Dr Justine Huxley

Chief Executive Officer

Justine leads on vision, strategy, management and fundraising.  Her raison d’etre is bringing people together and co-creating innovative projects rooted in worldview of interdependence.  Her biggest achievement is building a dedicated and passionate team, who she feels privileged to work alongside.  She has a Ph.D in psychology and her first job (usefully) involved training an impossibly grumpy camel on a small Danish island.   Her first book, Generation Y, Spirituality and Social Change is a reflection of six years of work with the younger generation at St Ethelburga’s.    

Justine can give workshops and keynotes on:  faith and the future; spiritual leadership for times ecological and social collapse, deep adaptation, radical resilience, peace-making and conflict transformation and the role of inner work in effective peace-building and social change.  

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Tarot Couzyn

Chief Operating Officer

Tarot manages the building and leads on the infrastructural processes of St Ethelburga’s. Her work includes repairs, maintenance, and upgrades of our space, as well as managing venue hire. She also contributes to fundraising, strategy, and and financial and staff processes.

Tarot has a background in arts project management which has included managing her own collaborative arts organisation. She partnered with a range of grassroots and international organisations in Central Asia, South Africa and London, including UN Women and the Red Crescent. She also has experience as a consultant undertaking fundraising, evaluation and creative community projects. Her building management skills were acquired while building her own house!

Jeff Parkinson

Care-taker and events support

Leads on: Care-taking and events support

“Having trained in the visual arts, I find the delightful atmosphere and visual beauty of St Ethelburga’s make it an irresistible place to be. Its 800 year old history lingers and gives one a sense of the perspective of time, which contrasts greatly with the rapid movement and fast flowing pace of the City of which we are very much a part.”

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Jo Winsloe Slater

Project Manager

Jo brings a wealth of experience from over twenty years co-ordinating projects in the fields of interfaith, social justice and social care in the non-governmental sector. During the winter of 2015/16 she and other members of the St Ethelburga staff team volunteered on the Greek island of Lesbos; an experience that inspired the co-creation of the programme People of the Earth. She holds a Diploma in group facilitation, conflict resolution and counselling (NAOS) and is a graduate of the International School of Storytelling. She is a current Trustee of The Forgiveness Project.

Jane Morton


Jane leads on our Christian programmes. An Anglican, Jane worships at St Luke’s West Holloway. She has been involved with St Ethelburga’s Centre for a decade including the city inter faith dialogue and scriptural reasoning programmes.

Jane has had a 25 year corporate career. As the lead consultant for Channel Four’s projects; ‘Emotional Intelligence’, Jane linked the learning from the business world with some of the challenges we all face.  A coach to public policy level individuals and private sector leadership teams, Jane’s work is about helping others articulate a clear purpose, share demonstrable ethics and help design a collective way forward. She is delighted to able bring this experience to the Christian Fellowship of St Ethelburga.

Jane offers dialogue based workshops to enable us to share our connection with our spiritual life and how this impacts our hopes for our future. This is where people can find the space to enquire, grow ideas and ask; “What is it to be in service to something greater?”

Clare Martin

Communications Manager & Programme Leader

Clare oversees communications as well as leading on the Radical Resilience programme. She first came to St Ethelburga’s as a volunteer 12 years ago. Since then she has supported numerous projects at the centre. She contributed programme design and facilitation for the Re-Awakening the Sacred series. She also led on the creation of The Feminine and Social Change series, exploring what it would look like to respond to global crisis from principles of receptivity, interconnectedness, beauty, and the honouring of darkness.
Clare brings more than 10 years’ experience facilitating groups for the sake of inner enquiry and outer change. Each time she facilitates, she discovers afresh how sitting in a circle of people who share an intention for truth is a transformative act. The power of this process never ceases to amaze her.
Clare worked for many years as a communications consultant in the corporate and charitable sector. She runs a community garden on her Hackney housing estate, where she lives with her husband and 6-year old daughter.

Rebecca Brierley

Programme Manager

Rebecca leads on our Christian Reconciliation programmes, which includes project managing Reconcilers Together. With over 20 years of experience in church-led community transformation and mentoring, Rebecca has a passion to equip and inspire churches to pursue justice in their local communities. She moved from California to London in 2001 to study at the London School of Theology where she received her BA in Theology & Worship. Her past employers include Oasis Trust, XLP Youth Charity, and Tearfund. With a heart for vulnerable and excluded young people, she has a particular vision for how peacebuilding and reconciliation can encourage a more inclusive and just society. Rebecca passionately believes that the Church is best placed to encourage reconciliation between God, ourselves, others, and the earth. She lives in South London with her husband and twin daughters.

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Bathsheba Wells Dion


Bathsheba is an intern spending four days per week working on Reconcilers Together with Rebecca Brierley, helping to build a network of peace-makers through our partnership with the UK and Ireland’s leading Christian peace centres. The other day she works with the Reconciliation Ministry Team at Coventry Cathedral, where she is primarilly based. Having recently graduated with a BA and MPhil in Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic, Bathsheba is excited to experience the range of projects offered at St Ethelburga’s and to explore a career in the area of reconciliation.

Mishal Baig

Research Intern

Mishal is an intern and in-house journalist working one day a week at the Centre, primarily focusing on Spiritual Ecology research. She invests the rest of her week in studying Journalism BA at the University of Westminster. Though these are two very separate areas, for Mishal they do form a link. The journalistic impulse in her to cover what is important feeds into the ethics of research for Spiritual Ecology, a field emerging in response to the critical challenges of our time. Having admired the Centre’s work for years, Mishal is delighted to now be a small part of the ‘behind the scenes’.

Nick Hennell-Foley

Venue Hire Coordinator

Nick coordinates the venue hire side of things, promoting and sharing the space to an ever-diversifying range of people and organisations. He loves the interaction with people, the story of the Centre, and the mix of old and new architecture. Nick holds an M.Mus in Music and outside of St. Ethleburga’s Centre, he mostly finds himself singing in choirs, composing or, if it’s all too much, playing samba.

Nick attended a Krishnamurti school during his high school years, and finds the ethos of St. Ethleburga’s an absolute match. Soon after joining, he realised Keith Critchlow (an expert in sacred geometry) designed our Bedouin Tent, the same man who had built the Krishnamurti centre at his old school. What a happy coincidence that was!

Amrita Bhohi

Amrita Bhohi

Spiritual Ecology Programme Manager

Sukina Douglas

Project Coordinator

Sukina hosts a community arts space at St Ethelburgas called Presence a new project as part of the Sacred Activist Programme designed to bring young adults together through creativity, faith/spirituality and activism.

Sukina  is a Poet, Spoken-Word artist, Playwright, Workshop Facilitator and Event Organiser and co-founder of Muslim female Hip Hop duo, Poetic Pilgrimage. She has facilitated creative writing workshops across the world empowering communities to use the written word as a tool for dialogue and as a means for accessing their authentic voice.  She has played an intrinsic role within the British Muslim creative community as a performer and events organiser and has toured around the world sharing her work. She was the Project Manager of a Muslim Sufi centre in London called Rumi’s Cave where she organised courses, lectures, workshops and retreats. Her work has been featured on the BBC News, World Service, ITV, Channel 4 and Al Jazeera and has been written about in the Huffington Post, Daily Mail, The Independent and many other international media outlets. In March 2015 Al Jazeera screened a documentary about her group called Hip Hop Hijabis.

Sukina holds a she holds a BA (Hons) Degree in English Literature and Caribbean Studies and is currently pursuing an MSc in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes.

Simon Keyes

Simon Keyes

Fellow in Reconciliation

Previously the Director of St Ethelburga’s, Simon is Fellow in Reconciliation and leads our MA in Reconciliation in partnership with the University of Winchester. Simon can offer workshops, lectures and keynote speeches on community reconciliation, disagreement success, dialogue methodology and interfaith relations.

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Tamanda Walker

Tamanda Walker

Faith in the workplace

Tamanda leads on St Ethelburga’s workplace training and consultancy work. As an educational practitioner, Tamanda has managed an international portfolio of workplace and community training programmes across Europe, the United States and Southern Africa. Her specialist areas include intercultural leadership, faith and cultural awareness and tackling issues connected with identity, religion and belief. She has spoken on such matters on BBC London and at the BT Sports summit on sport and conflict.

She holds an MSc in Education, Power & Social Change from the Birkbeck University of London, where the focus of her research has been the development of faith and cultural awareness in public and private sector workplace settings. Her PhD, commencing September 2017, will focus on the role of Human Resources Management professionals in building trust and inclusion amongst employees of all faiths and beliefs within ‘secular’ institutions.

Debbie Danon

Debbie is an expert facilitator, trainer and coach, specialising in leadership development and inclusion work.  Debbie creates ‘brave spaces’ where people can start to make sense of exclusion and inclusion, in all their complexity and messiness, and to develop themselves as inclusive leaders. Based on this commitment, Debbie recently co-founded TrustLab, a consultancy offering ‘courageous approaches to leadership and inclusion.’

For over six years, Debbie designed the core methodologies of leading intercultural NGO 3FF (Three Faiths Forum) and managed the Education and Training & Partnerships, teams.
Debbie holds a BA in Theology and Religious Studies from the University of Cambridge. She was awarded a Rajiv Gandhi scholarship to research the worship of Krishna through sacred theatre in Vrindavan, India.

Sofia Bustamante

Sofia is a trainer in the fields of facilitation, coaching and martial arts. She is a trained mediator and an awarded winning social innovator.  She is the founder of The Listening Movement – running the pop-up style Listening Cafes in the wake of the Brexit vote in July 2016, enabling people to reduce the fear of “Other”, to learn to disagree respectfully and to have a good experience of conversation.

Sofia was given London Leader Status by the Mayor’s office in 2010 for her participative community design work, for which she also won the Ogunte Women’s Social Leadership Award People’s vote in 2013. Her social innovations seek to bridge divides,  enable individuals and communities to better work together, increase their sense of agency and unleash their inner and collective creativity. She is a fellow of the RSA.

Lia Dong Shimada

Dr Lia Dong Shimada

Dr Lia Dong Shimada is a freelance consultant specialising in mediation, diversity and conflict praxis. She holds a Doctorate in Geography from University College London and a Masters of Arts degree in Theology and Religious Studies (specialising in contemporary Islam) from King’s College London.

In 2000, she was awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to work with reforestation movements in Nepal, Madagascar and Ireland. Prior to moving to the UK, Lia worked in the field of international public health research and in higher education. In 2007, she began working in the peacebuilding sector in Northern Ireland, facilitating dialogue about racism, gender equality, hate crime prevention and conflict transformation in paramilitary-controlled communities. From 2010 to 2013, Lia implemented the national strategy for diversity and inclusion for the Methodist Church in Britain.

Mark Randall

Fellow in Mindfulness

Mark Randall has been a Mindfulness practitioner for over 30 years. Having worked for 37 years in a City of London trading environment, it was the need to manage that pressure and debilitating arthritic spinal condition, that drove him to discover the benefits of Mindfulness. Now he provides Mindfulness training to institutions including four large UK Banking brands with over 5000 delegates attending his sessions.

Mark has also been a regular speaker at the Mind & Matter conference. Mark has used the solace, calm, and unique positioning of the St. Ethelburga’s Centre to run some of his Corporate orientated Mindfulness sessions and now has been encouraged by Justine Huxley, the Director of the centre, to offer Mindfulness services with St. Ethelburga’s to the City of London.

Dr Juanma Jimenez Robles

Originally from Spain, Dr Juanma Robles moved to England ten years ago, as a PhD visitor scholar at the Department of Peace Studies from Bradford University. His research is focused in the theory and practice of forgiveness and reconciliation. He has published different papers on this subject, and a book about political forgiveness. He’s been working internationally for different charities, and recently, he’s been teaching in a few universities as a guest lecturer, for example, in Barcelona at the International University of Menéndez Pelayo; in Vila-real at the first Chair of Police Mediation in the world, based at the Jaume I University; or in Leeds University, where he’s been teaching about the philosophy and psychology of forgiveness.

Stephen Shashoua


Stephen Shashoua is Co-Director of the Caravanserai Collective and Founder of Plan C – Culture and Cohesion, working through the arts, conflict transformation, and organisational development and engaging with themes of identity and social cohesion primarily in the NGO, academic, commercial and policy sectors utilising facilitated spaces, research and programming. Stephen is an award-winning innovator in the social cohesion field, having led the UK based Three Faiths Forum (3FF) for more than 10 years, turning it into one of the UK’s largest interfaith and intercultural organisations. Stephen continues to work towards solutions to tensions between people and communities and promote interaction.

Stephen is a Yale World Fellow, a KAICIID International Fellow, a Habibie Center Associate Fellow, a Strategic Advisor to the Rising Peace Forum, an Ariane de Rothschild Foundation Fellow, an Strategic Advisor to New Horizons in British Islam, an Advisor to the Lived Religion Project, a UNAOC Global Expert, a member of the ROI Community, and was named one of ‘40 Jews under 40’ making a positive difference to the British Jewish community. He is based in the UK.

Gwen Burnyeat

Associate Fellow (Community Reconciliation Programme)

Gwen Burnyeat is a British anthropologist and writer based in Colombia and the UK. She is the author of ‘Chocolate, Politics and Peace-Building: ‘An Ethnography of the Peace Community of San José de Apartadó, Colombia’, and producer and co-director of award-winning ethnographic documentary ‘Chocolate of Peace’ (2016,

Gwen has worked in Colombia for over eight years, including with the International Centre for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) and with Peace Brigades International (PBI). She has written a political analysis on Colombia for the London Review of Books, the LRB Blog, and for Latin America Bureau:, and is a member of transnational civil society network Rodeemos el Diálogo.

Bruna Kadletz

Associate Fellow (People of the Earth Refugee Programme)

Bruna Kadletz is a facilitator, writer and the co-founder of Circles of Hospitality, a Brazilian non-profit organisation whose work lies in reclaiming a culture of peace and deep hospitality in times of polarisation and intolerance against refugees and immigrants.
Bruna holds an MSc in Sociology and Global Change from the University of Edinburgh, with a focus on forced displacement and climate change.

She has visited and worked with displaced communities in dozens of countries around the planet. In 2017, Bruna had the honour to address the Scottish Parliament, calling for more action concerning the refugee plight in Europe. Currently, she is participating in a documentary directed by Alan Gilsenan, an Irish filmmaker, which will feature at RTE. 

Zoe Vokes

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Though British by birth, Zoe left the UK when she was just 9 months old and grew up in Asia, living predominantly in The Philippines and Nepal. Living and travelling overseas exposed her to a variety of religious traditions and world-views, places of extraordinary natural beauty. These experiences of awe became a source of guidance in her life.

Zoe holds a 1st class degree in South Asian Studies and the Study of Religions from SOAS. Recently she has been working with her partner to create an independent magazine cum journal called Inherited. Inherited examines our connection to the natural world, the responsibilities we have towards it, and the joy it can bring to our lives.

Sophie Vandenkerchove

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Sophie is an Associate Fellow of St Ethelburga’s Centre, and an alumnus of our Spiritual Ecology Leadership Programme. As a gentle and wild soul, Sophie grew up in the southern forests of Wallonia. At the age of 19, she moved to Berlin, where she finished her studies in Philosophy and Moral Sciences. During that period, she practiced and lived for two years in a Korean Zen Buddhist center.

Currently, her home is based in Brussels, where she is starting an interreligious permaculture garden in Molenbeek. Through this project, she wants to welcome people from diverse spiritual and cultural backgrounds to exchange about collective sorrows and hopes, explore interrelations between permaculture and spirituality and deepen their relations to the land and to each other.

Beth Thomas

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Beth is an Associate Fellow of St Ethelburga’s Centre and an alumnus of their Spiritual Ecology Leadership Programme. She is the founder of Roots into Reverence, an initiative that leads pilgrimages in Britain whose destinations are sacred celebrations inside churches.

Beth closely assisted in the initiation and running of Wild Church, which is a roaming pilgrim’s church whose altars are atop of tors, beside rivers or under the canopy of trees. She has recently moved from Devon to Edinburgh where she is working as an assistant to adults with learning disabilities at L’Arche and is deeply grateful for such a joyful and loving place of work.

Kara Moses

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Kara Moses is a facilitator of rewilding and alumni of the Spiritual Ecology leadership programme. She offers experiential, educational courses in nature connection, spiritual ecology and skills for social change, combining all three wherever possible.Kara teaches and facilitates on short courses and Masters programs at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), Schumacher College and St Ethelburga’s.

Her passion for the natural world also finds expression in political activism: fighting the fossil fuel industry with Reclaim the Power and Plane Stupid. As a freelance writer and editor, Kara contributes to Resurgence and Ecologist magazine and is Environment Editor for Red Pepper magazine. She is a trustee of the Wales Wild Land Foundation, which focuses on rewilding land in west Wales, where Kara is based. Her spiritual practice takes inspiration from Buddhism, nature-based indigenous shamanism and Sufism.
Twitter @Kara_L_Moses

Rabiah Abdullah

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Rabiah studied western Herbal Medicine at the University of Westminster and has been a qualified herbalist since 2008. After her degree, she travelled to Ghana, where her time spent with a local traditional herbalist re-ignited her love for nature, with an understanding of the symbiotic relationship between nature, humans and spirituality.

In 2010, she co-founded ‘The Rabbani Project’ a not for profit community collective dedicated to the exploration of creativity, nature and spirituality. Rabiah is also a musician and has performed across the UK and Europe with the group ‘Pearls of Islam’.

Matti Spence

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Matti Spence is an Eco-poet, approaching the genre from a visionary perspective, largely influenced by his Zen Buddhist practice. Exploring body/land connections through formal and thematic experimentation, a key area of his work is to understand the path of the poet as an archetypal one, investigating how such an approach to creativity might exist in society today, through a process of deep listening, sharing and a sense of serving the environment through art.

Matti has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia and has spent the last year as poet-in-residence for Monkton Wyld Community, a centre for sustainable living in West Dorset.

Hina Khalid

Associate Fellow (Interfaith Activist Program)

Hina Khalid is a Theology and Religious studies graduate from Cambridge, and is particularly interested in religious mysticism and the role of religious language in capturing something of the infinite. As a Muslim, Hina is committed to the values of standing with the oppressed and fostering the ethic of love and humility in a deeply fractured world. She has previously worked on peace building programs, with a particular focus on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Hina is passionate about understanding people’s narratives and working alongside others so that our differences may empower, and not undermine, us in our fight for social justice and equality. Hina takes a keen interest in current affairs and is starting an MPhil in October this year – focusing on Islamic and Christian mystical discourse of the ‘divine feminine’.

Anahita Mah

Associate Fellow (People of the Earth)

Anahita is a management consultant in the technology sector where she dedicates her time to helping individuals and organisations to become educated, ethical, and aware of their full potential to embrace change in the workplace and life. She also promotes cultural transformation using modern training and coaching methods.

During the last few years, she has partaken in various leadership programmes that aim to make a positive change in society.
Her passion lies in helping displaced victims of war and uncertainty by delivering essential education that supports their emotional and intellectual development.

Caitilin McMillan

Associate Fellows (People of the Earth)

Caitilin is a social researcher, humanitarian worker and activist.
Since completing her degrees in Global Development Studies at Queen’s University in Canada and Migration Studies at Oxford University, Caitilin has worked with displaced communities around the world. Caitilin has been involved with St Ethelburga’s People of the Earth Programme, helping lead and shape community workshops and travelling to Greece in response to the refugee crisis.

Caitilin has contributed in numerous projects through her work. For instance, she once spearheaded an innovative integration project in Tower Hamlets, London’s most impoverished neighbourhood, working with over 300 newly-arrived migrant women each year to support social inclusion and develop the necessary experience and skills to build their lives in the UK.

Sara Zaltash

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Sara Zaltash is a British-Iranian artist and Schumacher Institute Fellow evolving political, philosophical and spiritual realities. She is disarmingly personable, enchantingly direct and prone to radicalism. Out of popular movements, digital lives and ancient practices, Sara seeks frontiers, pioneers and revolutions.
“Zaltash is electrifying… See her if you can.” – The Guardian

Ciara Parsons

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Ciara grew up on the west coast of Ireland, in a native speaking and ecologically diverse village. In recent years, she has begun to reconnect with the land in an attempt to understand the indigenous knowledge and ancient magic it holds, hoping that an understanding of this knowledge can help us in the current ecological crisis.

She is qualified in Sustainable Horticulture and Permaculture from Kinsale College and
has a passion for biodiversity conservation. This is reflected in her garden designs, where earth care comes first and the overarching aim is to help people reignite their appreciation and fascination with the natural world.

She is currently studying Social and Therapeutic Horticulture with Coventry University,
where her research has shown her the myriad of health and well-being benefits of
nature connection for vulnerable people within society. This research engages with the
science behind the therapeutic power of connecting with the earth, and has emboldened
her to continue her work with both people, and the land.

Nádúr Naofa (meaning sacred nature in the irish language), is the name of her nature
connection workshops series which she runs periodically, each one looking at a
different aspect of our connection with nature.

Anya Gleizer

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Anya Gleizerʼs practice, led at an interface between art and biology, explores the relationship between human culture and the natural world. However, at its heart, the boundary that allows this binary to persist, blurs and starts to slip. Gleizer explores themes of interior and exterior wilderness through performance and installation. Her art involves the participation of multiple performers and audience-members, calling for a full involvement with the work.

Born in Russia, and brought up in New York City, Gleizer has travelled extensively for her research, from Alaska, to Japan, to the heart of Siberia. She has worked with indigenous communities across Russia, circumnavigated Lake Baikal by kayak, worked with wolves and moose on Lake Superior, and monitored arctic shorebirds in Chukotka.

Faced with the dwindling of wilderness and wildness in watersheds, collapsing ecosystems or in our own human minds, Gleizer works towards a radical reframing of our relationship to the natural world with her art as her compass. Her performances search for traces of wilderness in the actualization of ancient mythologies, in the lived tradition of indigenous peoples and also in the ethos of roadside BurgerKings, the trappings and tatters of the cities – centers of our chaotic civilizations.

Sam Weatherald

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Sam Weatherald is a community builder, facilitator, musician and mental health activist, and alumni of the Spiritual Ecology fellowship 2018. He is Community Organiser at Sunday Assembly East End, which he helped found in 2016, a secular congregational community where he organises assemblies, hosts, and occasionally drums in the house band! He is also founder of grassroots participatory arts and events collective Antenna, which organises bespoke events supporting and celebrating grassroots London social change communities. His most recent major project was a ‘A Mindful Mess 2018’ a three-day community arts festival in Poplar exploring the mind, mental health and ‘neurodiversity’, funded by Tower Hamlets council, for which he also published an anthology of creative contributions from local people on the theme. Having experienced severe chronic depression for most of his twenties, he is passionately committed to exploring the deep cultural and spiritual roots of disconnection and alienation which have led to the growing mental health crisis.

Declan D’Arcy

Associate Fellow (Deep Adaptation)

Declan is a vulnerable anthropologist, activist and nature-connection facilitator. He is an Associate Fellow of St Ethelburga’s Centre and an alumnus of the Deep Adaptation Programme.

He holds a First Class BA (Hons) in International Relations and Political Theory, and an MA in Anthropology of Development & Social Change, as well as a Certificate in Participatory Methods from the Institute of Development Studies. He has also worked on and supported grassroots community projects in East Africa, Guatemala, Spain and the UK.

Through his previous work in international peacebuilding, Declan has learnt the great importance of intimacy and bearing witness to build and re-build communities – even after the most extreme violence. His current work is focused on offering heartfelt spaces to process grief and trauma related to engaged social and environmental work.

He can offer workshops and trainings in deep listening, trauma recovery, and self-compassion as tools for social change. Through his writing, Declan seeks to bring more vulnerability into academia and authorship. Since participating in the St Ethelburga’s Deep Adaptation Programme, he is honing his trainings to support community resilience in a time of climate breakdown.

Mungo Dalish

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Mungo is a professional NO HANDS® massage therapist, budding natural farmer, and B&Breakfaster, with greening fingers and a yen for wildness.

Associate Fellow Project:

‘Sole: Reconnecting with Mystery’
A week-long residential working retreat in the wilding heart of Cheshire asking:
Why are we alive?
What is our wider context?
What happens when we offer curious and playful attention to the land and our embodied experience? 
What patterns are we a part of that nourish us?

This retreat is based on the sense is that a core cause of the current ecological crisis is a disconnect: from ourselves, from God, from each other, and from the natural world. So one of the invitations we offer is to reconnect, and to notice what it does  – physically, emotionally and spiritually. What is stirred up. What desires emerge. What fears. To welcome all that emerges – to be hospitable to all of experience: the good, the bad and the ugly.

These questions will be explored through land-work, imaginative contemplation, story, sensory-awareness exercises, nature-connection games, communal-living, and time spent alone on the land.

Mungo can offer a day-workshop version of the above retreat.

Eddy Thacker

Associate Fellow (Spiritual Ecology)

Eddy Thacker, of Environmental Justice Rebellion, End Deportations, Plane Stupid and previously Grow Heathrow – Transition Heathrow. Eddy’s experience comes as a friend, comrade, campaigner, grower and facilitator within grassroots collectives and communities committed to alternative systems beyond the capitalist industrial growth society, a world without borders, a world without oppression. Eddy loves to hear ideas for connection and collaboration … scheming, being, creating with anyone who shares this vision for the world.

John Gilbert


After studying Chinese at university, John spent ten years in the Hong Kong civil service before returning to the UK to qualify as a solicitor, specialising in banking and insurance. He is an active member of Christ Church, an Anglican parish in Highbury, North London.

Having retired as a partner in his law firm in 2005, John spent 8 years as a local councillor and now combines part-time consultancy work with various voluntary and charitable activities. He is particularly attracted to St Ethelburga’s work in reconciliation and peace, deeply grounded in faith.

Sir Tony Baldry

Chair of the Trustees

Sir Tony Baldry, had a Quaker Mother and Anglican Father and decided himself to be confirmed as a member of the Church of England when he was 16. From 2010-2015 Sir Tony was a Crown Appointment of Second Church Estates Commissioner, i.e. the link between Parliament and the Church of England. Sir Tony is chair of the Church Buildings Council, the Statutory Body which looks after the care and maintenance of all 16,000 Parish Churches throughout England. He is a barrister by profession.

Commenting on the work of St. Ethelburga’s, Sir Tony Baldry has observed: “In one of the Beatitudes, Jesus highlights the fact that “blessed are the peacemakers”. This is the task to which the Trustees of St. Ethelburga’s are committed and promoting peace and reconciliation is a task to which the Trustees of St. Ethelburga’s and myself are firmly committed.”

Michael Binyon


Michael has been a Times journalist for the past forty years, spending time as a correspondent in Russia, America, Germany and Brussels as well as being diplomatic editor and a leader-writer.

He has written extensively on faith issues, especially interfaith matters, and joined the trustees of St Ethelburga’s in 2010. Having spent many years covering foreign affairs, he is particularly interested in the centre’s international work.

Noeline Sanders


Noeline is a Chartered Accountant who has held leadership positions in International and European organisations. She is currently Chief Financial Officer for the Digital Catapult and is particularly interested in the role of technology innovation for societal good.

Her engagement with St Ethelburga’s goes back to 2009. Noeline is an ardent advocate for the Centre, having experienced the potential of community peace building. Her interest in justice and peace work led her to be the Church of England lay representative at the World Council of Churches International Ecumenical Peace Convocation in 2011.

Martin Shaw


In 2015 Martin retired from a major fundraising and management consultancy after taking on various responsibilities within it since 1995. Prior to this, Martin was a professional youth and community worker in multiple roles including a Senior Youth and Community Worker in two local education authorities and the CEO of a National Youth Organisation.

He is currently helping Muslim organisations and Islamic centres in the UK, to revise their infrastructure to prepare for the future, even though he comes from an Orthodox Jewish background. Having seen the continual conflict within the faith sector and in the broader community, Martin feels that St. Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation meets his need to contribute towards a more healthy and conciliatory dialogue particularly amongst young adults.


Bhai Sahib, Bhai (Dr) Mohinder Singh Ahluwalia OBE, KSG


Bhai Sahib is the third in line of Sikh religious leaders of Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha (GNNSJ), and since 1995, Chairman of the Nishkam Group of Charitable Organisations, active in spiritual practice and propagation, social regeneration, heritage conservation, and education, health and infrastructure development. He is passionate about empowering individuals and organisations with common religious values, through selfless service, education and exposure.

Strongly guided by his Sikh Dharam principles, he actively engages in interfaith/inter-religious collaboration for international peace and harmony locally, nationally and internationally up to UN level. Globally, Bhai Sahib is a recognised ‘Interfaith Visionary’, holding the Juliet Hollister Award from the Temple of Understanding whose past awardees have included His Holiness the Dalia Lama and Nelson Mandela.

Inayat Bunglawala


Inayat Bunglawala is the founder and chair of Muslims4UK, a group set up to celebrate the UK’s democratic traditions and promote active Muslim engagement in our society. He was the media secretary of the Muslim Council of Britain, having left the Muslim institutional body in 2010.

He has written articles for The Times, Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, Daily Express, The Observer and The Sun focusing on Islam and current affairs. He is an activist for Islamist concerns and joined The Young Muslims UK in 1987. He is also a co-presenter of the weekly ‘Politics and Media Show’ on the Islam Channel.

Joseph Chivayo


Joseph is a successful community and human rights campaigner, and a compelling communicator with exceptional business acumen. He holds a Masters graduate in Hospitality Management from the University of Birmingham.

Joseph is an active campaigner and advocate for people seeking sanctuary within the United Kingdom, refugees, poverty and education. Also a Trustee for City of Sanctuary a national charity championing welcome for those seeking sanctuary and school governor. Joseph uses his passion for fitness and healthy living as a personal trainer challenging and motivating people to reach their optimum health and wellness. Joseph says ‘ my gifts and talents are God’s gift to me and how I use them is my gift to God’.

Freddie de Lisle


Freddie graduated from Oxford University prior to becoming, in 1984, an executive search consultant specialising in insurance. He founded his own firm in 1989 and became a director of Stanton Chase, where he led the global insurance and life and pensions recruitment practice. His clients included major insurance groups – both underwriting and broking. He has worked on assignments across Europe and the Americas.  He is currently both Head of Corbett Keeling’s financial services team advising insurance companies on strategy, as well as being a principal in an insurance agency in London.

Warwick Hawkins


Warwick became a Trustee in 2018 and brings to the Board his long and useful experience of central Government, having been a career civil servant for 28 years before taking early retirement. For 15 of those years he worked on religious engagement and supporting inter-faith dialogue, most recently as head of the Faith Communities Unit at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, during which time he formed a strong commitment to the work of St Ethelburga’s which continues to this day. He is now Director of his own social enterprise, Faith in Society, which seeks to support faith groups wanting to play an active role in their local communities and public life.

Anna Wright


Anna is a project manager with extensive experience in inter-cultural youth education, dialogue and volunteer learning and development. She worked for the Tony Blair Faith Foundation for 5 years facilitating youth dialogue on faith, belief and values. She continues to work with youth projects and in large volunteer led organisations, most recently developing training for Girlguiding. A strong advocate of the power of dialogue and mediation, she has been a trustee of Wandsworth Mediation Service which provides mediation services to the community local to her church. Anna holds a Theology degree from Cambridge University and is also a qualified solicitor.

Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, Bishop of London

Life President

Having founded St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in 1993, Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres continues his association with the Centre as honorary Life President.

Richard John Carew Chartres, Baron Chartres, KCVO, ChStJ, PC, FSA is a retired bishop of the Church of England. He was area Bishop of Stepney from 1992 to 1995 and Bishop of London from 1995 to 2017. He was sworn of the Privy Council in the same year he became Bishop of London. He was also Gresham Professor of Divinity from 1987 to 1992. In October 2017, Chartres was made a Life Peer, and he now sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher; he had previously sat in the House as one of the Lords Spiritual.

The Most Revd Justin Welby

Archbishop of Canterbury

Justin Portal Welby is the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury and the most senior bishop in the Church of England. Welby was the vicar of Southam, Warwickshire, and most recently was the Bishop of Durham, serving for just over a year. As Archbishop of Canterbury, he is the Primate of All England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Welby’s early career was in the oil industry. In 1989, he studied for ordination at St John’s College, Durham. After several parochial appointments he became the Dean of Liverpool in 2007 and the Bishop of Durham in 2011.

Welby’s theology is reported as representing the evangelical tradition within Anglicanism. Having worked in business before his ordination, some of his publications explore the relationship between finance and religion and, as a member of the House of Lords, he sits on the panel of the 2012 Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.

The Rt Revd and Rt Hon The Lord Williams of Oystermouth PC

Former Archbishop of Canterbury

Rowan Douglas Williams, Baron Williams of Oystermouth PC FBA FRSL FLSW is a Welsh Anglican bishop, theologian and poet. He was the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, Metropolitan of the Province of Canterbury and Primate of All England, offices he held from December 2002 to December 2012. He was previously the Bishop of Monmouth and Archbishop of Wales, making him the first Archbishop of Canterbury in modern times not to be appointed from within the Church of England.

Williams spent much of his earlier career as an academic at the universities of Cambridge and Oxford successively. He speaks three languages and reads at least nine.

His Eminence Vincent Nichols

Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster

Vincent Gerard Nichols is an English cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. He previously served as Archbishop of Birmingham from 2000 to 2009.

On 22 February 2014, Pope Francis admitted Nichols to the Sacred College of Cardinals at a general consistory.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner

Senior Rabbi, Movement for Reform Judaism

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner was born in London and brought up in an Orthodox synagogue, moving to the Reform Movement in her teens in order to be more active in services and in communal life.

After her degree in Christianity, she moved to Jerusalem where she lived for 14 years. Rabbi Laura worked in education in Israel, with Jews at the Machon, the Institute for Youth Leaders from Abroad and at Melitz, where she worked as the Director of the Centre for Christian Encounters with Israel and in training Israeli-Palestinian dialogue facilitators and Palestinian tour guides in Bethlehem. Rabbi Laura has post-graduate degrees in Community Centre Management from the Hebrew University and an MA in Jewish communal service and education from Brandeis University, Massachusetts. She worked at Alyth (North Western Reform Synagogue) from 2003 until 2011.

She is now Senior Rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism

Canon Sarah Snyder

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation

Canon Sarah Snyder is the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Advisor for Reconciliation. This role has a particular emphasis on supporting the Anglican Church in contexts of violent conflict or post-conflict and helping the Church to be an agent of reconciliation and conflict-transformation. A theologian who specialises in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations, Sarah brings wide-ranging international experience of peace-building and dialogue.

Sarah is Founding Director of the Rose Castle Foundation, an international centre of reconciliation, based in the north of England, offering safe space in which to address misunderstanding of the “other”, particularly those of different religious traditions. Located in Cumbria, it is a peaceful haven in which to transform conflict within and between faith communities, and to train up a generation of leaders equipped as faith-based mediators.

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