Thrive Conference – 9th-17th September 2020

Wednesday 9th to Thursday 17th September 2020

THRIVE 2020 - Teaching, Harvest, Refresh, Inclusion, Vision, Ecosystem

The programme is detailed below:

Week of 7th September 2020: Lunchtime 60-minute Fireside conversations (12-1pm): Thriving on our frontlines

Wednesday 9th - Teaching theme (Jeremy McQuoid (Deeside Christian Fellowship) & Neil MacMillan (Cornerstone Church Edinburgh))

Thursday 10th - Harvest theme (Ruth Walker (LICC) & Kieran Turner (Evangelical Alliance))

Friday 11th - Refresh theme (Dr Tharaka Gunarathne)

Saturday 12th September 2020: 60-minute Fireside Conversations: Thriving on our frontlines

10.00 - 11.00am - Inclusion (Ros Loaker (Transform Work UK) & Andy Bannister (Solas Centre for Public Christianity))

11.00 - 12.00pm - Vision (Ken Janke, (Global Advance USA))

12.00 - 1.00pm - Networking lunch

1.00 - 2.00pm - Ecosystem (Tony Hodges, (City Vision))

90-minute Breakout Groups

2.00 - 3.30pm by city:  (A. Aberdeen, B. Perth, C. Glasgow, D. Dundee, E. Edinburgh, F. Highlands/Rural G. Other)

3.30 - 4.30pm - Feedback, Next Steps & Commissioning

Week of 14th September: Lunchtime 60 minute Fireside Conversations: Thriving in our spheres of influence (12.00 - 1.00pm)

Monday 14th - Government & Public sector (Kate Forbes MSP, (Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Scottish Government), Richard McCallum (Finance Director, Scottish Government))

Tuesday 15th - Financial Services & Legal (Colin Stewart (Citi), Stephen Millar (CMS Cameron McKenna))

Wednesday 16th - Energy & Climate (Martyn Link (Wood))

Thursday 17th - Arts & Media (Dave McCulloch (Morphe Arts) & Ian Black (Social Media Influencer)

Thrive Conference 2020 Speakers

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Jeremy McQuoid (T - Teaching theme- Wed 9th Sept 2020) Deeside Christian Fellowship, Aberdeen

Jeremy McQuoid is a Teaching Pastor at Deeside Christian Fellowship Church, Aberdeen. His M.Div is from Trinity Divinity School, Chicago; his D.Min from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Boston. A previous book, The Amazing Cross (IVP) was co-authored with his wife, Elizabeth, a trustee of Keswick Ministries. He has recently co-authored a book on preaching with his brother Stephen.  The book is available from the Opal Trust and Partnership https://www.globookshop.com/shopexd.asp?id=20810  Jeremy is a trustee of the Pathways network, encouraging people to consider full-time Gospel ministry. @DrjezJEREMY

Neil MacMillan (T - Teaching theme- Wed 9th Sept 2020) Cornerstone, Free Church Scotland, Edinburgh

Neil is married to Louise and they have four children. Together they have planted three churches in Scotland, the latest of which is Cornerstone, Edinburgh. Neil is also Director of Church Planting for the Free Church of Scotland which is an evangelical Presbyterian denomination. Neil and Louise both love live music, good food, movies, books, and being by the ocean. Their life ambition is to see hundreds of new, healthy, gospel-centered churches planted in the deeply secular nation of Scotland. Learn more about Cornerstone Church: www.cornerstone-edinburgh.com

Ruth Walker (H - Harvest theme- Thurs 10th Sept 2020) LICC (London Institute of Contemporary Christianity)

Ruth Walker is a mentoring and strategy specialist who has a passion to equip and train people to live every day as disciples in their workplace. A non-executive director and chair of a number of charities including the Scottish Public Leaders programme run by the Evangelical Alliance, Ruth is also a board member of Bethany Christian Trust and also serves as LICC’s ambassador for its transforming work programme. In addition, she was one of the drivers behind the completion of the Barna Report undertaken in partnership with Transforming Scotland, an informal network of Scottish Christian leaders.  This research represents one of the most comprehensive studies thus far of Christianity and Christian ministry in Scotland. Ruth is a member of Newton Mearns Baptist church and is married with two adult children.     https://www.licc.org.uk   https://www.barna.com/transforming-scotland/

Kieran Turner (H - Harvest theme- Thurs 10th Sept 2020) Evangelical Alliance

Kieran joined the Evangelical Alliance Scotland team in 2012. Prior to this, he worked for MSPs at the Scottish parliament for three years, with spells in both Edinburgh and Inverness. Before this, he spent a number of years working in youth and community work in the housing estates of his native Glasgow. Kieran helps the Evangelical Alliance connect with politicians in Holyrood and local government, connects with national and local media, and also provides support and encouragement to churches, organisations and individual Christians trying to engage with wider Scottish society. https://www.eauk.org/about-us

Dr Tharaka Gunarathne (R - Refresh theme- Fri 11th Sept 2020) Dr Tharaka key note speaker and psychiatrist to business
Dr Tharaka Gunarathne is a Consultant Clinical Psychiatrist and Medical Educator. ‘Dr T’ helps corporations understand and navigate the minds of their people, as well as their clients, in order to inform behavioural change that maximises performance and drives greater profit. As a clinical psychiatrist, Dr T applies his professional insight into the human mind, health, interpersonal behaviour and the principles of business psychology to help leaders and teams enhance their capability. He speaks on Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Biases to improve Interpersonal Trust and Sales skills, Leadership, Innovation, Personal Effectiveness and Memory Power. He speaks to Wealth, Health and Technology audiences.
In 2016, Dr Tharaka’s TEDx talk grew into significance, and since then he has been delivering keynotes and working with companies in the FTSE 100, Banking and Finance, Pharma, Creative Tech and Human Resources. https://www.drtharaka.com
Ros Loaker (I - Inclusion theme- Sat 12th Sept 2020) Transform Work UK

Ros Loaker is CEO of Transform Work UK. Ros has been involved with workplace ministry since 2003, supporting and growing leaders of Christian Workplace Groups across the professions, industry, and commerce.  Her passion is to see Christians thrive, to engage with their communities, and be a positive influence there… and for many of us, our communities are our workplaces.  Her personal approach has been valued by many workplace groups.    https://www.transformworkuk.org

Dr. Andy Bannister (I - Inclusion theme- Sat 12th Sept 2020) SOLAS Center for Public Christianity

Andy Bannister is the Director of the Solas Centre for Public Christianity and an Adjunct Speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, speaking and teaching regularly throughout the UK, Europe, Canada, the USA, and the wider world. From universities to churches, business forums to TV and radio, he regularly addresses audiences of both Christians and those of all faiths and none on issues relating to faith, culture, politics and society.

Holding a PhD in Islamic studies Andy has taught extensively at universities across Canada, the USA, the UK and further afield on both Islam and philosophy. He is also an Adjunct Research Fellow at The Arthur Jeffery Centre for the Study of Islam at Melbourne School of Theology.

Andy is the author of An Oral-Formulaic Study of the Qur’an (a groundbreaking and innovative study that reveals many of the ways the Qur’an was first composed) and Heroes: Five Lessons From Whose Lives We Can Learn, an exciting and fast-moving look at the lives of five incredible giants of the Christian faith. His latest book, The Atheist Who Didn’t Exist (or: The Dreadful Consequences of Really Bad Arguments), is a humorous engagement with the New Atheism. He also co-wrote and presented the TV documentary, Burning Questions.

When not travelling, speaking, or writing, Andy is a keen hiker, mountain climber and photographer. He is married to Astrid and has two children, Caitriona and Christopher.

Ken Janke (V - Vision theme- Sat 12th Sept 2020) Global Advance USA

Ken Janke believes that life is enhanced through quality relationships. He works to resource people as change agents and to support people in their process of personal growth.

He believes that collaboration fuels change, and that it works to facilitate opportunities for co-creating and networking. He creates space for transformational initiatives to incubate. Ken has worked in both the corporate for-profit and the non-profit sector for 30 years.  He is the Director of Programmes and Partnerships for Global Advance located in Texas, USA.

Since 1990, Global Advance has provided indigenous training and ministry encouragement for more than 700,000 frontline leaders in 94 nations.

In 2000, the Global Advance Ambassadors Network was formed, which now comprises numerous individuals, churches, ministries and businesses who work together to equip leaders globally. In 2004, Global Advance launched Marketplace Missions with the goal to awaken Kingdom vision and sharpen the skills of Christian entrepreneurs and professionals throughout the developing world. Hundreds of business leaders partner with Global Advance Marketplace Missions through training conferences, business networks, economic development, mentoring, and ministry. See http://www.globaladvance.org

Tony Hodges (E - Ecosystem theme- Sat 12th Sept 2020) City Vision

As a Christian businessman, Tony moved in 2014 from being CEO with day to day responsibilities for the company he had started in 1996, to becoming its Chairman. It had grown to 100 people on 3 continents supporting blue-chip employers and touched some 20 million people around the world each year to a greater or lesser extent.

Increasingly though, after memorising and meditating on the Sermon on the Mount, he found himself asking what a city would look like if the Kingdom of God came fully. He wasn't satisfied with his answers and started to pray more and research. He then added the further question of why the Christian business community in each city was so fragmented. In addition, he did not understand why Christian leaders in cities only appeared to have superficial relationships with each other when Christ's primary command was to display love for one another. He observed that not only did Christian leaders generally not have close links with each other, they did not have close links with the Christian business community in their city either.

This all led to reflecting on what might happen if the Christian business community and the church leader community came together. He started to pray more, discuss and research, meeting some 300 Christian business people and Church leaders around the UK in an 18 month period.

City Vision has come into being as an enabling agency to help the business people of peace and the church leaders of peace in a city to find new ways of working together to bless their city. The lessons from Tony's working life of engaging with large organisations, some employing 500,000 people, seem to fit well with the challenges of city size transformation. The encouragement he has received has satisfied him that God is with us in this endeavour to bring His people together. See http://www.cityvision.life

Kate Forbes (Government & Public Sector - Mon 14th Sept 2020) Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Scottish Government

Kate Forbes is the Member of the Scottish Parliament for the Skye, Lochaber & Badenoch constituency, and Cabinet Secretary for Finance in the Scottish Government. Until she was elected as an MSP, Kate was employed as an accountant in the banking industry. Prior to that, she studied History at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh.

On 27 June 2018, she was appointed as Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy. Later that year she won the "One to Watch" category at the annual Scottish Politician of the Year awards, having been runner-up the previous year. On 6 February 2020 Kate made history by becoming the first woman to deliver a Budget statement at either of the Scottish or Westminster Parliaments.  On 17 February 2020, she was promoted to the role of Cabinet Secretary for Finance - again the first woman to hold the post. 

Richard McCallum (Government & Public Sector - Mon 14th Sept 2020) Deputy Director for Health, Finance and Infrastructure, Scottish Government

Richard McCallum is Deputy Director for Health Finance and Infrastructure at the Scottish Government, where he has responsibility for the effective stewardship of the £13 billion Health and Sport Portfolio budget.  His finance career began with KPMG, where he worked in the External and Internal Audit Function.  Since 2010, he has worked at the Scottish Government in various roles, including a two-year stint heading the financial services department at NHS Fife. Amongst other interests outside of work, Richard is treasurer and vice-chair of Hot Chocolate Trust – a charity working with young people in central Dundee. Richard is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy.

Colin Stewart (Financial Services & Legal - Tues 15th Sept 2020) Citi Bank

Colin Stewart is Managing Director and currently the Country Head of Citi in Scotland. Colin has worked across the Capital Markets business, FX, Derivatives, Risk, Corporate Bank, and Citi Transaction Services.  He has been responsible for all Citi activity for Scotland, employing close to 500 people. Colin has been instrumental in growing Citi's Securities and Fund Services business, with Edinburgh now being a Centre of Excellence of Funds Administration. He serves on the career-ready board (Scotland) and is a member of the advisory board of the Adam Smith Business School. He has served on the board of Scottish Financial Enterprise and was Chairman of the Scottish Enterprise Advisory Board

Stephen Millar (Financial Services & Legal - Tues 15th Sept 2020) CMS Cameron McKenna

Stephen Millar is responsible for the management of the firm CMS Cameron Mckenna, across the UK, CEE, the Middle East, and Asia. He is also a member of the CMS board.  Stephen led the firm through the groundbreaking tripartite merger with Olswang and Nabarro, which has created the UK’s sixth-largest law firm by revenue and the world’s sixth-largest by headcount.

Martyn Link (Energy & Climate - Wed 16th Sept 2020) Wood

Martyn Link's passion is to help individuals and companies to think and act more strategically.  Martyn is leading Wood’s energy transition mega-trend as well as being Head of Strategy for the company. He has been at the centre of the transformational changes that have driven Wood to become the UK’s largest engineering and construction service company and a key enabler of the global energy transition.

Martyn began his career in science, completing degrees in Physiology and Type 2 Diabetes at Edinburgh University. In his 7 years at Wood Mackenzie as a Principal Analyst, he focused on market intelligence and strategy development within the Pharmaceutical and Biotech industry. Martyn subsequently worked with an innovation fund focussed on breakthrough healthcare technology before joining Wood in 2011.

Martyn is co-founder of The Business Connection,  hosting Thrive Conference 2020

David McCulloch (Arts & Media - Thurs 17th Sept 2020) Morphe Arts

David McCulloch created the charity Morphe Arts to advance the Christian Faith particularly but not exclusively through the provision of support work for artists and performers primarily with creative arts throughout the UK or the world. He is committed to equipping the next generation of artists with a Christian vision for creative excellence through individual mentoring, arts conferences, professional seminars, and exhibition opportunities. Morphe Arts provide support and resources to Christian graduates and emergent artists to work with integrity in creative practices and thus make a difference in the world of contemporary art. Morphe offers the following resources: Public lectures and conferences, small group study groups, personal mentoring, books and bible studies, performances, and curated exhibitions. https://www.morphearts.org/about-us

Ian Black (Arts & Media - Thurs 17th Sept 2020) Photographer & Social Media influencer

Ian G Black is a Scottish photographer and social media influencer. He works in partnership with Edinburgh and Scotland’s most prestigious hotel the 5 Star Balmoral conducting Instagram photo tours of the city. Ian works as a social media influencer for many leading lifestyle brands including Eight Yards Kilts, Walker Slater, Glenmorangie, Hamilton & Inches, Stutterheim, Gloverall, Buckle, and Seam, SONYXperia and Glen Moray. https://www.iangblack.com

Thrive Conference 2020 Facilitators

Stephen Hibbard (T - Teaching theme- Wed 9th Sept 2020) Hibbards

Stephen Hibbard is a qualified Executive Coach trained to Diploma Level with ILM. He is an Accredited member of the Association of Coaching (Executive Coach Scheme) and a full Member the Institute of Leadership & Management. His background is in Commercial Retail Management with Marks & Spencer a FTSE 100 Company and he has substantial experience of leading diverse, multicultural Third Sector communities including as the lead pastor of Sheddocksley Baptist Church, Aberdeen for many years.  Stephen is a COSCA trained counsellor and a certified Interpersonal Mediation Practitioner. https://www.hibbards.co.uk

Gregor Howitt (H - Harvest theme- Thur 10th Sept 2020) Gregor Howitt Wealth Management

Gregor Howitt has been involved with all aspects of wealth management and financial planning since 1992. As a Senior Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management, Gregor provides a wide range of services to both individuals and businesses in the North East of Scotland and the Orkney Islands.  He is an elder of Dyce Church of Scotland, Aberdeen and was one of the founders of The Business Connection in 2014. https://www.sjpp.co.uk/gregorhowitt/

 

Robin Stephens (R - Refresh theme- Fri 11th Sept 2020) ICCC

Robin Stephens is the Founder & CEO of Psephos Biomedica, https://www.psephos.com  a business that provides a service to the medical device industry. He has experience in leadership both in the marketplace and the local church. Robin is currently a National Director for ICCC UK. https://uk.iccc.net

Dr Tharaka (I - Inclusion/ V - Vision/ E - Ecosystem themes- Sat 12th Sept 2020) Dr Tharaka
Dr Tharaka Gunarathne is a Consultant Clinical Psychiatrist and Medical Educator. ‘Dr T’ helps corporations understand and navigate the minds of their people, as well as their clients, in order to inform behavioural change that maximises performance and drives greater profit. As a clinical psychiatrist, Dr T applies his professional insight into the human mind, health, interpersonal behaviour and the principles of business psychology to help leaders and teams enhance their capability. He speaks on Emotional Intelligence and Cognitive Biases to improve Interpersonal Trust and Sales skills, Leadership, Innovation, Personal Effectiveness and Memory Power. He speaks to Wealth, Health, and Technology audiences.
In 2016, Dr Tharaka’s TEDx talk grew into significance, and since then he has been delivering keynotes and working with companies in the FTSE 100, Banking and Finance, Pharma, Creative Tech and Human Resources. https://www.drtharaka.com
Jim Grimmer (Government & Public Sector - Mon 14th Sept 2020) P3 Business Care CIC/ The Business Connection

Jim Grimmer was a Police Officer at Grampian Police for 20 years including roles in serious crime and major incident investigation. In 2005, he was awarded the ‘Iraq Reconstruction Medal’ following a year located in the Maysan Province of Iraq, mentoring the new Iraqi Police Service on behalf of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He has also worked for a further 20 years in business development, general management and Director roles within the oil and gas sector in his home city of Aberdeen.   Jim founded the community interest company and social enterprise P3 Business Care to bring personal & proactive care to employees working in partnership with corporate business clients.   Jim was a co-founder of The Business Connection in 2014 and is a graduate of Robert Gordon University (MCIPD) and Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney (Cert IV Ministry). He is a former Street Pastor, an active member of Kings Community Church Aberdeen, a Director of King's Community Foundation and has recently been awarded ministerial status with AOG (Assemblies of God).

Lolu Olufemi (Financial Services & Legal - Tues 15th Sept 2020) KPMG

Lolu Olufemi, is a manager for KPMG in global mobility services. In November 2019 Lolu organised the ‘Make History’ event in Scotland which came at the conclusion of Black History Month, which was observed throughout October to recognise and celebrate the achievements of people of African origin throughout society. Lolu is a passionate public speaker, blogger and a member of King’s Community Church, Aberdeen, Scotland where she leads a ministry supporting and encouraging budding entrepreneurs and business people.

Ayo Shote (Energy & Climate - Wed 16th Sept 2020)

Ayo Shote is an MBA qualified CEO assisting global organisations to clarify their strategic vision and align disparate cross-function agendas in the development and delivery of innovative business initiatives. Having over a decade of experience leading world-class Executive teams to achieve major strategic transformations across West Africa, Oman, Yemen and Pakistan in the Oil and Gas sector.  Most recently Ayo worked as a Non-Executive Director providing guidance and advice on initiating a business start-up to align business capability with market opportunities.

Matthew Irvine (Arts & Media - Thurs 17th Sept 2020)

Matthew Irvine is a Film Maker and Photographer, originally from Northern Ireland and now based in Dundee, Scotland.  He loves the process of filmmaking and as Matt says is, "Thankful to God every day for the process of creating"!  Check out Matthew's Facebook Page at Matthew Irvine

Thrive Conference 2020 Facilitators City Breakouts

Jim Grimmer (A: Aberdeen) P3 Business Care CIC/The Business Connection

Jim Grimmer was a Police Officer at Grampian Police for 20 years including roles in serious crime and major incident investigation. In 2005, he was awarded the ‘Iraq Reconstruction Medal’ following a year located in the Maysan Province of Iraq, mentoring the new Iraqi Police Service on behalf of the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. He has also worked for a further 20 years in business development, general management and Director roles within the oil and gas sector in his home city of Aberdeen.   Jim founded the community interest company and social enterprise P3 Business Care to bring personal & proactive care to employees working in partnership with corporate business clients.   Jim was a co-founder of The Business Connection in 2014 and is a graduate of Robert Gordon University (MCIPD) and Hillsong International Leadership College in Sydney (Cert IV Ministry). He is a former Street Pastor, an active member of Kings Community Church Aberdeen, a Director of King's Community Foundation and has recently been awarded ministerial status with AOG (Assemblies of God).

Kevin Gordon (B: Perth)

Kevin Gordon is a Director of Virtual Reality Empathy Platform Ltd, operating in the area of dementia design.  He describes himself as a 'besotted Papa' with a desire to walk ever-closer to his Lord and Saviour.   His self confessed motto is-be a work who is always in progress!  Kevin is a very active member of Trinity Church of the Nazerene, Perth.

Baptiste Lombard (C: Glasgow) ICCC

Baptiste Lombard is French space system engineer now pursuing a career abroad in beautiful Scotland. He has worked as Systems Engineer on the whole lifecycle on a spacecraft, and now focused on Managing ground segment capability and satellite operations systems. He is the Scottish representative of ICCC (International Christian Chamber of Commerce) based in Glasgow.

 

Martyn Link (D: Dundee) Wood plc/ The Business Connection

Martyn Link works for Wood Plc (www.woodplc.com), the UK’s largest engineering and technical services company, headquartered in Aberdeen. Martyn leads the company’s energy transition mega-trend as well as being head of strategy. He began his career in science, completing two degrees at Edinburgh University before then working in the life science industry in Edinburgh and Dundee. In 2011 Martyn moved to work in the oil and gas industry at Wood, and has been there for 8 years as the company has undergone a series of transformational changes and has recently created a new Christian workplace group within Wood. In 2014 Martyn, co-founded The Business Connection. He lives in the beautiful Scottish countryside north of Dundee and is married to Gladys with three high school-age children.

Eric Smith (E: Edinburgh) Business Matters Edinburgh

Eric Smith became part of Business Matters Edinburgh at the beginning of 2008 after taking early retirement from a 31 year career in the chemical industry with Unilever, Scottish and Newcastle and latterly ICI and its descendant companies. He is Session Clerk at his church in Brightons near Falkirk. Spare time (the little he has) is taken up with photography, caravanning and playing guitar and bass (not all at the same time!).

Craig McKay (F: Inverness & Rural) The Filling Station

Craig is married with three grown up children and runs a family Architectural Practice in Elgin, Nairn and Exeter with his wife Denise. Happily being described as a “tent maker” in terms of ministry and work, Craig looks after the needs of The Filling Station Trust as Scottish Regional Director (www.thefillingstation.org.uk) and the annual Refuel Festival at Gordon Castle (refuel@thefillingstation.org.uk)

Attending Oasis Church in Elgin where he leads worship, Craig enjoys all things creative, techie, and geeky and welcomes any spare time shooting in the hills or fishing the River Spey.

Craig has a passion for church unity and Christian renewal and travels the UK and overseas with The Filling Station Trust to encourage greater partnership and encouragement between denominations and a greater revelation of our completeness and oneness in Christ.

Tony Hodges (G: Other) City Vision

As a Christian businessman, Tony moved in 2014 from being CEO with day to day responsibilities for the company he had started in 1996, to becoming its Chairman. It had grown to 100 people on 3 continents supporting blue-chip employers and touched some 20 million people around the world each year to a greater or lesser extent.

Increasingly though, after memorising and meditating on the Sermon on the Mount, he found himself asking what a city would look like if the Kingdom of God came fully. He wasn't satisfied with his answers and started to pray more and research. He then added the further question of why the Christian business community in each city was so fragmented. In addition, he did not understand why Christian leaders in cities only appeared to have superficial relationships with each other when Christ's primary command was to display love for one another. He observed that not only did Christian leaders generally not have close links with each other, they did not have close links with the Christian business community in their city either.

This all led to reflecting on what might happen if the Christian business community and the church leader community came together. He started to pray more, discuss and research, meeting some 300 Christian business people and Church leaders around the UK in an 18 month period.

City Vision has come into being as an enabling agency to help the business people of peace and the church leaders of peace in a city to find new ways of working together to bless their city. The lessons from Tony's working life of engaging with large organisations, some employing 500,000 people, seem to fit well with the challenges of city size transformation. The encouragement he has received has satisfied him that God is with us in this endeavour to bring His people together. See http://www.cityvision.life

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