The Institute currently employs a full-time Director, a part-time Associate Director (currently vacant) and a part-time Administrator. It is our intention to expand this staff as resources permit. Volunteer opportunities may also be available.

Dr. Jonathan Chaplin - Director

Dr. Jonathan Chaplin
became the first Director of the new Institute in September 2006. A specialist in Christian political thought, Jonathan returned to the UK after seven years at the Institute for Christian Studies, a graduate school in Toronto, Canada. More... 

His current research interests include:

• contemporary political theology
• the role of faith in public life
• religion and political liberalism
• cultural pluralism and civil society.

He can be contacted at or on 01223 566625

Colin Bell - Administrator

Colin began working part-time for KLICE in December 2014.  

He can be contacted at or on 01223 566601.


Former staff

Dr Joshua Hordern - Associate Director 2010-2012

Joshua Hordern was appointed as the first KLICE Associate Director in September 2010. He was responsible for administering and developing the Public Leadership Programme and engaging in research, publication and teaching. Joshua was a KLICE doctoral award-holder from 2007-9. He completed a PhD in political theology at the University of Edinburgh under the supervision of Professor Oliver O'Donovan after which he was awarded a Junior Research Fellowship from 2009-2012 at Wolfson College, Cambridge. He was also an Affiliated Lecturer in Christian Ethics at the Cambridge Divinity Faculty 2011-2012. Joshua took the position of University Lecturer in Christian Ethics, and Fellow of Harris Manchester College, Oxford in October 2012.

Rev Dr Andrew Goddard - Associate Director 2012-2015  

Andrew Goddard was the Associate Director of the Kirby Laing Institute for Christian Ethics between October 2012 and March 2015. He stepped down from the role due to ill-health and remains an Honorary Research Fellow. He is currently researching and writing a book on marriage and sexual ethics.

Before becoming Associate Director, he served on the Advisory Council of KLICE and taught Christian Ethics at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford (where he was a member of the Theology Faculty of Oxford University) and then at Trinity College, Bristol. More...



    Jonathan Chaplin (Director)

    Genevieve Wedgbury
    (Development Officer)

    Colin Bell (Administrator)

Advisory Council


Honorary Research Fellows

    Rev Dr Andrew Goddard

    Prof Oliver O'Donovan

    Prof John Wyatt

    Tom Miller


Research Associates