Dr Tim Gordon

Tim Gordon is a Marine Biologist and holds degrees from the University of Cambridge (in Zoology) and from Imperial College London (in Ecology, Evolution & Conservation). He is currently based at the University of Exeter where he is studying human impacts on natural acoustics in the ocean. Sound travels far and fast underwater, and many marine organisms communicate, navigate, and sense their environment by listening. Today, the natural sounds of marine ecosystems are being altered by climate change and drowned out by human noise pollution; his research aims to understand more about the likely impacts of these changes and what we can do about them. His work focuses mainly on coral reef ecosystems, combining fieldwork with laboratory experiments and computational analysis of sound recordings.

If you’d like a brief taste of Tim’s enthusiasm and passion, check out his entry for the FameLab International Final 2019, which he won, beating 24 other science communicators from across the world at the Cheltenham Science Festival in June, 2019.



Revd Dr Malcolm Guite

Poet-Priest Malcolm Guite is Chaplain and Supernumerary Fellow of Girton College, Cambridge, and teaches at the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge. He lectures widely in England and North America on Theology and Literature and has published poetry, theology, and literary criticism and has worked as a librettist. His books include: Love, Remember (November 2017); Mariner, a spiritual biography of Samuel Taylor Coleridge (February 2017, paperback edition February 2018); Parable and Paradox (2016); The Singing Bowl (2013); Sounding the Seasons (2012); Theology and the Poetic Imagination (2010) and Faith Hope and Poetry (2006). Malcolm has edited two poetry anthologies for Lent and Advent: The Word in the Wilderness (2014) and Waiting on the Word (2015). Malcolm writes Poet’s Corner, a weekly column in the Church Times, and an anthology of his column’s writings, In Every Corner Sing, was published in November 2019.

Malcolm has a particular interest in the imagination as a truth-bearing faculty and continues to reflect deeply on how poetry can stimulate and re-awaken our prayer life. 

Malcolm enjoys sailing, walking, old books, live music, riding his Harley Davidson motorbike and all the varieties of the British countryside and weather. Malcolm is also part of the rock band Mystery Train, regularly performing gigs at Grantchester, Cambridge and other places around Cambridgeshire.

 Revd Ian Parkinson

After reading Law at Durham University Ian went on to train for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall Oxford during which time he also gained a BD from the University of London. After curacies in Hull and Middlesbrough he served as incumbent of Emmanuel Saltburn (York) and All Saints Marple (Chester), and was the first New Wine Regional Director for the North of England. In 2014 Ian joined the faculty of St Mellitus (St Aidans centre) Liverpool as an associate member to develop postgraduate teaching in Christian leadership. Since January 2016 Ian has been employed by Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) as a Leadership Development Specialist working in theological education where he has been teaching leadership studies in ten different TEIs at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Ian has very recently been appointed as a new Associate Archdeacon in the Sheffield and Rotherham archdeaconries of Sheffield Diocese.

Prof Keith Elliott

Keith Elliott retired after 40 years teaching at Leeds University. He has lived in Harrogate since 1983 when the family came from Leeds. He is the emeritus professor of New Testament Textual Criticism but also has a great interest in early non-canonical Christian writings. He has edited the major English-language book on the topic and has co-edited a book on art and the Christian apocryphal texts. He is a regular writer on both topics and has also held extra-mural classes on these topics in Leeds, in Bradford and in Harrogate.