Jim Thornton BSc(Hons) MA CEng MICE MCIOB is a civil engineer and Reader in the Diocese of St Albans. After Manchester University he spent six years in Zambia as a civil engineer, followed by six years in Bahrain. In between he married Viv, a nurse who was on the staff team at All Souls, Langham Place, and they have three children.

He runs his own group of companies in property related activities, employing seventy staff, and the newest addition is a Debt Collection Company, which is a bit opportunistic but is sadly doing rather well.

In his spare time he is a Council Member of Tyndale House, Cambridge, and a Governor of Haileybury College and Richard Hale School, Hertford.

For eight years he was an elected Councillor on East Hertfordshire Council, but was thrown out of the Conservative Party in 2006 when he decided to campaign for the election of Independents.

A music Exhibitioner at Manchester, he has been a Trustee of Langham Arts Trust, played in dance bands and trad jazz groups, but now only gets asked to play if there really is no other alternative.

Jorj Kowszun MA MSc MBA is an educational consultant and Reader in the Diocese of Chichester. He studied and researched into Mathematics at the Universities of Cambridge, Warwick and Oxford after which he worked in Economic Intelligence at the Bank of England.

After a few years, however, he felt called to teach and despite the huge drop in income has enjoyed working in state and independent secondary schools as well as further education colleges. During that time he completed an MBA at the University of Brighton. Having worked for many years in senior roles, including being Principal of a sixth form college for a short period, he found himself in 2003 in the role of Deputy Principal of an enormous further education college on the South Coast with over 30,000 students.

A restructuring offered him the opportunity to "take a package" and he left to work for himself: he has never looked back! He married Margaret, who is now a senior academic, while he was still studying and has two grown-up children.

When one publisher told us they would publish our material if we re-wrote it for Daily Express readers, we asked what Financial Times readers were supposed to use. Their advice was to publish it ourselves, which is how CHGRL came into being.