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The Reverend Mark Oakley

Canon Oakley was born in Shrewsbury in 1968 and was educated in London and Oxford. He was ordained at St Paul’s in 1993 and served his first appointment as Curate of St John’s Wood Church (1993-6). He was then asked to become the Chaplain to the Bishop of London (1996-2000) and was later appointed Rector of St Paul’s, Covent Garden, known as “the Actors’ church” (2000-5). He was also Chaplain at RADA from 2003 to 2005. He was subsequently invited to take up appointment as Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe, based in Copenhagen. Canon Oakley returned to London in 2008 and served at Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, before being appointed to St Paul’s. He is also a Deputy Priest in Ordinary to HM the Queen (1996-). Canon Oakley’s interests are the relationship between faith and poetry, human rights and the place of faith in the contemporary world. He is the author of several books and is a regular lecturer and broadcaster.

The Canon Chancellor is responsible for the educational and outreach activities of the Cathedral through the work of its Schools and Families Department and the St Paul’s Forum. He also oversees the work of the St Paul’s Institute through which the Cathedral seeks to engage with ethical issues concerning the City, finance and human wellbeing. The Canon Chancellor is also responsible for the visual arts policy of the Cathedral which seeks to enhance the mission of the Cathedral through temporary art installations. Canon Oakley’s interests are the relationship between faith and poetry, human rights and the place of faith in the contemporary world. He is the author of several books and is a regular lecturer and broadcaster.

Canon Dr Giles Fraser

Canon Dr Giles Fraser a priest in the Church of England, a columnist and editorial board member for the Guardian, and a regular broadcaster on BBC’s Radio 4 including a panelist on Moral Maze. Previously a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Oxford and Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, he is currently a visiting professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and is writing a theological memoir for Penguin.

Jonathan Bloch

Jonathan Bloch was politically involved in South Africa in the worker and student movements and remains active in human rights circles in the United Kingdom. Since 2002 he has chaired the Canon Collins Educational and Legal Assistance Trust, one of the largest scholarship awarding organisations in Southern Africa. He is also a councillor in the London Borough of Haringey. He trained in law and now owns and run a worldwide financial information business.