In-house Leadership Experts

Ken Costa


Ken was born in South Africa and studied philosophy and law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, where he was active in the student protest movements against apartheid. He went on to study law and theology at the University of Cambridge.

Following university, he went to work for an investment bank in the City of London, where he has worked for
over forty years. After serving as Vice–Chairman of UBS Investment Bank, a global financial institution, where he advised international corporations, Ken was named as the Chairman of Lazard International, joining the bank in October 2007 until 2011.

Ken is the Chairman of Alpha International and church warden of Holy Trinity Brompton. Ken is also the Emeritus Professor of Commerce at Gresham College in the City of London. He was Chairman of the Tick Tock Club appeal on behalf of Great Ormond Street Hospital; a member of the Advisory Council of the London Symphony Orchestra; and a Trustee of the UK arm of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. He and his wife, Fi, live in London and they have two sons and two daughters. 


Pete Wynter


Pete is the founder and Director of UK charity Onelife Leadership, a Curate at Holy Trinity Brompton and the Director of the HTB Leadership College London.

He has worked in leadership development for over a decade; training and equipping in a variety of contexts in the UK and beyond. Pete's ability to communicate with depth and passion makes him a creative and engaging leadership specialist. He has a particular interest in entrepreneurial leadership and optimising the potential of young leaders. 

Before joining the staff at HTB, Pete was on the senior team at St Andrews Church, Chorleywood. He is married to Sarah and loves family life with his children.

Pete is involved with a range of charities and organisations and is a leadership and organisational coach and qualified teacher.


Guest Lecturers

 Andy Emerton

The Revd Dr Andrew Emerton is Dean of St Mellitus College. He studied in York, Oxford, Cambridge and London, holding degrees in Mathematics and Theology, a Masters in Theology & Ministry from Kings College London and a doctorate in Theoretical Physics from Oxford University. Prior to ordination he worked in scientific and technical consultancy. He joined the St Mellitus staff team in 2008, initially as Assistant-Dean. He teaches in the areas of the Bible, Ministry and Christian Leadership and is passionate about spiritual formation at the heart of the Church. Andy is married to Liz and they have three young children. He enjoys sport, both following and playing, in particular tennis and golf.



Dave Male

Dave Male is National Advisor for Pioneer Development for the Church of England. His role is to develop an integrated strategy for pioneers and pioneering for the Church.

Previously Dave was Director of the Centre for Pioneer Learning in Cambridge, an organisation he founded to equip, resource and send out lay and ordained pioneers. He was also Tutor in Pioneer Mission Training at Westcott House and Ridley Hall, Cambridge and Pioneer Consultant for Ely Diocese. Dave spent seven years as the Vicar of the Net Church in Huddersfield which was one of the first fresh expressions of church in the UK. He has written four books around pioneering issues and speaks and lectures on pioneer issues both nationally and internationally. He is a member of the Archbishops College of Evangelists.

He is married to Heather and has three grown up children. Much of his spare time is spent playing or watching sport.

Mel Lane

Mel is currently the General Manager of Shell’s Aviation Business in Europe managing commercial sales and airport operations at over 160 airports in the region. Mel joined Shell in 1996 and has since had a diverse career covering marketing, network, sales and strategy in a variety of global, regional and local roles based in London, Australia and Italy. In addition to the traditional work assignments, Mel also took a 9 month sabbatical teaching business skills to small enterprises in the townships around Johannesburg through Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).

Mel has a particular interest in promoting and leveraging diversity and as a part of this actively seeks to support talented women and provides mentoring support to women cross sector. She speaks regularly to women’s groups in different sectors and actively participates in cross sector work on D&I, such as with the 30% Club.

Mel is a Trustee of the Whitehall Industry Group which seeks to promote cross sector learning and understanding and is a NED of International Justice Mission, an organization engaged in combating human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Mel is British and was educated at Bristol University in the UK where she received both a BSc Hons and an MSc, the latter specialising in Development Economics and Policy. She is married and has 3 young children. She is active in the local community through school and church and in her spare time enjoys travelling, reading, spending time with friends and family and staying as fit as possible!

Michael Hastings

Lord Dr (Michael) Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE is Global Head of Citizenship for KPMG International.

Michael began his career as a teacher moving into government service in 1986 supporting policy initiatives to bring employment and development to Britain’s inner cities. In 1990 he started to work at TVAM on education programming and then GMTV as its Chief Political Correspondent. In 1994 Michael moved to the BBC as a presenter for Around Westminster before joining its Corporate Affairs division. In 1996 he became the BBC’s head of Public Affairs and then its first head of Corporate Social Responsibility in 2003 before becoming KPMG international’s Global Head of Citizenship in 2006.

Michael is a Trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and a Vice President of UNICEF and Tearfund. He was previously a non-executive Director of BT (on the Board for Responsible and Sustainable Business) and was a Global Board member of Millennium Promise until January 2016.

In 2003, Michael was awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for services to crime reduction and in 2005 was awarded an independent peerage to the House of Lords. In the same year he received the UNICEF Award for his ‘outstanding contribution to understanding and effecting solutions for Africa’s children’.

In 2014, Michael was conferred with a Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent for his leadership at KPMG, the BBC and for his work on international development and corporate responsibility.



Nicky Gumbel

Nicky Gumbel is Vicar of Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), a Church of England church in central London with 10 Sunday services on four sites with a regular attendance of around 4,500 people – most aged between 18 and 35. He is the pioneer of the Alpha course, a 15-session introduction to the Christian faith now running all over the world.

Since 1993, more than 29 million people have completed the Alpha course in 169 countries around the world. It has been supported by the Roman Catholic Church where senior archbishops and bishops recommend it to their clergy. It is now also growing in all the other major denominations, including Orthodox churches in Russia, Greece and North Africa.

Nicky Gumbel has written a number of best-selling books. Questions of Life - the Alpha course in book form - has sold more than a million copies worldwide. The booklet Why Jesus? and its sister publication Why Christmas? have sold more than four million copies.

Nicky Gumbel is married to Pippa. Together they write a daily Bible commentary called the ‘Bible in One Year’ which has over 1 million global subscribers. They live in central London and have three children.

Nikki Marfleet

Nikki was raised as a missionary kid in the jungles of West Papua amongst the stone age Dani tribe. During her secondary school years she went to boarding school in Papua New Guinea before later returning to the UK.

After studying visual communications at university, she switched from being a volunteer leading worship in her local prison and joined the prison service where she has now worked for more than16 years. She has worked in some of England’s busiest prisons - most notably HMP Swaleside on the Isle of Sheppey, and HMP Pentonville in Islington. She is currently Deputy Governor at a high security prison.

Nikki went on to complete a Masters in Criminology and Management at the University of Cambridge. Her research into knife crime was published as a book called 'Why carry a weapon?’ and referenced in the House of Commons.

Nikki is church warden at St Barnabas Church, North London where she also leads worship and heads up the ‘God at Work’ missional community.

Nikki is passionate about seeing people equipped and raised up to lead and influence in every area of society and sits on the Council of Reference of OneLife.


Phil Wall

Phil Wall is a Performance Coach & change consultant working with senior leaders in the Finance, Media, Retail, Fashion and Elite Sport sectors ( ). He is a qualified coach and NLP Practitioner. He holds a Diploma in Applied Theology from Moorlands Christian College and an MSc from Oxford University & HEC in Paris. He is co-founder with his wife Wendy of the International Development Charity WeSeeHope ( ). WeSeeHope works with Orphans and Vulnerable children across Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this he worked for The Salvation Army and was a Riot Squad Policeman with the Metropolitan Police.

Over the last year he has been part of the team that has launched Infinitum ( ), described as a ‘Journey into Depth’, a family of communities, aiming to live a life of faith with deep intent. He has been an amateur adventurer, participating in numerous long endurance events, including the Yukon Ultra and an expedition to the North Pole and he absolutely loves golf, rugby & curry. Wendy is a Speech and Language Therapist and they have three grown up children.

His claim to fame is he thinks he is the only person in all of human history to have done the following 4 things on the stage at the Royal Albert Hall in London - he has sung from it, acted on it, preached from it and punched someones lights out on it, (representing the British Police in a boxing match.’)

R.T. Kendall

Our premise is this. It seems to us that there has been a ‘silent divorce’ in the church, speaking generally, between the Word and the Spirit. When there is a divorce, some children stay with the mother, some stay with the father.


In this divorce, there are those on the ‘word’ side and those on the ‘Spirit’ side. What is the difference?

Take those of us who represent the Word. Our message is this: we must earnestly contend for the faith ‘once delivered unto the saints’ (Jude 3), we need get back to expository preaching, sound doctrine such as justification by faith, the sovereignty of God and the internal testimony of the Spirit as taught by men like Martin Luther, John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right.

Take those whose emphasis has been on the Holy Spirit. What is the message? We need to rediscover the power that was manifested in the Book of Acts, there needs to be a demonstration of signs, wonders and miracles; we need to see the gifts of the Spirit operating in the church – that the world will once again take notice of the church so that people are left without excuse. What is wrong with this emphasis? Nothing. It is exactly right.

We believe that the need of the hour is not one or the other – but both! It is our view that this simultaneous combination will result in spontaneous combustion! And then, but almost certainly only then, will the world be shaken once again by the message of the church.

This was the message I have preached over the years at Westminster Chapel in London. This is what we are endeavoring to preach in America and around the world. This is not all we preach but it is certainly one of the main things we preach alongside the need for total forgiveness and learning to be sensitive to the voice of the Holy Spirit. We need your prayers. God bless you.

- Dr. R.T. Kendall

Rob Wall

Rob is a curate at HTB Church and is the service pastor of a number of services at two of the HTB Campuses. Rob is a regular conference speaker around the UK and America, at conferences such as Naturally Supernatural, Momentum, and Focus USA. Rob is passionate about engaging an ever changing culture with the power of the never changing Gospel and is passionate about Leadership. He is married to Bernadette and they both serve on team at the LCL, with Rob teaching a variety of Biblical Exegesis modules at the college.

Roger Bretherton

Dr Roger Bretherton is Principal Lecturer for Enterprise in the School of Psychology at the University of Lincoln. He worked as a clinician, manager and trainer in the NHS for over a decade, and joined the University of Lincoln in 2007, where he specialises in coaching and positive psychology. He consults extensively in both public and commercial sectors, and has delivered keynote addresses to leaders in venues as varied as the University of Oxford, the Royal Albert Hall and the Hammersmith Apollo. His current research, funded by the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education (LFHE), is entitled, ‘Are Humble Leaders Better Leaders?’

Sean Doherty

Revd Dr Sean Doherty is Director of Studies and Tutor and Lecturer in Ethics at St Mellitus College. His latest book is The Only Way Is Ethics and he has edited Theology and Economic for Palgrave. Oxford University Press has also published his PhD as Theology and Economic Ethics. He is married to Gaby and they have four children.


Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster is a curate at HTB and leads the Discipleship Team and the Bible in One Year Project. He read Law at Oxford and Theology at Cambridge, and worked as a Barrister for six years, specialising in criminal law. He is married to Beth, and they have two beautiful girls.

Tom Jackson

Tom is married to Sarah and they have three daughters. In his spare time he enjoys sailing.

Since the summer of 2015, Tom has been a curate at HTB. The majority of his focus is as Chief Executive of Resurgo Trust, a charity he founded in 2003 at St Paul’s Hammersmith. Resurgo’s largest initiative, Spear, is a year-long programme supporting 16-24 year olds from disadvantaged backgrounds into work. Spear runs in eight centres across London and helps 750 young people each year.

Tom retains an interest in public policy and was cofounder of the Centre for Social Justice think tank in Westminster.

Tricia Neill

Tricia Neill is the President of Alpha International. Tricia joined HTB in 1994 from News International, where she headed up News International Exhibitions. Prior to that she worked in the Middle East for Shell. Tricia sits on the boards of numerous Alpha offices worldwide. Tricia is the author of Vision to Action and has hosted and spoken at a number of conferences and events on this subject.



Stewart founded Amplify in 2011 with an idea that technique from stage could impact story-telling in business. Amplify is now the number one pitch-coaching company on the London Accelerator scene whose clients include Microsoft Ventures, Techstars London & Berlin and Barclays Accelerator. Stewart’s insatiable passion for story-telling has opened the global doors for the corporates, coaching on story-telling and leadership for Microsoft, Hitachi, Vodafone, Telefonica, Thales, KPMG, Markit Group. He is a natural-born story-teller, husband, father, actor, musician and lover of Flat Whites!

Rob McDonald

The Revd Dr Rob McDonald is Tutor in Christian Doctrine at Ridley Hall and an affiliated lecturer of the Faculty of Divinity in the University of Cambridge.

Born in Belfast, Rob emigrated to New Zealand with his family a few years later, a move that profoundly influenced his character, added to his vocabulary, and irrevocably altered his loyalty to national sports teams.  He studied English Literature at the University of Otago before working for AgResearch, New Zealand’s largest publicly funded scientific institute.  Returning to the United Kingdom in 1999, Rob worked in financial services in London before spending two years on the staff at Holy Trinity Brompton.

Rob read theology at Cambridge while training for ordination at Ridley Hall, completing his PhD on the Holy Spirit in Karl Barth’s Church Dogmatics.

Rob is married to Anna and they have three young children.  He enjoys road cycling, especially when it involves mountains and coffee.