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Faculty of Divinity

 
Theology and plant life, science and business

Biography

Before coming to Cambridge to study theology in 2018 I spent 30 years in senior management and leadership roles in the agricultural technology industry, having studied as an undergraduate at St Edmund Hall, Oxford where I graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Natural Science (Chemistry).   Since 2012 I have been an independent consultant and adviser within the international agritech industry, a Non Executive Director of several private and public sector companies and since 2020 a Member of one the UK Research Councils.  I am currently studying for an MPhil in Christian Theology part-time over two years while continuing my professional work and my training at Westcott House for ordained ministry in the Church of England. 

Research

My research interests lie at the interfaces of theology and science (especially plant science and plant life) and of theology and business (especially entrepreneurship).  My current MPhil research is a theological exploration of the gene editing of plants to enhance sustainable food production, helping inform the ethical and regulatory debate on its use in agriculture.

Publications

Other publications: 

"Participation in the Divine: a new perspective on entrepreneurship" in Faith in Business Quarterly, vol 20.3 (2020), pp 17-23.

Other Professional Activities

Director of JMB Consulting (Pleshey) Ltd, providing consultancy and advisory services in the agritech sector.

Non Executive Director of Elsoms (Spalding) Ltd (a leading UK seed and plant breeding business), of Crop Health and Protection Ltd (one of the UK Agri-tech Centres), and of Earlham Enterprises Ltd (the commercial arm of the Earlham Institute).

Council member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

MPhil student in Christian Theology
Ordinand
Company Director

Contact Details

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