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Rev. Dr. Kate Coleman is Founding Director of Next Leadership.  She has over 30 years of leadership experience in the church, charity, and voluntary sectors. She is also a mentor and coach to leaders.

Kate recently completed a term as Chair of the Evangelical Alliance Council (2012-2014), is a former president of the Baptist Union of Great Britain (2006-2007), and a Baptist Minister.

A popular speaker and lecturer, Kate has gained a reputation as a visionary and an inspiration to many. She is a strategic advisor who mentors, coaches and supports leaders and organisations locally, nationally and internationally. Recognised as one of the 20 most influential black Christian women leaders in the UK, her network extends across all sectors and church denominations.

Kate is author of 7 Deadly Sins of Women in Leadership. Kate is a Certified Stakeholder Centered Coach and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.



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Tom is a Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds. He leads the University’s overall education strategy, ensuring the University attracts, excites, and retains high-quality students from a wide range of backgrounds. He aims to ensure the student experience is challenging, enjoyable, and empowering.  Previously, Professor Ward was a Professor of Mathematics at Durham University specialising in ergodic theory and number theory. Tom will be leading the seminar, “Building God’s kingdom through education”.

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Dave is the Project Co-Ordinator for Unity in Poverty Action which assists the Christian community, and the wider city, to tackle poverty in Leeds. Dave’s work includes co-ordinating better support for refugees and asylum seekers, networking with organisations that support those in addiction. Chairing both the Leeds Homeless Charter and the Leeds Food Aid Network (FAN), which bring a wide range of participants together to help tackle homelessness and food poverty in Leeds. His heart is to see people in churches play their part in tackling poverty in Leeds. Dave will be leading the seminar, “Kingdom leadership in social action”.

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Tony is a Christian businessman whose company grew, over 18 years, to employ 80 people on 3 continents, and impacting some 20 million people around the world each year. He has taken the lessons of his working life to found a new charity, “City Vision” which supports and facilitates the transformation of cities for God’s glory. This is achieved through bringing Christian leaders together from business, government, church, and para-church organisations. Tony will be leading the seminar, “Growing God’s kingdom through business”.

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Chisa is the Co-Founder and leader of the Japanese Christian Fellowship in Leeds.  Her personable leadership is steadily growing this house church as she gets alongside other Japanese people to communicate Jesus in a relevant way. She knows what it’s like to follow Christ in difficult cultural environments as she stays in touch with many who return to Japan and she previously served as a missionary there. Chisa will be leading the seminar, “Starting a fellowship with East Asians”.

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Phil is the Founder and Director of Transformations Leeds. He has over 16 years of cross cultural experience working with international students. He loves spotting potential leaders, training them, and giving them opportunities to lead. He also enjoys coaching internationals on their return home so that they can continue their development. He is currently studying for an MA in Leadership through Redcliffe College, a missionary training centre. Phil will be co-leading the final session, “Grow yourself”.

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Janeth started the Christian Union (CU) movement in her home country, Ecuador, when she was 18 years old.  She went on to become the first General Secretary for the CU movement, receiving training from Samuel Escobar, before going on to administrate IFES (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students) for the whole of South America. Janeth loves developing and training leaders. Janeth will be leading the seminar, “Pioneering a student group in a challenging culture”.