Jonathan is the Chief Executive and Diocesan Secretary of the Church of England Diocese of Leicester. Previously he was a member of the national senior leadership team of the Methodist Church, having strategic responsibilities for a wide range of work, including education and training, children and young people, equalities and diversity, advocacy and outreach. He is a Chair of Governors of Leicester College and a Trustee of Prostaid, the support and advocacy charity for prostate cancer in Leicestershire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, He has previously served as a trustee of a Christian publishing charity and treasurer of an international development agency which promotes learning and literacy. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management.
Lecturer in Theology and Ethics, University of Manchester and Principal of Northern Baptist College Manchester 1970 – 85, Director, Christian Aid 1985 – 97, President, Selly Oak Colleges, Birmingham 1997 -9, Professor (now Emeritus) of Social Theology, University of Birmingham 2000 – present, Director of World Faiths Development Dialogue 2001-3.
Gordon practised as a solicitor in Leicester for over thirty years and is familiar with the multi cultural nature of the city. He is a churchwarden, Lay Chair of his Deanery and a member of the Leicester Diocesan Synod and Leicester Cathedral Council. He is also a trustee of the local charity Warning Zone which aims to help children and young people by raising risk awareness, particularly with regard to the dangers of the internet. He has travelled in China, the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East and is interested in the interaction of different cultures and faiths, something for which Leicester is renowned. Gordon is married and has three children who have also travelled widely. Gordon was High Sheriff of Leicestershire for the year 2015/16.
Jayne is a member of both St. Philip’s Parochial Church Council and Evington Churches Together and has been an organist at St. Philip’s church for over 20 years. Her background has been in retail management and business development and she has spent the last 10 years working as a trainer and assessor for private training providers and colleges. Jayne has a degree in Law and currently runs a business in Leicester with her husband.
Ashiedu is involved within her local community (The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Leicester) in various projects around improving inter-faith relations, raising awareness and support for victims of violence, abuse and exploitation. She is a management consultant and trainer, liaising with and coaching managers and staff at all levels to assess business growth and team development needs and advising senior management on appropriate engagement protocols. She also designs training packages to suit organisational need, facilitating the provision and delivery of targeted courses. She has worked for two local authorities for nearly 12 years within the Benefits service, Housing and Housing Management, leading on the development and implementation of corporate strategy, and has been part of service, performance and scrutiny reviews.
Nicky originates from London and moved to Leicestershire 27 years ago. She trained and practiced as an electrical engineer for 15 years before changing direction to become a trainer, facilitator and coach. For the last 10 years she has been running her own business as a consultant working with a wide range of organisations on the themes of leadership, learning and change management. One of her main clients is the diocese of Leicester where she works with the Mission and Ministry team. She is also a self-supporting priest in the diocese.
Rev Dr Peter Shepherd has been a Baptist minister in England since 1979. He was Minister at Stoneygate Baptist Church in Leicester until 2016 having previously worked in Norfolk, Middlesbrough and Derby. He has been a member of the Council of the Baptist Union of Great Britain, President of the Baptist Historical Society and Moderator of the East Midlands Baptist Association. His PhD thesis was on the career of J H Shakespeare, a leading English Baptist of the early twentieth century. Peter was a member of the Churches' Liaison Group of Derby's Multifaith Centre and in Leicester was involved in various activities of the St Philips Centre and was a member of Leicester's Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education. He is married with five adult children and five grandchildren.