Labs Learning roadshow speakers

At the Labs Learning Roadshow you will be inspired by speakers and digital other experts who will share best practice and give practical advice for using social media and websites to grow your church and welcome more people in our local worshipping communities. 

Nick Baines

Nick Baines

Bishop of Leeds

The Rt Revd Nick Baines is the Bishop of Leeds, and was previously the Bishop of Bradford and the Bishop of Croydon. Nick has a particular expertise in communication. He has nearly 15,000 followers on Twitter and his blog has been viewed more than 2 million times. He is regularly heard on Radio 2 and Radio 4, and has written seven books on Christian faith. Nick has also been a member of the House of Lords since 2014.

Ben Jones

Ben Jones

Founder and CEO of Missional Generation

Missional Generation is a Christian youth charity in the North of England that supports youth workers and resources the church to equip young people to explore faith, mission, evangelism and how to become influential for God in every arena of life. Our aim is to help the Church strengthen its voice, be at the cutting edge in society and we feel young people can ignite this into action.

Hayley Matthews

Hayley Matthews

Director of Lay Training for the Anglican Diocese of Leeds

Hayley Matthews trained for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge. Her PhD - No Faith in Equality and Diversity - was supervised by Lancaster University Management School, begun during her curacy at Lancaster Priory. Since then she has written and broadcast on a wide range of contemporary issues. Hayley was Chaplain to MediaCityUK, Honorary Chaplain to Salford and Manchester Universities, and to the Army (King’s Own Regiment and 6MI). Hayley is currently Director of Lay Training for the Anglican Diocese of Leeds where her team deliver Common Awards, oversee the Digital Learning Platform and practical and formational training for a range of lay ministries.

Chris Morris

Digital Engagement Lead at Christian Aid

Chris is a senior digital leader and consultant with expertise in running marketing, digital and social media programmes and managing digital teams. He has a wealth of experience in fusing deep knowledge of public sector and charities with expertise and best practice from working commercially for agencies. Chris now runs the Christian Aid integrated digital team which includes a mix of digital developers, digital marketers, analyst and paid advertising specialist.

Nick Shepherd

Nick Shepherd

Programme Director for Setting God’s People Free

Nick leads the Church of England culture change initiative Setting God’s People Free, which seeks to find ways to help all Christians live out our faith across the whole of life. Originally from Yorkshire but now living in South London. Nick is also involved in research, speaking and writing on faith formation in secular culture.

Emma Sijuwade

Emma Sijuwade

Founder and Senior Social Accounts Manager at Socibelle

Emma Sijuwade is the founder and senior social accounts manager at Socibelle, a creative Social Media Agency that helps churches and businesses build their social media presence. Emma previously worked at Premier Christian Radio, where she was responsible for implementing all organic social media marketing campaigns for the organisation and managing multiple digital projects for their sales team. She has developed high profile social media campaigns for; Lambeth Palace, Christian Aid, Tearfund, New Wine Church and more.

Rupert Thorp

Rupert Thorp

Director of Enterprise Sales for the UK region for Yext

With more than 15 years’ experience within digital start-ups and market-leading international organisations such as Experian and BskyB, Rupert’s mission at Yext is to help organisations understand the importance of being discoverable when consumers are looking for information on product and services whether using Google, Apple Maps, Siri, Alexa or Bing.

Amaris Cole

Amaris Cole

Digital Communications Manager for the Church of England

Amaris Cole is the Church of England's Digital Communications Manager, responsible for implementing digital evangelism, discipleship and communications strategies. She delivers a range of digital projects, including video and audio production, social media and AChurchNearYou.com. Amaris' proudest achievement since working for the Church is overseeing the training of nearly 2,000 churches to use digital strategically in their communities.

Mariano Gobbi

Mariano Gobbi

Video and Graphics Producer for the Church of England

With a broadcast and art direction background, Mariano is the Video and Graphic Producer for the Church of England’s Digital team. Making sure that all the assets are on brand, he takes care of the creative side of the content, from directing to filming, video editing, graphic design, animations and audio.

Adrian Harris

Adrian Harris

Head of Digital for the Church of England

Adrian joined in October 2016 as the Church’s first Head of Digital, tasked with building a team and identifying strategic opportunities to use social media and the web to engage both churchgoers and those exploring Christianity. In the first three years the national digital presence has been overhauled and the work recognised with a big uplift in engagement and winning 15 national awards. Adrian’s proudest achievement is leading #FollowTheStar, which reached 8 million over Advent and Christmas 2018 and showed the possibilities when the Church works together locally and nationally to confidently share the Christian message.

Ben Hollebon

Ben Hollebon

Web Manager for the Church of England

Ben is the Church of England’s Web Manager and manages the national web platforms for the Church and Archbishops. He works alongside Church House Publishing to deliver app and web service solutions across departments. Ben highlights his proudest achievement as delivering the new Church and Archbishops’ websites in seven months to enable people to discover more about the Christian faith.

Liz Morgan

Liz Morgan

Church Digital Champion for the Church of England

In her role as the Church of England’s Church Digital Champion, Liz implements a wide range of resources for churches, including training days, weekly blogs, and newsletters, to equip churches to reach their communities using digital. By the end of this year, Liz will have delivered training to over 1,000 churches across the country, travelling from Truro to Carlisle.

	Iso Neville

Iso Neville

Social Media Officer for the Church of England

As the Church of England’s Social Media Officer, Iso is responsible for the national social media channels, working to promote evangelism, discipleship and the common good in the digital world. Iso is most proud of the Church of England social accounts’ impact on those who are unable to attend worship.

Sam Poch

Sam Poch

Content Producer for the Church of England

Sam is the Church of England’s Content Producer, he carries the responsibility for digital content creation to bring our digital evangelism, discipleship and communication priorities to life.

These are the speakers confirmed for our next Labs Learning roadshow event.
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