Press officers

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

Richard Franklin – Senior Press Officer
richard.franklin@biblesociety.org.uk
T: 01793 418 223
M: 07545 924 914

Rachel Rounds – Head of Media
rachel.rounds@biblesociety.org.uk
T: 01793 418 293
M: 07545 924 983

 

Interviews

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 – Executive Director of Charity 

Paul WoolleyPaul Woolley is Executive Director of Charity 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

 

Ann Holt OBE – Director of External Relations 

Ann HoltAnn has spent all her working life involved with education, including the Department for Education and Skills. Throughout all this time she has been a governor of several schools, primary, secondary and nursery and she has twice been chair of governors. She has been a national trainer and consultant to Local Education Authorities, the DCSF, and independent schools. Adamson Books have published her book Joined-up Governance, co-authored with Jane Martin.

Ann is Director of External Relations at Bible Society and can speak on:

  • Education
  • Theology
  • Church

 

Derek Hill – Director of Publishing Services

Derek is Director of Publishing Services 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 – Head of Advocacy
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 Head of Advocacy 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 – International Programme Manager 

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

 

Ben Whitnall – Campaigns Manager

Ben WhitnallBen has a background in digital media and marketing. He worked for five years at a communications agency where clients included the White House and Number 10. Ben is responsible for Bible Society's media engagement.  

Ben is happy to talk about:

  • The Bible and social media
  • The Bible and popular culture

 

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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