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Michael Wakelin

Michael Wakelin is a Trustee of Premier

Career History

Worked for 23 years at the BBC serving as Head of Religion from 2006-2010. Currently a founding Partner of the Religious Literacy Partnership, Executive Associate in Public Education for the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, Director Coexist Programmes for Coexist House and Exec Producer TBI Media – in charge of Pause for Thought on Radio 2 and the majority of Something Understood on Radio 4.

 

Tell us something about yourself we wouldn’t expect?

I have two tattoos – (one of my children’s initials and the other of the Coexist logo), I am a decent cook and play bass in the Naked Covers. I once turned down Gloria Gaynor’s offer to be her plus one at George Michael’s birthday party.

 

Why did you decide to become a trustee/ director for Premier?

Peter asked me! I bring a passion for religious literacy and interfaith understanding – and believe they have a role to play at Premier.

 

Why is this important to you?

The key enemies religious people face are not each other but the combined forces of apathy, religious illiteracy, materialism, secularism and extremism. If people of faith can unite together against these forces we can transform religion from the liability it so often is the asset we know it can be.

 

If stranded on a desert Island, what could you not do without?

A car door, so I can wind the window down if it gets hot. (Spike Milligan)

 

If you could invite anyone (past/present) to be at your dinner party, who would you choose and why?

Jesus obviously and... In fact just Jesus, round our place for Sunday tea my home-made (kosher) stew and dumplings. I would love the children to get to know him face to face and I would like to keep hold of his wine glass.

 

What is your favourite Bible verse?

Romans 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b]neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.