Meet the Team

RISING Global Peace Forum is led by The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University.

Coventry University is the top-placed UK modern university in both the Guardian Good University Guide 2018 (ranking 12th overall), and the Complete University Guide 2018 – the highest ever rankings for a post-1992 institution. Based across Coventry city centre, the university is a proud partner in Coventry’s legacy as a City of Peace and Reconciliation, working together with local government as well as faith and community partners to promote and continue the city’s work as a voice for peace in the modern world. Working locally, nationally and internationally, the university enables safe, secure and connected communities, inspired by the city’s history.

As well as leading the RISING Global Peace Forum, The Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at the university undertakes innovative, impactful, world-class research and provides crucial international insight and advice, helping to inspire hope and strength, to build more peaceful societies without violent conflict.


Our people:

Professor Mike Hardy CMG OBE
Executive Director, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

Professor Matt Qvortrup
Academic Director

Richard Dickson
Development Manager

Zain Luke Ali
Communications and Events


RISING Board Members:

Dr Martin Reeves
Chief Executive, Coventry City Council

Councillor George Duggins
Leader of Coventry City Council

Professor John Latham
Vice Chancellor and CEO, Coventry University Group

The Very Reverend John Witcombe MA MPhil
Dean of Coventry

Rev’d Canon Dr Sarah Hills
Canon for Reconciliation Ministry, Coventry Cathedral

Les Ratcliffe TD, BA Hons
Chair, Coventry and Warwickshire Place Board and Champions



Eva Grosman

Chris Hughes

Laura Robertson

Stephen Shashoua



Our Partners

Coventry Cathedral

Coventry is recognised globally as a City of Peace and Reconciliation, after famously forgiving the most devastating aerial bombing attack in UK history during WW2, instead of taking revenge. Coventry Cathedral was brought to rubble and the ruins still stand today alongside the city’s beautiful new cathedral, as a lasting symbol of peace and reconciliation, and Coventry’s strength, survival and rise from the flames. The Cross of Nails became the symbol of Coventry’s Ministry of Reconciliation, which was established to provide spiritual and practical support in areas of conflict throughout the world. The Cathedral’s reconciliation network supports 170 community organisations worldwide. Today, the Cathedral is a dynamic centre of worship, mission, and pilgrimage, liturgical creativity and healing; it is also a focus for reconciliation, education and the arts; a venue for national services and broadcasts and a focal point for the City and RISING Global Peace Forum.


Coventry City Council

Now based at the brand new Friargate business district near Coventry Rail Station, Coventry City Council provides hundreds of services for the people of Coventry and visitors, including housing, infrastructure, education, employment, events and licensing. The city was recently named as one of the top 10 UK cities for jobs growth, patents granted and business growth over the past decade, and one of only four cities outside the south east where people earn above the national average wage. The future is looking bright for Coventry and its residents – and the Council is proud to be at the heart of it all.


Coventry and Warwickshire Champions

Coventry and Warwickshire Champions unite businesses, organisations and individuals across the region in a powerful network to help develop and promote Coventry and Warwickshire and raise its profile. Champions are proactive advocates for the area who want to help influence how the area is perceived and portrayed, and make sure the area is talked about in the right places and by the right people. Coventry and Warwickshire Champions are proud, positive and passionate about their place. They recognise the difference they can make by championing the place professionally, publicly and with pride.