The tragic death of a man I had the privilege to work with


Joel Edwards is a man who I first met when he was the General Director of the Evangelical Alliance and we spent many years working together on a number of issues and connections. One of his early roles before that was his work as a Probation Officer which he did for 12 years. He began work for the Evangelical Alliance in 1997 until 2009 when he stepped down and worked for another decade or so in the Micah Challenge International organisation. He also served on a number of government bodies including as a Commissioner on the Equality & Human Rights Commission UK and the Metropolitan Police’s Independent Advisory Group (IAG). He also did a significant number of Thought for the Day sessions on the Radio 4 Today Programme. He was also an honorary Canon at St Paul’s Cathedral, a Vice President of Barnardos, an advisory member on faith at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation and a Visiting Fellow at Spurgeon’s College. Joel has been awarded three honorary doctorates including St Andrews University. He was also involved in a number of campaigns including the Windrush Campaign and on 22 June 2018 in Westminster Abbey more than 2,000 people gathered to mark Windrush@70 and Joel was the person who did the sermon.

Joel and I met a number of times and he was always very friendly and very honest and I am very sad that he has died so early.     
 
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About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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