Leadership Committee

MODEM’s day-to-day business is managed by a Leadership Committee, elected by members.

Christopher Mayfield, Chair

Christopher Mayfield read Mechanical Sciences at Cambridge, then spent four years in the RAF. A career change followed as he offered himself for ordination in the Church of England. Somewhat to his surprise, his offer was accepted. Ordained in 1963, he served in Birmingham, Luton and Bedfordshire. He studied at Cranfield’s Department of Social Policy and chaired an enquiry into the future of the motor industry in South Bedfordshire. In 1985 he was appointed Bishop of Wolverhampton, moving to Manchester in 1993. He retired to Worcester in 2002. Christopher is no stranger to MODEM, having addressed the first AGM in 1994. He longs to see Christian understandings of Leadership and Management enabling the Church and the wider community to contribute to the development of lives and organisations that are more loving and joyful.

Peter Chiswell, Deputy Chair

Biography to follow

Peter Bates, Membership Secretary

Biography to follow

Richard Fox

Richard Fox is a partner in The Learning Corporation. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a member of the Institute of Management Consultants, an associate of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, a credentialed coach with the International Coach Federation and a Master NLP practitioner. He is an experienced advisor, facilitator and coach with specialist skills in leadership, team working, developing people in line with vision; talent development; building strategic alliances and networks. Richard’s work with churches includes leadership and management development, personal leadership, parish consultancy and one-to-one and team coaching. Apart from the enjoyment gained in his work, Richard has a passion for trekking, choral singing, travel, sport, reading and socialising. He is a member of St. Saviour’s Church, Guildford.

Tim Harle

Tim Harle works with people going through change. His career includes time as a senior executive for a FTSE company, SME director and working with government ministers in Whitehall. He undertook advanced management studies at INSEAD Fontainebleau. Tim has contributed to three books on leadership and is a Visiting Lecturer at Bristol Business School. He lives in rural Wiltshire and counts completing two triathlons among his more memorable achievements.

Sue Howard, Editor MODEM Matters

Sue Howard is Director of Corporate Affairs for the academic Journal of Management, Spirituality and Religion, and also works as an associate with Energize Transformation Partnerships. She previously worked in the Organisational Development team at World Vision, and for Cranfield School of Management’s Management Development group. After studying theology and business administration in California, Sue completed a Master’s in Management Learning with Lancaster University. Her dissertation focused on ‘Spirituality and its links to learning in the workplace’. She co-authored The Spirit at Work Phenomenon (Azure 2004) with David Welbourn. This book has been acclaimed around the world and was ranked number 1 in a list of top 20 Spirit in Business books by the European business magazine Trends. Sue has published a number of other articles, and been invited to speak with national and international audiences. Sue is married with two young children, and lives in Hertfordshire.

Anne Johns

With degrees in Music and many years’ teaching (from infants to University) followed by a spell as Marketing and Product Development Manager in an international company, Anne Johns became a senior lay staff member in an English cathedral. It was only then that she realised just how far behind, in leadership and management skills and behaviours the Church is today in comparison with the secular world, and – even more disturbing – how little her colleagues seemed to realise this. The painful experience of being made redundant when the cathedral’s finances collapsed sparked her interest in MODEM. For light relief, she has written an MPhil thesis on Wagner’s ‘Ring’, founded and run an internationally acclaimed and steel band (the first to play in Crimea…) and failed to deter one of her sons from working in a cathedral. She swims, sings, and is embarking on a full-time degree course in Creative Writing which (her husband hopes) will keep her out of mischief.

Michael Lofthouse

Michael Lofthouse retired from Kent Police in 1996 as a Chief Superintendent. He has extensive operational and strategic management and leadership experience. This includes command of an ethnically diverse and deprived area of Kent, and the senior command role for incidents ranging from large scale public disorder to natural and man-made disasters. On his retirement he entered the Business School at Canterbury Christ Church University, where he became Deputy Director. Academically he specialised in strategic management and the management and leadership of public and non-profit organisations. In 2005, in partnership with the Diocese of Canterbury, he assisted in the development of a Change Management and Leadership seminar series which was later delivered in the Diocese and that of Rochester. He continues to work with the Diocese on a variety of management and leadership issues. Michael retired from the University in 2007. He has lectured in such countries a China, America, Turkey and France. He continues to lecture in Europe, including Cranfield University and the Dutch Police Academy.

John Nelson, Secretary

John Nelson is an Anglican layman working as a management consultant with the Diocese of Liverpool. He was the Head of Management Studies at Liverpool Polytechnic (now Liverpool John Moores University). He has edited or co-edited each of MODEM’s books.

David Welbourn, Editor Spirit in Work

Revd David Welbourn’s working life was spent as an industrial chaplain, latterly with the Surrey and North-East Hants Industrial Mission. He is convener and coordinator of the Spirit in the Workplace Network, which meets quarterly at Douai Abbey, near Reading. David has written numerous articles on faith and work, was editor of the ICF Quarterly, and is a member of the editorial team of its successor Faith in Business Quarterly. He is author of three published books; his most recent is The Spirit at Work Phenomenon (Azure 2004), which he co-authored with Sue Howard.

Keith Williams, Treasurer

Keith Williams is MODEM’s Treasurer. He is a Director of Energize, a social enterprise dedicated to helping individuals and organisations reach their full potential. He is also on the Ecumenical Board of Workplace Ministry in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire. He currently specialises in coaching leaders and management teams – mainly in the voluntary sector, social enterprises and entrepreneurs. He has 24 years consulting experience with leading Management Consulting firms, and was formerly a Vice President of AT Kearney, responsible for their European Transformation practice. He has 4 children and a grand-daughter, and loves gardening.