Theos Team Blog

In Defence of the Flawed Nobel Peace Prize

What is the relevance of the Nobel Prize today?


That they all may be one: Insights into English ecumenism

This report explores ecumenism in England. It focuses on Churches Together in England, identifying its strengths and the challenges it faces.

The Theos Team

Elizabeth Oldfield (formerly Elizabeth Hunter)

Director | @TheosElizabeth

Elizabeth is Theos' Director. She appears regularly in the mainstream media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, writing in The Finanical Times and delivering Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. She is a regular conference speaker and chair. Before joining Theos in August 2011, she worked for the BBC in both television and radio. She has an MA in Theology from King's College London. 

Nick Spencer

Research Director | @TheosNick

Nick is the Director of Research at Theos. He is the author of a number of Theos reports and books, most recently The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). He is Visiting Research Fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London.

Paul Bickley

Director of Political Programme | @mrbickley

Paul is the Director of Political Programme at Theos. With a background working in Parliament and public affairs, he holds an MLitt from the School of Divinity at the University of St Andrews. Paul is the author of Building Jerusalem? Christianity and the Labour Party (2010) and a number of Theos reports.

Anna Wheeler

Operations and Events Manager

Anna joined Theos in June 2015 and holds a BA in Theology from Heythrop College, University of London.  She later gained a PG Diploma in Theatre. Anna taught English and Music in Poland and Ghana, then spent twelve years coordinating university programmes and working with students at Heythrop, SOAS, KCL and Imperial College. Her research interests are in the links between the arts, theology and philosophy and she writes about this for the Theos website and Radius, the Religious Drama Society.

Ben Ryan

Researcher | @BenedictWRyan

Ben first joined Theos as an intern in September 2013 and has been a researcher since 2014. He read Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Cambridge and also has an MSc in European Studies from the LSE European Institute. He is the author of the Theos reports A Very Modern Ministry: Chaplaincy in the UKA Soul for the Union and Catholic Social Thought and Catholic Charities in Britain Today

Natan Mladin

Relationship Manager & Researcher

Natan joined Theos in August 2016. He is completing a PhD in Theology and the Arts at Queen’s University of Belfast, with a thesis that explores the doctrine of providence with the aid of theatre studies. He was an Associate of the Zacharias Trust, Romania, and part-time lecturer in theology at Union Theological College (QUB), Belfast. He has worked as radio producer and editor for four years, and is the translator of nine books from English to Romanian, including the recent C. S. Lewis. A Life by Alister E. McGrath.

Simon Perfect

Operations and Events Assistant | @SimplyMrPerfect

Simon joined Theos in 2014. He is a freelance researcher and a Teaching Fellow at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where he leads campus-based and distance-learning courses exploring Muslim communities in Britain and in other minority settings. He read History at the University of Cambridge and has an MA in the Study of Religions from SOAS.

Media and fundraising consultants

Hussein Kesvani

Media Consultant

Hussein is responsible for Theos' social media and communications strategyHe was previously a religion reporter at BuzzFeed News and has covered hostile environments and conflict zones for a number of press agencies. He is also a contributing writer to a number of publications, including the Independent, The Spectator and Vice.

Research Assistants

Amy Plender

Amy joined Theos in August 2017, having previously worked with London-based and international non-profit organisations, and in English and Scottish print journalism. She holds an MA in Divinity and an MTh from the University of Edinburgh. Research areas include the theological responses to suffering and mental health, theology and the arts, liturgical practice, and interfaith dialogue.   

Theos Board of Management

Major General (Retired) Tim Cross CBE

Tim commanded at every level in his time in the British Army, from leading a small Bomb Disposal Team in Northern Ireland in the 1970’s to commanding a Division of 30,000 in 2004/07, with numerous operational tours in-between. Retiring in January 2007, he was the Army Adviser to the UK House of Commons Defence
Committee for 7 years. A Local Lay Minister in the Church of England, Tim advises a number of UK/International Companies and International Aid Agencies, and is a Visiting/Honorary Professor at three UK universities. He also sits on the Ethics Board of a major UK technology company and is a tutor at the Leadership Trust.

Anne Dixon

Anne is a partner and architect at Green Tea Architects. After studying at Huddersfield School of Architecture from 1974-1980, she completed her professional qualification as an architect at the Polytechnic of Central London in 1982. She has previously worked with the Cooperative In-House Architects and The Rolfe Judd Grup Practice, before taking a career break to raise four children and complete a master's degree in Pastoral Theology. After working for Southwark Diocese and the Catholic Education Service she returned to her first career in architecture. 

Canon Dr Ann Holt OBE

Ann is the Director of Education for the Diocese of Chichester. Previously she was Director of External Relations for the Bible Society. She has spent all her working life involved with education, including working at the Department for Education and as chair of the Bristol Diocesan Board of Education. Throughout all this time she has been a governor of several schools, primary, secondary and nursery and she has twice been chair of governors. She has been a national trainer and consultant to Local Education Authorities, the DfE, and independent schools. Adamson Books have published her book Joined Up Governance: Making Sense of the Role of the School Governor (2010), co-authored with Jane Martin.

Benjamin Janes

Benjamin is the Managing Director of The Trust Partnership and Director of TrustCSR, Trust Accounting, and Jireh Solutions. He has had a wide range of positions working with charities and advising companies on corporate social responsibility. He has worked as Head of Fundraising for a range of organisations including WellChild, FARM-Africa and MISSING; as Senior Executive for Corporate Partnerships for British Red Cross; and as a trustee and chairman for CVS South Gloucestershire. 

Dr Eve Poole

Eve writes about capitalism and leadership. She is as Associate of the St Paul's Institute and an Associate Research Fellow of the William Temple Foundation. She chairs Faith in Business at Ridley Hall, and the Board of Governors at Gordonstoun. Her most recent books are Capitalism's Toxic Assumptions (Bloomsbury 2015) and Leadersmithing (Bloomsbury 2017). She has a BA from Durham, an MBA from Edinburgh, and a PhD from Cambridge.

Paul Williams

Paul is Chief Executive of Bible Society. Previously he worked for over a decade in business in London and then as an academic theologian in Canada. He is the visionary behind ReFrame, an innovative resource for whole-life discipleship, produced by Regent College, Vancouver, where he holds a Research Professorship of Marketplace Theology and Leadership. Paul is passionate about helping the Church read the Bible in the marketplace and engage missionally in contemporary culture. 

Paul Woolley

Paul is Deputy Chief Executive at Bible Society. He was founding Director of Theos between 2005 and 2010. In addition to previously working as a Parliamentary Researcher and directing a political unit, he has had extensive public affairs experience.