Faith in Business, Cambridge Leadership Retreat
Devoted Living: Work as Worship – 5-7 April 2019
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David has spent his career as an engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and community figurehead. In 1970 he had the idea of making specialist sands for the concrete industry, the result of which was 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 actively involved in local charities, institutions and initiatives. These include the Chaplaincy to People at Work; Q103 Kidz; Anglia Ruskin University; Westcott House; and the Greater Cambridge Partnership. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering and an Anglican lay minister. David and his wife Jackie have three daughters, all of whom have set up their own companies.
John is passionate about technology in agriculture, spending 25 years as a business leader in the agrochemical, biotechnology and seeds industry before setting up on his own company in 2012.
He is now an adviser and Non Executive Director within the international agri-tech industry and feels that helping farmers to feed the world is a worthy thing to do. John’s career has always been international, and he has collaborated with many people, the most exotic being the King of Wa in the cotton growing area of northern Ghana.
John is married to Mary, who is a self-employed development economist. He has been an Anglican lay preacher since 2016 and is now also studying theology part-time at Westcott House in Cambridge. John is a Trustee of Faith in Business, a member of the Christian Aid SALT business network and Lay Co-Chair of the North Chelmsford Mission & Ministry Partnership.
Paul has a passion for doing business God’s way. He is the founding director of Snug Architects, an award-winning practice that was selected in 2017 by the Royal Institute of British Architects as one of only nine role model practices.
Paul has been developing a Biblical approach to ‘business as ministry’ for the past 15 years and, on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, founded BizMin, an organisation dedicated to equipping Christian entrepreneurs to do business as ministry.
Paul has delivered Kingdom Business training in the UK, India and Lesotho, to date working with some 2500 pastors and business leaders. He is also a Teaching Fellow at the University of Southampton and has served as an Elder of Winchester Baptist Church. He lives in Lymington with his wife and four children but grew up on the banks of the river Congo.
Ken uses his background as Finance Director in multinationals to help businesses, social enterprises and charities increase their social impact.
Through the training he provides in business essentials based on biblical principles, Ken supports the next generation of entrepreneurs in the UK, Africa and elsewhere to develop sustainable businesses to benefit their communities.
Ken’s parallel passion is to offer intuitive independent mobility to active disabled people, enabling them to engage more fully with life. He does this as Finance Director of the company Dragonmobility.
Ken and his wife moved from Scotland to Cambridge many years ago and they worship at City Church, where Ken is a trustee. Their daughter works for London City Mission whilst their son works on bicycles.
For relaxation, Ken enjoys time with his family, cycling and hill-walking. He is into ‘bagging’ (climbing) Scotland’s Munro mountains!
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 the past 18 years. During this time, he has spun out two not-for-profit companies in open source and in education. He has also acquired and integrated several businesses to continue the company’s growth.
Stephen has been heavily involved with the company’s Christians at Work group, running it for several years and providing pastoral support to colleagues. He is married with two children, and loves playing and watching sport.
Martin is CEO and co-founder of CMR Surgical, a British medical devices start-up which is launching Versius, its first product to help surgeons perform key-hole surgery. After graduating from Cambridge, Martin trained as an accountant and worked in various large companies in the UK, France and the USA.
Over the last 20 years since then, he has been launching, leading and building start-up companies in Cambridge. As a Christian, Martin believes that it’s just as important how companies are run, as what they are set up to do. Humility, forgiveness and ambition are three of its core corporate values. Amongst CMR’s rapidly growing workforce of around 260 employees there are over 30 Christians. A trustee of the Peek Vision Foundation, Martin and his wife Ali are members of Christ’s Church, Cambridge, and he has one married daughter.
As Professor of Marketing at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, Sue’s interests and publications cover multiple fields, including entrepreneurial marketing, organizational change, trust, innovation, relational branding and sustainability. Her passion is marketing that increases human flourishing. This drives her fascination in food consumption and in the role of branding amongst millennials. She offers her pursuit of her interests as part of her worship of God.
Sue has served as charity trustee, using her skills in relational branding and in strategic thought and practice. Inspired by the potential of a Christian worldview that engages with every area of life, she led for ten years the Christian Academic Network, which aims to help academics integrate their faith with their work. Her strategic planning skills are demonstrated in that she is mother to a lawyer and mother-in-law to a GP, as she thinks both might be helpful to her at some point!
Sara & Sam Hargreaves
Sara and Sam love helping people to expand their engagement with God and to reconnect their experience of church with their everyday lives. Their passion is to combine creativity, biblical foundations and a range of devotional styles. They have led events at numerous churches and events, including Youthwork Summit, Spring Harvest and Greenbelt.
Sam and Sara both trained at London School of Theology and King’s College London, and their most recent book Whole Life Worship was a collaboration with the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. They live in Luton, where they are involved in the local church, including a Fresh Expression of church called Park Church. Sara originates from Sweden and writes novels each November. Sam comes from Farnborough and writes music any time of the year.
Richard served as the founding director of Faith in Business from 1989 until 2018. Since his retirement in 2018 from Ridley Hall, where he lectured in Christian ethics, he has become Chair of Faith in Business. In that role, he remains as committed as ever to encouraging and standing alongside Christian businesspeople as they seek to be faithful disciples of Jesus in the workplace.
Richard is also a 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 an international speaker on business ethics and the theology of work. In retirement, he is enjoying fresh challenges like learning Spanish and getting fitter at the local health club. He and his wife Felicity have five children and five grandchildren.
Ramona is the Managing Director of Belvoir Stoke, an estate and letting agent. She started out in business in 2011, when she founded a fair-trade homeware enterprise, which grew it into an international wholesale business. With her acquisition in 2017 of Belvoir Stoke she began a new quest. Through private sector rental and sales, her aim is to improve the standard of housing in Stoke-on-Trent and to improve the image of industry. Her strategy is to permeate all her business dealings with honesty and integrity.
Previously Ramona worked as a solicitor in commercial litigation in Kuala Lumpur and in Stoke-on-Trent. She has also served as an advocate in humanitarian law at the United Nations in Geneva.
Ramona’s other roles include being a mother to two teenage children; a wife to a Professor of Astrophysics at Keele University; and a trustee of Ministry at Work, a charity offering support to workplace chaplaincy.
Genevieve (‘Gen’) is a relationship coach and the founder of Mosaic Lives – a start-up enterprise devoted to helping individuals build relational resilience. Gen works predominantly within the corporate sector, supporting workers experiencing separation and divorce. She also provides support and training in this field to HR personnel and line managers, as well as to church leaders. In this work, she uses the Mosaic Lives ‘train the trainer’ model.
Having experienced divorce personally, and spending the last nine years helping others rebuild their lives, Gen’s vision for Mosaic Lives is not only to help individuals recover but also to be part of the solution to reversing the cycle of family breakdown in the UK.
Before setting up Mosaic Lives, Gen served as a pastor at The C3 Church in Cambridge and continues to serve on its preaching team. Gen is married to John and has five adult step-children and seven grandchildren. Gen harbours a secret wish to appear on Strictly Come Dancing!
Caroline Marsh is one of Britain’s leading female property investors. She featured on prime-time TV in Channel 4’s documentary ‘The Secret Millionaire’. Her media profile continues through her work as a personal finance educator, entrepreneur, philanthropist and inspirational speaker. The co-founder of the award-winning Personal Success Planning (PSP), Caroline is also director of Kingdom Property Lettings, Accounting for Hospitality, South West Care Solutions UK, Elomax Ventures, and EGD Developments Zambia. EGD Developments catalyzes sustainable economic growth through the creation of quality affordable property.
Caroline loves what she does and is passionate about serving others through business. In doing so, she hopes to impart what she has learned about Money and God, especially amongst those who are financially challenged. She combines being a ‘public’ entrepreneur with being a devoted wife, mother, and children’s church teacher. She is known for being ‘loud and funny’ but secretly loves having her own ‘space’.
Shona’s career spans over forty years, half of which she spent running her own company Total Affinity, a dedicated consultancy business. In that role she facilitated a wide range of corporate partnerships amongst major consumer brands. Having built up specialist knowledge in the field of partnership marketing, she has become a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
As an accredited trainer in ‘Personal Initiative’, Shona now helps people start and grow small businesses. She has delivered PI training in South Sudan and in UK Prisons and sponsors community transformation work in East Africa. She invests in extensive research and practical implementation for enterprise-led projects that enhance the lives of the rural poor.
Shona was formally a trustee of the Church Mission Society (CMS) and a founder trustee of Five Talents UK. In 2018 she was appointed Special Enterprise Adviser to the Archbishop of Northern Bahr el Ghazal Province in South Sudan. Recently she was delighted to discover that her name in Swahili means ‘knit (or sew) together’!
Gwenaelle, who trained as a microbiologist, works in a pharmaceutical company where she leads a group of around 230 people located world-wide. The group’s remit is to gain authorisation to sell pharmaceutical products. She has worked in several multinational pharmaceutical industries over the last 28 years where she has held senior leadership posts.
She thrives on change management, helping team members maximise their potential, increase efficiency and encourage continuous organisational improvement. With others, her focus currently is to bring, as quickly as possible, drugs to patients with serious diseases with high unmet medical needs around the world. She mentors senior women in industry and has been an advocate for increasing diversity in the work place. Chris and Gwenaelle have six children and two dogs. Her thinking and grounding time when she is not travelling around the world is between 6 and 7 am every morning, walking the dogs and reconnecting with God and nature.
Paul is a mentor, author and speaker with a personal mission statement to inspire people to make right choices. Chair of The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity (LICC), Paul also serves on the advisory council for Tricordant, a Christian consultancy to organizations. A former Finance and Operations Director of Hewlett-Packard, Paul was founding Director of Hewlett-Packard International Bank in Dublin.
In 2011 Paul led LICC’s launch of Executive Toolbox. He also pioneered a seminar on integrating work and life underpinned by his IVP book Get a Life: Winning Choices for Working People. Paul has an interest in how measurement impacts human flourishing and wrote Using Measurement Well in the leadership series published by Grove Books. He has led workplace streams at Spring Harvest, New Wine and the Keswick Convention.
Paul is married to Helen. They have two sons, Matt and Dave – to whom Paul regularly loses at snooker – and are proud grandparents.
With a degree in Law and French and a postgraduate diploma in European marketing, Jeanette’s early career was in international business development. Prior to joining the Cambridge Science Park in 2017, Jeanette was Project Director at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. There she helped attract leading companies such as AstraZeneca to the Campus, and created a strong sense of community.
At the Cambridge Science Park, Jeanette is spearheading marketing, community building and master planning. In her first year she was instrumental in securing a £200m investment in the Science Park from TUS-Holdings of Beijing, China. In February she accompanied Prime Minister Theresa May on a trip to China, as part of a trade mission to promote business between the UK and China.
Jeanette is motivated by the Science Park’s vision of ‘a better world for everyone’. She is committed to curating a community-based, innovation eco-system where companies that are developing life-changing products and services can succeed. She is also passionate about creating a place where people genuinely love to work.
When she is not working, Jeanette loves rummaging in charity shops for old furniture, picture frames and wooden bowls which she up-cycles using a combination of chalk paints and remnants of designer fabrics.
David is a pharmaceutical scientist with extensive experience in the development of medicines. Called to industry following his doctoral research in surface chemistry and colloid science, David spent 32 years with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in a range of increasingly senior scientific and management positions. He assisted in the development of five new medicines from molecule selection to becoming gold standard treatments for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In his last position at GSK he was responsible for the technical aspects of new product introduction. This enhanced his appreciation of what it takes to champion a good idea and to bring it into reality. He concluded that how employees are valued must be right at the centre of a company’s culture. Only then can they, and the business, flourish. Faith can play an important role in this, even in a highly scientific business environment. David now works for a Small/Medium-sized Enterprise spun out of Aston University, where to his surprise he has been appointed a Visiting Academic Fellow in Pharmacy.