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Stephen Shaw QC
Stephen Shaw QC (Queen’s Counsel) has been a Senior Counsel in Northern Ireland since December 2001 and has been described as “Probably the most respected QC at the commercial bar in Northern Ireland.” His work encompasses commercial, chancery and public law work, and he has acted for banks, public companies and private businesses, as well as local and central government. In 2015, Stephen was on the panel of the Independent Assessment on Paramilitary Organisations in Northern Ireland. He currently serves as a part-time judge in the High Court in Belfast. Stephen is a gifted preacher and speaks winsomely about Christian apologetics.
Rt. Hon Fiona Bruce MP
Fiona Bruce is the Prime Minister’s Special Advisor for Freedom of Religion or Belief, and has been the Member of Parliament for Congleton since 2010. Prior to being elected as an MP Fiona practised as a solicitor, setting up her own Christian law firm Fiona Bruce LLP, a corporate member of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. As founder and Senior Partner of this law firm Fiona was awarded national winner of the businesswoman of the year award “Women into Business”. Throughout her professional and political life Fiona has been committed to developing and strengthening community projects and has founded a Free Legal Advice clinic, which has run for 25 years, and has a commitment to prison visiting. Internationally, Fiona is committed to the development of a school in Tanzania, and has led teams of business advisors during her summer vacations to Rwanda and Burundi to help build the capacity of businesses there to trade. Individual freedoms and human rights are core to Fiona’s work in Parliament where, in addition to her role as Prime Minister’s Special Advisor, Fiona has served on various committees including the International Development Select Committee and the Parliamentary Joint-Committee on Human Rights. Fiona has also been a Chair of the Pro-Life all-party group in the UK Parliament for ten years.
HHJ Graeme Smith
His Honour Judge (HHJ) Graeme Smith was a partner in a large Manchester firm of solicitors, specialising in commercial litigation. He was appointed a civil and family district judge in 2003 and a recorder in 2011. In 2015 he was appointed a circuit judge, and currently sits at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court dealing with criminal cases. He is the author of “Was the tomb empty?”, examining the evidence for the resurrection from a lawyer’s perspective.
Graham is an extensively experienced Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Associate Director of Psychosocial Services at Thrive Worldwide. He has over 20 years’ service in Christian missions and humanitarian work with YWAM, World Vision, TEAR Fund and Medair. This includes service delivery in Africa and Eastern Europe, organisational stress management consultancy to a range of agencies, and multiple associated field trips throughout Africa, Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe. His principal focus has always been staff care, prevention of difficulties and supporting people to flourish wherever they are. He has also served at Board level for multiple organisations and advocated at the UN in Geneva and New York. Graham has 20 years’ experience in the UK NHS including as Consultant Psychologist professional lead for adult mental health services in the East End of London, lead for Pan London Veterans Psychology Services, Principal Psychologist in London Borough of Hackney adult mental health services and lead clinical champion for digital health care in East London. He has authored several books and chapters on humanitarian worker mental health, lectured in refugee and staff mental health and even managed to snatch 90 seconds on the BBC to talk about aid worker mental health. He lives with his wife, Nanci, in Leighton Buzzard and attends All Saints Church of England.
Dr David McIlroy
David is barrister and theologian. As a barrister, he is head of chambers at Forum Chambers, a boutique set of chambers which specialises in commercial disputes. As a theologian, David has written extensively and spoken widely helping Christian lawyers, judges, and students of law to understand the wisdom of the Bible about God’s heart for justice and God’s purpose for the law, and helping them to understand what it means to serve God faithfully in the law today.
Janys Scott QC is a Scottish Queen's Counsel and a leading family lawyer. Originally qualified and practicing as a solicitor in England, Janys moved to Scotland in 1986, where she worked as a Scottish solicitor before entering the Scottish bar in 1992. Since then, Janys has served as Convenor of the Scottish Child Law Centre (1992–1997), Stepfamily Scotland (1998-2002), and the Scottish Legal Group of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (2004–2010). She has chaired the Advocates Family Law Association (2013–2018) and currently chairs the board of trustees of the Association for Fostering, Kinship and Adoption in Scotland. In 2005 Janys was appointed a part-time sheriff and in 2007 she took silk (became Queen’s Counsel). Janys appears in courts throughout Scotland and has made a number of appearances in the UK Supreme Court. As well as a family lawyer, Janys is a recognised expert in education law and is the author of “Education Law in Scotland” the second edition of which was published in 2016. Janys lives with her husband Kevin in the beautiful Scottish Borders. In 2018 Janys became a trustee of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship.
Felix Boellmann, Ph.D., serves as senior counsel, Europe, with ADF International, leading the advocacy team in Vienna, with a particular focus on national litigation across Europe and advocacy in the German and Russian-speaking world. Advocating for religious liberty, sanctity of life, and the family, including marriage, Boellmann concentrates in European Union, human rights, and public international law. He advises on issues involving the United Nations, European Court of Human Rights, Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and the European Parliament. Prior to contracting with ADF International, Boellmann engaged in private practice in Leipzig. From 2012 to 2017, he worked with the firm of Nagel|Kauerhof, and its predecessor, NWK Attorneys at Law, where his portfolio included corporate law, international contracts, and litigation. Additionally, for 10 years, he served as in-house legal counsel to the EurAsia Group, an energy and natural resources investment firm, with holdings in Europe, Asia, and Canada.
Martin is a specialist in the diverse and always exciting field of "non-profit organizations / NGOs", i.e. legal forms such as the association, federation, foundation, cooperative, gUG, gGmbH, AG, KdöR, as well as the law of non-profit status. He also offers alternative dispute resolution in appropriate cases, is regularly asked for expert opinions, and regularly trains students, volunteer board members, managing directors as well as colleagues to ensure they are equipped for their work. Martin Franke was born in 1957 and raised in Paderborn, studied at the universities of Erlangen and Frankfurt am Main. Even before and during his studies, he was involved in the non-profit sector, sometimes on a full-time basis. After his admission to the bar in 1990, he worked in a Frankfurt law firm with a notary's office before founding the law firm FZF in Frankfurt am Main together with attorney Stefan Zdarsky in 1997. For a good 12 years he also worked as a specialist lawyer for family law. He is married and has three adult children.
Beki has been practising law for over 10 years and is passionate about faith informing the way we work. Having started her career as a corporate lawyer in private practice in London, she is now the director of business development and regulatory affairs for a FTSE 250 company which builds telecom infrastructure in Africa and the Middle East.
Roger Osbaldiston is passionate about developing leaders who are making an impact for God’s kingdom. He currently serves as Global Executive Director of Global LeaderImpact, where he has developed a global network of marketplace leaders in over 500 cities. Previously, he served as the Global Vice President for Cru (CCCi), with responsibility for ministries among leaders worldwide. Roger enjoys speaking to emerging and current leaders about the significance they play in God's redeeming work in the world. Roger was born and raised in rural New Zealand. He graduated from Auckland University, majoring in Economics, Politics and Geography. He met his wife Nicki while they were both working for the New Zealand Government. After an extended period living overseas with their teenage children, they live in North Auckland, New Zealand, while continuing to travel extensively. Alongside their leadership roles, Nicki is a freelance photographer and media specialist. Good Coffee, local beach walks and reading God’s Word restore Roger’s soul.
Henri Aoun, is a native of Beirut, Lebanon. For nearly five decades, Henri has served the Lord in global missions in the Middle East and North Africa. He has served in many roles within Cru/CCCi, including leading the ministry LifeAgape (Cru) for North Africa and the Middle East. Watch this video to learn more about Henri’s legacy. Henri is married to Ruthie, the love of his life, and has two adult children.
Felipe is a lawyer from Brazil who serves as Director of Students and Young Lawyers Ministries at LCF - Lawyers' Christian Fellowship. He is a PhD Candidate in Law at University of Coimbra (Portugal) and sits on the ANAJURE's board (Brazilian Association of Christian Lawyers) and FIAJC Deliberative Council (Inter-American Federation of Christian Lawyers).
Devotionals and Worship
Dr. Collin Outerbridge
Collin is our convocation devotional speaker. He serves as the Lead Pastor of Nona Church in Orlando, Florida. His life changed when he was invited by a friend to join a Bible Study through Cru, a campus ministry at the University of Florida. After being called to ministry, Collin received his MA from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California, and holds his Doctorate of Ministry with a dissertation focus on Generation Z and the future church. He sits on the board of the Lake Nona YMCA and is a requested communicator. The son of Caribbean immigrants and a southeast Orlando native, Collin is passionate about creating churches that are multicultural and multi-generational, reflecting the diversity of the city where he serves. Collin is married to his high school sweetheart, Stacey, and they are proud to be the parents of their four children.
Tim is an experienced worship leader, in addition to his career in the law. He was made a Partner with Fiona Bruce Solicitors in September 2019, having been an Associate Solicitor since July 2017. He is the partner responsible for Employment and Personal Injury. After being called to the Bar, Tim originally trained as a Barrister, cross qualifying as a Solicitor in 2009. He has experience in high-value matters and has a strong track record of settling matters on behalf of clients. He is known for being very approachable with a determination to pursue fair settlements for his clients. Prior to joining Fiona Bruce Solicitors Tim has spent time working as a Consultant to an NGO at the United Nations. He is an active member and Trustee of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship and in 2008 spent time working with Lawyers in Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. and is a Trustee of the Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship. He is also a member of the Employment Lawyers’ Association. Outside of law, Tim plays the guitar and sings, he is a keen runner and is an avid supporter of Liverpool Football Club.