Faith Charities Forum 2023

19 September 2023

A one-day conference designed for senior leaders and decision-makers working in faith-based charities

What difference does faith make? 

This bespoke conference is specifically designed for senior leaders and decision-makers working in faith-based charities. We want to create an opportunity to discuss and analyse the role that faith plays in furthering many charities' mission, as well as to unpick some of the key challenges facing this unique group of organisations.  We hope you will consider joining us for what promises to be an inspiring and thought-provoking day. 

Download the 2023 programme.



19 September 2023

  • 8.30AM - 9.00AM
    Registration, coffee & networking
  • 9.00AM - 9.05AM
    Chair’s welcome: Krish Raval OBE, director, Faith in Leadership
  • 9.05AM - 9.45AM
    Opening keynote: Faith groups and campaigning
    Thomas Yih, head of charities engagement, Charity Commission

    Tom will provide an overview of the regulatory position and latest guidance for faith charities when campaigning, as well as a general update from the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
  • 9.45AM - 10.25AM
    Legal update – looking back and thinking forward

    Adam McRae-Taylor, legal director, and Paul Rideout, legal director, Moore Barlow

    Adam and Paul will consider the latest legal developments affecting the faith-based sector, covering HR, safeguarding, charity governance and more.

  • 10.25AM - 11.05AM
    Faith in fundraising
    Lucy Bushill-Matthews, chief operating officer, National Zakat Foundation and Jehangir Malik, policy & engagement director at Mercy Mission UK

    Lucy will explore the challenges for faith charities when fundraising, and offer practical advice on aligning fundraising with faith and values, so that the relationship between charities and donors goes beyond the transactional.
  • 11.05AM - 11.35AM
    Networking & refreshment break
  • 11.35AM - 12.15PM
    The challenge of faith-confident investing
    Rev Dr Andrew Harper, head of ethics, Epworth

    True faith-consistent investing is more than positive outcomes and encouraging stories. Andrew will explore the challenges of making tough decisions around disinvestment, engagement, and public image as we seek to fulfil our faith mandates.
  • 12.15PM - 1.15PM
    Panel: Intersectionality between faith and science
    Krish Raval OBE, director, Faith in Leadership
    Graham Budd, executive director, Faraday Institute for Science and Religion
    Professor John Wood CBE FREng, associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and consultant to CERN
    Dr Martin Hodson, environmental biologist and director, The John Ray Initiative 

    How should the faith sector respond to the twin challenges of climate change and AI?
  • 1.15PM - 2.15PM
  • 2.15PM - 2.55PM
    Faith in the community
    David Barclay, partner, Good Faith Partnership

    The Good Faith Partnership facilitates connections across boundaries of politics, business, civil society, and faith, to tackle systemic issues. David will highlight some of its work with faith groups, including the Warm Welcome Campaign, a community response to the costof-living crisis, which established thousands of free spaces, to make sure nobody was left to suffer on their own last winter.
  • 2.55PM - 3.35PM
    Volunteering trends after the pandemic
    Hannah Rich, senior researcher, Theos

    Hannah will share the findings of research exploring how volunteering in faith-based homelessness projects has changed since before the pandemic, including the challenges and opportunities posed by the last few years. The session will also explore wider trends in faith-based volunteering.
  • 3.35PM - 3.55PM
    Networking & refreshment break
  • 3.55PM - 4.35PM
    Closing plenary: Working out our differences
    Laura Marks CBE, inter-faith social activist

    While recognising that there is more that unites than divides us, Laura will reflect upon her own vast experience, successful and less successful, in inter-faith work and argue that acknowledging there are deep-rooted differences, and difficulties, between faiths is hugely important in reaching common ground.
  • 4.35PM - 4.45PM
    Chair's closing remarks
  • 4.45PM - 5.55PM
    Networking reception

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Krish Raval 

Krish Raval is the director of Faith in Leadership. The organisation includes among its alumni and patrons key British faith leaders and runs programs in partnership with the University of Cambridge Inter-faith Programme. He heads a number of leadership interventions and is particularly committed to building the capacity of faith communities and young people. Raval was the first director of the Churchill Leadership Fellows, the United Kingdom’s main leadership fellowship for outstanding 19- to 25-year-olds, now run in partnership with the Moller Centre at Churchill College. A lawyer by background, Raval had a training contract at a prominent Los Angeles law firm before a deep interest in people led him to work with undergraduates and high school students in the fields of addictions, eating disorders, group therapy, and eventually leadership development. He was a participant in the International Higher Education Interfaith Leadership Forum.


Laura Marks

Laura Marks was a planning director of AMV.BBDO, before deciding to work full time in the Jewish community. She set up Mitzvah Day in 2005, which achieved charitable status in 2008. Elected Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews 2012-2015, Laura went on to become Chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust in 2016 and chaired the government’s interfaith project – A Year of Service. Laura is now an advisor to the Muslim-led day of social action, Sadaqa Day and she co-founded the Jewish Muslim Women’s Network, Nisa-Nashim. Laura was awarded an OBE in The New Year’s Honours list for her work building interfaith relationships.


Lucy Bushill-Matthews

Lucy is Chief Operating Officer at NZF -previously Director of Operations. Before that, Lucy spent 10 years in International Development in strategy, programmes and marketing, and has 10 years of experience as an analyst and economist within major multinational corporations. She is author of the book ‘Welcome to Islam: A Convert’s Tale’, is a contributor to Radio 2 Pause for Thought, has given two TedX talks on faith and has been a regular columnist in lifestyle magazine Emel. Lucy holds an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MSc in Health Economics (Distinction). Lucy is a Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA). Lucy is a Trustee and the Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the charity Respect.


David Barclay

David leads on projects ranging from increasing the provision of affordable credit to supporting cities become more inclusive of migrants and refugees. He is a former President of the Oxford University Student Union and was previously a community organiser in East London



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