Press officers

Our media team deals with all press and media enquiries. To contact the press team, please email or speak to one of our press officers:

Richard Franklin – Senior Press Officer
T: 01793 418 223
M: 07545 924 914

Rachel Rounds – Head of Media
T: 01793 418 293
M: 07545 924 983



We have a wide range of experts available to comment and contribute on issues ranging from the impact of the Bible globally to its place in contemporary culture, especially education, politics, the arts and the media.

To arrange interviews or for comments, please contact the press team.

Paul Woolley – Interim Chief Executive 

Paul WoolleyPaul Woolley is Interim Chief Executive at Bible Society. He was founding Director of Theos, the public theology think tank, between 2005 and 2010. In addition to previously working as a Parliamentary Researcher and directing a political unit, he has had extensive public affairs and media experience.  

Paul is happy to talk about:

  • All things Bible and Bible Society
  • The Bible and the public space


Derek Hill – Director: Enterprise

Derek is Director: Enterprise and is a global specialist in Bible production and publishing. He is Chairman of the English Language Publishing Group of Bible Societies worldwide.

Derek is happy to talk about: 

  • Bible printing/production - globally and in China in particular
  • Bible publishing


Matthew van Duyvenbode – Director of External Relations, Advocacy & Research

Matthew van Duyvenbode Matthew's background is in education and volunteer management within the charity sector. In his early career, Matthew specialised in using new media and the arts as a tool for education, and developed a groundbreaking peer-leadership programme for young people.  More recently, he co-authored a wide-ranging study into the spirituality and worldview of young British Catholics.

Matthew specialises in examining the interface between faith issues and contemporary culture, and speaks and trains on these themes nationally and internationally. He holds a degree in Theology from Durham University, is a regular contributor to a number of publications, and sits on a variety of faith-based charity advisory groups and boards of trustees.

Matthew is Director of External Relations, Advocacy & Research at Bible Society and is happy to talk about:

  • Popular Culture
  • The Bible and the arts
  • Young people
  • Catholic perspectives on the Bible


David Smith – Head of International Programme

David SmithDavid leads our work in over seventy countries. Previously, he was International Political Advocacy Officer for Bible Society, and worked with British and international Parliamentarians to promote the place of the Bible in the politics. In previous roles before joining Bible Society, he mobilised support for an International Development NGO and ran a peace-building programme in Northern Ireland.

David is happy to talk about:

  • Bible Society’s work overseas
  • The Bible in politics


Luke Walton – Creative Consultant

Luke WaltonLuke is in the business of translating the Bible – not into a new language but into the 'languages' of our culture: film, theatre, fine art, installations, sculpture. He works to encourage, educate, and engage artists with the Bible, seeking to change some misconceptions about the Bible along the way.

Luke is part of the Advocacy team working in England and Wales and is happy to talk about: 

  • The Bible and film
  • Arts and the Bible


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