Recent Manchester resident Elizabeth Hunter has been appointed as the new director of theology think tank Theos.
Elizabeth moves to Theos from The Church & Media Network, the organisation directed by Manchester’s Andrew Graystone. She succeeds founding director Paul Woolley and will take up her new role later in the year.
Ann Holt, Chair of the Theos Board said “We were very impressed by the standard of the candidates applying for this post, but the interview panel was unanimous that Elizabeth was the strongest candidate. A combination of good media experience and an excellent grasp of what Theos is trying to achieve lifted her above the competition.”
Elizabeth was an active member of Artisan Manchester for several years, as well as working as a BBC researcher on Oxford Road. She said: “I am thrilled to be joining Theos, and look forward to working with the team in delivering high quality, thought-provoking research and publications.
This is an exciting moment for public theology. You only need look at the debates about the Census, or the role of faith groups in the ‘Big Society’, or the right balance between equality, religious liberty and human rights to see how the role of Christianity in public life is as central and urgent as it ever has been. Theos is ideally placed to inform and engage with these questions.”
Theos was launched in November 2006 with the support of the heads of the Church of England and Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales to conduct research and provide commentary on issues relating to faith and society.
Network-ea congratulates Elizabeth on the new role. Great news!