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Emma Achurch

Emma Achurch

Emma is the Spear Centre Manager in Bethnal Green, and is part of the worshipping community at St Peter's Church Bethnal Green, where the Spear Programme is hosted. She is passionate about supporting young people to realise and fulfil their potential.

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Jonny Adams

Jonny Adams

Refugee Response Coordinator for Capital Mass

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Angela Afzal

Angela Afzal

Refugee Response Co-ordinator at Capitalmass

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Daphine Aikens  MBE

Daphine Aikens MBE

Daphine Aikens MBE is the founder and CEO of Hammersmith & Fulham Foodbank, which began in 2010. It now operates three branches, and continues the busiest foodbank in London. As well as providing emergency food, the Hammersmith & Fulham foodbank runs Holiday Clubs and Cooking and Budgeting courses, and works with partners to provide professional advice, legal support and free psychotherapy for clients, as well as other community engagement projects.

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Martin Ashford

Martin Ashford

Martin is a Trustee for London Churches Refugee Fund

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Ayo Bankole

Ayo Bankole

Ayo is Churchwarden at John Keble Church in Mill Hill, Barnet, where she has been part of the community for many years. She and a team have been running courses for the church talking about mental health and grief.

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Enid Barron

Enid Barron

Enid is a Licensed Lay Minister at St Stephen's Church, Ealing and is a member of the General Synod. Enid is a particular champion of Eco Church, of which St Stephen's has a Silver Award, and is a member of the environmental community group Act for Ealing.

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Revd John Beauchamp

John Beauchamp

The Rev Preb John Beauchamp is the Disability Ministry Enabler for the Diocese of London. John is blind and has been ordained and worked as a parish priest for 27 years. This role was created in 2021, and sees John leading on issues concerning disability at all levels across the Diocese of London.

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Tania Bright

Tania Bright

Previously Tania (Tarn) was interim director of Capital Mass. She now heads up the Christian charity Home for Good.

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Tarn Bright

Tarn Bright

Tarn is the interim CEO of Capital Mass. She''s also on the board of trustees of Spring Harvest and runs her own executive coaching consultancy.

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Andy Burns

Andy was Capital Mass' previous Exec Director, from 2015 to July 2019.

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Julia Burton-Jones

Julia Burton-Jones

Julia is the Anna Chaplaincy Training and Development Lead supporting churches and individuals to explore spiritual care for older people, particularly those living with dementia. She has a background in adult learning in ageing and dementia.

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Debbie Butcher

Debbie Butcher

Debbie is the Head of St Michael At Bowes Junior School, a three form entry Church of England school in Palmers Green, in the borough of Enfield and the Diocese of London.

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Martin Carr

Martin Carr

Martin is Operations and Finance Manager at St Paul's Marylebone, Vice Principal of the St Edmund's Courses, an LLM at All Hallows by the Tower, and joint Area lead on Creation Care in the Two Cities Area.

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Sue Charlton

Sue Charlton

Sue is a member of St. Stephen's Church in Ealing, serving as Mission Team Lead. She co-leads the People & Planet group and leads their Eco Church Team. They gained a Silver Award in January 2021 - and are now working towards Gold.

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Revd Claire Clarke

Revd Claire Clarke

Claire is the vicar at Hope Church Hounslow. She is committed to the church being a blessing to the local community, being Christ Centred and being Spirit filled.

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Liz Clutterbuck

Liz is Vicar of Emmanuel Holloway & part of the Matryosha Haus Missional community. She is also a Londoner, a baker, an avid film fan and stats geek. http://www.emmanueln7.com/

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Revd Paul Cowley MBE

Paul Cowley MBE

Paul is the Founder of Care for Ex-Offenders and has recently been appointed Bishop’s Advisor to Prisons and in 2015, was awarded an MBE from Her Majesty the Queen for services to ex-offenders.

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Brian Cuthbertson

Brian is the Head of Environment and Sustainability at the Diocese of London, including leading the work to design an "Energy Footprint Tool" to measure Carbon use of churches. He has worked and written extensively on the need for us as Christians to care for God's Creation as part of our witness and stewardship.

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Jo Davey

Jo Davey

Jo Davey is Volunteer Coordinator and Community Organiser at St Mary Hornsey Rise. She runs Cook Together, a community cooking club that aims to address loneliness and food poverty through making and sharing easy, tasty, healthy, cheap meals.

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Steve Day

Steve Day

Steve Day attends HTB church in London and has become the public face of the Polluter Pays amendment campaign.

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Megan Dibden

Megan Dibden

Megan is the London Development Coordinator at MakeLunch, focused on building relationships with churches within the M25, making sure that more kitchens open, meaning that there are less hungry children in the capital.

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Sarah Dickson

Sarah Dickson

Director of the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum www.ldcf.org

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Jacqueline Douglas

Jacqueline Douglas

Jacqueline Douglas is a London based artist focusing on issues of identity and cultural assimilation. She attends a church in Hounslow, West London. In addition to art, Jacky works as an Interior Designer, most recently project managing the refurbishment of St Paul’s Church, Brentford. Remaining a thriving church, it now incorporates a community cafe, work/hire space and children’s play area. Instagram: jacqueline _douglas1 www.dis-place.com

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Tina English

Tina English

Tina trained as a nurse many years ago and specialised in the care of the elderly. Following a career break to raise three children she worked in the third sector for local charities supporting older people, setting up projects for the lonely and isolated. She recently completed a Masters Degree in Charity Management. Her Christian faith, coupled with a big heart for the older generation inspired her to establish Embracing Age.

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Ben Evans

Ben Evans

Ben Evans is the Founder and a Company Director of Humantalk which offers training in Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) alongside other coaching and training opportunities for businesses, charities, and churches. Prior to Humantalk, Ben worked in senior leadership development for the Archbishops’ Advisers for Appointments and Development at Church House, Westminster.

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Elizabeth Fewkes

Elizabeth Fewkes

Near Neighbours Coordinator for West London. Website: www.near-neighbours.org.uk/local-hubs/west-london

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Church Urban Fund

Church Urban Fund

CUF was established by the Church of England as a practical response to unmet need and has been active in local communities for over 30 years. Our vision is to see people and communities all over England flourish and enjoy life in all its fullness. We work through the Church of England’s local parish networks, and alongside other faith-based and secular organisations, to bring about positive change in neighbourhoods. www.cuf.org.uk

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Pattie Gercke

Pattie Gercke

Pattie is the Compassionate Communities Development Worker for Refugee& Aslyum Seeker response, Housing & Homelessness. She has a background in international development and is completing an MA in Development and Emergency Practice. She is passionate about issues of justice, hospitality, and community.

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Rev Lis Goddard

Lis Goddard

Lis has been Vicar of St James the Less, Pimlico, since September 2010. She leads missions and does a lot of mentoring and spiritual direction. She is passionate about seeing people come to Jesus and growing in their faith.

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Alex Hanratty

Alex Hanratty

Alex is the Director of Partner Relationships at The SpringBoard Bursary Foundation

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Mrs Jennifer Herrera

Jennifer Herrera

Jennifer Herrera is Executive Director of Acts 435 and has been involved in the charity since operations began in October 2009. Jenny grew up in York, where the charity is based, and is a chartered accountant by profession. She lived in Guatemala in Central America for 6 years, where she met her husband, and where she served as Field Director for Kids Alive Guatemala, running an orphanage and day-care centre.

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Hayley Humphreys

Hayley Humphreys

Hayley is the Compassionate Communities Development Worker for Debt & Financial Wellbeing and Mental Health & Isolation. She has a background in youth and community work and recently worked as a CAP debt centre manager. She is currently studying for an MA with Church Mission Society in Theology, Mission and Ministry and is passionate about seeing churches equipped to be good news in their community.

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Revd Graham Hunter

Graham Hunter

Revd Graham Hunter is Vicar of St John’s Hoxton, an impoverished yet vibrant inner-city parish in the southwest corner of Hackney right by the City of London. He serves as Trustee / Director on several charities tackling poverty and supporting youth work, including having served for 5 years on the Executive Committee of Christians on the Left. He is passionate about social justice, the church, politics and theology.

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The Clewer Initiative

The Clewer Initiative

The Clewer Initiative seeks to raise awareness of all aspects of modern slavery and helping to mobilise the local church.

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Tash Jesson

Tash Jesson

Tash is the Church Engagement and Theology Director for the Fair Energy Campaign. She hold an MA in Theology from Kings and is a member of St John's Church, Hoxton, where she has been on the team piloting Energy Switch Days.

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Gordon Kane

Gordon Kane

Gordon is a Fundraising & Marketing Consultant and founder/CEO of Bloom Fundraising. After a career in the commercial sector, Gordon began working in the charity sector in 1999. He worked as director of fundraising for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children from 2010 till 2016, before setting up Bloom Fundraising in 2016, providing strategic consultancy and fundraising services to clients in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Jon Kuhrt

Jon Kuhrt

Jon works with people affected by homelessness, offending and addictions at the West London Mission. He, his wife and three children are part of Streatham Baptist Church and he is a member of the Christians on the Left. He likes football...but loves cricket.

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Bekah Legg

Bekah Legg

Bekah Legg is the Director of Restored, a Christian alliance working to transform relationships and end violence against women. She has previously served as an Associate Minister at Maybridge Community Church, Worthing, discipling a large diverse congregation where she has also been Director of Mission and Communication, along with editing the magazine Liberti. Her previous experience includes working with charities that have supported children in poverty, survivors of sexual abuse, families in need and refugees. Her roles have involved speaking, training, promotion, advocacy, social media and fundraising. She has also written a series of family devotionals for Crusade for World Revival.

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Dr Kate Middelton

Kate Middelton

Kate is a psychologist with a particular interest in the way our emotions affect us. She's passionate about helping people keep emotionally healthy in spite of what life throws at them, and making sure they reach their full potential. She's a church leader, speaker and author, and is also project leader of Headstrong, an online wellbeing space for teenagers and young people created as a partnership between Youthscape and Mind & Soul Foundation.

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Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell

Chris Mitchell is a member of St Johns Church in Hoxton, East London and part of the volunteer team who, through Citizens UK, are running the Fair Energy Campaign and the Big Switch Days

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Revd Nick Mottershead

Nick Mottershead

Alongside being SSM Priest in Charge at Holy Sepulchre, the National Musicians’ Church, Nick also works in the City as CFO and Head of Compliance at a FinTech company, focused on banking for the unbanked in the Middle East. In being able to do both things, he feels he is best able to see, serve and understand the City with all its positive aspects as well as its challenges.

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Ami Moulton

Ami Moulton

Ami is Project Manager at the NEWway Project, a grassroots homeless charity based in Newham, which started back in 2013 as a church led night shelter.

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Alastair Murray

Alastair Murray

Director of Projects at Housing Justice

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Tom Newbold

Tom Newbold

Tom joined The Centre for Community & Theology in August 2015 to coordinate the work of the Church Credit Champions Network in the Diocese of London. He previously worked in Bradford for debt-counselling charity Christians Against Poverty.

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Alison Phillips

Alison Phillips

Alison is a student at St Mellitus College and an active member of The Enfield Refugee Welcome Group

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Corin Pilling

Corin Pilling

Corin is Deputy Director at Livability UK @livabilityUK as well as @recoverypathway Trustee Corin is passionate about community, wellbeing, disability, the church & inclusion.

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Corin Pilling

Corin Pilling

Corin is the UK National Director of Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries, who exist to equip the Church to support mental health and wellbeing. Corin is passionate about community, wellbeing, disability, the church & inclusion.

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East European Resource Centre

East European Resource Centre

East European Resource Centre provides information, advice and support to people from Central and Eastern Europe from the 2004 and 2007 EU accession countries: Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. www.eeac.org.uk

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Ruth Rice

Ruth Rice

Ruth Rice set up the first Renew Wellbeing centre whilst leading New Life Baptist Church and now works full time for the charity, delivering training and supporting sustainability. Ruth has a background in teaching and Baptist church Ministry and is passionate about seeing churches turn themselves and their great habits of welcome, care and prayer inside out to reduce isolation and increase wellbeing in every community.

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Graham Hunter & Rich Barrett

Rev Graham Hunter has been vicar of St John's Hoxton, Stepney Area since 2010. Rich Barrett is the Head of Housing at the London Diocesan Fund and responsible for clergy homes

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Tom Sefton

Tom Sefton

Adviser on Social Policy for the Church of England. Engaging with the world beyond the Church on poverty, welfare, and the economy.

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Jeremy Sharpe

Jeremy Sharpe

Jeremy is the National Director of Linking Lives UK, a charity that equips churches to impact social isolation and loneliness in their communities.

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Jenny Sinclair

Jenny Sinclair

Jenny is the founder and director of "Together for the Common Good" a charity that helps churches and other civic organisations to play their part to strengthen the bonds of social trust. They seek to reimagine a culture that puts people, communities and relationships first, by putting Common Good principles into practice and by working with others of different opinions and backgrounds.

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Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith

Vicki Smith is the Fundraising & Team Manager at Together with Music. She holds a BMus First Class Honours degree from Trinity College of Music and has since worked across a variety of settings, most recently in the education, charity and fundraising sectors

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Sonia Stead

Sonia Stead

Sonia is the Senior Youth Pastor at St Saviour's Church in Sunbury, in the Borough of Spelthorne, part of the Kensington Area. She is passionate about Jesus, young people and supporting everyone in their wellbeing.

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David Stretton-Downes

David Stretton-Downes

David Stretton-Downes was Head of Communications for the Engage 2015 campaign, which helped churches engage with communities during the Rugby World Cup in 2015, and is a Director of Vidan Lawnes, a creative agency based in London. Below, he recounts how Ambassadors Football took teams to the now closed Calais refugee camp ''The Jungle'', in May 2016 to do sports ministry. He tells us of the lasting legacy of this simple act has had on him and many others.

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Tim Thorlby

Tim Thorlby

Tim Thorlby is the Managing Director of Clean for Good. You can find Clean for Good at www.cleanforgood.co.uk and on twitter @clean4good. You can find Tim on twitter @TimThorlby

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The Right Revd Dr Graham Tomlin

Graham Tomlin

Bishop of the Episcopal Area of Kensington, and President of St Mellitus Theological College. Bishop Graham is also the co-sponsor of the Compassionate Communities stream of work for the Diocese. He has been a passionate advocate and voice for the victims of the Grenfell Tower disaster in his Area in 2017, and is deputy chair of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Commission on Housing.

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Graham Tomlin & Sian Brookes

Graham is the Bishop of Kensington and Sian is Integrated Care Project Team Manager at Age UK

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Alison Tsang

Alison Tsang

Alison heads up the Compassionate Communities for the Diocese of London, who exist to support & equip churches and chaplaincies across the Diocese to better serve their communities compassionately.

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Dr Ruth Valerio

Ruth Valerio

CHURCHES AND THEOLOGY DIRECTOR FOR A ROCHA UK Community activist, eco-advocate, academic, mum, author, veg grower, wife and pig keeper rolled into one. Ruth lives with her husband and two daughters in Chichester, where they are part of Revelation Church. Ruth is the Churches and Theology Director for A Rocha UK and a founder of Cred Jewellery, the world’s first fairtrade jewellery company.

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Kirsten van Balen

Kirsten van Balen

Kirsten is a Trustee for the NGO Young Roots; a grassroots organisation which supports young refugees and asylum seekers in London. Young Roots runs regular youth groups, weekend activities and casework service for young refugees in London. They provide a safe space where young people can make friends, learn new skills have a support network.

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Revd Will Van Der Hart

Will Van Der Hart

Revd Will Van Der Hart is associate Vicar at St. Dionis, Fulham and founder and director of the Mind and Soul Foundation. www.mindandsoulfoundation.org He is passionate about equipping church leaders to look after their own emotional health as well as empowering them to manage the emotional needs of their congregations. He's the author of many books including The Perfectionism Book, The Guilt Book and The Worry Book.

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Revd Suzanne Vernon-Yorke

Suzanne Vernon-Yorke

Suzanne is part time vicar of St Christopher's Hanwell, part time PhD student, full time northerner, lover of life and believer in people.

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Gareth Wallace

Gareth Wallace

Executive Director, Conservative Christian Fellowship www.theCCF.co.uk

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Rev Alice Whalley

Alice Whalley

Alice is parish priest of St John the Evangelist, Brownswood Park, in Hackney, part of the Stepney Area of the Diocese of London

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Father Niall Wier

Niall Wier

Fr Niall is the Rector of St Pauls, West Hackney, where he's served since 2003.

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Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Head of Partnerships & Communications at TLG

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Revd Derek Winterburn

Derek Winterburn

Derek is vicar of St James Church, Hampton Hill in the Kensington Area of the Diocese of London. He is the Kensington Area Lead on Caring for God's Creation.

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Nicolette Wolf

Nicolette Wolf

Nicolette Wolf is the CEO of BeMore

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Right Rev Dr Joanne Woolway Grenfell

Joanne Woolway Grenfell

Bishop Joanne Grenfell is Bishop of Stepney Area in the Diocese of London. Prior to that she was Archdeacon of Portsdown in the Diocese of Portsmouth, and before that Director of Ordinands and Residentiary Canon in Sheffield. She has experience of outer housing estate and inner city parishes, chaplaincy, and cathedral ministry.

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Flo Wright

Flo Wright

Flo is a member at St James, Muswell Hill and a leader in The Young Christian Climate Network, an action-focused community of young Christians in the UK aged 18-30, choosing to follow Jesus in the pursuit of climate justice.

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