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Series 2 Episode 2 with Rachel Luetchford

In this episode podcast Jonny Abbott interviews Rachel Luetchford and Simon Barrington about their research into millennial leaders. Rachel Luetchford is a millennial and graduated in 2017 with a First class degree in International Development. Before University, she lived in Canada whilst on the Soul Edge leadership course. Rachel has been the key researcher on the Forge Leadership Research report and as part of that has interviewed 50 millennials in leadership. She has been interested in...


Series 2 Episode 1 with Jonny Abbott

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Episode 29 With Simon Barrington

In this final Episode of Series 1 of the Forge Leadership podcast, Peter Wooding turns the tables on Simon Barrington, Founder and Director of Forge Leadership and asks him what the vision is behind Forge, why he is passionate about raising up a generation of leaders of outstanding character and what he's planning for Forge Leadership in the future


Episode 28 With Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas embodies for me a person who lives out their values in leadership. After 25 years building his business, 8% of his revenues go to supporting charitable work around the world and particularly in India. Mark runs MDNFusion and is the founder of Child's Trust. Simon Barrington met up with him to find out what makes him tick.


Episode 27 With Bonnie Yule-Kuehne

Bonnie Yule-Kuehne is the Global Chief Operating Officer of Alpha ( Millions of people have tried Alpha, all around the world, and it's been translated into 112 different languages. Alpha has helped many people outside of the church who wanted to explore the Christian faith. Alpha now runs in every part of the global church, including the Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and all mainline Protestant denominations. Simon Barrington caught up with Bonnie and found out why...


Episode 26 With Rosalee Velloso Ewell

Dr. C. Rosalee Velloso Ewell is the Principal of Redcliffe College in Gloucester. She is a Brazilian theologian from São Paulo and has a PhD in theological ethics from Duke University. She is the co-author of a book on the global theological history of mission and evangelism, various studies in inter-faith relations and reconciliation, and research on poverty, wealth and justice. She currently lives and works with her family in a multi-ethnic neighbourhood in Birmingham, England.


Episode 25 With Revd Simon Lewis

This is Simon Lewis who works for the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace, as Dean of St Anselm's Community, a community of Christians aged 20-35 from all over the world who give a year of their lives to living in a 'radical Jesus-centered community of prayer, study and serving local communities - all based at Lambeth Palace in London.'


Episode 24 With Andy Hawthorne OBE

Andy Hawthorne OBE is Founder and Chief Executive of The Message and an in-demand international evangelist and communicator. He was awarded the OBE in 2011 in recognition of his services to young people. In 2018 Andy won the Sunday Times Non-profit Chief Executive of the Year. Simon Barrington visited Andy in his offices in Manchester and talked about leading a successful organisation. Andy confesses to not having a job description, but if he did have one it would have two lines. Keep...


Episode 23 With Patrick Regan OBE

Patrick Regan OBE is the founder Kintsugi Hope - a new charity that exists to create safe and supportive spaces for those experiencing mental and emotional health challenges. Prior to that Patrick was CEO of urban youth work charity XLP. Patrick has travelled to over thirty countries working with and on behalf of the poorest communities and is a regular contributor on radio and TV on issues of poverty and justice. He is the author of four books, the most recent being When Faith Gets Shaken....


Episode 22 With James Lawrence

As the director of the CPAS development team and Arrow Leadership Programme, James Lawrence lives and breathes what he teaches. More than just the raison d'etre for Arrow and Growing Leaders, James really does exist to help church leaders to be led more by Jesus, lead more like Jesus and lead more to Jesus. In this interview with Simon Barrington James talk about that calling.


Episode 21 With Debbie Duncan

Debbie Duncan is a senior nurse lecturer and advanced nurse practitioner. She is also a church leader, a minister’s wife and writer. Married to Malcolm they have four grown up children. She is author of 40 professional journal articles and co author of Lifelines: a christian novel. She is author of, “The art of daily resilience” which is a blend of experience, theology and life. She calls herself an “intuitive theologian”. Her latest book; “Brave , courage through the seasons of our lives”,...


Episode 20 with Baroness (Caroline) Cox

Baroness (Caroline) Cox became a Life Peer in 1982 for her contributions to education and has served as a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. Lady Cox now sits in the Lords as a crossbencher and is a frequent contributor to Lords debates on Sudan, India, Nigeria, Uganda, and Burma. Baroness Cox’s humanitarian aid work has taken her on many missions to conflict zones, allowing her to obtain first-hand evidence of the human rights violations and humanitarian needs. Areas...


Episode 19 with Mark Heasman

Mark Heasman loves the outdoors, loves working with young people and children and loves seeing transformation in their lives. Over a 20 year career as a Chief Executive he has led Rock UK - a Christian outdoor pursuits provider, Ormiston Families and now is set to lead the global organisation Christian Camping International. Simon Barrington catches up with Mark during the last week of his current role with Ormiston Families and reflects on what has shaped him as a leader.


Episode 18 : with Jody Wainwright

Jody Wainwright is a Director of the British Fine Jewellery company Boodles, a family run company where he particularly enjoys finding and acquiring diamonds from around the world. Simon Barrington asks Jody how he applies his Christian faith and values to his work and how relationship is one of the fundamental keys to success in business.


Episode 17 With Nic Harding

Nic Harding is the Director of Together for the Harvest ( - a region wide missional unity movement and Kairos Connexion ( a national network of Churches and leaders journeying together in mission and discipleship. Nic talks about raising up young leaders, the need to give them space and to be authentic and what it means to be a leader who others can follow closely.


Episode 16 With Steve Adams

Steve Adams has spent his career helping people, companies, charities and churches become persuasive - because persuasion is the bread and butter of progress. When you communicate, how clear are you on what prompts response in their brain? In 2017 Steve published a book called CentreBrain which identifies how communication prompts, and harnesses the normally subconscious Limbic brain. Steve works with a range of people, organisations and charities helping them apply the prompts and...


Episode 15: With Rev Dr. Hugh Osgood

This weeks guest is the Rev Dr Hugh Osgood. Hugh is a senior UK church leader, accomplished Bible teacher and preacher, and is known for his thoroughness combined with prophetic and practical insights. Hugh is passionate about equipping fellow leaders and for encouraging churches to engage with their communities. He holds a number of national and international positions, being the Free Churches Moderator and a President of Churches Together in England, as well as being the Co-Chair of the UK...


Episode 14: With Dr Krish Kandiah

In this episode we interview Dr Krish Kandiah. Krish is the Founding Director of Home for Good, a young charity seeking to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable children. Together with his wife, Miriam he co-authored a catalytic book “Home for Good” which blends the story of God and addresses challenges of our times. Krish is in demand as a speaker both nationally and internationally. He regularly speaks at larger conferences, corporate events and is a regular broadcaster on...


Episode 13 : With Tim Morfin

This weeks guest is Tim Morfin. Tim is the Founder and CEO of Transforming Lives for Good ( ) and innovative Christian charity that is partnering with local Churches to come alongside children at risk of being excluded from education. Tim talks about the growth of the charity over 25 years, how it was founded, how he has changed as leader and the other leaders that have had an impact on him. Full of inspiring stories, this is a must listen for budding social entrepreneurs.


Episode 12 : With Joy Marsden

Joy's mission is to 'Inspire the Worlds Professionals’ to live a happy and successful life. She is known for her incredible, purpose-filled, healthy perspective to work and everyday pressures. She is the author of ‘Keep Stepping! Essential ways to lead yourself and others through challenge and change’ and has a wealth of experience working with high level executives and coaching managers and their teams. Whereas others push you to work harder and make sacrifices, Joy focuses on working with...