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Gathering and AGM 2018

Quakers and Leadership

A provocative and creative opportunity to explore the links between leadership of organisations and people, and Quaker experience and values of leadership amongst our worshipping communities.

Date & Time: Saturday 30th June 2018, 9am – 5pm
Location: Friargate Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York YO1 9RL

This gathering will be supported by:

Antonia Swinson – 'Quakers in business: Good as money in the bank?'
Antonia Swinson is Chief Executive Officer of the Ethical Property Foundation - the UK's leading property advice charity. Prior to taking this role, from 2005 she was launch CEO of Social Enterprise Scotland, advising the Scottish Government on social enterprise and community based business development.

Antonia moved into voluntary sector leadership after a successful career as an award-winning business columnist contributing to London and Scottish national newspapers. She has published five books including her acclaimed 2003 polemic Root of all Evil? How To Make Spiritual Values Count, which set out her views on the currency of trust and the importance of stewardship. This led to broadcasts on BBC Radio 4 Today Programme's Thought for the Day and serving on the executive committee of the University of Edinburgh Centre for Theology & Public Issues. Antonia is also a former Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland and non-executive director of Social Enterprise UK.

Antonia believes that successful Quaker leaders have always transformed the world and run successful businesses, by parking their ego at the door and centring their work on practical stewardship of people and places. Now based in London, she is a Member of Kingston Meeting and has served on the main grant giving committee of the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.

Antonia will also be running a workshop exploring 'Stewardship & the Servant Leader.'

Cáit Gould – 'Understanding Leadership in a Quaker Context'
Cáit is a ceramic artist who graduated from the Ceramics Department at Glasgow School of Art and qualified as a teacher. Cáit runs her own business in Reading (, making functional and decorative ceramic work for the home, and teaches ceramic classes in her local area. You may recognise Cáit from her time on BBC2's "Great Pottery Throw Down" which, according to Cáit, was a true privilege to work alongside so many talented potters (and film crew) and help raise the profile of ceramics and creativity for future generations. Cáit is the current warden at Reading Meeting.

Danielle Walker Palmour – 'Stick of rock: the sacred in the everyday'
Danielle has been Director of Friends Provident Foundation since November 2004, following six years as Director of Policy and Practice at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Danielle has previously occupied senior policy and research roles throughout the non-governmental sector including the head of policy of what is now The Big Lottery Fund, the Commission for Racial Equality and the Law Society of England and Wales.

She has been a member of the Treasury’s Financial Inclusion Taskforce, the Civil Society Advisory Body of the Cabinet Office and the Financial Services Authority Financial Capability Steering Group. She currently holds non-executive roles at Big Society Capital and publishers Civil Society Media; she is a member of the University Court of the University of York as well as a trustee of local Yorkshire charities. Danielle is from Friargate Quaker Meeting.

You can see the full programme for the day here.

For further details, please contact our clerk.

Getting There

York is well connected with trains from London and other parts of the UK, and National Express coaches. 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 £26 for Q&B members, £40 for non-members, and £16 for students, including refreshments and lunch. Bursaries are available.