Meet our passionate and inspiring team
Justine leads on overall strategy, vision and management. She has a Ph.D in psychology, with a background in business communications and 5 years of experience on the trading floor of a City investment bank.
She is passionate about bringing people together from different backgrounds and co-creating innovative projects that speak to the needs of the time. Justine sees peace as a dynamic state where people collaborate across divisions in service to the whole.
Justine can offer workshops, lectures and keynote speeches on: Peace-making and conflict transformation; faith and resilience; interdependence as an emerging worldview; the refugee crisis; inter-faith relations; young people, faith and the future; new approaches to interfaith leadership; environmental peace-building; spiritual ecology; conflict coaching; dialogue facilitation; the role of narrative and story in community reconciliation.
Amrita leads on our Spiritual Ecology strand of work which includes the Spiritual Ecology Fellowship, public events and trainings. She also contributes to fundraising, strategy, and manages the website.
She is passionate about the role of younger generations in transitioning to a socially just and ecologically sustainable world, and has played a key role in launching and embedding St Ethelburga’s young adult leadership programmes.
Amrita previously worked on the global Eradicating Ecocide campaign and at the think tank, The Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House). In 2013 she organised TEDxWhitechapel, one of the most popular and radical TEDx events in London. She holds a BSc in Biomedical Sciences from King’s College, and an MA in Economics for Transition from Schumacher College. Her interests lie in new economics, systems change, and social and environmental regeneration.
Amrita can offer workshop and lectures on: Spiritual ecology; new economics; environmental peacemaking and young leadership
Viviana leads on our ‘Sacred Activists’ young adult interfaith leadership programme, which explores how faith, spirituality and activism can combine to meet our world’s current and future challenges. She also contributes to training and public event.
As the creative mind behind many of St Ethelburga’s trainings and workshops, Viviana is passionate about empowering younger generations to be the change they want to see in the world. Viviana holds an MA in Dispute and Conflict Resolution from SOAS University, and a BA in Japanese and Tibetan studies. She is a facilitator, trainer and certified community mediator, and is in her final year training as transpersonal integrative psychotherapist.
Viviana can offer workshops and lectures on: Conflict transformation; mediation; interfaith; young leadership; inner tools for working with conflict; sacred activism.
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 with 15 years of experience 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 has also worked as a consultant undertaking fundraising, evaluation and creative community projects. Her building management skills were acquired while building her own house!
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.”
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 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?”
Known as Katerina in Greek, she is a performing artist specializing in traditional and contemporary Greek music and performs internationally, throughout Europe and the United States. She is captivated by world music and is very interested in cultural fusion through musical expression. She has a versatile voice and enjoys singing in a multitude of languages.
Katerina maintains a busy performance schedule participating in several groups including, PAKAW!, Plastikes Karekles, and the Josquin Singers of B.A.C.H. Her career highlights as a vocalist include the dance production of Rebetiko with Yannis Adoniou’s KUNST-STOFF and music by Minos Matsas, with shows in Berlin and San Francisco.
Katerina works as a Performing Arts Manager and she has been managing the St Ethelburga’s Listen to the World music programme for five years.
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.
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.
In addition to chairing the Trustees of St. Ethelburga’s, 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 member of General Synod, a governor of Ripon and Cuddesdon Theological College and a Lay Canon of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford.
A barrister by profession and head of a set of Commercial Chambers in the Temple, Sir Tony was for 32 years a Member of Parliament and was a Government Minister for eight years, under both Margaret Thatcher and John Major, including a period of time at the Foreign Office, and he subsequently chaired the Commons Select Committee on International Development. Sir Tony has served terms as a Trustee of both Chatham House and the Overseas Development Institute.
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” and in a world increasingly stricken by conflict and the threat of conflict, promoting peace and reconciliation must be a priority for every Christian. 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 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 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.
Francis Davis is Professor of Communities and Public Policy at the University of Birmingham. A Freeman and Liveryman of the City of London, he has long-standing links to the North West and Wessex as well as to Central and South East Europe where he was previously active in NGOs during and after the Bosnian War. Francis is personally interested in the care and carers of those facing war and other trauma, PTS and severe mental ill health.
Formerly a governor of St John’s College University of Durham, his publications include Catholic Social Conscience: Reflection and Action on Catholic Social Teaching (Gracewing) and recent media BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight. He is a Visiting Fellow at St Benet’s hall, University of Oxford and a trustee of both Near Neighbours and the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust and was recently appointed a cross-government champion of social enterprise and disabled people by the Minister for Disabilities.
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 various roles including a Senior Youth and Community Worker in two local education authorities and the CEO of a National Youth Organisation. He has always had an interest in faith based work and interfaith projects, and even up the present is concentrating on helping Muslim organisations and Islamic centres throughout the UK, to revise their infrastructure to prepare for the future, even though he himself comes from an orthodox Jewish background.
Having worked entirely in the charity and not for profit sector since leaving college, and seen continual conflict within the faith sector and in the wider community, a Centre for Peace and Reconciliation meets his need to contribute towards a more healthy and conciliatory dialogue particularly amongst young adults.
Ruth Scott was among the first women ordained as priests in the Church of England in 1994. She has 20 years of experience as a facilitator, mediator and broadcaster, working primarily in conflict transformation.
Ruth has written a number of books and at present engages in academic research around the experiences of those living with the legacy of violent conflict, through the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations in Coventry University. In her spare time she eats fire.
Matthew is an advocate and ally of youth leadership, especially in building bridges between people of different faiths and walks of life. He currently manages Youth Leadership Development at United Religions Initiative, an international network of community interfaith peacebuilding groups. In this work, and with St Ethelburga’s, he is exploring the role of intergenerational reconciliation and partnership in empowering young people by connecting them to older generations.
He has a specific interest in the relationship between youth employment issues and peace and conflict; a connection he has explored since serving on the national leadership of the Young Christian Workers, a Catholic youth movement bringing social justice teaching to bear on labour justice issues. He sees the dignity of work for young people as integral to building peace.
Matthew is also involved in supporting the protection, preservation and rehabilitation of minority and endangered languages around the world, and is a semi-fluent Welsh speaker.
Guy has spent a life time working across the lines of difference – in Africa in development aid to close the gaps between rich and poor; in the European Union to reconcile historical antagonisms across Europe; and in parishes and nationally to increase mutual understanding across religious difference.
St Ethelburga’s is a natural continuation of this work, focusing on reconciliation and appreciation of difference.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 religious 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.
He is Patron of the ground-breaking Sikh ethos multi-faith Nishkam Schools Trust, Chair and Trustee of the proposed Museum of World’s Religions UK (MWR UK) and Co-Convenor of the proposed International Charter for Forgiveness and Reconciliation.
He is one of fifty Co-Presidents and a Trustee of Religions for Peace (RfP) International, and member of the Religions for Peace International World Council. He is also a member of the Advisory Forum of the King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Centre (KAICIID).
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. Internationally, 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
Sarah Synder is a theologian specialised in Jewish-Christian-Muslim relationships. She has worked for many years to promote faith-based reconciliation, most recently as Director of Partnerships with Religions for Peace International, an organisation affiliated to the UN. She directed the Cambridge International Summer Schools for faith leaders from conflict zones.
She is a trained mediator with experience working with communities and senior religious leaders. She is also Founding Director of the Rose Castle Foundation, an international centre of reconciliation. Sarah is currently the Archbishop of Canterbury’s advisor for Reconciliation.
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.
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.
Previously the Development Manager of St Ethelburga’s, Claire has ten years of experience in peacebuilding, mediation and conflict transformation. During her time at St Ethelburga’s centre she led on our consultancy and public training offerings. Claire can offer workshops, lectures and keynote speeches on peacebuilding, community mediation, conflict resolution and transformation, conflict coaching, cross-cultural communication, intergenerational community issues (with a focus on migration, culture and gender) and group dynamics.
Claire completed her MA (honors) in Peace Studies at International Christian University as a Rotary World Peace Fellow, and her BA in Peace and Conflict Studies with a concentration in multicultural conflict resolution at UC Berkeley. Passionate about participatory processes, Claire specializes in communication, narrative, culture, intersectional identity, migration and gender. She has designed in-person and digital trainings for numerous organizations including UC Berkeley, International Christian University, the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center, the National Association For Community Mediation, and more.
Faith in the workplace
Tamanda leads on St Ethelburga’s workplace training and consultancy work. She holds an MSc in Education, Power & Social Change from 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. At the heart of her research and practice is an interest in the role of identity and its capacity to both create division and build bridges within education and employment settings.
Tamanda’s work at the intersection of education, equalities and inclusion spans a number of sectors and settings. She has an extensive background in learning design, development and facilitation working within the criminal justice system, compulsory and higher education, central and local government and the charitable and corporate sectors. 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 issues on BBC London and at the BT Sport summit on sport and conflict. Previous to this, she spent three years overseeing Training & Development initiatives within a diverse private sector organisation covering areas such as Disciplinary & Grievance, Equal Opportunities, Diversity & Inclusion, Health & Safety and Management. 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 is an expert facilitator, trainer and coach, specializing in leadership development and inclusion work. She designs and delivers programmes that enable people to discover new capacity for authentic leadership, courage, resilience and collaboration with others.
Passionate about building cultures where everyone is valued for who they truly are, 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. Through this work, Debbie facilitated spaces in which people could work productively with conflict and become attuned to their unconscious biases.
Debbie has also worked extensively in leadership and talent development. She spent two years working with an award-winning corporate training consultancy designing world-class leadership training for ‘early talent’ for clients in banking, management consultancy and the Law. She also served as Director of Education for two youth leadership start-ups, The Unreasonables and Blue Chip Leaders, developing holistic leadership programmes including residentials, training sessions and one-to-one coaching.
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 is a trainer in the fields of facilitation, coaching and martial arts. She is a trained mediator and an awarded winning social innovator.
Sofia trains groups in the art of hosting meaningful conversations. She is 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. She is a trained mediator with three years field experience of Neighbourhood Conflict Mediation in Hounslow. She is also trained in the Myna Lews Deep Democracy method. In her freelance work she offers bespoke facilitation processes that include various conflict resolution processes including NVC (Non-Violent Communication), with clients from Amnesty International to Future Considerations, The Transition Network and UNFAO.
She holds a Black Belt in the Japanese martial art of Aikido with the Isshinkai School of Aikido, where she teaches principled Aikido for the Real World. Outside the dojo, she helps individuals and organisations apply Aikido principles in work and in their lives to become more embodied, to replace fear with confidence in each other and to have more impact.
Sofia was given London Leader Status by the Mayors 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.
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.
Lia is an accredited mediator, registered to the National College of Mediators. She holds permission to conduct casework related to community, workplace and family/divorce disputes. In 2016, she was appointed to the national Professional Standards Committee. Through this role, she advises the mediation sector on its efforts to embed an ethos of diversity and inclusion in its professional development standards.
Alongside her mediation practice, Lia is currently an Associate of St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace; Le Menach Foundation; Community Accord; and Inclusive Employers. She also holds a part-time post as Senior Research Officer at the Susanna Wesley Foundation, University of Roehampton, where she conducts research on migration, theology and faith communities.
In her spare time, Lia enjoys making sushi, kayaking and watching wildlife documentaries.
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, as well as a debilitating arthritic spinal condition, that drove him to discover the benefits of Mindfulness.
Having retired from the City he now provides Mindfulness training to institutions including four large UK Banking brands with over 5000 delegates attending his sessions. Feedback from these sessions has been consistently positive and life changing. Mark delivers a powerful session, cognisant of time and budget restraints, with content relevant to the Corporate and Markets audience, whilst realising the need to convey authenticity, firm argument and case study context to encourage delegates to adopt the practice.
Mark has also been a regular speaker at the Mind & Matter conference, he is an active member of the APPG UK Mindfulness Initiative Private Sector Working Group and joint author of the APPG MI document “Building the case for Mindfulness in the Workplace.”
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