Quakers and Business Group
Promoting Quaker values in Business and the Workplace

Gathering and AGM 2017

Quaker Business Method: A gift from Quakers to Contemporary Business?

Date & Time: 10am to 5pm on Saturday 6th May 2017
Location: Jesus Lane Meeting House, 12 Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA

This year's gathering examines the future of decision-making in the manner of Friends:

A full day of presentations, workshops and discussions exploring the theological assumptions that underpin the Quaker Business Method - QBM (including threshing), with opportunities for networking during the catered lunch. Q&B’s ‘short’ AGM will follow lunch, before we continue looking at our day’s subject.

Over the day we will critically explore how QBM may have the potential to inform contemporary business practice as its wrestles with collaborative and participative forms of governance, and hear of current research. However, in the face of technological innovations that create geographical dispersion, and increasing secularisation in the workplace, the gathering invites participants to consider QBMs transferability to the world of commerce.

This gathering will be supported by:

Nicholas Burton – providing an overview of the main elements of common understandings of QBM. Nicholas is a Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University and is currently working on three funded projects to examine how QBM may operate in commercial contexts. His main interests are Quakers & Business (Q&B) and Corporate Responsibility, and is convener of the Q&B Academic Research Working Group.

Rachel Muers – exploring the role of threshing as an integral part of QBM based on a study of threshing among Quakers. Rachel is a Senior Lecturer at Leeds University and Associate Tutor at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, where she runs a course on decision-making. Her academic interests and major publications centre on the relationships between modern Christian doctrine and ethics.

George Gawlinski – showing QBM and threshing in action; as part of a process of strategic renewal at Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust. George is a Director of Planning Together Associates a public and voluntary sector management consultancy working in the UK and Europe. George has considerable experience of facilitating and chairing complex professional and policy discussions, and is a visiting lecturer at UCL Institute for Sustainable Heritage postgraduate programme.

Graham Ralph – discussing QBM in a ‘mixed’ setting; how do Quakers and non-Quakers make sense of QBM? Graham is currently Chair of Governors at Breckenbrough School, Thirsk (a Quaker school for autistic/Asperger’s boys 9-19 years) and author of 'Faith and Practice at a Quaker School' and 'Living Our Beliefs' (written with Young Friends). For 32 years, Graham worked at Bootham School in York as a geography teacher, boarding house master, Director of Studies and for 12 years as Deputy Head before retiring in 2012.

You can see the full programme for the day here.

Getting There

Cambridge is well connected with trains from London via King’s Cross or Liverpool Street, and National Express coaches from London Victoria Coach Station.

The Meeting House is centrally located in the City. Click here for a map.

Dietary Requirements

Attendees will be contacted by email prior to the event to confirm any specific dietary requirements

Register and Pay

Attendance is priced at £24 for Q&B members and £34 for non-members, including refreshments and lunch. Bursaries are available.

There are three ways you can pay to attend the Gathering:

  1. Our preferred option is for you to transfer your fee to the Q&B bank account: Sort Code: 16 58 10, Account No: 20552971. Please use the reference 'Gathering 2017', and send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to say that you have made the payment.
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  3. Send a cheque made out to the Quakers and Business Group, to Q&B, 1 Slate Cottages, Manor Lane, Abbots Leigh, Bristol. BS8 3RX.
Gathering 2017