Drinks 6.30pm / Dinner 7pm
The lecture is free. Drinks and dinner are £15.
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Frank Field will speak on his poverty review report, The Foundation Years: Preventing Poor Children Becoming Poor Adults submitted to the Prime Minister in 2010.
Niblett Memorial Lecture speakers are drawn from some aspect of public service and invited to reflect on the place of faith and/or ethics in their particular area of service.
The lecture is held annually in honour of Professor Roy Niblett CBE and a fellow at Sarum College, who died in 2005.
A distinguished and influential presence in British higher education for more than 50 years, Professor Niblett’s contribution to Christian thought and the life of the churches in this country was also considerable. A person of deep conviction, his work was distinguished by rigour, reason and a willingness to listen and exchange, which he regarded not as a potential hazard to faith, but as an essential expression of faith.
Niblett’s presence among Sarum Fellows was a powerful reminder to the College that at the heart of Sarum’s purpose is the promotion of dialogue on the profound religious, social and moral issues of our times.
About Frank Field
In 1979 Frank was elected Member of Parliament for Birkenhead and has since displayed a unique attachment to his constituency. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University Academy of Birkenhead, and Chair of the Liverpool City Region Poverty and Life Chances Commission.
Prior to serving as an MP, from 1969-79, Frank worked as Director of the Child Poverty Action Group, during which time it became one of the premier pressure groups in the country. From 1997-1998, he served as Minister for Welfare Reform. In 2010, in recognition of his expertise in the fields of poverty and welfare, Frank was appointed Chair of the Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances. His dedication to the importance of Early Years education in preventing poor children becoming poor adults remains one of his key commitments.
Since 2005, Frank has been Chairman of the Cathedral Fabrics Commission for England, the planning authority for English cathedrals. He is also Chairman of the King James Bible Trust, which was established to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version last year.