Meet the Labs Live 2019 Judging Panel


We’re pleased to announce the judging panel for Labs Live 2019. Labs Live is a day-long event for Christian coders, creatives and problem solvers who will come together to develop solutions to further the Church’s work in the digital space.

The event will end with participants presenting their solutions to the panel, who have been chosen for their knowledge of digital, creativity and understanding of the breadth and depth of the Church of England. The panel will then choose two projects to be built and tested, funded by the Church of England. 

The panel, led by the Head of Digital for the Church of England Adrian Harris, includes Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester, Lynda Davies, Dr Bex Lewis and Mike Shaft. You can read their biographies below.

Speaking about the event, the Bishop of Manchester said:

“I’m looking forward to our day in Salford and the excitement that will be generated by the second Labs Live event. It will be good to hear ideas from the 50 Christian creatives and techies, and their suggestions for helping the Church’s digital evangelism and discipleship. Labs Live is part of the Church of England’s Renewal and Reform programme, which seeks to ensure the Church of England is a growing Church. The innovations that result from the day will play an important role in this work.”

Adrian Harris
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.

Rt Revd David Walker, Bishop of Manchester
The Right Revd David Walker has held the position of Bishop of Manchester since 2013.  Prior to that he was Bishop of Dudley from 2000, following 17 years in assorted parish ministries and industrial chaplaincy in the Diocese of Sheffield. He retains a longstanding involvement in Social Housing.

Lynda Davies 
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.

Dr Bex Lewis
Dr Bex Lewis is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing based at Manchester Metropolitan University, as well as a Visiting Research Fellow at St John’s College, Durham University. As the Director of Digital Fingerprint she is a speaker, writer and facilitator, including the workshop ‘Social Media for the Scared’, and is author of the popular Raising Children in a Digital Age (2014). She is working her way towards being Professor of Communications and Digital Culture.

Mike Shaft
Born in Grenada in the West Indies, Mike Shaft is an Award winning broadcaster who has lived in the North West of England since 1968. Mike’s extensive career in radio has included BBC Radio Manchester, Sunset Radio, Marcher Sound, Piccadilly Gold, Piccadilly Key 103 and Wear FM. Mostly recently he returned to BBC Radio Manchester where he presents the Multi Faith Sunday Breakfast show.