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 - 9.00AMRegistration, coffee & networking
9.00AM - 9.05AMChair’s welcome: Krish Raval OBE, director, Faith in Leadership
9.05AM - 9.45AMOpening keynote: Faith groups and campaigningThomas 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 - 10.25AMLegal 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 - 11.05AMFaith in fundraisingLucy 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 - 11.35AMNetworking & refreshment break
11.35AM - 12.15PMThe challenge of faith-confident investingRev 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 - 1.15PMPanel: Intersectionality between faith and scienceKrish Raval OBE, director, Faith in LeadershipGraham Budd, executive director, Faraday Institute for Science and ReligionProfessor John Wood CBE FREng, associate of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, and consultant to CERNDr 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 - 2.15PMLunch
2.15PM - 2.55PMFaith in the communityDavid 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 - 3.35PMVolunteering trends after the pandemicHannah 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 - 3.55PMNetworking & refreshment break
3.55PM - 4.35PMClosing plenary: Working out our differencesLaura 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 - 4.45PMChair's closing remarks
4.45PM - 5.55PMNetworking reception
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 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 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 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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