Dr Jocelyn Bryan
Dr Jocelyn Bryan is Academic Dean and Cranmer Hall Tutor at St John’s College, Durham. She is also Director of the Doctor in Theology and Ministry programme and teaches Pastoral and Practical Theology, Human Sexuality, Gender and Christian Ministry and Psychology and Christian Ministry. She has worked in Ministerial Formation for over a decade, before which she worked in management for a large computer company. Her PhD is in psychology. Jocelyn’s main research interest is in the interdisciplinary field of psychology, theology and ministry. She has recently published Human Being: Insights from Psychology and the Christian Faith and co-edited The Christian Handbook of Abuse, Addiction and Difficult Behaviour. She has also contributed two chapters to a book on Sexual Issues and published a number of reflections on pastoral challenges in the volume Facing The Issues. She is the editor of the St John’s College Online Journal Theology and Ministry.
After graduating from Imperial College, London in 1988, where she studied for a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering and Management, Margaret joined Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) based at their Teesside sites. Over the following twelve years she held a variety of engineering and commercial positions, specialising in commercial operations within the oil and gas sector. She obtained an MBA from Durham University in 2004. From 2004-2014 Margaret worked for Traidcraft, the leading fair trade organisation based in Gateshead, holding a number of roles including Operations Director, Business Director and Chief Executive. Margaret is currently the Chief Operating Officer at County Durham Community Foundation. County Durham Community Foundation provides grants that seek to make a genuine difference to the lives of local people. It manages charitable funds donated by local individuals, families, businesses and trusts, building up a source of long-term support for the community and acting as the vital link between donors and local needs, enabling people to achieve far more than they could by themselves. Through Margaret’s involvement in her local church in Eaglescliffe, south Stockton she holds a number of positions within the Church of England’s Durham Diocese including Vice Chair of the Board of Finance. Margaret is also a lay canon of Durham Cathedral.
Professor Robert Song (Chair)
Robert Song is Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Durham. After postgraduate work in Oxford, he was Tutor in Christian Ethics at Cranmer Hall, Durham, for ten years, before moving to the Department of Theology and Religion. He has published Christianity and Liberal Society (1997), Human Genetics: Fabricating the Future (2002), and Covenant and Calling: Towards a Theology of Same-Sex Relationships (2014), as well as articles in many areas of Christian ethics. From 2009 to 2012 he was the President of the Society for the Study of Christian Ethics. He chairs the Epiphany Trust, which provides holidays for adults with learning disabilities. He is married to Margaret Masson, and they have two children.
Hugh Welch is senior partner at Muckle LLP, one of the region’s leading corporate law firms. He is a director of the William Leech Foundation and of William Leech Investments and represents their interests on the Leech Fellowship Committee. After studying law at Cambridge, Hugh returned to the North East and has been actively involved in various aspects of business life in the region. He is also a trustee of two other Christian charities and has an active interest in the development of corporate responsibility programmes in professional services firms.
The Rt Revd John Pritchard
Born in Manchester and educated at Arnold School, Blackpool, Bishop John Pritchard studied Law at St Peter’s College Oxford, followed by Theology at Oxford, Cambridge and Durham. He was a Curate in central Birmingham, Diocesan Youth Officer in Somerset, Vicar in Taunton, Director of Pastoral Studies and later Warden of Cranmer Hall, Durham (1989-1996), Archdeacon of Canterbury and residentiary canon of Canterbury Cathedral (1996-2001), Bishop of Jarrow (Diocese of Durham, 2002-7), and Bishop of Oxford (2007-14). Some of the roles he has held include: President St John’s College Durham (2006-11); Member of Church of England Ministry Council (2007-10); Chair of Church of England Board of Education (2011-14); Chair of SPCK (2010 – ); Board of Church Army (2004-2009); Governor of St George’s House, Windsor (2010-14); House of Lords (lead Bishop on education, 2010-4). He is the author of 16 books on aspects of Christian belief and practice, including: Practical Theology in Action (1996), Beginning Again (2000), How to Pray (2002), The Life and Work of a Priest (2007), Living Jesus (2010), God Lost and Found (2011), Living Faithfully (2012), Ten; why Christianity makes sense (2014), The Journey (2014), Something More (2016). He has particular interests in education, world development, environment and media. When he has some free time he enjoys armchair sport, taking in the arts, walking, travel, learning about history, and also recovering!