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Big Hope 2 will focus on four main areas of discussion that have a huge impact on global society:

  • Freedom
  • Conflict
  • Equality
  • Change.

Delegates will explore these areas by thinking about what they mean to them as individuals, what the changing world means to their lives and what they can do to make a difference. To help the discussion and thought, Big Hope 2 will be thinking about these important areas under 12 themes:

  • Health and Well-being
  • Migration
  • Faith
  • Innovation
  • Education
  • Sport
  • Communication
  • Work and Business
  • Community
  • Politics
  • Culture
  • Environment.

The Big Hope 2 will offer a packed week of workshops, keynote lectures and learning opportunities.

Keynote Lectures

Sessions for all delegates delivered by highly respected speakers from business, culture and education.

Thursday 14th June

A career saving millions of children a year
Professor Janet Hemingway CBE
Sports Hall, 9-10am

In the wake of Drake
Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE
Sports Hall, 1-2pm

Friday 15th June

Being the Best Club
Richard Kenyon
Sports Hall, 9-10.30am

Including You in the Future World of Work

Philip Jennings
Sports Hall, 9-10.30am

Leadership in promoting educational transformation for all across the world
Rt Hon Charles Clarke
Sports Hall, 1.30-2.30pm

Monday 18th June

Young People, Berevement and Loss
Baroness Ilora Finlay
Sports Hall, 9-10am

Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable
Sports Hall, 1-2pm

Management, Leadership or Followership - You choose
Sir Christopher Stone
Sports Hall, 2-3pm

Discussion Forums

Following keynote addresses, delegates will have the opportunity to discuss and debate the issues raised with a panel of experts.

Thursday 14th June

Women in Leadership

Location: Sports Hall

Time: 10am-12pm

The discussion forum on “Women and Leadership” will consider the lessons learnt by women in a range of positions of leadership. What difference does it make to public discourse, debate, priority setting, and accepted styles of leadership when women are the role models for leadership? What will it take for more women to become leaders and to be recognised as such?

  • Angela Samata
  • Lesley Regan
  • Cindy Hamilton
  • Dr Abhaya Gurumurthy
  • Dr Alex Owen


Location: LTC A

Time: 10am-12pm

Do Faith and Religion build barriers or break them down? Why is religion linked to war and conflict, yet is also seen as a source of peace and cooperation? This discussion forum will consider the significance of religion in contemporary society. It is evident that the need for religious communities to meet the challenges of our time is vast. But how can we foster greater understanding to address common concerns on local, national and international levels?

  • Father Michael Lapsley
  • Rev Jacky Embrey
  • Bishop Paul Bayes
  • Salman Al-Azami
  • His Excellency Karma Ura
  • Dr Andrew Cheatle


Location: LTC C

Time: 10am-12pm

Human beings have always moved location - 'migrated'. The first humans had their origins in present-day Africa, and gradually moved across the world. Over the last 300 years, the scale of migration - and the distances people move - has increased significantly. Large numbers of people move to better their lives. Across the world, many more migrate because they are 'pushed away' from their homes by the consequences of war, climate change, famine, economic collapse and poverty. In the present world those that move (especially the poor) often face huge barriers which restrict their entry to their desired (or indeed any) destination. This panel will consider whether there is a solution to be found to this difficult scenario.

  • Dr Myra Houser
  • Professor Anne Lonsdale
  • Alison Moore
  • Ewan Roberts
  • Sam Tomlin
  • Angela Lake
  • Vanessa Boateng
  • Dr John Bennet

Environment and Technology

Location: EDEN 130

Time: 10am-12pm

Our environment is forever changing. Technological innovation is moving at a pace never seen before. Technology has the potential to harm our environment as much as it can help solve some of the biggest environmental challenges we face as a society. The panel will discuss the effects technology has on our environment and how we must use it wisely to develop sustainable ideas to prepare our world for the future.

  • Professor Luca Fiorani
  • Neil Thorns
  • Steve Lowe
  • Paul Allen
  • Paul Rooney

B!RTH Project

Location: LTC B

Time: 10am-12pm

B!RTH is a unique collaboration between science and theatre. Using a series of provocative plays and dynamic panel discussions, this global theatrical project aims to raise awareness, change policy and provoke debate around the vast inequality in maternal and newborn health across the world. Each year, an estimated 303,000 women and over 5 million babies die because of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. The vast majority of these deaths occur in low and middle income countries, and many are preventable. B!RTH’s hard-hitting plays explore some of the issues behind these deaths. They are written by some of the world’s most exciting female playwrights, who cover themes such as lack of choices in pregnancy and birth, violence against women and abuse of reproductive health rights.

Friday 15th June


Location: Sports Hall

Time: 10.30am-12pm

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Nelson Mandela

Many of us believe passionately that Education is critical to meeting the global challenges of climate change, migration, terrorism and inequality. But what if Education is part of the problem rather than solution? This discussion forum will consider questions such as: Can better education overcome social inequality? What are the purposes of higher education in a globalised world? Who controls education policy across the world – and who should?

  • Rt. Hon. Charles Clarke
  • Professor Roger Brown
  • Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
  • Dr Birgit Schreiber
  • Mary Reynolds
  • Jane Beever
  • Fr. Chris McCoy
  • Phil Bamber


Location: LTC B

Time: 10.30am-12pm

Sport has the power to bring millions of people together to achieve social good. The panel will discuss the management of global sport activities, elite performance and corporate social responsibility. How can sport organisations balance the requirements of elite performance whilst also having a key part to play in society?

  • Alan Irwin
  • Denise Barrett-Baxendale
  • David Unsworth
  • Professor Stephan Wassong
  • Tim Vine
  • Richard Kenyon

Art and Culture

Location: EDEN 130

Time: 10.30am-12pm

It can be said that art and culture are the lifeblood of a vibrant society. In the UK, local authority budgets are under unprecedented pressure, with significant cuts being made to museums, libraries and the arts. This is mirrored in countries across the world. This international panel will consider the importance of arts and culture, the difference that they make to individuals and to society and how this can be maintained in a culture of shrinking budgets.

  • His Excellency Mr Viorel Raducanescu
  • Mike Stubbs
  • Professor David Fleming
  • Dr Prashant Nayak
  • Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh
  • Neha Bhatnagar
  • Professor Steve Davismoon


Location: LTC A

Time: 10.30am-12pm

Is Community just a collection of human beings; a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common? Or is Community about human relationships and shared identity? This discussion forum will draw on the panel’s experiences to give an insight into developing and maintaining Community in contemporary society. 

  • The Rt Hon Lord David Alton
  • Erinma Bell
  • Bishop Vincent Malone
  • Neil Thorns
  • Brother Victor Ramos
  • Cllr Jane Corbett
  • Fr Michael Lapsley
  • Professor Sonja Tiernan

Monday 18th June

Health and well-being

Location: EDEN 130

Time: 10am-12pm

There will always will be global health challenges to face. From infectious disease to mental health problems, from addiction to destitution, the context of people’s lives to a large extent determine their health.  Drawing on experiences from across the health and wellbeing sector, this discussion forum will explored the role of health systems, research and innovation in reducing health inequalities and improving wellbeing across the world.

  • Dr Robert Atlay
  • Professor Sir Ian Gilmore
  • Angela Samata
  • Dame Lorna Muirhead
  • Carol Maibvisira
  • Nick Talbot
  • Caroline Wakefield

Young People, Bereavement and Loss: How do we Foster Resilience and Provide Support?

Location: Sports Hall

Time: 10am-12pm

This panel brings together leading figures and practitioners from within the field of death, dying and bereavement to discuss the impact of grief upon children and young people. Discussion will explore what we can do - individually, within organisations, and as a society - to limit the long-term impact of loss and support them in their grief.

  • Baroness Ilora Finlay
  • Mike Brennan
  • Natasha Williamson
  • Dr Shirley Potts
  • Frances Hayes


Location: LTC A

Time: 10am-12pm

Business organisations are facing unprecedented change and complex challenges both within the UK and globally. What will be required of the global business leaders of the future? How can we prepare young people for jobs that do not exist yet? How can the young leaders we have with us today be ready? The panel will discuss the qualities that will be required of future business leaders, how to address the current skills gap and how to prepare young people for the world of global, and often virtual, business.

  • Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable
  • Sir Christopher Stone
  • Ken Pye
  • John O'Shea
  • Helen Watson
  • Dr Basheer Oshodi
  • Ian McKenna

Disability Gains: Valuing Disability in Education and Culture

Location: LTC B

Time: 10am-12pm

In Western society, disability is typically associated with the narrative of ‘loss’ – loss of body-mind functions, loss of abilities, loss of independence. This narrative then weaves its way through cultural texts such as film, television, theatre, comedy, news and literature, and results in representations of disabled people as sources of inspiration, people to pity, gaze at, even laugh at. In more recent times however, there has been a growth in cultural activities that confront this narrative of loss, and which help us recognise the value of human variations and the significant ‘gain’ that individuals, communities and societies can experience from disability.
This forum aims to explore how disability arts, disability comedy and disability sport can help us question the dominant narrative of loss, and hopes to stimulate debate about issues such as: Why do we give non-disabled actors disabled roles? Why are the para-Olympics and Olympics separate events? Should disability art/sport/comedy be something separate to ‘mainstream’ art/comedy/sport?

  • Ruth Gould
  • Claire Penketh
  • Laurence Clark
  • Dr John Patterson
  • Nanette Mellor
  • Professor David Bolt
  • Harriet Dunne

Tuesday 19th June

Ten Years On

Location: LTC B

Time: 9am-10.30am

In 2008 Liverpool Hope University hosted ‘The Big Hope Global Youth Congress’ the University’s celebration of Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture.  Liverpool attracted 9.7 million additional visits as European Capital of Culture and generated over £700 million of economic impact.  What is the true legacy of 2008 for both the City of Liverpool and former delegates of the Big Hope? This session will reflect on the last 10 years and give an insight into what the next ten years might bring.

  • Lord Mike Storey
  • Prof Bill Chambers
  • Professor David Fleming
  • James Robinson
  • Lisbet Lenaers
  • Alicia Smith
  • Ken Pye

Peace and Youth Engagement (organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies)

Location: EDEN 130

Time: 9am-10.30am

The panel on Peace and Youth Engagement organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies brings the perspective of important activists in the areas of peace and community engagement including Pax Christi, the Justice and Peace Commission, the Archbishops Council, Anne Frank House, and the Olham Pledge to Peace Forum. Panellists will talk about the challenges of their work at a local and international level, and will engage in a conversation about how youth engagement in a variety of areas can foster a culture of peace.      

  • Dr Catalina Montoya Londono
  • Steve Atherton
  • Nadine Daniel
  • Dr Ivana Gabalova
  • Pat Gaffney
  • Richard Outram

Social Work - The value of International Learning Experiences

Location: Sports Hall

Time: 9am-10.30am

This session will explore how Liverpool Hope works with project partners from across the globe to enrich learning. The panel will review and compare experiences of a four-week placement in Gambia, a USA/UK mental health Summer School and a field trip to West Bank, Palestine.

  • Professor Patricia Roehling
  • Salifu Manneh
  • Professor Mohammed Amara
  • Professor Michael Lavalette
  • Nicki Blundell
  • Scott Massie
  • Lucy Hanson
  • Dr Carolyn Bishop

What are Universities for?

Location: LTC C

Time: 9am-10.30am

This session will consider questions around the social, cultural, and economic roles that Higher Education plays across the world. It might be easy to justify the existence of universities to deliver applied subjects such as teaching and nursing, but it is more problematic to articulate the essential need for Higher Education in, for example, the humanities. The discussions will focus on how we can - and should - explain the importance of universities in society today. This will also form the backdrop for us to showcase some of the exciting projects being undertaken by Liverpool Hope University’s current research students.

  • Dr Ian Cosh
  • Dr Richard Budd
  • Janet Speake
  • Professor Frederick Hale
  • Dr Birgit Schreiber

Learning Tracks

Choose to explore new horizons that you will expand and develop as part of a week-long project.

Alice Bennett Society, Culture and Migration
Susan Murray Communication and Truth
Professor Michale Lavalette and Tracey Ramsey Conflict and Education
Dr Emma Katz When Love Feels Bad
Dr Joseph Maslen Young People and Revolution
Prof Sandra Chistolini, Dr Daniela Mangione and
Luca Balugani
Global Citizenship, Education and Faith
Dr Carolyn Bishop Global Education: What makes a student come back a “different person”?
Dr Kevin Crawford Exploring Conservation
Hope Williams Model United Nations (MUN)
Dr Ivana Gabalova and Karen Polak Stories that Move
Milapfest Uniting Hearts through Indian Dance
Professor Cindy Hamilton, Philomena Harrison, Sue Cronin and Dr Abhaya Gurumurthy Storytelling, Identity and Community
Dr Denise Roche Sport, Exercise and Health
Dr Tony Bradley, Dr Donna Harper and Dr Asad Ghalib Transforming Enterprise – from Self to Community Business
Dr Laura Waite and Associate Professor Claire Penketh Disability Gains
Dr John Tillson Children’s education: Who has the right to decide?
Associate Professor Peter McGrail Pilgrimage


Reflection Sessions

A relaxed and informal opportunity for our residential delegates to come together at the end of each day to reflect on issues raised during the keynote speeches and parallel sessions.

Open and Closing Ceremonies

Reflecting the ecumenical foundation of Liverpool Hope University, the opening and closing ceremonies will take place at the city’s Anglican and Metropolitan Cathedrals.

Day Trips

Liverpool is a fantastic city known around the world for music, sport and the warmth of its people. There will be opportunities throughout The Big Hope 2 for delegates to explore locally, and beyond into the beautiful North West region of England, both on their own, or as part of organised day trips (additional costs apply).

The Big Hope 2 Exhibition and Concert

To showcase the artistic and creative work produced during the week, we will host a concert and exhibition at the University.

During The Big Hope 2 you will have the opportunity to hear from a host of leading international contributors.

Keynote speakers

Professor Janet Hemingway CBE

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Professor of Insect Molecular Biology, Senior Technical Advisor on NTDs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Professor Hemingway initially trained as a geneticist and is currently Professor of Insect Molecular Biology and Director of the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, with 450 staff based in Liverpool, Malawi and several other tropical locations. She has 38 years’ experience working on the biochemistry and molecular biology of specific enzyme systems associated with xenobiotic resistance. She has been PI on projects well in excess of £60 million including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded Innovative Vector Control Consortium.

Inaugurated as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2006. Inaugurated as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in 2008. Conferred as Honorary Doctor of Science by Sheffield University in 2009. Elected as a Foreign Associate to the National Academy of Scientists, USA 2010. Elected as a Fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology 2011. Inaugurated as a Fellow of The Royal Society 2011. Commander of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the Control of Tropical Disease Vectors 2012. Conferred as Honorary Doctor of Science by the University of Warwick 2015. Conferred as Honorary Fellow by Faculty of Public Health, Royal College of Physicians 2015. Conferred as Honorary Doctor of Science for University of Chester 2016. Conferred as Honorary Fellow of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 2018.

Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE

Explorer and founder of the Scientific Exploration Society

John Blashford-Snell is one of the world’s most renowned explorers, leading more than 70 expeditions. These include an exploration of the infamous Blue Nile, making the first vehicle crossing of the Darien Gap, and navigating all 2,700 miles of the Zaire River. The last two having environmental, medical and scientific objectives.

In 1969, he helped form the Scientific Exploration Society. Following the success of Operation Drake, which involved 400 young explorers from 27 countries on a two-year circumnavigation, Operation Raleigh was formed in 1984. By 1992, it had enabled 10,000 young people from 50 countries to take part in expeditions around the world.

Blashford-Snell retired from the Army and as Director-General of Operation Raleigh in 1991, becoming Chairman of a £2.5 million appeal to establish a centre to provide vocational training and guidance in Merseyside. Known as ‘The Door’, the centre has helped over 40,000 less privileged young people. He also chaired The Liverpool Constructions Craft Guild, which promotes the training of skilled craftsmen in Liverpool.

The Colonel was awarded the Segrave Trophy (1974), the Livingstone Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society (1975), the Patrons Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (1993) and the Gold Medal of the Institute of Royal Engineers (1994). He has also written 15 books, is a broadcaster and lecturer, and leads expeditions worldwide.

Philip Jennings

Philip Jennings is General Secretary of UNI Global Union, the global trade union for the services sector, with 900 unions in 150 countries. Philip is a global union pioneer, recognised as the ‘global warrior’ for workers’ rights. UNI Global Union has spearheaded a coordinated union in all continents, with over 150 initiatives in 50 countries.

Rt Hon Charles Clarke

Former Home Secretary and Former Secretary of State for Education and Skills

Charles Clarke was Member of Parliament for Norwich South from 1997 to 2010. He served as Education Minister from 1998 and then in the Home Office from 1999 to 2001. He then joined the Cabinet as Minister without Portfolio and Labour Party Chair. From 2002 to 2004 he was Secretary of State for Education and Skills and then Home Secretary until 2006.

Charles was previously Chief of Staff to Neil Kinnock, Leader of the Labour Opposition and a councillor in the London Borough of Hackney, chairing the housing committee.

He now holds Visiting Professorships at Lancaster University and Kings College London and works with educational organisations internationally. In 2011 the Centre for European Reform published his ‘The EU and Migration: A Call for Action’. In 2014 he published ‘The Too Difficult Box’, an analysis of the problems which need to be overcome in promoting change, and in September 2015 two studies in political leadership, ‘British Labour Leaders’ and ‘British Conservative Leaders’; in 2015 he wrote, with Professor Linda Woodhead, “A New Settlement, Religion and Belief in Schools”.

Mr Clarke read mathematics and economics at Kings College Cambridge and was then President of the National Union of Students. Born in 1950, Mr Clarke married in 1984. He and his wife Carol have two sons.

Baroness Ilora Finlay

Professor of Palliative Medicine and independent crossbench member of the House of Lords

Baroness Ilora Finlay is Professor of Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University, and established the Diploma/MSc in Palliative Medicine; and lead Palliative Care in Wales to ensure seven-day specialist services with 24/7 advice.

She is President of the Chartered Society for Physiotherapy, Vice President of Hospice UK and Marie Curie Care, and past-President of BMA, RSM and the Association for Palliative Medicine.

Baroness Finlay chairs the National Mental Capacity Forum for Ministry of Justice and Department of Health. She became a Life Peer in 2001, served on the Select Committee on Assisted Dying for the terminally ill, and now co-Chairs the think-tank Living and Dying Well.

The Deputy Speaker in the House of Lords, was named Welsh Woman of the Year 1996-97 and has held Visiting Professorships in the Netherlands and Australia. In 2008, she was named 'Woman Peer of the Year'; and was named the 2007 Parliamentary Charity Champion. In 2014, Baroness Finlay received the Welsh Livery Guild Lifetime Achievement Award.

Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable

Leader of the Liberal Democrats and the Member of Parliament for Twickenhan

The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable was Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015). He was Member of Parliament for Twickenham 1997-2015; deputy leader of the Lib Dems 2007-2010 and shadow chancellor 2003-2010.

Vince Cable read Natural Sciences and Economics at Cambridge University, where he was President of the Union, followed by a PhD at Glasgow University. From 1966 to 1968 he was Treasury Finance Officer for the Kenya Government. After lecturing at Glasgow University in economics he worked for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a first secretary in the Diplomatic Service (1974-76). He was then appointed Deputy Director of the Overseas Development Institute, which included a period working for the then Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, John Smith, as a special advisor.

From 1983 to 1990, Vince worked as special advisor on Economic Affairs for the Commonwealth Secretary General, Sir Sonny Ramphal. In 1990 he joined Shell International taking up the post of Chief Economist in 1995. He has also been head of the economics programme at Chatham House and is a former fellow of Nuffield College Oxford and the LSE. Vince served as a Labour councillor in Glasgow between 1971 and 1974, before joining the Social Democrat party.

Sir Christopher Stone

Sir Christopher Stone is Chief Education Officer – (MENASA) at GEMS Education and Deputy Chief Academic Officer for the GEMS Global Academic Council. He is responsible for overseeing the quality of teaching, learning and curricula across 51 GEMS schools in the UAE. Prior to joining GEMS Education, he was Chief Executive Officer of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership – a multiacademy trust in the UK. Sir Stone received a knighthood in 2013, in recognition of his outstanding service to education.

Discussion forum panel members

  • Dr Salman Al-Azami, Senior Lecturer in English Language, Liverpool Hope University
  • Paul Allen, External Relations Officer and Zero Carbon Britain Project Coordinator at the Centre for Alternative Technology
  • The Rt. Hon. Lord David Alton, Baron Alton of Liverpool, former Liberal Democrat MP
  • Professor Mohammad Amara, Director of International Department Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions
  • Steve Atherton, Justice and Peace Fieldworker, Archdiocese of Liverpool
  • Robert Atlay DL, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
  • Associate Professor Phil Bamber, Head of Education Studies Department, Liverpool Hope University
  • Professor Denise Barrett-Baxandale, Chief Executive Officer, Everton Football Club
  • The Right Reverend Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool
  • Jane Beever, Headteacher, Loreto Grammar School, Executive Headteacher, St Anthony’s Catholic College
  • Erinma Bell, MBE DL Executive Director of Chrysalis Family Centre and Co-Founder of the charity CARISMA
  • Dr John Bennett, Director of Learning and Teaching Development, Liverpool Hope University
  • Neha Bhatnager, Founder-President of Sarvam Foundation
  • Dr Carolyn Bishop, President of the Consortium for Global Education
  • Nicki Blundell, School of Social Science, Liverpool Hope University
  • Vanessa Boateng, CEO/Founder New Era Initiative, Trustee - Merseyside and Cheshire Commonwealth Association, Liverpool Hope University
  • Professor David Bolt, Professor in Disability and Education, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dr Michael Brennan, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Liverpool Hope University
  • Professor Roger Brown, Emeritus Professor of Higher Education Policy, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dr Richard Budd, Education Studies, Liverpool Hope University
  • Professor Bill Chambers, Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dr Laurence Clark, Comedian and Writer
  • Cllr Jane Corbett, Assistant Mayor of Liverpool & Mayoral Lead - Fairness & Tackling Poverty
  • Dr Ian Cosh, Vice President for Community & International Engagement, Ouachita Baptist University
  • Nadine Daniel, National Refugee Welcome Coordinator, Archbishops Council, Church of England
  • Professor Steve Davismoon, Associate Dean of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, and Head of the Creative Campus, Liverpool Hope University
  • Harriet Dunne, Department of Disability and Education, Liverpool Hope University
  • Rev Jacky Embrey, Moderator of the United Reformed Church Mersey Synod
  • Professor Luca Fiorani, Researcher at Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development
  • Professor David Fleming, Chair of Public History, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dr Ivana Gabalova, Project Co-ordinator, Anne Frank House
  • Pat Gaffney, General Secretary of Pax Christi Liverpool
  • Professor Sir Ian Gilmore, Honorary consultant physician at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and pastpresident of the Royal College of Physicians of London (PRCP)
  • Ruth Gould, Artistic Director, DaDaFest
  • Dr Abhaya Gurumurthy, Christ University Bangalore
  • Professor Fred Hale, Honorary Fellow, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Liverpool Hope University
  • Professor Cindy Hamilton, Professor Emerita in American Literature and Cultural History, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dr Lucy Hanson, School of Social Science, Liverpool Hope University
  • Frances Hayes, Student Development and Well-being Team, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dr Myra Houser, Professor of History, Ouachita Baptist University
  • Alan Irwin, Freelance Sports Broadcaster
  • Richard Kenyon, Director of Marketing and Communications, Everton Football Club
  • Dasho Karma Ura, The President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GHN Research
  • Dr Jayanthi Kumaresh, Multi-award-winning Musician
  • Angela Lake, Director, Fifty Eight
  • Father Michael Lapsley, South African Anglican Priest and Social Justice Activist
  • Professor Michael Lavalette, Head of School of Social Science, Liverpool Hope University
  • Lisbet Lenaers, Returning Big Hope delegate
  • Professor Anne Lonsdale, CBE, Deputy High Steward, University of Cambridge
  • Steve Lowe, Lead Mobility Consultant, Enterprise Holdings
  • Carol Maibvisira, Doctoral student at AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand
  • The Right Reverend Vincent Malone, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Liverpool
  • Scott Massie, School of Social Science, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dr Jane McCarthy, Open University Professor and Author of Young People’s Experience of Loss and Bereavement
  • Fr. Chris McCoy, Priest of the Archdiocese of Liverpool
  • Ian McKenna, Senior Professional Tutor, Liverpool Hope Business School
  • The Most Reverend Malcolm McMahon, Archbishop of Liverpool
  • Nanette Mellor, CEO, The Brain Charity
  • Salifu Manneh, Director of Mobee Gambia
  • Alison Moore, Director of Merseyside Refugee and Asylum Seekers Neo-Natal Support Group MRANG
  • Dr Catalina Montoya, History and Politics Department, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dame Lorna Muirhead, Former Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside and former President of the Royal College of Midwives
  • Dr Prashant Nayak, Executive Director of Milapfest
  • John O’Shea, Founder and former CEO of Irish NGO, GOAL
  • Dr Basheer Oshodi, Group Head, Non-Interest Banking, Sterling Bank
  • Richard Outram, Secretary of The Oldham Pledge to Peace Forum
  • Dr Alex Owen, Head of Early Childhood Department, Liverpool Hope University
  • Associate Professor Claire Penketh, Head of the Disability and Education, Liverpool Hope University
  • Dr John Patterson, Principal at St Vincent’s School
  • Shirley Potts, Director of Regional Development, Child Bereavement UK
  • Ken Pye, Founder of the Knowledge Group, a local historian and author of the acclaimed book Discover Liverpool
  • His Excellency Mr Viorel Raducanescu, Honorary Consul of Romania
  • Brother Victor Ramos, Director of Education and Apostolate of Solidaridad en Marcha, Arequipa
  • Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Professor and Head of Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust at St Mary’s Hospital
  • Mary Reynolds, Education Consultant
  • Ewan Roberts, Centre Manager Asylum Link Merseyside, St Annes Centre
  • James Robinson, Returning Big Hope delegate, Social Worker
  • Dr Patricia Roehling, Professor of Psychology, Hope College Michigan
  • Paul Rooney, Geography and Environmental Science Department, Liverpool Hope University
  • Angela Samata, Chair of the Survivors of the Bereaved by Suicide
  • Dr Birgit Schreiber, Director, Centre for Student Support Services, University of the Western Cape
  • Alicia Smith, Arts and Participation Manager, Culture Liverpool
  • Associate Professor Janet Speake, Facutly of Science, Liverpool Hope University
  • Sir Christopher Stone, Chief Education Officer for MENESA, GEMS Education
  • Lord Mike Storey, Liberal Democrat Politician
  • Mike Stubbs, Director and CEO, FACT
  • Nick Talbot, CEO of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and Campaigner for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust
  • Neil Thorns, CAFOD, Head of Advocacy
  • Associate Professor Sonja Tiernan, Head of History and Politics Department, Liverpool Hope University
  • Sam Tomlin, Officer of Liverpool Stoneycroft Salvation Army
  • David Unsworth, Manager of Everton Football Club’s Under-23s team
  • His Excellency Karma Ura, President of the Centre for Bhutan Studies & Gross National Happiness
  • Tim Vine, Director of International Government Relations at the Football Association Premier League Ltd
  • Associate Professor Caroline Wakefield, Health Sciences, Liverpool Hope University
  • Professor Dr Stephan Wassong, Head of the Institute of Sport History, German Sport University Cologne and Director of the Olympic Study Centre Cologne (OSC)
  • Helen Watson, Partner and Head of Employment Law, Aaron & Partners
  • Natasha Williamson, Claire House Children’s Hospice
  • Tim Vine, Director of International Government Relations at the Premier League 

There will be opportunities throughout The Big Hope 2 for delegates to explore locally, and beyond into the beautiful North West region of England, both on their own, and as part of organised day trips (additional costs apply).

Trips will involve going to:

  • Walking tour of Liverpool
  • National Museums Liverpool Tour
  • Liverpool Galleries Tour
  • Liverpool One
  • Lake District
  • Chester Roman City and River Dee
  • Chester Zoo
  • York
  • Elderly tea party


Delegate resources

Coach Tour of Liverpool