After studying physics at university in the 1960s Howard Grace worked in a voluntary capacity for 14 years, mostly overseas, with the Initiatives of Change NGO. He then spent 15 years teaching maths in a comprehensive school. Following that he founded and led a programme conducting workshops in hundreds of Sixth Forms around the UK on issues related to purpose in life and motivation. In recent years with Muslim, Evangelical Christian, Quaker, and non-religious friends he is one of the founders of the West Berkshire Peace and Integration Forum. Howard is the executive producer of the film Beyond Forgiving.
He and his Dutch wife Maria are now Quakers and members of Newbury PCN.