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Theos stimulates the debate about the place of religion in society, challenging and changing ideas through research, commentary and events.

Core Team

  • Elizabeth Oldfield - Director

    Elizabeth Oldfield


    Elizabeth is Theos’ Director. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, writing in The Financial 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, Elizabeth worked for BBC TV and radio. She has an MA in Theology from King’s College London.

  • Lizzie Stanley  - Head of Communications

    Lizzie Stanley

    Head of Communications

    Lizzie is Head of Communications at Theos. She has a BA in Politics from Durham University and a background in communications with over 10 years’ experience developing content and strategic communications projects for brands, government clients and not–for–profits. Lizzie spent the last two years in Australia establishing the Sydney branch of a social change focused communications agency, and has a particular interest in the power of human stories in shaping our foundational beliefs and culture.

  • Ben Ryan - Head of Research

    Ben Ryan

    Head of Research

    Ben Ryan is Head of Research at Theos. He is the editor of Fortress Britain? Ethical Approaches to Immigration Policy for a Post–Brexit Britain (JKP 2018) and the author of Theos reports on chaplaincy, the EU, the Catholic charity sector, mental health and ecumenism. He holds degrees in European politics from the LSE and in Theology and Religious Studies from Cambridge. Outside of Theos he is a trustee of CSAN (Caritas Social Action Network).

  • Nick Spencer - Senior Fellow

    Nick Spencer

    Senior Fellow

    Nick is Senior Fellow at Theos. He is the author of a number of books and reports, most recently The Political Samaritan: how power hijacked a parable (Bloomsbury, 2017), The Evolution of the West (SPCK, 2016) and Atheists: The Origin of the Species (Bloomsbury, 2014). Outside of Theos, Nick is Visiting Research Fellow at the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London and a Fellow of the International Society for Science and Religion

  • Paul Bickley - Director of Political Programme

    Paul Bickley

    Director of Political Programme

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

  • Anna Wheeler - Operations and Events Manager

    Anna Wheeler

    Operations and Events Manager

    Anna joined Theos in June 2015. She read Theology at Heythrop College, University of London, and later gained a PG Diploma in Theatre. She has taught in Poland and Ghana and spent twelve years coordinating university programmes and working with students at Heythrop, SOAS, KCL and Imperial College. Anna’s main research interests are the links between the arts, theology and philosophy.

  • Nathan Mladin - Relationships Manager and Researcher

    Nathan Mladin

    Relationships Manager and Researcher

    Natan joined Theos in 2016. He has just completed a PhD in Systematic Theology at Queen’s University of Belfast with a thesis on divine action in dialogue with theatre studies. He is the author of the chapter on Václav Havel in The Mighty and the Almighty: How Political Leaders do God (Biteback, 2017) and co–author of That They All May Be One, a report looking at inter–Church relations in England. Current research interests include theology and economics, with a focus on debt, ethics of AI/robotics, theology and contemporary art.

  • Hannah Rich - Researcher

    Hannah Rich


    Hannah joined Theos in November 2017 as a researcher exploring the relationship between church growth, social action and discipleship, together with Church Urban Fund. Previously, she worked for a social innovation think tank and a learning disability charity. Hannah studied French and Spanish at Durham University, including a year abroad working with faith–based organisations in Paris and Madrid. She also holds an MSc in Inequalities and Social Science from LSE.

  • Amy Plender - Researcher

    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.    

  • Simon Perfect - Researcher

    Simon Perfect


    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. Simon read History at the University of Cambridge and has an MA in the Study of Religions from SOAS.

  • Lynne Robinson - Team Support Officer

    Lynne Robinson

    Team Support Officer

    Lynne joined Theos in 2018. She has worked in financial planning for several media companies, and has extensive experience of website management and social media through running her own small design business. She has a BA in Modern History, and an MA in Museum Studies.

  • Katherine Ajibade  - Research Assistant

    Katherine Ajibade

    Research Assistant

    Katherine joined Theos in June 2018. She holds a BA in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics from Kings College London and a MSc in Social Anthropology: Religion in the Contemporary World from LSE. Her research interests centre on the Anthropology of Christianity, religious and social transformation and ethnographic accounts of religion. 

  • Madeleine Ward - Researcher

    Madeleine Ward


    Madeleine joined Theos in October 2018. She is researching the relationship between social cohesion and the church, in partnership with the Free Churches Group. She holds a doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford, and previously worked as a research scholar at a conference, research and retreat centre in Philadelphia.

  • Laura Moulton  - Research Assistant

    Laura Moulton

    Research Assistant

    Laura joined Theos in August 2018. She holds a BA in Theology and Religious Studies and an MPhil in World Christianities both from the University of Cambridge. Prior to Theos, she worked for an international affairs think tank. Research interests include contemporary Pentecostalism and religion in the US and the Americas.


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