Dr Clive D. Field OBE
Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and Cultures, University of Birmingham and Institute for Social Change, University of Manchester. Professional career was in academic libraries, including as Director of Scholarship and Collections at The British Library, 2001-6. Has researched and published extensively in the field of the social history of religion in Britain from 1689 to the present day, with particular reference to statistical sources. Is Co-Director of the British Religion in Numbers website and writes prodigiously for its blog. Has many interests in and links with archive and library collections, including as President of the Religious Archives Group and as a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council on National Records and Archives. For further information, see his entry in Who’s Who.
Mrs Christine Purcell, MTheol, MA, M.Litt., MCLIP, FHEA
Originally from Edinburgh, Christine studied at St Andrewws Univ4ersity, taking an M. Theol. honours degree in 1976. She studied for MA in Librarianship at Sheffdield University, and has spent most of her career in Durham University, where she is Academic Liaison Librarian, liaising (among others) the Department of Theology and Religion, and the School of Education. In 2009 she graduated again from St Andrews University with an MLitt from the distancde learning programme The Bible in the Contemporary World. Her dissertation was on Marian hymns.
In Durham, she is a member of the Catholic Theology Research Seminar, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Centre for Catholic Studies. She is a governor in a small Catholic primary school. Her husband Vincent is a permement deacon of the Diocese of Hexham & Newcastle, and they have three grown-up children.
Mr Anthony E.C.W. Spencer
b.1928. B.Sc (Econ), Southampton, 1948. Security analyst, investment bank, 1951-3. HM Inspector of Taxes, 1953-9. Founded NDS, 1953, PRC, 1964. Senior Lecturer, Cavendish Square Graduate College, 1964-9. Twice President, International Conference on Religious Sociology. Board member, FERES (International Federation of Institutes of Social and Socio-Religious Research), 1960-9. Lecturer/Senior, Lecturer, The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1970-87. Prepared report that led to the Private Schools Conditional Integration Act, New Zealand, 1975. Member, Belfast Education & Library Board, 1973-85, and twice Chairman of its Education Committee. First Chairman, Sociological Association of Ireland. Drafted what became the Education (Northern Ireland) Act, 1978. Co-founded Lagan College, 1981. Founded the Belfast Trust for Integrated Education, 1984, which established two new integrated schools in 1985. Co-founded, N.I. Council for Integrated Education, which now supports c.70 schools. Moved the PRC back to England, 2000. Married, five adult children.
Rev. Dr James Sweeney CP
Vice-Principal, Heythrop College.
Rev. George Towler
After studying for the priesthood at Wonersh, George Towler was ordained on the 16th June 1962. For two years he was a curate in Chelmsford, and when Bishop Patrick Wall asked him to take up hisState Scholarship, he went to the London School of Economics, ansd received a B.Sc (Econ) degree sdpecialising in Criminology anbd the Sociology of Religion. On returning to Chelmsforf he became prison Chap-lain at Chelmsford Prison. As a result of his frtirndship with Canon Francis Houtart he was invited to lecture at the Summer School in Louvain on the Sociology of Religion. It was there met Tom Burns, the then Chairman of Burns & Oates who later became editor at The Tablet and Tom invited him to join The Tablet editorial staff. He worked there for two years and subsequently became a teacher at St. Cedd's Comprehensive School, in Thurrock. He enjoyed twelve happy years at St. Cedd's until the school closed, and then bishop McMahon of Brentwood asked him to go as Parish Priest to Banbury and South Woodham Ferrers. After eight years there he went on Our Lady of Good Counsel, Wickford as Parish Priest for a further five years. He retired from active ministry in 2002 for health reasons, but continues to help out as a Priest in the Diocese.
Works Published The Brentwood Survey
The Nottingham Consultation
The Bishop, a Crisis of Identity