OUR VISION

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To see Christians working in, and with, the media flourish and become key influencers

To see churches engaging positively with the media

To see the life-affirming Gospel message of faith, hope and love increasingly reflected in the UK media

We support the highest standards in the media.

We want to give our backing to the vast majority of people working in the media as they strive for integrity and truth.

We believe that working in the media is an honourable profession.

We want to encourage Christians and other people of faith and goodwill to consider it as a calling. We want to support all those working in and with the media in our churches, including; church leaders and communications officers who help to portray and interpret the Church’s role in our society.

We want to see a thriving media

From national newspapers to community radio, from websites to specialist publications, from TV networks to blogs, all have a valuable role to play. Churches are parts of international and national networks – so a thriving global and national media matters to us. We want to know about our world, its celebrations, its problems and its joys, and we need a thriving media to help us engage with it.

We want to engage positively with the media

Churches are communities of believers rooted in local areas. So the local and regional media matter to us – they are vital parts of our communities, and help to hold those communities together.

In difficult economic and social times, we need a strong and courageous international, national and local media, working to the highest ethical standards.

We want to play our part in ensuring that we have a thriving media, committed to truth, and in affirming – and challenging – those who work within it.


THE TEAM

 
  Steve Cox - Chair   Steve is Chair of the Church and Media Network, which runs Christians in Media. Steve is an experienced strategic marketer and corporate communications specialist. A former Director of Communications at the Council for World Mission (CWM), Steve played a key role in managing a full-scale, strategic review of its life, work and mission. Earlier, as CEO, Steve headed up a children''s cancer charity, developing long-term strategies to provide respite holidays for children and parents. He also spearheaded a successful PR/lobbying campaign to change the UK Broadcasting Act on behalf of United Christian Broadcasters. This recent experience is built upon a successful background in marketing management and consultancy. Today, Steve spends his time writing, speaking and mentoring.

Steve Cox - Chair

Steve is Chair of the Church and Media Network, which runs Christians in Media. Steve is an experienced strategic marketer and corporate communications specialist. A former Director of Communications at the Council for World Mission (CWM), Steve played a key role in managing a full-scale, strategic review of its life, work and mission. Earlier, as CEO, Steve headed up a children''s cancer charity, developing long-term strategies to provide respite holidays for children and parents. He also spearheaded a successful PR/lobbying campaign to change the UK Broadcasting Act on behalf of United Christian Broadcasters. This recent experience is built upon a successful background in marketing management and consultancy. Today, Steve spends his time writing, speaking and mentoring.

  Tobi Olujinmi - Trustee   Tobi Olujinmi is the founder of the WTALK, a multiplatform Entertainment & Faith Network which empowers Women to explore Faith via Entertainment. W360 is the membership streaming service of WTALK set to redefine Faith within global entertainment. She is a powerful communicator and preacher of the Word of God.

Tobi Olujinmi - Trustee

Tobi Olujinmi is the founder of the WTALK, a multiplatform Entertainment & Faith Network which empowers Women to explore Faith via Entertainment. W360 is the membership streaming service of WTALK set to redefine Faith within global entertainment. She is a powerful communicator and preacher of the Word of God.

 
  Tim Plyming - Trustee   Tim is the co-founder and executive producer at Greenrock and TOG Studios.  Previous roles include Director of Digital Arts and Media at Nesta; editorial lead for all History and Science content online at the BBC, and project leadership of the BBC’s award winning Digital Olympics programme. Tim was also responsible for launching the first web sites for key broadcast brands including BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6Music and newspapers including The Times, Sun and Sunday Times.

Tim Plyming - Trustee

Tim is the co-founder and executive producer at Greenrock and TOG Studios.

Previous roles include Director of Digital Arts and Media at Nesta; editorial lead for all History and Science content online at the BBC, and project leadership of the BBC’s award winning Digital Olympics programme. Tim was also responsible for launching the first web sites for key broadcast brands including BBC Radio 2 & BBC 6Music and newspapers including The Times, Sun and Sunday Times.

  Justin Walford - Trustee   Justin is Editorial Legal Counsel for News UK, which involves advising The Sun, Sun on Sunday and associated websites on legal matters. He has been at News UK for over 10 years. For 20 years previously he worked as an in house lawyer at Express Newspapers, covering the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday. Justin was called to the Bar in 1981 and practised in defamation chambers for 3 years. He was one of the co-founders of a Christian Fellowship at News UK.

Justin Walford - Trustee

Justin is Editorial Legal Counsel for News UK, which involves advising The Sun, Sun on Sunday and associated websites on legal matters. He has been at News UK for over 10 years. For 20 years previously he worked as an in house lawyer at Express Newspapers, covering the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star Sunday. Justin was called to the Bar in 1981 and practised in defamation chambers for 3 years. He was one of the co-founders of a Christian Fellowship at News UK.

  Chine McDonald - Trustee   As well as being the Head of Media and PR for Christian Aid, Chine has written for several regional and national newspapers and magazines and is the author of ‘Am I Beautiful?’ – a book exploring body image among Christian women. She writes and speaks on issues including gender, race, body image and millennial Christianity. She is also a former trustee of the Bible Society and currently sits on the boards of the Christian Enquiry Agency and the Sophia Network, which equips women in leadership across the Church.

Chine McDonald - Trustee

As well as being the Head of Media and PR for Christian Aid, Chine has written for several regional and national newspapers and magazines and is the author of ‘Am I Beautiful?’ – a book exploring body image among Christian women. She writes and speaks on issues including gender, race, body image and millennial Christianity. She is also a former trustee of the Bible Society and currently sits on the boards of the Christian Enquiry Agency and the Sophia Network, which equips women in leadership across the Church.

 
  Holly Poulter - Producer   Holly heads up the behind the scenes action for Christians in Media, producing everything from the podcast to managing the events including the annual Church and Media Conference. The rest of her time is taken up by her own wedding and event planning business Revelry Events. She writes and contributes to features in national and industry publications on wedding trends and planning advice. She is mother to two daughters, Hazel and Willow, and wife to James.

Holly Poulter - Producer

Holly heads up the behind the scenes action for Christians in Media, producing everything from the podcast to managing the events including the annual Church and Media Conference. The rest of her time is taken up by her own wedding and event planning business Revelry Events. She writes and contributes to features in national and industry publications on wedding trends and planning advice. She is mother to two daughters, Hazel and Willow, and wife to James.

  James Poulter - Podcast Producer   James produces and hosts  Signal , the Christians in Media monthly podcast. James is Global Head of Emerging Platforms and Partnerships at LEGO Group part of the Digital Consumer Engagement division, pursuing new technologies, platforms and partners to build digital consumer engagement.  James also consults with technology start ups and online and communities to help develop strategic innovations and business models. He is a regular keynote speaker and writer on playful culture, the role of technology and AI in work and home and the intersect between faith and technology.

James Poulter - Podcast Producer

James produces and hosts Signal, the Christians in Media monthly podcast. James is Global Head of Emerging Platforms and Partnerships at LEGO Group part of the Digital Consumer Engagement division, pursuing new technologies, platforms and partners to build digital consumer engagement.

James also consults with technology start ups and online and communities to help develop strategic innovations and business models. He is a regular keynote speaker and writer on playful culture, the role of technology and AI in work and home and the intersect between faith and technology.