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Steering Committee

A Steering Committee is being established to help direct the development of Cambridge Governance Labs through its early stages in respect of:

  • Vision and overall objectives
  • Governance structure
  • Advisory input
  • Developing networks and partnerships
  • Funding strategy and facilitation
  • Project design and implementation
  • Financial management and accountability
  • Reporting, monitoring and evaluation


Dr Philip Johnston

Philip Johnston is Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.  He has studied Maths, Economics and Theology, and has taught Old Testament in Belfast, St Andrews, Oxford and now in the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity. He has lived and worked in Ireland, francophone Europe and South East Asia.

Philip's doctoral research looked at death in the ancient Near East, and he has published material on this and other biblical topics.  His numerous publications include IVP Introduction to the Bible (2006), Shades of Sheol: Death and Afterlife in the Old Testament (2002) and ‘Civil leadership in Deuteronomy’ in Interpreting Deuteronomy: Issues and Approaches (2012). He has valuable experience of collegiate governance, and of helping an established institution adapt by consensus to a changing environment.


Steve Jones

Steve Jones is a Founding Trustee and former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Humanitarian Centre and is a senior partner in Meta-Development LLP, a Cambridge-based consultancy firm. He has a distinguished career as an international development consultant specialising in management consulting, organisational development and programme cycle management.

With over 30 years’ experience in Europe, Asia, Africa, the CIS, the Caribbean and the South Pacific, he has led design and evaluation missions in diverse subject areas including social protection, livelihoods, health, education, climate change and post-disaster reconstruction. He has a particular interest in organisational change, results based management and aid effectiveness.

Jack Lang

Jack Lang is a serial entrepreneur and business angel, and Co-founder and Chair of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.  He is also Co-founder of Artimi, which is making the next generation of ultra wide band wireless chips.  The author of The High-Tech Entrepreneur’s Handbook, he teaches and examines courses in Business Studies, Entrepreneurship and E-commerce for the University of Cambridge Computer Science Laboratory.Jack is Entrepreneur in Residence at the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning and a Bye-Fellow at Emmanuel College.  In his early career, he founded Electronic Share Information, acquired by E*Trade in 1995, and Netchannel, acquired in 1998 by NTL, where he became Chief Technologist.


Professor Simon Lee

Simon Lee is Director of the Cambridge Theological Federation and Emeritus Professor of Jurisprudence, Queen's University Belfast. He was formerly Rector and Chief Executive of Liverpool Hope University College and Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University. He is founder and chairman of Level Partnerships, which fosters partnerships across sectors such as sport, the arts, education, business and health.

He has served on many public bodies, including the Standing Advisory Commission on Human Rights in Northern Ireland, and on the boards of voluntary sector initiatives, including Initiative 92, which he co-founded and which established the Opsahl Commission. His books include Law & Morals (1986), Judging Judges (1988), The Cost of Free Speech (1990), Uneasy Ethics (2003) and Vincent's 1863-2013 (2014).



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