2015 Conference


Modem’s annual conference returned to Sarum College, set in the serene surroundings of Salisbury’s Cathedral Close. The conference brought together experts from the fields of leadership, management and ministry for stimulating conversations between church and business communities.

As new forms of organising faith communities emerge, power is a major issue – including in churches where its importance is denied and trust is fragile.

This conference aimed to help all to understand more about faith in the future, to help churches to emerge in good shape, and to be ready to live and work trustingly in them.


Keynote Speakers

_wsb_160x160_veronicahhcroppedProfessor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath, and an expert on trust.




Rev_wsb_157x194_justincroppedd Dr Justin Lewis-Anthony, Associate Dean of Students at Virginia Theological Seminary, and an author challenging commonly held views on leadership and ministry.





The conference programme is available here.


Sarum College offers a unique location for conferences with ensuite accomodation and full catering services. Housed in Grade 1 listed buildings in Salisbury’s beautiful Cathedral Close, Sarum’s excellent facilities in peaceful, secluded surroundings are only minutes away from rail and bus stations.

Speaker bios

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey is Dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath. Her research focuses on the link between business strategy, HR strategy and change management. She is particularly interested in the relationship between organisational change and individual transition. She teaches and consults on an international basis.

Veronica specialises in working with large, mature organisations in collaborative research partnerships. A consistent theme of these collaborations is exploration of the challenges of corporate renewal and people transformation. Her most recent work has focused on the repair of trust following the financial crisis, culminating in three reports for the CIPD:Where has all the trust gone? (2012), Cultivating trustworthy leaders (2014) and Experiencing trustworthy leadership (2014).

Veronica is a member of the UK Government’s Task Force on Employee Engagement. Her previous appointments include Associate Dean and Professor of HRM at Cass Business School, Professor of HRM at Cranfield School of Management, and also a Fellowship at the University of Cambridge. Her publications include Strategic Human Resource Management with Lynda Gratton and Exploring Strategic Change with Julia Balogun.

Revd Dr Justin Lewis-Anthony is the Associate Dean of Students and Director of Anglican Studies at Virginia Theological Seminary. He completed a PhD in theology and film from the University of Kent at Canterbury in 2012. His thesis examined the contrasting ways in which leaders and followers, teachers and disciples, are portrayed in the Christian tradition and in popular film, arguing that much of the expressed desire for ‘leadership’ within the church has its origins within cultural, rather than theological models. He has a BA in History from LSE and a MA in Theology from Ripon College Cuddesdon.

Before joining Virginia Theological Seminary, he served 10 years as Rector of St Stephen’s Church, a large suburban parish in the city and diocese of Canterbury. He was Precentor of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford from 1998 to 2003.

Justin writes commentaries on matters of church and state for The Guardian. He also teaches undergraduate courses in the Theology and Religious Studies Department of the University of Kent.

His published works include You Are the Messiah and I Should Know: Why ‘Leadership’ is a Myth and Possibly a Heresy (Bloomsbury, 2013).

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