDLO. A strong believer in ‘giving back’ to the community, David is an Anglican lay minister and is actively involved in several local charities and initiatives, including the Chaplaincy to People at Work, Q103 Kidz, Anglia Ruskin University, Westcott House, and the Greater Cambridge Partnership.
 
 
John has 30 years’ commercial experience in senior management and leadership roles in international agribusiness, working for ICI, Zeneca and Syngenta. Read more...
John has 30 years’ commercial experience in senior management and leadership roles in international agribusiness, working for ICI, Zeneca and Syngenta.  Since 2012 he has been an independent consultant, adviser and non-executive director within the international agricultural technology industry.  Since 2016 John has also been an Anglican lay preacher in Pleshey, in the Diocese of Chelmsford, and is now studying theology at Westcott House in Cambridge.  John is a Trustee of St Francis Community Church, a Business Ambassador for Christian Aid and Lay Co-Chair of the North Chelmsford Mission & Ministry Partnership.
 
     
Esther Ngethe   Ken Dickson
Esther Ngéthe
Volunteer Team
  Ken Dickson
Volunteer Team

Esther Ngéthe is an experienced accountant who has spent a large part of her professional life working with SMEs. She leverages her academic background in finance to help companies improve their profitability by better managing the financial, operational and investing activities of the company. Read more...
Esther Ngéthe is an experienced accountant who has spent a large part of her professional life working with SMEs. She leverages her academic background in finance to help companies improve their profitability by better managing the financial, operational and investing activities of the company.

Esther has also served with a young adults Christian organization popularly known as K-Krew BS, whose main aim is to create a platform where young people study the bible together and grow deeper in their faith. Occasionally, she blogs about some of the lessons she's learning.

Esther's desire for wholesome Christian living where Christian values are not only practiced in church but also in the market place, led to her discovery of Faith in Business. As it helped her find practical ways to put her beliefs to work, she has kept coming back to Faith in Business ever since. Now she is enthralled that she gets to serve on its team of enthusiastic, grounded and talented business people.
 
 
 
Ken uses his background as Finance Director working for leading multinationals to help niche businesses, turnarounds, social enterprises and charities to improve their financial competence and social impact. Read more...
Ken uses his background as Finance Director working for leading multinationals to help niche businesses, turnarounds, social enterprises and charities to improve their financial competence and social impact. He is a director, trustee and financial advisor of several internationally focused organisations. Through training and courses in business essentials, underpinned by Bible-based principles, Ken supports the next generation of entrepreneurs and businesspeople in the UK and Africa to develop sustainable businesses that benefit their communities.
 
 
     
Stephen Doel  




Our Benefactors

David Ball, David Runton, Simon Lawson, Jim Wright
 

Our Patrons 

Stephen Doel, Anthony Harrop, Mark Mitchell
 
Stephen Doel
Volunteer Team
  Faith in Business
Benefactors & Patrons

Stephen is Senior Director of Operations at Arm, a major high-tech company in Cambridge, where he has held various project management and operational roles over almost 20 years. Read more...
Stephen is Senior Director of Operations at Arm, a major high-tech company in Cambridge, where he has held various project management and operational roles over almost 20 years. During this time, he has spun out two not-for-profit companies in open source and education respectively, and acquired and integrated several businesses to continue the company’s growth. He has run the company’s Christians at Work group for several years. After attending a couple of Faith in Business conferences and finding many business people with shared values, he was delighted to become part of the Volunteer Team and play his part in helping this vital ministry continue to bless companies around the world.
 
 
We are very grateful to our Benefactors and Patrons, whose generous contributions to Faith in Business allow us to realise and grow our offerings to Christians seeking to live out their faith in the workplace across the world

 

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Faith in Business’ vision is of business as a force for good, transforming society in a way that expresses the kingdom of God. We encourage and equip Christian business people to be faithful followers of Jesus Christ in a demanding workplace context. With an eye on the future, we are especially committed to serving young business leaders.

Faith in Business is active on many fronts. We run an annual retreat, co-publish a quarterly journal, host a monthly webinar and facilitate a business prayer network. As a volunteer-led organisation, we provide a number of ways that you can get involved with us: