Our Chair

August 18, 2010

Simon Barrow

A writer, commentator, public policy analyst and practical theologian, Simon has spent decades of work promoting diversity and freedom of religion and belief.

Since 2005 he has served as co-director (and since 2016, director) of the beliefs, ethics and politics think-tank, Ekklesia. Active in the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the author of a wide range of books on public issues, his previous roles include being an assistant general secretary of the ecumenical body, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (2003-2005).

Simon co-founded the Accord Coalition back in 2008 and in 2022 was made the campaign’s third Chair, on an interim basis. His interest in education includes having worked as an adviser in adult education and training for the Anglican Diocese of Southwark from 1991-1996.

Simon says: ‘The way that religion and belief is currently handled within the school system is becoming increasingly anachronistic in our mixed-belief society. I look forward to the day when all state-funded schools are open and accessible to those of different beliefs and backgrounds, and I am honoured to be in a position to help Accord pursue its important aim of full equality and diversity within education.’


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