I am a Community Chaplain, social sculptor and former management consultant with a fascination for finding ways to engage people’s thoughts and imaginations in new and creative ways. I enjoy working with both spiritual and secular groups, believing that the deepest truths are universal – and that everyone has a spiritual core. I seek to avoid the use of obscure religious language.
My practice is underpinned by:
- An MA in Interdisciplinary Arts (specifically Social Sculpture) from Oxford Brookes University. Social Sculpture is concerned with using the arts – broadly defined – to bring about a more humane and sustainable society.
- 20 years experience of community life with L’Arche, an international federation of 140 faith communities in 40 countries concerned to make known the gifts of people with learning disabilities and to bring about a more humane society. I was General Secretary of L’Arche International and leader of the L’Arche Bognor Regis Community; I also supported the L’Arche Community in Uganda for several years. I now exercise heart, soul and body working part time as a gardener in L’Arche.
- Seven years experience of working as a management consultant with a wide range of not for profit organisations as a partner in Compass Partnership. Clients I worked with included Oxfam, Relate and the Diocese of Ely.
- Five years leading Quiet Gardens and retreats and other activities at Runcton Manor near Chichester: building a more compassionate society through contemplation, creativity and connecting with nature.
I have a degree in Economics and Politics from Cambridge University, an MBA from London Business School and a certificate in Pastoral Studies and Theology from Chichester University.
I have written several articles for Faith in Business, the journal of the Ridley Hall Foundation and the Industrial Christian Fellowship. These include Characteristics of the Christian Organisation, the Paradoxical Organisation and Discerning the Heart of the Organisation. I also wrote a chapter on Learning from Charities (Applying Jesus’ temptations in the desert to charity management) in ‘Leading Managing Ministering’, Canterbury Press, UK, 1999.
I am secretary of Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District, coordinate Christian Aid week in Bognor and help run a ‘Spiritual Exercises’ and ‘English Mystics’ Group in Bognor Regis. I have also helped establish Philoxenia (Greek for ‘love of strangers’) to help build connections between people of different nationalities in and around Bognor Regis.
I meditate regularly and am a Quaker, though comfortable with Church groups of all denominations. I am the funeral coordinator for my local Quaker meeting and was one of two representatives from West Sussex to the Quaker Meeting for Sufferings, the representative body for Quakers across the country.