CofE Digital Labs
Our first event, held in East London on Saturday 24th February 2018, saw around 60 people join together who have passion for using technology to equip and enable our 16,500 local churches. Delegates travelled from across the UK, Europe and USA to look at two broad themes: how to bring people to faith and how to grow people’s faith.
Hundreds applied for the event and it was run with a capacity crowd of delegates using the Google Sprint development approach. Seven proposals were refined in the afternoon and presented to a team of judges in the evening.
After a career spanning a decade in a variety of social media agencies and content shops, James is now a Senior Manager in the Global Social Media Team at The LEGO Group based in London where he leads Social feature development and marketing for LEGO's new kids social network, LEGO Life alongside developing strategic social media innovations.
James regularly speaks on the subject of technology, culture and faith and is the presenter of Signal, a podcast from The Media Net which looks at the intersect of journalism, media and faith.
Lynda Davies is a Senior Digital Producer for BBC Radio, mainly looking after Radio 1 and 1Xtra. After working in television production for programmes including Strictly Come Dancing, she moved into digital 10 years ago and has lots of experience in initiating, producing and delivering major projects spanning video, web, print, mobile and social for BBC flagship brands including Blue Peter, the Natural History Unit, CBeebies and Glastonbury. She's also a trustee of The Media Net, an organisation which aims to support Christians working in the media. She's married to Matthew, a trainee vicar, and lives in Cambridge.
Siku is an artist, author, theologian and musician. He has worked for Marvel UK and COM X. He is one of Britain’s leading comic book creators having worked for 2000AD; producing hundreds of titles such as Judge Dredd, Slaine and a strip he co-created called Pan-African Judges. He is the author and creator of the best-selling The Manga Bible which is translated into 19 languages and the author of The Manga Jesus (2007 and 2010). Siku is also a broadcaster and Jerusalem Award nominee for BBC Radio, scripting and leading Radio 2 and Radio 4 Worship Services. He is currently listed as one of London’s most noted black people in Black Londoners - A History. Siku is married to Bell.
The Very Revd Catherine Ogle
The Very Revd Catherine Ogle, who is Winchester’s first female Dean, is the former Dean of Birmingham Cathedral, a position which she held for six years. Dean Catherine was ordained at 27 as one of the UK’s first female priests. She then served as a parish priest in West Yorkshire communities for 17 years, nine of those as Vicar of Huddersfield. During this time, she was seconded to BBC Radio Leeds where she worked as the Religious Affairs Editor
Adrian Harris joined the digital team in 2016 and has previously worked as Head of Digital Communications for Bupa and Group Head of Digital Communications for Tesco PLC. Prior to Tesco Adrian worked as Head of Digital and Web Editor for the Conservative party.