The Revd Dr Michael Banner, Dean of Chapel
The Dean of Chapel holds overall responsibility for the College Chapel and Clergy.
Michael Banner has been Dean, Fellow and Director of Studies in Theology and Religious Studies at Trinity College since 2006. He was previously the Director of ESRC Genomics Forum and Professor of Ethics and Public Policy in Life Sciences in the School of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, University of Edinburgh, and from 1994 to 2004 F.D. Maurice Professor of Moral and Social Theology, King’s College, London. He was the Peden Visiting Scholar in the Department of Anthropology at Rice University in 2012, and gave the 2013 Bampton Lectures in Oxford.
The Bampton Lectures were published in 2014 by Oxford University Press as The Ethics of Everyday Life: Moral Theology, Social Anthropology and the Imagination of the Human. The book was the basis for a symposium at a meeting of the American Academy of Anthropology of Religion in San Diego in the spring of 2015, the papers from which are now published in the Cambridge Journal of Anthropology (Vol. 33, No. 2, 2015, pp. 111–139). The book is the subject for a conference organised by the McDonald Centre in the University of Oxford in May 2016, and for session at a conference to be held at the University of Leuven, Belgium, in September 2016.
His other publications include Christian Ethics and Contemporary Moral Problems (CUP, 1999), and Christian Ethics: A Brief History (Blackwells, 2009).
He is currently a member of the Ministry of Defence's Advisory Committee on Less Lethal Weapons. Amongst his previous committee experience, he chaired a Committee of Enquiry for the Ministry of Agriculture from 1993 to 1995, the CJD Incidents Panel at the Department of Health, the Home Office’s Animal Procedures Committee from 1998 to 2006, and the Shell Panel on Animal Testing from 2002 to 2009. He also served as a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and recently completed a nine-year term on the board of the Human Tissue Authority.
He has a particular interest in matters to do with ethical investment and good business, and has served for eight years on advisory boards for F&C Asset Management and Friend’s Life, in the City of London.
At Trinity College he has recently taken on a new responsibility as Fellow for Development, working with the Alumni Relations and Development Office in advancing various initiatives to support students and research.
Michael is a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day on the Today programme. Any recent contributions to Thought for the Day may be found through the link.