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Cathedrals and churches have always inspired awe and wonder in visitors, even if their primary reason for visiting is not religious. What is it about these buildings that so often touches the souls of the unwary? What are the factors that make space ‘sacred’? And how do we measure the contribution that churches and cathedrals make to our collective quality of life?
Bishop John is the 113th Bishop of Worcester. He is the Church of England’s Lead Bishop for Cathedrals and Church Buildings. His academic interest is in the theology of place and in his writings he has reflected on the role of place in human experience and the Christian scheme of things.
Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012. She came to the college after a long career in the voluntary sector, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001-2012. During her time as DG she made the Trust warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.
Before the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) from 1987-98 and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks) from 1980-87.
Fiona also holds a number of non-Executive roles. She is a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, Chair of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, the Green Alliance, the International National Trusts Organisation and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England.