Director of Faith in Business
Peter S Heslam became Director of Faith in Business in 2018, succeeding Richard Higginson (see below). He also directs Transforming Business, which focuses 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 has a broad academic background that includes various positions at Oxford and Cambridge. In directing an international research project on Christian entrepreneurs, he has interviewed scores of business leaders around the world. He convenes the Oxford and Cambridge Symposium on Enterprise, Ethics and Development (SEED)
Kina Robertshaw undertakes research and presentation work for Faith in Business.
A wife and mother, Kina worked as a fashion entrepreneur in Johannesburg and Lusaka as well as establishing a number of other media and creative industries. Kina then read theology at Ridley Hall, first as an independent student and then as an ordinand. Her research on Christian entrepreneurship led her to undertake interviews of 50 Christian entrepreneurs in the UK. This led to publication of the book she co-authored with Richard Higginson, A Voice to be Heard: Christian Entrepreneurs Living out their Faith.
Kina is now a curate at St Peter’s Bromyard in the diocese of Hereford. She is developing a series of filmed interviews, Conversations with Christian Entrepreneurs, which will be published on this website. She is also a founding member of the charity Bookbuddies Africa which supports the development of a reading culture in Africa.
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, Kina 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.