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Laidlaw College

Roshan Allpress took up the role as National Principal/CEO of Laidlaw College in February 2017. Prior to this, he helped found and then led the Compass Foundation until 2011 (now part of the Venn Foundation), working to help young adults ‘know the Gospel; know the culture; translate’.

Roshan holds degrees in History from the Universities of Canterbury and Oxford. His doctoral research at Oxford focused on how intergenerational groups of Evangelical entrepreneurs in the eighteenth and nineteenth century British world shaped society and culture, most prominently in the work of the Clapham Sect. His research interests include how the Gospel has motivated social and cultural reform, with particular emphases on evangelicalism and the history of religious reform, the origins of philanthropy and humanitarianism, and intersections of theology and political economic thought.

Born in India (his parents and grandparents served as missionaries), he was raised in Christchurch, where he met and married Lottie. They have two young daughters.