Warwick Hawkins and Jenny Kartupelis, the Directors of Faith in Society, are highly experienced in the faith and social sector and have a diverse range of skills. Their work has been officially recognised, both of them having been honoured with MBEs for their contributions to inter faith understanding.
Between them they have some 35 years of experience in working with faith communities and spiritual issues: designing and running interfaith dialogue and social action projects, communicating with and representing the ‘faith voice’, providing religious literacy training for local authorities and civil servants, facilitating contacts between faith groups and Government on public policy issues, undertaking surveys and research into faith-based activity, or helping faith groups boost their organisational capacity.
The Directors have a wide range of well-placed contacts within the religious and community cohesion sphere, from national leaders and umbrella bodies through to local inter faith forums and places of worship.
Warwick and Jenny Kartupelis are members of the University of Cambridge
and Fellows of the Faith and Civil Society Unit of Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Warwick Hawkins MBE
Warwick worked on faith engagement for 18 years as a senior civil servant, most recently as head of the Faith Communities Engagement team of the Integration and Faith Division in the Department for Communities and Local Government. He has continued to work on interfaith projects in private, consultancy and Trustee capacities. He has worked in a number of other relevant civil service roles including promoting neighbourhood empowerment through community rights, and developing multi-faith events to mark the First World War centenary, the Millennium and the Golden Jubilee.
Jenny Kartupelis MBE
Jenny has a professional background in public relations, and has run her own consultancy businesses since 1987. In 2002 she was instrumental in establishing the East of England Faiths Council, of which she was director for 11 years. She provides strategic planning advice and activity recommendations, undertakes survey and research projects – most recently, a faith audit commissioned by Peterborough City Council and a study of spiritual life in care homes – and is also the part-time Strategy and Development Officer for the World Congress of Faiths.
Specific and distinctive skills offered by the Directors include:
- Designing and delivering interfaith programmes and events
- Direct policy advice to Government Ministers
- Writing and assessing funding applications
- Writing reports and policy papers
- Advising local faith groups on e.g. governance, communications
- Academic research
- Developing and delivering religious literacy training packages
- Designing surveys to guide strategy for faith-based charities and local authorities
- Event planning and management
Our Team of Experts
Faith in Society has the capability to bring in specialist expertise in all areas of its work. We have a team of trusted Experts who work with us when required. Together they offer a vast wealth of experience, specialist skills and the flexibility necessary for diverse and bespoke projects.
Maqsood Ahmed OBE
Paul Blakey MBE
Reverand Jon Dal Din
Rt. Revd. Christopher Herbert
The Rt. Revd. Christopher Herbert has long experience as an Anglican priest, having been ordained in 1968 and serving as Bishop of St Albans and a Member of the House of Lords from 1995 to 2009. He is a former Chairman of the Council of Christians and Jews. Since his retirement, he has been a lecturer in Art History across the UK and Europe. He is also Visiting Professor of Christian Ethics at the University of Surrey, and the author of numerous books on Christian spirituality, including the forthcoming publication (September 2016), “Foreshadowing the Reformation: Art and religion in 15th century Northern Europe” (Ashgate).
Barney Leith OBE
Dr David Perfect
Jane Roemer is a Project Consultant with over twenty years’ senior management experience in the not-for-profit businesses, small enterprises and private sector. She holds a Masters Degree in Museum and Gallery Management from City University, London. Jane has specialized in regenerating economic renewal through local communities and culture as a platform for growth. She currently represents the Voluntary and Community Sector as Board Lead for the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. She has project managed several successful high profile interfaith initiatives, and with her considerable business experience has been able to support organisations around sustainability.
“I value our excellent working dialogue, professional partnership, collaborative networking and information sharing. Jane’s straightforward style, transparency and integrity is refreshing and greatly appreciated.” Ian Campbell, RDPE LEADER Programme Facilitator Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity.