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Hon. Treasurer: Andrew Jennings
Co-ordinator: Rosemary Watson

Dionne Gravesande

Dionne is currently Christian Aid’s Principal Adviser on Ecumenical Relations and Theology. She has over 25 years of experience working with faith partnerships and ecumenical collaborations in pursuit of justice and peace. She is also Secretary for the National Church Leaders Forum, an organisation committed to facilitating African and Caribbean Christian voices in the UK. Her graduate education and training embraces theology, international relations, community development and business administration.

Michael Ipgrave

Michael became Bishop of Lichfield in 2016, having previously been Area Bishop of Woolwich in the Diocese of Southwark. He had previously worked as Archdeacon of Southwark and before that as national inter-faith advisor to the Church of England. His earlier ministry has been in Leicester, Japan and Rutland. He has a particular interest in inter-faith and ecumenical work.

Andrew Jennings

Andrew is a retired Chartered Accountant having worked at the Bank of England, Schroders and most recently at Citibank as a Risk Manager. Since retiring he has held a number of voluntary roles in his local church and other religious organisations, in education, in a squash and tennis club and in running a large charity book fair. He also partly owns a small music business. He is married with three children and five grandchildren and lives in Surrey. He enjoys travelling to less well known places.

Susan O'Brien

Susan has recently retired as Principal of the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology in Cambridge, an independent higher education institute educating women for ministry in the Catholic Church. The Institute is a member of the ecumenical Cambridge Theological Federation and Susan has a strong commitment to ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. She was previously Pro-Rector of Liverpool Hope University. As a historian her research interests lie in transnational evangelical movements and Catholicism, social action and gender. Susan co-ordinates volunteers for the Cambridge City Foodbank and is a founder Trustee of the Charles Plater Trust, a Catholic grant-making trust focused on supporting the implementation of Catholic Social Teaching..

Mike O’Connell

Mike lives and works on the fringe of the mainstream. He has worked predominantly in the voluntary sector both in psychology, and in international development. He is interested in people, and cares about the effect of current political, social and economic trends on their well-being.

Alyson Peberdy

Alyson recently retired as vicar of a parish in south east London and now lives in Oxford where she is an associate priest at St. Michael’s Summertown, an honorary chaplain at Ripon College Cuddesdon and a mentor with refugee Resource, Oxford. Her academic background is in Sociology and Social Anthropology and she was for ten years research fellow and lecturer in Health and Social Welfare at the Open University. She has also worked in Nigeria and Papua New Guinea. She has a strong interest in social justice and Community Organising. Being an ordained woman in a church which remains largely sexist keeps alive her passion for inclusivity.

Rosemary Watson

Rosemary has worked in the voluntary sector in the fields of adult literacy, hospice care, domestic abuse, bereavement and latterly with asylum-seeking people and refugees as co-ordinator of a drop-in advice centre at Slough Refugee Support. She also has grant assessment experience through a spell working for the FC Scott Charitable Trust in Cumbria and Lancashire, and through current work for a major national grant-giving charity. She lives in Newcastle upon Tyne, and is most at home in a Unitarian church which belongs to a liberal Christian and Enlightenment tradition and which welcomes a loving, critical and enquiring spirit.

Michael Wakelin (Chair)

Michael is Executive Chair of the Religion Media Centre, Executive Producer for TBI Media and a founding partner of the Religion and Belief Literacy Partnership. He was formerly Head of Religion at the BBC having worked for the corporation for 23 years. He is married with three children and lives in Cheshire.