Director of Faith in Business
Peter S Heslam is Director of Faith in Business. His research, writing and speaking is wide ranging. 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) and the Cambridge Theological Federation. In directing an international research project on Christian entrepreneurs, he has interviewed scores of business leaders in many different countries. He previously convened 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. He writes frequently for Faith in Business Quarterly and for LICC’s Connecting with Culture. He is a priest in the Church of England and provides regular reflections to help people live out their faith in ordinary everyday life.
Chair of Faith in Business
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 quarterly journal Faith in Business, 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.
Along with Peter and Richard, the Faith in Business Executive Team contains several enthusiastic, experienced and talented businessmen and women who plan, carry out and review its activities. They are Rob Allin, Steve Apted, David Ball, John Bloomer, Ken Dickson, Stephen Doel and Michelle Wilkins.
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 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 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. 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.
Executive Team Member
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.
Executive Team Member
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 businesspeople with shared values, he was delighted to become part of the Executive Team and play his part in helping this vital ministry continue to bless companies around the world.
Executive Team Member
Michelle Wilkins is the Founder and CEO of Cinnamon Letters, a Strategic PR and Communications agency that uses integrity and excellence to help clients build their sphere of influence. Passionate about business and leadership issues, Michelle’s experience spans multiple sectors and covers everything from crisis communications to international start-ups.