SOME PREVIOUS BREAKFAST SPEAKERS
The information about each speaker is taken from our publicity at the time, so may not be up to date!
GIVING TO CAESAR, AND TO GOD
Brought up in the west of Scotland, Alex studied history at university. Switching later to law, he became an adviser in corporate and international taxation having worked first in HMRC, where he ended up in the Oil Taxation Division. For the next 25 years, he held posts as Director of Group Taxation for several UK multinational companies.
Alex has been a trustee of many Christian charities, including Eothen Homes, based in the North-East. Most significant has been the J W Laing Trust, with which he has been involved for over 30 years, including time as Vice-Chair and Chair.
To keep in touch with family (2 sons, 6 grandchildren), Alex and his wife Iris try to divide their time (COVID permitting) between Somerset and New Zealand.
We met on Saturday 25th September 2021 (available on YouTube)
GENERAL DIRECTOR OF CHRISTIANS IN SPORT
Saturday, 24th April 2021 on Zoom (available on YouTube)
Graham's vocation has been a combination of Christian ministry and professional football. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, he played for Cardiff City both whilst at school and then while studying for a degree in philosophy at Cardiff University. In 1983 he signed for Cambridge United, and it was during this period that he became a Christian. Leaving full-time football, he completed a theology degree at the University of London in 1989, whilst playing for Cambridge City.
When his playing days were over, Graham managed local clubs Histon and Cambridge City during the 1990s, and from 2000-2012 was involved in youth football development for the Cambridgeshire Football Association.
Graham returned to Cambridge United in 2013 as Chair of the club's Community Trust, and was Director of Football from 2018-2020. He continues to be on the club’s board, and remains as keen as ever to integrate the Christian gospel with the world of sport.
Graham was interviewed by Lord Donald Curry.
LORD MICHAEL FARMER - HOW CAN A RICH MAN GET THOUGH THE EYE OF THE NEEDLE?
Saturday 27th March 2021 (on Zoom)
In 2004, Michael Farmer was a founding partner of the Red Kite Group of hedge funds. He has over 50 years of base metals trading experience and has led two of the biggest copper and nickel trading companies of the last 30 years. He was appointed to the board of the Conservative Party in January 2013, as Treasurer of the party. He has been a Conservative Peer since October 2014, focusing mainly on social justice issues, especially in the area of preventing family breakdown.
Michael has been a trustee of various Christian trusts which included, up until 2014, being a trustee of the Kingham Hill Trust and on the Oak Hill College Council. He is also involved in the Academy Schools programme, being the founder sponsor for ARK All Saints Camberwell. Michael has been a Christian for over 30 years and was a warden of St Helen’s Bishopsgate for 20 years. He is married to Jenny and they have three adult children.
MARK HARRIS THE SECRET OF TRUE POWER
Saturday 29th February 2020 - on Zoom (available on YouTube)
Revd Mark Harris is Chaplain to ‘Christians in Parliament’ an All-Party Parliamentary Group, which exists to support all Members and staff in their work in the Houses of Parliament. He is also Parliamentary Officer for Bible Society.
Mark holds Masters degrees in Theology from the University of Oxford and in Philosophy from King’s College London and is ordained in the Church of England. He grew up on a farm in Kent and worked in financial services in the City of London for 15 years before he began work in Parliament.
He is married to Louise and they have 3 small boys aged 6, 4 and 2, who keep them on their knees physically and spiritually.
MAKING FRIENDS AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
29th February 2020
After a degree in chemistry & a decade in IT, Simon and his wife joined Wycliffe Bible Translators and worked in Ethiopia for 13 years – first initiating a project to translate the New Testament into one of Ethiopia’s 90 languages, and later as Country Director.
Returning to the UK in 2010, he still does training for Wycliffe and other agencies, but also lectures at Redcliffe College, Gloucester. He is Course Leader for the Leadership MA – an internationally-focused programme attracting worldwide students.
Simon and Lynn have two adult children and two grandchildren. Simon serves as a Churchwarden at Hexham Abbey while Lynn is now Curate at St Andrew’s, Corbridge.
CUTHBERT & BEDE, SUPERMAC & SHEARER, FAITH, FOOTBALL & FUN
25th January 2020
David has been Vicar of Corbridge since October 2018. Born in Newcastle & brought up in South Shields, after university in Durham and training in Nottingham, he became a curate in Co Durham. He taught Christian worship and spirituality at Queen's College Birmingham, and returned to the North-East as Rector of a Darlington church in 1996.
In 2001, he was invited to join the clergy team at Durham Cathedral where he was ViceDean. David is a theological educator at Durham University and Cranmer Hall, Durham. He is married to Janet and they have three adult children. David's interests include football and cricket, music, walking, naval history and cooking.