Our Work

We have two main strands to our work:

  • Education and Action
  • Advocacy and Engagement

Education and Action

Every time we spend, bank or invest our money we vote for the world to be more just or less fair. Money can be used to hurt people, animals and the environment – or to make the world better for all. 

Money Makes Change is a new national ECCR programme, opening up conversations around how Christians use, spend, save and invest the resources they have – however big or small. We want to equip and empower individuals and churches to take practical action, using finances and the resources available to them, to contribute to social change and to promote economic, social and environmental justice.

The programme builds on our pilot projects and partnerships in recent years and brings together two strands of work: 

  1. Ethical Money Churches and
  2. Your Faith, Your Finance

Ethical Money Churches sought to engage churches and individuals around issues of faith and money through two pilot projects, firstly in the South West (2013-2018) and since 2016, in the West Midlands. Through Bible studies and workshops, we wanted to inspire Christians to make ethical choices with their finances.

The Your Faith, Your Finance website was launched in 2013, in partnership with Quaker Peace and Social Witness. It helped individuals think through money, faith and ethics, and provided information, questions and practical suggestions for action.

These projects and our collaboration with partners, regionally and nationally, have helped us explore how to get Christians talking and acting around faith and money. Bringing this learning together into Money Makes Change enables us to ensure our resources are relevant and inclusive, with the aim of reaching a wider audience and inspiring deeper engagement and more practical action.

We will now have one place where individuals and congregations can access what they need to start these vital conversations and discover how their financial decisions can shape a fairer world. We will be launching resources for use throughout 2020. See Resources  for those currently available for use by individuals and churches.

For more on how Money Makes Change came about, click here.

Advocacy and Engagement

Staying true to our roots, we will continue to campaign on specific issues, such as tax justice, using a partnership approach. 

We are a co-funder of Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) and work closely together. We will seek to replicate this model with other issue areas going forward, as well as maintain our existing links with partners such as ICCR (Interfaith Centre on Corporate Responsibility), LMN (London Mining Network), PWYP (Publish What You Pay) and others. 

Increasingly we are working with partners to advocate for a fairer economy and a more just financial sector. We believe that the choices we make concerning our money have the power to change the world for the better. This is an outworking of our faith, and our planet and society can no longer afford for us to ignore our responsibility as stewards of God’s creation. We all have our part to play.

Join Us and Make a Start.

A typical church with 40 households earning an average income of £25k per year has a collective spending power of £1 million every year. Imagine the difference we can make!

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Dr Margaret Scott

Board Member

Dr Margaret Scott is a member of a religious congregation, the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She is a published author and experienced facilitator. Sr Margaret was an adjunct professor of theology at Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, USA., for 12 years and Director of the Ignatian Leadership Program from 2016. Her book The Eucharist and Social Justice (Paulist Press, 2009) is now translated into Spanish and is used in Catholic universities internationally. Her latest book: Gospel
She served as President of the Conference of Religious in England and Wales and Vice-President of the European Union of Conferences of Major Religious Superiors, focused on international issues of importance to the European community and the Church. She is currently the President of UNANIMA International, an NGO at the UN.

The Revd David Haslam

Board Member

Revd David Haslam is a Methodist Minister who has worked in Coventry, Southampton and London. He was minister of Harlesden Methodist Church from 1974 – 1987 when he became Secretary of the Churches Commission for Racial Justice, as an Associate Secretary of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. He was a minister in south London and chaired the Christian Socialist Movement from 1999 to 2005. He helped found the Dalit Solidarity Network (UK) in 1998 and the international network in 1999. In 2012 he started the Methodist Tax Justice Network which in 2018 became Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) which he now chairs.

The Rt Revd Michael Doe

Vice-Chair of the Board

Michael Doe was Bishop of Swindon in the Anglican Diocese of Bristol from 1994 to 2004, and then General Secretary of the mission agency USPG. He is now Preacher to Gray’s Inn, and an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Southwark. He chaired the ECCR Board from 2013 to 2016. His background is in the interplay between theology and sociology / economics, both practically in ministry on housing estates and as a Diocesan Social Responsibility Adviser, and as a writer and speaker around issues of Missiology. His books include “Seeking the Truth in Love” (DLT), “Today!” (USPG), and “Saving Power” (SPCK).

Rosie Venner

Programme Manager

Rosie joins us from Christian Aid where she worked for 8 years as a Regional Coordinator with churches, volunteers and campaigners in Essex, and then as Deputy Head of the South East Region. She has also worked for Student Christian Movement and the Diocese of Lichfield and is passionate about supporting Christians to put their faith into action to create a fairer world. Outside of work she enjoys gardening, drinking tea, climbing trees with her three small children and reading books whenever she gets a chance. She worships at St Michael and All Angels in Hackney where she is the Fairtrade rep and a children’s leader.

Colin Darling

EMC West Midlands Regional Manager

Colin has worked for many years for faith -based charities including raising awareness of trafficking for sexual exploitation, and for fourteen years with the Church Mission Society in regional support development. He has worked alongside a range of denominations and congregations both in the UK and beyond.

As part of his call to faith, Colin is committed to helping congregations with their ministries relating to social and economic justice and human rights.
Colin and his wife Anne co-lead a small fresh expression church as part of Christ Church the Quinton, in Birmingham Diocese, and in his free time Colin loves long walks in the countryside.
colin.darling@eccr.org.uk

Janie Oliver

Executive Director

With 13 years post qualification experience in Finance, HR and Social Investment, Janie is a chartered accountant who joins us, most recently from Access – the Foundation for Social Investment, where she was the Director of Finance and Operations for the past four years. Janie led on the investment of Access’s £60m endowment, pioneering their “total impact” approach, seeking to maximise the social impact of the portfolio, as well as ensuring the financial goals of the portfolio were met.

Before moving into the charitable sector, Janie worked for nearly 8 years in UK Retail Banking, primarily in Finance and HR Reward roles. Prior to this, Janie spent time in both Cape Town and New York working in audit for a variety of clients. Janie is a trustee and treasurer of FISCH UK (Future for Iringa Street Children), supporting street children in Iringa, Tanzania, as well as a founding trustee of Orchards, a recently established charity with the vision to see women free from sexual exploitation.
janie.oliver@eccr.org.uk

Lee Coates

Board Member

Lee Coates is founder-director of Ethical Investors Group, an independent financial advice firm dedicated exclusively to ethical investment, and Ethical & Environmental Screening Services, which provides social and environmental screening services to charities, faith groups and ethical investment funds. He is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and of the Institute of Financial Planning. Lee was awarded an OBE for services to ethical business and finance in the 2011 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Peter Speirs

Board Member

Peter is a chartered surveyor, now retired; part of his working life was in employment, later he had his own business in Chester.

A lifelong Quaker, Peter has served in a variety of roles, including many years as school governor, and is a trustee of the Quaker Peace Studies Trust, which supports students and research in the Peace Studies department at Bradford University. Peter is currently chair of Churches Together in Chester City Centre, and represent Quakers on Churches Together in Cheshire.

The Revd Raymond Singh

Board Member

Raymond was in International Banking before he became a URC minister in 1987. Currently he is minister in South London and was for twelve years in the 1990s an Industrial Chaplain with South London Industrial Mission Blackfriars, when he was National Trade Union chaplain to AEEU, CWU, NUPE, NUJ and UNISON. As a result of these chaplaincies he has worked on issues such as anti-(water and post office) privatization, and for workers rights. Through the Industrial Mission network in Europe he supported the movement towards awareness of ‘ethical’ investment in the EC.

Raymond is currently working with the Farm Labour Organizing Committee (FLOC) and AFL-CIO as they seek to achieve dignity for tobacco workers among the workforce in North Carolina (USA).

Fr Simon Cuff

Board Member

Fr Simon Cuff is a Tutor and Lecturer in Theology at St Mellitus College. He studied Philosophy and Theology and Jewish Studies at Oxford University. His doctoral research was on the reception of Scripture in recent philosophy and critical theory. He has a passion for social justice in every area of life. In his ministry he has had an association with craft of community organising through Citizens UK, working alongside the Living Wage campaign. He is also a trustee of Migrants Organise, which seeks to use the tools of organising to help migrant and refugee communities to build their capacity to act in society . He has a keen interest in Catholic Social Teaching, sacramental theology and evangelism, and the use of Scripture in systematic theology and political thought.

Maranda St John Nicolle

Board Member

Maranda St John Nicolle is the Executive Director of Christian Concern for One World (CCOW), an ecumenical charity that helps churches and individuals work out how they are called to love God and neighbour in a globalised world. She is also seconded part-time by CCOW to the Diocese of Oxford, where she works on global issues and world church partnerships. She is a member of the Diocesan Environment Officers Energy group and on the steering group of the International Anglican Family Network.

Steve Hucklesby

Board Member

Steve Hucklesby has a background in international development and humanitarian aid, having managed programmes in the context of conflict and post-conflict rehabilitation in Africa and Asia. Steve joined the Methodist Church in 2003 as Secretary for International Affairs and now works as a Policy Adviser within the Joint Public Issues team serving the Baptist, Methodist and United Reformed churches. This role includes acting in an advisory capacity to the Joint Advisory Committee on the Ethics of Investment to assist the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church in its work on social responsibility in the global context. Steve holds an MA in Third World Studies and edited Peacemaking: A Christian Vocation, a publication of the Methodist and United Reformed churches.

Christopher Stockwell

Chair of the Board

Christopher is a businessman who has been involved with a number of companies over the course of 50 years. He did a business degree and helped establish corporate planning in a major engineering company before running property and furniture companies. For twenty years he led the damaged Lloyd’s Names in their fight for justice against fraud and negligence at Lloyd’s, running several major court cases.

Christopher helped pioneer the concept of social audit and was active as a consultant advising a number of major companies about developing their social responsibility policies. He has always believed companies owe a wider duty to stakeholders and must look beyond the next year’s profits forecasts.

As a member of the URC Christopher helped start the 1% campaign in the URC before being asked to lead a similar campaign in the Church of England. He subsequently served on a Diocesan synod. He was a founder of the World Development Movement and also of Christian Concern for One World and of One World Week. Today he is “retired” running a holiday cottage business and doing building and gardening (plus helping with grandchildren!) as well as trying to help develop ECCR.

The Rt Revd William Kenney

Patron

Bishop Kenney was professed in the Passionist Congregation in 1963. After studies for the priesthood, he gained a License in Theology at Heythrop College and was ordained in 1969. He studied sociology and psychology at the universities of Växjö and Gothenburg and worked as a parish priest and academic sociologist within the Catholic Church in Sweden, before pursuing doctoral studies at the LSE. He then lectured in and was Director of Studies at the Dept of Religious Studies in the University of Gothenburg.
Bishop Kenney was ordained bishop in 1987. Besides his duties as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Birmingham, he lectures extensively and is a well-known leader of retreats. He served as President of Caritas Europe (1991-95), is a member of the International Dept of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales and represents the Conference in COMECE. He is a member of the Las Casas Advisory Board.

Lord Harries of Pentregarth

Patron

Bishop Richard became Dean of King’s College, London, in 1981, Bishop of Oxford in 1987, and in 2006 was appointed a Life Peer. Among other roles, he chaired the Church of England Board for Social Responsibility (1996-2001) and the House of Bishops’ Working Party on Issues in Human Sexuality, has served on the Board of Christian Aid, and was a member of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life.
In 1990, he brought legal proceedings challenging the Church Commissioners’ policy on investment, arguing that they gave insufficient weight to ethical concerns arising from the Christian faith. He is the author of 26 books on the interface of Christian faith and wider culture.

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